First Article Inspection
Suppliers may be required to perform First Article Inspection (FAI) on the items in a contract or purchase order. First Article Inspections shall be in accordance with SAE AS/EN9102. The inspection records and data shall be per AS9102 and shall identify each characteristic and feature required by design data, the allowable tolerance limits and the actual dimension measured as objective evidence that each characteristic and feature has been inspected and accepted by Seller's Quality and/or inspection function. When testing is required, the parameters and results of the test shall be recorded in the same manner.
The First Article Inspection report must show evidence of acceptance by the supplier's Quality Assurance representative. The first article shall be produced on production equipment and using processes which will be utilized on production runs.
Additionally, the supplier shall perform subsequent FAI('s) per the requirement of AS9102 (i.e.: following every major tooling or design change and subsequent to any evident quality degradation for a specific part or article).
Records of all first article activity will be documented as required in AS9102, treated as Quality / acceptance records and made available to buyer and regulatory authorities.
Click here for the "FAI Compliancy Matrix".
Latest issue of the FAI Compliancy Matrix is issue 029. Changes:
Issue 029 (effective per 12-12-2016): field H26 modified (NH90) -> GQA approval required (TDL).
issue 028 (effective per 30-08-2016): column P (Chinook) and column Q (Apache): form 3, field 8 and 9