Dismissed as a minor accident at first, the ultralight plane crash last April 22 that occurred in the middle of Delta Highway was recently opened for further investigation by Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB). The pilot, Paul Deane-Freeman, reportedly suffered a fractured vertebra and is still recovering from the accident.
What is an ultra-light plane?
The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association of Canada (LAMAC) defines a basic ultra-light aeroplane as an aircraft that has at least two seats, with a take-off weight of 544 kg and landing configuration of 45 mph (39 knots). An ultralight aircraft is for recreation purposes only, although it may also be used for pilot trainings in conformity with the Canadian Aviation Regulations. Although manufacturers of ultra-light planes are not required to meet any standards in their products, the LAMAC recommends that they apply materials and practices accepted in general aviation.
Receiving an ISO certification is a way for companies to establish better control over their operation and management of business processes, to improve customer satisfaction, and to enhance their image. Going through the ISO registration process motivates companies to make changes to their management system and improve their business operations further. It’s not just about getting the certification, but also preparing for quality management systems.
The best way to prepare for ISO is to use the standard as a guide. One of the tasks is to develop a quality management system. This is a big challenge for most companies, but with on-going commitment, it can be successful. A quality management system seeks to create policies and objectives to control the company in terms of quality. It is important that top management is fully on-board for the creation and execution of the quality management system as well as for maintaining it.
Business owners seek to improve every day. They want the best business processes, for everyone to understand what they do and for their business to run better overall. The ISO 9001 standard is built upon the fundamentals of quality management, and being certified ensures that the business knows what it’s doing and is being run well.
The ISO 9001 is a standard for business quality management that is internationally recognized, and businesses go for it because of the benefits it brings them. Some of these benefits include customer satisfaction, cost saving, marketing aid, corporate governance and international quality recognition.
The coveted AS9100 revision C aerospace standard, also known as the AS9100:2009 Revision C standard, has been out for quite some time. To date, numerous companies have undertaken the process and successfully transitioned to the new standard—having conformed to new deadlines, rules and requirements presented within. If your company is looking to get accredited and an audit is in sight, you have to prepare for the processing ahead. Here are a few pointers to help you avoid mishaps and facilitate a smoother audit process.
Prior to the Stage 1 audit, you’ll have to ensure that your registrar has access to relevant information. For starters, you need to determine which percentage of your total revenue is from the aviation, space or defense industry as well as the number of your employees who work for such industries. You also have to name your top 5 customers from said industries and identify any customer specific approval status (i.e. limited approval, probation, or suspension).
It’s not uncommon to see and learn of companies who recently earned ISO 9001 certification. Once in a while, however, some company will step in and claim that they have a self-conferred certification of sort—claiming that they themselves have assessed their inner capabilities and “officially” deemed their business compliant with the ISO 9001 certification.
These self-certifying companies, however, don’t really have an idea of how things should go. While they’re technically reaping several benefits associated with an effective management system without the stiff fees of registration and company audits, the flip side is that they’re paying a price for it—all they can do is make a point that their quality management system (QMS) is on-par with traditionally certified competitors. They can’t prove that somebody else with the conventional authority to confer such certification did it for them, and can vouch for it.
The Electrostatic Discharge Association (ESDA) announced last February that the 9th Annual International Electrostatic Discharge Workshop (referred to as IEW hereafter) will be held from the 3rd to the 7th of May this year. The venue will be the Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge located in Lake Tahoe, California.
The IEW will feature a technical program divided into sessions dedicated to several topics. There will also be keynotes and talks on the theme of the workshop. In addition, seminars about technology challenges will be conducted, along with discussion and special interest groups.
Aerospace commodity items are essential in the proper functioning and guaranteed safety of aircraft. The distributors of these products—raw materials, bearings, paints, fasteners, coatings and gaskets—may not have a role in the development of these components, but these players certainly have an effect on the final product. This is because there would be significant effects on the finished aircraft’s performance if there is improper handling of parts and materials, as well as the loss of traceability from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to the customer.
That is why the industry put strict regulations in place. For pass-through distributors of aerospace commodity items, they have the AS9120 QMS (quality management systems). The standard is based on the ISO 9001:2000, with the addition of almost 100 specific requirements for aerospace distributors.