MORGANTOWN, Ky., September 25, 2012 – Blackhawk Composites, Inc. (BCI), producer of composite aerospace and commercial components and a sister company of Blackhawk Modifications, Inc., has earned ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C certification for its manufacturing and quality management systems.
These certifications, established by the International Organization for Standardization, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the European Association of Aerospace Industries, signify that BCI meets or exceeds world-class quality management systems. Current ISO 9001:2008 standards deal with quality management systems, and AS9100C focuses on aerospace industry quality management.
BCI received certification in August from an independent accredited registrar after a nine-month process that included an extensive audit of company quality management programs and processes. Earning both certifications is a unique achievement for a company founded in 2009.
“Achieving this milestone was a team effort that required support from all areas of the facility including executive management and production personnel. This certification solidified the importance of managing a disciplined quality management system within all areas of the operation,” said Jim Allmon, Blackhawk CEO and Director of Business Development at Blackhawk Composites. “We look forward to discussing our capabilities with customers at NBAA and beyond.”
ISO 9001:2008/AS9100C standards are recognized throughout the aerospace industry. Major aerospace manufacturers and suppliers as well as government agencies around the world now require product provider compliance and registration as a condition for conducting business. In addition, BCI’s certification places the company on the Online Aerospace Supplier Information System (OASIS), increasing market opportunities for smaller firms by allowing aerospace customers to find certified product and service suppliers.
Blackhawk Composites, Inc., headquartered in Morgantown, Kentucky, develops and produces composite components for aerospace and commercial use. The company specializes in rapid prototyping and low-cost, high-quality production. For more information, see the company’s website: www.bhci.aero.
Blackhawk Modifications Inc., a global provider of performance improvements for single- and twin-engine turboprop aircraft, will showcase its performance upgrades at the National Business Aviation Association 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA 2012), Booth 4112, Hall SB, South Concourse, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., Oct. 30 – Nov. 1. Customers and visitors may discuss Blackhawk’s capabilities and services during exhibit hours throughout the event.
Blackhawk Modifications, Inc., founded in 1999 in Waco, Texas, is a recognized aviation leader in providing engine performance solutions to the turboprop fleet. The company has the largest installed fleet of STC twin-engine turboprop engine upgrades, making Blackhawk the largest non-OEM buyer of new Pratt & Whitney turboprop engines in the world. A worldwide network of approved dealers and service support centers complements Blackhawk’s U.S. facilities. For more information, see the company’s website: www.blackhawk.aero.
Its newest venture, Blackhawk Services Inc., is offering new programs, including more comprehensive maintenance and strategic support after completion of upgrade installations, for its operators.
The Quality Management System (QMS) for the Aerospace Industry (AS9100) is designed to meet the stringent, complex and unique demands of the defense and commercial Aerospace industry.
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Lycoming has retained its AS 9100 certification for another three years following a comprehensive multi-day recertification audit by NSF, the international registrar of aerospace standards.