What are the differences between AS9102 Rev A and Rev B?

By Mari Luke | April 16, 2019

 What is AS9102?

AS9102 is part of the widely adopted AS9100 quality management system for the aerospace industry. AS9102 is the standard that details a first article inspection. In the Aerospace and Defense industry when a new or revised part is produced for the first time, it must be verified to ensure all requirements have been met. 

The AS9100 Rev D (Annex C) explains that an FAI document “standardizes FAI process requirements to the greatest extent possible and can be used at all levels of the supply chain by organizations around the world to provide a consistent process and documentation requirements for verification of aviation, space, and defense product.”

AS9102 includes 3 forms: Form 1 Part Number Accountability, Form 2 Product Accountability, and Form 3 Characteristic Accountability. Learn more about creating AS9102 First Article Inspections. 

Evolution of AS9102

Original AS9102, published in 2000

  • Standardized aerospace FAI requirements
  • Became the common form of documentation for supplier FAI

AS9102 Rev A, published in 2004

  • Defined what to do and when to do an FAI, but not how
  • Improved layout and readability of the standard, eliminating points of confusion
  • Provided open fields for company specific non-AS9102 use

AS9102 Rev B, published in 2014

  • Enhanced scope & purpose to emphasize the value of FAI
  • Separated planning activities from evaluation activity
  • Addressed Digital Product Definition (DPD)
  • Utilize FAQs to clarify intent and provide examples of complex concepts

Differences between AS9102 Rev A and Rev B

The major difference from AS9102 Rev A to Rev B is that Rev B includes Digital Product Design (DPD). When design requirements are in DPD format and 2D drawing information is not available for all applicable design requirements, DPD design characteristics shall be extracted verified, and included in the FAIR.

What is DPD?

Digital data files that disclose the physical or functional requirements that disclose the design or acceptance criteria of a product. Including the following: 

  • Digital definition and fully dimensioned 2D drawing sheets.
  • 3D Data model and simplified or reduced content 2D drawing sheets. 
  • 3D model with design characteristics displayed as text.
  • Any other data files that define a product in its entirety, such as AS9102.

There are also some changes to the forms, noted below: 

Form 1 Changes:

  • Item #3 "Serial/Lot Number" in Rev A is "Serial Number" in Rev B.
  • Item #4 Rev A "FAI report Number" is "FAIR Number" for Rev B.
  • Text item 1 at the bottom of Form 1 in Rev A is removed and relabeled as Item 19 in Rev B.

Form 2 Changes:

  • Item #3 "Serial/Lot Number" in Rev A is "Serial Number" in Rev B. 
  • Item #6 "Specification Number & Revision Number" in Rev A is "Specification Number" in Rev B. 
  • Item #8 Rev A Special Process Supplier Code is Supplier on Rev B.
  • Item #12: "Acceptance report number, if applicable" on Rev A is "Acceptance report number" on Rev B. 
  • Item #14: "Prepared By" in Rev A is "Signature" in Rev B. 

Form 3 Changes: 

  • Item #4 "FAI Report" in Rev A is "FAIR Number" in Rev B. 
  • Item #12: "Prepared By" in Rev A is "Signature" in Rev B. 

Want to learn more about AS9102 FAIRs? Get a free AS9102 Rev B template and guide to completing your First Article Inspection

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