The AS9100 standard was created specifically for the aviation, space and defense industries. It serves the purpose of achieving significant improvements in those industries in areas of safety, quality and customer service. Companies that are certified with this standard can be confident that they have an effective quality management system, and by extension, so can their customers.
According to Aerospace Manufacturing and Design, “Thermacore Inc., a provider of advanced thermal and material solutions, has received full recertification to both AS9100:2009 Rev. C and ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standards at its Lancaster, Pennsylvania, headquarters and manufacturing facility.” The company received recertification for their design, manufacture and distribution of thermal management components and systems.
Commercial flights in America are relatively safe for several years now since the last accident in 2009, but the same couldn’t be said with general aviation. A Washington Post report cited 440 fatalities in general aviation flights since 2012, in which pilots were held responsible for the accidents. However, a recent investigation found that pilots are, in fact, victims in most crashes.
Washington Post published an investigation by the online news source, USA Today, which reported that the actual fault in many of these accidents lies with manufacturers or distributors of aviation parts, and not human error. Manufacturers have reportedly been covering up their mistakes by saying that pilots failed to follow their advice and recommendations. With increasing aviation deaths every year, strict implementation of AS9120 certified parts is an appropriate response for effective prevention of fatal crashes due to faulty parts.