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Abaris completes training for British Airways and Airbus U.K.

News International-French

15 Aug 2013

Since 2005, Abaris Training has offered classes in the UK in advanced composite manufacturing, repair and engineering through Heatcon-Abaris Training, a partnership with Heatcon (Seattle, WA), the well-known global supplier of hot bonder equipment.

Long an Abaris customer, British Airways (BA) has contracted for four separate sets of Phase 1 and Phase 2 classes in Advanced Composite Fabrication & Damage Repair for roughly 12 students each from its subsidiary British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC), near Cardiff Intl. Airport in Wales. This specialist facility performs heavy maintenance and cabin refits for BA’s long haul fleet, including 747, 767 and 777 aircraft. BA has a history of investing in training and staff development, including its multi-million dollar Flight Training Centre and the British Airways Engineering Learning Academy, the first facility approved for EASA Part 66 B1/B2 training for 787 and A380 aircraft.

Totaling approximately 96 student slots, the BAMC training actually sold out scheduled class availability at the Heatcon-Abaris Training facility in Bicester, Oxfordshire, requiring additional classes to be scheduled to meet the demand for composite training in 2013.

Meanwhile, Abaris is pleased to announce it has completed customized on-site classes at the Airbus Broughton, UK production facility.  Over 6,000 people in the Broughton facility assemble the wings for all Airbus civil aircraft, producing over 1,000 wings a year, including for the new A350 XWB which had its historical first flight June 14.

Three, 5 day classes were conducted to support A350 manufacturing, including informative classroom lectures and hands-on exercises in advanced composite repair techniques for possible light manufacturing rework and repair to foreign object damage. “We routinely customize training to meet specific customer needs and conduct classes on-site at customer facilities worldwide,” notes Abaris President, Mike Hoke.

Technical instructor Corrie Volinkaty explained that 42 Airbus A350 employees were selected to receive the customized training and described them as “the best of the best!!”  The training was overseen by Airbus A350 Quality Assurance representatives and additional weeks of training are being planned for later this year.

Both the British Airways and Airbus courses were organized and conducted with assistance from Tom Lane and Neil Manchett from Heatcon-Abaris Training in the U.K.