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MERC developed Sortie Code based Individual Aircraft Tracking (IAT) to help the USAF Rotary Wing SPO better track usage of the TH-1H fleet. This method uses statistical analysis of flight records to assign a usage to individual flights. This was shown to be more accurate than the current method of assuming the fleet average usage. The implementation of Sortie Code Based IAT will allow the USAF to more accurately track TH-1H usage.

A little bit about the conference:

The 2018 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) Conference is specifically designed to bring together the world leaders in the area of aircraft structural integrity and to disseminate information on state-of-the-art technologies for aircraft structures in both the military and civilian fleets. This is the 34th year of the ASIP Conference in its current format, although similar meetings occurred in the 1970s. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of the initial requirements for the US Air Force’s Aircraft Structural Integrity Program.

ASIP 2018 will continue 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. This interchange helps provide the communication necessary to ensure that each community is aware of each other’s capabilities and needs. The ASIP Conference has become even more important to the Air Force, Navy, Army, NASA and the FAA due to the constantly growing emphasis on sustaining the airworthiness of aging aircraft.

The ASIP Conference is unclassified and allows unlimited attendance. 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