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Sustaining Airworthiness for Ageing Aircraft


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Join us for this informative one day seminar aimed at both MOD/Military and Civil Sector to look at the technologies and processes used to deal with ageing aircraft issues.

Date and Time

18 October 2017 - 09:30-16:45


Bristol, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Aerospace TPN. Contact Natalie Sullivan at nsullivan@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

This event is now full and due to security at the MoD venue we will not be able to accept walk-ins.

This will be a one day seminar to provide some examples of new techniques and new technology to deal with aircraft ageing issue as well as some technical case studies around the Sustainment of Ageing Aircraft. The event is aimed at both the MOD/Military and Civil sectors.

Amongst the subject matter, the following will be covered during presentations: Novel examples of aircraft recycling, replacement of hazardous and banned materials, life extension of ageing components, electrical system health checking, novel repair schemes, repair assessment, mapping and configuration control, zonal and connectivity focused airworthiness survey, minimising global fleet cost and maximising operational benefits, and use of low-cost parametric systems to monitor structural usage and support affordable structural integrity strategies.


09:30 Registration and refreshments
10:00 Introduction

Keynote Video Welcome and Introduction

Air Marshal Julian A Young CB OBE BSc MA MSc MDA CEng FIET FRAeS RAF, Chief of Materiel (Air)

Low Cost Structural Usage Programmes

Professor Steve Reed, Dstl
10:50 Refreshments

Reducing Support Costs of Ageing Avionics & Wiring
Giles Huby, Managing Director and co-founder, Copernicus Technology Ltd

Aircraft Mid-life Re-certification

Alan Dukes, Deputy Head,  DE&S Airworthiness Team

Innovative uses for Retired Airframes

Bradley Gregory, Commercial Director, Aircraft Salvage International
12:50 Lunch and networking

Hawk Ageing Aircraft Audit and Zonal Hazard Analysis and Lessons for Typhoon

Jeff Jones and Alistair Cowin, QinetiQ

Type and Continuing Airworthiness - Ageing Aircraft Issues Behind the Sentry Pause

Group Captain Mark Hodge Type Airworthiness Authority for Sentry and Sentinel
14:50 Refreshments
A Rotary Wing view of Ageing Problems

Lieutenant Commander 'Cas' Koheeallee and Lieutenant Matt Turfrey, Merlin PT

A Regulator's View

Wing Commander Paul Regan, MAA Head of Structural Certification
16:15 Speaker Panel and Chairman's closing remarks
16:45 Event closes

Reasons to attend

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of how to deal with aircraft ageing issues.
  • Sharing of innovative solutions that will increase safety, availability and reliability of military and civil fleets.
  • Networking with other aircraft engineering and support agencies to compare and share approaches to ageing issues and potentially, to discuss collaborative solutions.
  • Contractors can meet and engage with potential customer teams within the MOD.
  • MOD teams can meet suppliers who may be able to offer cost-effective solutions to current military fleet problems.
  • Exchange of ideas between military and civil sectors.

Continuing Professional Development

CPD logo declaring this event can contribute 6 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

Additional information

Please be aware that there are no parking facilities available at the venue, if possible please use public transport. The closest rail stations are Parkway and Abbey Wood.


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