AS 9100 – Aerospace Standard

What is AS9100?

AS9100 is the quality management standard specifically written for the aerospace industry. Intention behind release of this standard is to reduce risk involved in aerospace industry and create safe system for human life. In late 1990, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), considered that the ISO 9000 series of standards were inadequate in terms of ensuring quality and safety in the “high risk” aerospace industry, therefore they released AS 9000 with additional and more sensible contractual requirements. Leading aerospace contractor like Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman an GE Aircraft Engines participated in entire process.

The aircraft and aerospace industries always keep on improving quality and on-time delivery within their supply chain. Public demand for safety and reliability drives the need for product quality to approach near perfection. The only way to work towards perfection is to work through continuous improvement. Quality management systems in conjunction with third party audits are integral to continuous improvement.

Now a days most of the major aircraft engine manufacturers, such as General Electric's Aircraft Engine division (GEAE), Boeing, Rolls-Royce Allison and Pratt & Whitney, are requiring their suppliers to be certified to AS9100

There is now a family of the AS9100 Standards applicable to different areas of the aerospace industry which includes the following:
AS 9101 - Quality System Assessment (the checklist corresponding to AS9100 rev B) 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

Benefits of AS 9100 Aerospace Standard Implementation
  • Qualification to be considered as an aerospace supplier
  • Consistent product quality
  • Customer and public recognition is achieved
  • Internal validation of processes and systems become easy
  • Independent feedback to continual improvement
  • Certification shows commitment to quality and customer service
  • External audit addresses in general maturity of the system
  • AN AS 9100 certificate creates genuine image of an organization in the point of view of customers, employees, shareholders as well as regulatory authorities
  • Certificate also give a competitive edge to an organization for marketing