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Bureau Veritas advises aerospace sector to fly ahead on quality standards

Posted 19 December 2019 · Add Comment

With soaring global tourism driving unprecedented demand for aircraft Bureau Veritas has revealed that demonstrating the highest standards of quality, health and safety is now a distinct competitive advantage for aerospace firms looking to capitalise on this.

Last year, the growth in air travel far exceeded predictions, with flights up by a significant 280m1. And with the trend showing no signs of abating Airbus recently predicted that the number of commercial aircrafts in operation will more than double in the next 20 years to 48,000 planes worldwide2.

At the same time, this growth is likely to see greater transition to emerging technologies in cleaner aircrafts, digitalisation, expanding production capacity.

With this in mind, leading compliance authority Bureau Veritas is reminding the industry to ensure it is keeping apace of quality and best practice, particularly in light of upcoming changes to AS9104/1 – Requirements for Aviation Space and Defence Quality Management System Certification Programs.

Trevor Douce, International Aerospace business director at Bureau Veritas, said: “It’s no surprise that with more and more of us taking multiple overseas holidays each year, our collective wanderlust is driving unprecedented growth in the aerospace sector. Although this is an exciting time for the sector, with an abundance of emerging technologies coming through, a greater onus on quality means that, for many OEMS and suppliers, compliance to best practice is a distinct advantage over competitors and key to unlocking this thriving market.

“We’re already seeing upcoming changes to key regulations to reflect how businesses are having to adapt, including update to AS9104/1 which will overhaul audit planning procedures. In addition, given the complex web of compliance in the aerospace industry - where many regulations are integrated with other standards - it’s important to work with a certification body that not only understands the multiple levels of certification required but also the broader industry landscape. Ultimately, a well-thought out strategy, with robust auditing procedures will be a key component in helping firms to fly into the future of aviation.”

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