Facilitated by AAIS, the 2016 Spring Meeting of the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) was held for the first time in Singapore from 25 to 30 April at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. The IAQG is a non-profit organisation registered in Brussels, Belgium. Established as a global organisation, IAQG maintains dynamic cooperation between aerospace and defense companies on initiatives to make significant performance improvements in quality. It comprises representation from three sectors – the Americas (AAQG), Asia Pacific (APAQG) and Europe (EAQG).

Kicking off a suite of activities, IAQG members started the week with working group huddles and company visits to Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia, ST Electronics (SATCOM), SASCO and Thales Solutions Asia.

The highlight of the IAQG Spring Meeting was the 2016 General Assembly held on 28 April during which working groups reported on their progress, and decisions on the IAQG were discussed and voted upon. At this event, Mr Jimson Ngiam, Assistant Honorary Treasurer of AAIS announced the formation of an AAIS Quality Committee (AQC), which will be looking into formalising a Singapore Aerospace Quality Group (SAQG).

Following the General Assembly, IAQG hosted a Suppliers Forum on 29 April, which provided a chance for suppliers from the aerospace and related industries to establish direct network with the IAQG members and participate in discussions on quality matters through four breakout sessions on Aerospace Standards Updates; Achieving Assurance; Risk Management; and Special Processes and purchasing challenges.

In celebration of IAQG’s 20th anniversary, a Gala Dinner was held at the Singapore Seafood Republic Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa. IAQG members were treated to a variety of seafood dishes, including Singapore’s famous Chili Crab. Awards were also given out at the Gala Dinner to commemorate the invaluable contributions of working groups and individuals through the years.

To end off the IAQG events, participants were treated to the sights and sounds of Singapore with visits to the SEA Aquarium and Gardens by the Bay.

AAIS would like to thank the IAQG for the opportunity to facilitate this event, as well as to all IAQG members, companies and sponsors for their time and support in making the event a success! For enquiries on membership in SAQG, email quality@aais.org.sg