At the B.F. Goodrich repair facility in Fairhope, Alabama, thrust reversers and nacelles are overhauled.
This is "triage."
Here a finished unit will be crated and shipped.
Since this facility was obtained from Rohr, much aluminum tooling remains in storage.
As part of training on the wheel a lipskin segment is patterned, blanked, and formed to fit.
Since the class was small everyone got a chance to get their hands dirty. Here the pattern is laid out. Since
reverse shapes were presenting a particular challenge we picked the inside portion of the lipskin, a
section rarely damaged.
Pattern section is in foreground, man is working the part on the bench top wheel, and the nacelle is in the
Part is fit, but needs more than 'four fingers' to hold in place. Since the part is .070 in. 2024 T3, it
will need stress relief to relax into place.
Additional topics covered:
Repair Methods for Birdstrike Damage
Tool and Tooling Tune-ups
Handworking Methods to Support Press-forming Operations