AS9100, AS9110 & AS9120
In 1999, delegates for the Organization for Standardization (ISO) consisting of representatives from the Americas Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG), the European Association of Aerospace Industries (AECMA), the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC) and the Brazilian aerospace industry, unveiled AS9100. Using ISO 9001 as a base, this international quality management standard is tailored specifically for the aerospace industry. AS9100 was revised in 2001, 2004, and 2009. The current version is AS9100 Revision C (AS9100C) and is aligned with ISO 9001:2008.
Like the other ISO 9001 derivatives, AS9100C is designed to reduce defects in the supplier chain, continually improve quality and boost customer satisfaction. It can also considerably reduce the number of hours spent on audits, requirements and documentation, because it is an industry-wide standard.
AS9100 also responds to the federal government’s cancellation of longtime standards, such as MIL-Q-9858A, by filling the vacuum with a comprehensive quality management systems standard for the aerospace industry. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have endorsed AS9100 for use in conjunction with their individual specifications.
Like ISO 9001, AS9100 is a voluntary standard, but it is one that has drawn unprecedented support and cooperation from the private and public sectors. Such aerospace prime contractors as Boeing, General Electric Aircraft Engines, Lockheed-Martin, Rolls Royce Allison, and Pratt & Whitney are requiring their suppliers to become registered to AS9100 and ISO 9001. The list continues to expand.
By becoming registered to AS9100 and ISO 9001, companies dealing with the aerospace prime contractors and the government enjoy a competitive advantage. The regulatory burden is lightened, so suppliers can spend more time improving the manufacturing process in an industry that puts a top priority on safety and quality.