A First Article Inspection Report is the document that certifies that each sample was produced and inspected according to the customer's specifications. First Article Inspection is the process of planning, manufacturing, and verifying a production process.
AS9102 is a standard updated by the SAE to emphasize the value of the FAI process, and a common reporting format for manufacturers in aerospace and defense industries. AS9102 itself is not a formal requirement – it is a guidance document, not something requiring certification.
Before beginning, gather documentation needed for your First Article Inspection: