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NDI - Non Destructive Inspection Methods for Composite and Bonded Structures

Aircraft composites include an extremely wide variety of materials and structures. The corresponding manufacturing and in-service induced discontinuities and flaws are entirely different from those of metals and pose unique interpretation challenges. The design, manufacture, repair, and inspection of aircraft composites are the topics that will be covered with the intent of giving the technician the background concepts that will aid him/her in making interpretation and evaluation decisions specifically on aircraft composite structures.

Commercially available NDI training provides background on metals manufacturing processes and flaws, but none provide background on design, manufacture, repair, and inspection of aircraft composites. NAS-410, Qualification and Certificate of NDI Personnel, requires that technicians be trained on parts and processes that they will actually encounter on the job. Consequently, this class is a requirement in order to be properly qualified in accordance with NAS-410 which is mandated by Dassault Falcon Jet.

The composite materials and processes familiarization portion of this program will be presented by Advanced Composites Training (ACT - ). They have been providing the most innovative, comprehensive and certified courses in the applied technologies of composites manufacturing, tooling, maintenance, and structural repair. This course will cover the broad spectrum of composites issues and is not specific to just Falcon aircraft and will include the layup and curing of composite test specimens. The emphasis is to provide the student with an awareness of the issues associated with the manufacture, maintenance, inspection, and repair of composite materials and structures as they relate to NDI.

The NDT portion of the course will include various guest speakers such as Olympus, and Thermal Wave Imaging. It will include a review of the relevant basic ultrasonic and infrared principles along with instruction in the various methods and techniques that are unique to composite and bonded structures.

Hands-on exercises will examine the indications obtained from artificial flaws versus actual damage with an eye toward what makes a good reference standard. Other exercises will familiarize students with interpreting indications from different types of materials and structural configurations.

While open to anyone, the NDI of Composites Course is an advanced NDI program that is intended primarily for persons who are currently Level II or III certified.


The 2015 program consists of two, 5 day courses. Each course will cover materials and processes, aircraft design and in-service structural issues, NDI methods, reliability (probability of detection), and hands-on exercises.


$2,449 per student


These courses will be presented by DFJ at Tarrant County College (TCC). In the August of 2015 Tarrant County College officially opened the doors to its new TCC Northwest Campus Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics (CEATL). All aviation programs are now located in North Fort Worth Texas on the east side of the Alliance Airport. The newly renovated 163,500-square-foot facility formerly owned by Bell Helicopter houses the Aviation and Logistics programs under one roof. This includes Avionics Technology, Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Advanced Composite Technology, Professional Pilot Training and the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Program

Tarrant County College Northwest Campus
Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics
2301 Horizon Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76177

Registrations must have a minimum of Level 1 UT experience.

ACT courses do not require approval from the Canadian Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities


Additional Information

For additional technical information contact:

Tim Kinsella
Dassault Falcon Jet
NDT Program Manager
Cell: 201-417-0610

Tarrant County College Northwest Campus students completing NDI
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