Opposing views by the world’s leading safety authorities over repair techniques for composite transports could have far-reaching consequences for operators of the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 XWB. The FAA will allow a bonded repair solution for composite primary structure, but the European Aviation Safety Agency will not. This means that, unless it changes its view, EASA-regulated operators will have to use a metallic bolted repair for damage to the 787’s composite primary structure. And a ...


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