2006 News Archive
The following news items contain information believed to be accurate at the publication date listed, but may have been superseded by subsequent events. They are not reviewed or updated after being posted.
AASC fabricated the two antenna reflectors that are found on NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories (STEREO) spacecraft that was launched on October 25, 2006. This is a prime example of AASC's contribution to scientific discovery.
AASC has successfully completed our AS9100 Quality Systems Re-certification Audit. The overall audit score was 94%, allowing AASC’s accreditation to be valid through December 2009.
Stockton, CA – June 27, 2006 – Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation (AASC) has been recognized by Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Integrated Systems sector as a 2005 Supplier of the Year for their proven track record of exceptional quality, delivery, and performance on numerous critical composite assemblies to support the fleet . This is the first year AASC has been selected as a Supplier of the Year by Northrop Grumman. AASC was also selected for the PPS Composite Strategic Alliance for both the east and west coast platforms.
AASC has been given Boeing approval to BAC 5317-3: Manufacture of High Temperature Fiberglass/Epoxy Structural Parts for the manufacturing of thermal cargo barriers. AASC is also approved to Boeing’s BAC 5514, BAC 5555, BAC 5719, BAC 5423, BAC 5968, and BAC 5317-2.
AASC passed our fifth straight AS9100 audit with no findings or non-conformities and an assessment score of 100%. The audit was conducted on May 11th and 12th by registrar BSI. The strong points that were noted by the auditor were our comprehensive and well documented management review and internal audit process, our effective corrective and preventative action process, and our well operating receipt inspection process. The next audit will occur in October. Congratulations to all our employees for their hard work over the past three years since the AS9100 Certification.
AASC has signed a long-term agreement with Marshall Aerospace to supply auxiliary fuel tanks for the P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft. While Marshall will be solely responsible for the design and final assembly of the tanks, AASC will provide concurrent engineering support (design-for-manufacturability input) and fabrication of all the blank fuel tank panels. The P-8A, a 737-800 derivative aircraft, is being built by Boeing for the U.S. Navy. It will replace the P-3C aircraft for long range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. The U.S. Navy plans to purchase 108 planes, with a first flight occurring in 2009. Each aircraft will have six fuel tanks onboard, which means a minimum of 648 tanks over the next 14 years for AASC. After a very successful relationship with Marshall Aerospace on the fabrication of the 777-200LR fuel tanks, AASC was honored to be chosen as the supplier to Marshall for fabrication of the auxiliary tanks for the P-8A aircraft as well. AASC looks forward to working with the UK based company on many more endeavors.
AASC has purchased a 12 ft FARO Platinum Inspection Arm. The largest, highest precision model from FARO compliments AASC's existing 3D volumetric measurement tools: LK-CMM, SMX Laser Trackers, Theodilites and Photogrammetry. The FARO Arm went online March 6, 2006 with three fully trained operators on staff.