NAWCAD’s Darren Pistachio performs conformance inspection for the C-130T aircraft obsolescence upgrade program. APSD inspectors verify that parts identically match drawings to assure airworthiness and production repeatability.

NAVAL AIRWARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — NAWCAD’S Aircraft Prototype Systems Division (APSD) recently earned the SAE Aerospace Standard AS9100D certification followinga thouroughevaluation by independent auditors.

The AS9100D standard certification ensures that every aerospace supplier meets recognized industry quality standards. It is widely used in commercial and defense sectors and is overseen by the International Aerospace Quality Group.

“Our APSD team is proud to accept this AS9100D certification,” said Robb Lake, chief engineer for APSD.“The certification attests to each individual’s support and contribution to provide the highest quality products to our warfighters.”

As part of the Integrated Battlespace Simulation and Test Department, APSD engineers fabricate and install aircraft modifications such as avionics and mission systems upgrades. APSD obtains a set of customer provided requirements, then designs, fabricates, and conducts quality control to ensure the new parts are acceptable for installation.

APSD previously held SAE certification under the equally prestigious, now revised AS9100C aerospace standard. With facilities in Patuxent River, Maryland; Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Orlando, Florida NAWCAD supports the research and development, engineering, test and evaluation of all Navy and Marine Corps air vehicle systems and trainers.

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