November Section News

The North Texas Section met on 29th November at Bell Helicopter Textron in Ft. Worth. Mr. Robert Mohrman and his fellow Bell Helicopter NDI associates gave an outstanding tour of the NDI capabilities at their Hurst facility. There were 30 members and guests in attendance for the tour. The group was broke into two smaller groups to better facilitate the attendees getting a first hand look of the Shearography system and the multiple Ultrasonic systems scanning laminate structures. The tour continued showing the groups the X-Ray systems with examples of digital X-Ray images on various V-22 structures. This allowed the members and guest to see and learn about the various NDI methods and equipment utilized at Bell Helicopter Textron. The group visited the composite center to witness the laying up of very complex V-22 components and learn about the fabrication and cure processes to manufacturer these structures. The Bell Helicopter tour provided the North Texas Section members greater insight into the manufacturing and inspection of helicopters and tit-rotor aircraft.