Aerospace Aerospace


It is widely acknowledged that the Aerospace industries (including Aviation, Space and Defense) provided the foundation for much of the system, process and product/material standardization models and strategies that exist today.  The origins of today’s internationally accepted quality management systems standards, product specifications, and even project management best practices can be traced back to military standards or other aerospace specifications. 

As international harmonization efforts, such as that undertaken by the International Aerospace Quality Group to develop AS/EN/JISQ9100, have gained global acceptance, the localized legacy aerospace documents are increasingly being retired in favor of standardizing expectations on a global level that can cover the entire supply chain. 

AS 9100 builds upon the ISO 9001 to more adequately capture regulatory requirements as well as the significance of safety, reliability and maintainability.  While many national or agency standards, such as military standards and specifications, are still highly utilized, there are also many commerically-accepted standards, such as the IPC and ESD Association standards, that are gaining prominence on a global level.


Regulations & Standards

 Document Description Comments
IAQG’s standard covering general quality systems expectations as well as aerospace supplements agreed upon at an international level.  For more AS 9100 information:
Chart overview showing areas for risk management consideration under AS  9100.
A video presentation by ISA Registrar discussing the changes to AS 9100 introduced by Revision C and the timetable associated with implementation. (Video Length = 10:52)
Link to EverySpec site with free access to Military, DoD, Federal, NASA, DOE and Government specifications, standards, handbooks and publications.
Link to the NASA Online Directives Information System (NODIS) search and table of contents page.

Related Tools & Topics

 Document Description Comments
An overview and compilation of reference information, tools, and presentations – including access to a 14 session video course taught at MIT covering the complementary use of these methodologies. For more information:
Guidance and training resources covering the Balanced Scorecard and other Operational Excellence tools.  For more information:
Resources for Design for Assembly (DFA), Manufacturability (DFM), Testability (DFT) and Servicability (DFS). For more information:
PowerPoint presentation by SEI sponsored by the DoD.
A Technical Note by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) prepared for the DoD building upon the Software Quality Framework previously developed and showing how CMMI codifies the concepts.
A Case Study by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) prepared for the US Naval Air Systems Command describing how 2 NAVAIR organizations integrated Team Software Process and Capability Maturity Modeling to accelerate progress from Maturity Level 1 to 4.
DoD’s guide to assist contractor Program Managers, program offices and Integrated Product Teams in effectively managing risk programs during the entire acquisition process, including sustainment.
NASA Procedural Requirements 8000.4A covering the risk management requirements for the Agency and its institutions, programs and projects.
A very detailed NASA PRA guide covering methods for identifying and assessing risks in complex technological systems.
An article by Valerdi & Kohl presented at the MIT Engineering Systems Division Symposium proposing use of a Technology Risk Driver to better understand the risk of adopting technology.
IPC standards that are widely accepted within the Aerospace industry. For more IPC Standard info:
An adequate ESD Control program is essential for any company manufacturing or otherwise handling static-sensitive electronic products. Experienced auditors will thoroughly examine the implementation of a firm’s ESD Control program. For more ESD Control information: