Aerospace

Process Ownership 101

KRAGUJEVAC, SERBIA - CIRCA APRIL 2012: Workers assembles cars at Fiat Cars Serbia factory, circa April 2012 in Kragujevac.

Identifying process owners and understanding their significance in a quality management system is one of the most critical aspects in maintaining an effective and efficient management system.  Once the processes of your management system are defined the next step is to identify who has the responsibility for the performance of those processes.  This step replaces…

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AirStart – Flying High with ASA-100 and AS9120

Jim Lee, simpleQuE President, congratulates Ritchin Sen, AirStart Quality Manager, on ASA-100 accreditation with Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA). Also AS9120 certified, AirStart is the company that has a passion for aviation, airplanes and its clients. Jim consulted with AirStart to prepare them for ASA-100 accreditation and AS9120 certification which is based on the aerospace standard…

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Soar Above the Competition with AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120

Serving aerospace and defense manufacturers, suppliers and distributers since 2005, simpleQuE offers customized AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120, or ASA-100 (FAA AC00-56) consulting, internal auditing and training services. Our lead AS9100 series consultants are International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) certified lead auditors with aerospace experience and know what it takes to help clients achieve their goal of…

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Matching NASA Suppliers with Small Businesses

In 2017, NASA spent over $2.7 billion with small businesses – 16.5 percent of its total contracting budget. NASA is looking to expand its small business contracting even further by seeking new partnerships with a wide range of goods and services providers at a two-day conference where simpleQuE President, Jim Lee, is attending. Hosted by…

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How Aircraft Manufacturers Are Reducing Environmental Impact

By Jim Lee   At the annual ASA / AFRA conference in June, we heard Kahina Oudjehani, Head of Eco-Design and Environmental Affairs at Bombardier.  She shared Bombardier’s environmental strategy through the entire lifecycle of an aircraft to improve the company’s environmental footprint.  A significant environmental impact occurs with aircraft design and we learned of…

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AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 Transition/Upgrade Relief

By Jim Lee The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) and ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) have published the linked notifications referencing Resolutions #150 and #152 that they will be allowing companies and certification bodies that have not completed the full transition and upgrade audits by 9/15/18 a little bit of relief.  This is intended to…

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SimpleQuE on the Go and in the Know

This week, while Vice President, Deanne Sparr, is attending AIAG’s 2018 Southern Automotive Quality Summit in Birmingham, AL,  President, Jim Lee, has immersed himself in everything space and defense at ASQ’s Collaboration on Quality in the Space and Defense Industries conference and NASA’s Quality Leadership Forum. These types of industry conferences and training keeps us at…

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The Race to Commercialize Space Travel – a New Approach

Post by Jim Lee   Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle… all were US manned space programs from 1961 through 2011.  Why is it so different now with SpaceX, Orbital ATK, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corp., Virgin Galactic, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin competing to put man in space?  Why is a commercial crew program such…

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Reaching New Heights at NASA’s Quality Leadership Forum

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Sustaining a Quality Foundation in Challenging Times SimpleQuE president, Jim Lee, eagerly anticipates attending the Collaboration on Quality in the Space and Defense Industries conference then taking part in the informational NASA Quality Leadership Forum that follows. He’s set to join others in the industry who are focused on sustaining a quality foundation at the…

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