The Singapore Aerospace Quality Group (SAQG), which was recently formalised under the AAIS, launched its workshop series on 25 November 2016. The inaugural workshop received overwhelming support from the community of aerospace quality professionals with the attendance of over 70 participants.

AAIS Chief Executive Mr Sia Kheng Yok welcomed participants and introduced SAQG Chair Mr Jimson Ngiam (Thales Solutions Asia). Mr Ngiam informed the quality community about the objectives and structure of the SAQG, as well as some of the activities the group has lined up for 2017. SAQG Deputy Chair Mr Jeffrey Ho (Rolls-Royce Singapore) then shared on the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) and explained some of the working groups and areas of standards under development.

Mr David Tan from Pratt & Whitney delivered the main presentation on changes to the AS91XX:2016 standards and transition deadlines. A note-worthy point shared was that all audit visits after the 1st June 2017 would have to be conducted in accordance with the revised AS91XX:2016 standards. The SAQG urged quality managers to prepare for the change and adapt their management system to meet the new requirements and transition timelines.

Following a fruitful networking tea break, Mr Ricky Au (Liebherr-Singapore) shared with participants on a new initiative that the IAQG was looking into – developing standards for end-of-life aircraft management.

AAIS is very pleased to have facilitated the event, and thanks our venue sponsor JTC, and event sponsor Thales Solutions Asia, for supporting the event. The next SAQG workshop is scheduled to run on 20 January 2017. For any queries on the SAQG, please contact AAIS SAQG Secretariat Ms Jen Ng at jen@aais.org.sg

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