"Satisfying Aero Space Customer with specific Quality Management System"
AS9100 is the quality management standard specifically written for the aerospace industry. It had long been considered by some entities, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), that the AS 9000 series of standards were inadequate in terms of ensuring quality and safety in the “high risk” aerospace industry.
AS9000 was first published in August 1997 and was written with input from a number of large aerospace prime contractors including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and GE Aircraft Engines and was written against the clauses of AS 9001:1994..
In late 1999, the first revision of AS9100 was published by The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) with input from the American Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG) and support from the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) and the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC).
The current version of AS9100 aligns the standard with AS 9100 and has extra requirements regarding Regulatory Compliance and the following aerospace-sector specific requirements:
Design phase, design verification, validation and testing processes
Reliability, maintainability and safety
Approval and review of subcontractor performance
Verification of purchased product
Product identification throughout the product’s life cycle
Control of production process changes
Control of production equipment, tools and numerical control machine programmes
Control of work performed outside the supplier’s facilities
Inspection and testing procedures
Methods, resources and recording
Expansion of the internal audit requirements in AS 9001:2000
First article inspection
Servicing, including collecting and analysing data, delivery, investigation and reporting and control of technical documentation
Review of disposition of non conforming product
As a result, AS 9001:2008 is totally encompassed within AS9100 with these additional requirements applied specifically addressing aviation safety concerns. It is also the only standard which considers the role of the Regulatory Authorities and so many of the “add-ins” are directly traceable to FAA Regulations FAR Part 21 (Certification Procedures for Products and Parts), Part 39 (Airworthiness Directives) and Part 45 (Identification and Registration Marking).
However it must be remembered that AS 9100 remains complementary to contractual and applicable law and regulations. Any business implementing an AS 9100 compliant quality system must ensure the additional requirements of their customers, regulatory agencies (FAA, JAA etc) and local, state and national laws are referenced within the systems documentation.
There is now a family of the AS 9100 Standards applicable to different areas of the aerospace industry which includes the following:
AS 9101 - Quality System Assessment (the checklist corresponding to AS 9100 rev C)
AS 9102 - Aerospace First Article Inspection Requirements
AS 9104 - Standard for overall control of Aerospace Scheme
AS 9110 - Requirements for Maintenance Organisations
AS 9120 - Requirements for Stockists and Distributors
AS 9100 Revision D (2016), Quality Management System – Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations
The update of AS9100 from revision C to D includes the full text of ISO 9001:2015. In addition to aligning the structure of the aviation, space and defence requirements to the new structure of
ISO 9001:2015, the following key changes were implemented:
Product Safety was added in a new clause and in other areas
Counterfeit Parts Prevention was added in a new clause and in other areas (this was already in place in the AS9110 and AS9120 standards)
Risk clause was merged with the new ISO 9001 risk requirements along with an increased emphasis on risks in operational processes
Awareness clause was added with reinforced requirements for awareness of individual contribution to product and service quality and safety along with ethical behaviour
Human Factors are included as a consideration in nonconformity management and corrective action
Configuration Management was clarified and improved to address stakeholder needs
AS 9100 Revision D was released in September 20, 2016 with a certificate transition period aligned with the ISO 9001:2015 transition. September 20, 2018 is the deadline for transition from AS 9100 C to AS 9100 D
AS 9100 D is the latest standard
It is applicable to any organization having customer in
Aerospace Supply Chain Manufacturer
DRIVERS FOR CERTIFICATION
Managing Quality and Satisfaction to the aerospace customer.
Enhancing the internal process and strive for optimization and improvement
Entry criteria for doing business with Aerospace Customers