An AS9102 FAIR, or First Article Inspection Report, certifies that each sample was produced and inspected according to the customer's specifications. AS9102 First Articles used by the aerospace and defense industries includes 3 forms: part number accountability, product accountability, and characteristic accountability.
There are 3 forms in AS9102 FAIRs - Part Number Accountability, Product Accountability, and Characteristic Accountability.
Identify the part for the first article inspection (FAI) and associated sub-assemblies or detailed parts.
All material and process specifications, as well as any special processes and functional testing defined as design requirements, must be accounted for on Form 2.
All product characteristics such as dimensions, tolerances, notes, etc. must be accounted for on Form 3. An inspection drawing or model is required whereby all inspection characteristics (defined using CAD annotations) are clearly identified with uniquely numbered inspection balloons. The numbers on the inspection balloons must correspond to the characteristic numbers on Form 3.
AS9102 was updated Rev B, the most recent version, is the standard used by most companies. Learn more about the evolution of AS9102 since it was first released in 2000 and the differences between Rev A and Rev B.
A First Article Inspection is typically called for in a purchase order contract between the producer and buyer.
The most common reason to conduct a FAI is that it's required by your customer. According to SAE, here are the times a First Article is required:
Learn more about when a First Article Inspection is required.