Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul
The aerospace industry realized that the needs of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) segment were different than those of the OEM segment. Products are designed to perform for 50 years and beyond, so proper maintenance is crucial for safe operation.
To address this need, the IAQG (International Aerospace Quality Group) developed AS 9110, Quality Management Systems - Aerospace - Requirements for Maintenance Organizations.
This standard is focused on the control of repair schemes and maintenance plans, configuration management, and the skills and qualifications necessary to perform MRO tasks within the aerospace community.
The AS 9110 standard addresses many of the MR&O requirements that are identified in the US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 43 & 145. These include topics such as, approvals, ratings, licenses and permits. MR&O organizations must have a series of approvals for certain types of repairs, they must be rated on the specific airframe and/or engine platform and carry the appropriate regulatory certificates. Other requirements include, technical data (repair manuals), personnel certification and validation of the maintenance activity. Effective implementation of AS 9110 will provide an organization with a good sound system to ensure safety, reliability and airworthiness.
Based on ISO 9001:2000, but with nearly 100 additional requirements specific to the aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul industry, AS 9110 provides suppliers with a comprehensive quality system focused on areas directly impacting product safety and reliability, such as;