History of AS 9100
During the decade of Nineties, Aero Space Industry does not have a standard requirement of QMS. Each major organization has a basic requirements of ISO 9000 and developed its own documentation/Specific Standards. One such Standard is D1-9000 used by Boeing to evaluate its suppliers. The other contractors have developed their own supplementary standards.This has resulted in difficulties in enforcing or compliance issues.
This has resulted in Major Aerospace Contractors coming together to set up a Single, Unified QMS Standard Acceptable to all of them. This is released as AS 9000, by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in 1999.
The relation to ISO 9000 Came in 2000, when the rewrite of ISO is being undertaken for its 2000 version. This time AS Group worked closely with ISO and the standard is based on ISO 9000 family of standards and principles. The additional requirements of safety and Regulatory requirements are added.
The current revision of AS 9100 is Rev C which has been released in Jan 2009. This revision incorporates compatibility with the latest ISO Standard ISO 9001:2008 and some additional requirements specific to defense aviation are added.
The AS Family of Standards
AS 9100 : Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations.
AS 9110 : Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation Maintenance Organizations
AS 9120 : Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Distributors.