Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) 2018 a Big Success

Dec. 3, 2018 - UTC held the ASIP Conference in Phoenix, AZ at the end of November. Over 300 attendees from government, industry and academia attended addressing the latest technical issues and advances related to the active aircraft fleets of the Department of Defense.

This year Jack Lincoln Award Winner was Dr. Robert "Bob" J. Bucci, Arconic (formerly Alcoa), Retired. Bob's contributions to the field over this time period laid important groundwork for the eventual standardization of technique for measuring fatigue crack growth rate (FCGR) and thin material fracture toughness. Congratulations to Dr. Bucci!

ASIP 2018This year we were honored to have two Luncheon speakers providing their insights on sustainment – Major General Allan Day and Mr. Russell Alford. Maj. Gen. Allan E. Day is the Director of Logistics, Civil Engineering, Force Protection and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He directs policy and procedures affecting AFMC aircraft maintenance, as well as both nuclear and non-nuclear munitions, supply, logistics plans, transportation, civil engineering, force protection and logistics data systems. Maj Gen Day spoke on the importance of Condition Based Maintenance and its importance to the USAF fleet sustainment.

Mr. Russell E. (Russ) Alford is Site Lead for the USAF Advanced Technology and Training Center in Middle Georgia (ATTC-MG). The Center is charged with expanding the use of new technologies in the USAF by training AF Engineers and Technicians in the technologies both by classroom instruction and hands-on work. Mr. Alford began his Federal Civil Service Career in 1980 as an Engineering Co-Op in the C-141 Structures group. He was the Chief Engineer on the C-141 and C-5 aircraft during his civilian service career. Mr. Alford gave an insightful presentation on his “Oh, Shoot!” moments during his career and the real lessons learned from these moments.

ASIP 2018TASIP 2018 continued to provide a forum for the technical interchange of information between personnel responsible for structural integrity, including design, analysis, testing, manufacture, certification, non-destructive evaluation/inspection, maintenance, repair, safety, risk assessment and mitigation, durability and life management. The ASIP Conference has become even more important due to the constantly growing emphasis on sustaining the airworthiness of aging aircraft. It has become internationally recognized as the premier meeting for this technical area. Consequently, a large number of well-qualified foreign nationals attend the conference, and bring a very broad perspective to the technologies being discussed.

ASIP dates back to a 1950s Air Force publication on structural integrity requirements. It was known from an early stage that ASIP was a vital program in prolonging the life and ensuring the structural safety of all aircraft. Meetings began in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1984 that it was reshaped into the current conference format. Incidents like the 1988 Aloha Flight 243 Air Disaster highlighted the importance of ASIP requirements and the contributions of the ASIP community, to preclude the recurrence of such tragedies in the future. The ASIP Conference helps to accomplish this through the personal interactions of its attendees, resulting in the exchange of vital ideas and technology. In 1996, the ASIP Committee established the Lincoln Award to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions throughout their distinguished careers to ensure the structural integrity and safety of our aircraft.

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio, TX on 2-5 December 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk.