Wait, what?

Yes, true believers, Oxebridge just surprised the entire industry by dropping a set of Totally Free AS9100 QMS Template Kit documents on the web, and you can grab yours by clicking right here. No strings attached, because in space there’s no gravity, so you don’t need strings. Unless you’re talking string theory, in which case… shut up!

After months of insisting we weren’t making headway, the truth is revealed that I was lying all along and had the kit in heavy development. Now it’s launched, and you can start your starry trek towards AS9100 Revision D upgrading, or initial registration, with the help of our QMS template kit, all while spending exactly ZERO dollars.

Happy? Well, be sure to vocalize your glee as loudly as you can, because in space, no one can hear you squeal with delight.

The usual caveats apply. First, using a QMS template kit is generally a bad idea, since they tend not to pass audits. But if you must use a kit, then use one that costs ZIP, so you won’t feel robbed. Anyway, our clients are reporting a fantastic pass rate with the free ISO 9001 kit, so maybe it’s all moot.

Next, aerospace companies tend to make important stuff, like rockets and airplanes, and not the silly drivel that ISO 9001 companies make, like sticky notes and sniffing glue. So it’s more important that AS9100 companies get it right, and using some free kit a guy developed while likely hammered from too much cheap Beaujolais-Villages (Louis Jadot 2016, to be precise), is likely to increase your risks. So proceed with caution.

Also, Oxebridge disavows any responsibility for anything your company blows up while using our kit. Heck, NASA destroyed a perfectly good space shuttle while their team was AS9100 certified, and we could argue that had they used our kit that never would have happened. We could argue that, just not with a straight face.

Finally, the kit is its first release, so while it benefits from the fact that it was built on a mature and stable release of the ISO 9001 kit, it’s still a little rough around the edges for AS users. It only offers one option for a Quality Manual, for example, numbered according to the AS9100 standard (shudder.)

Given that we’ve appealed to ISO, the IAQG and the IAF to have the totally-made-up AS9100 transition deadline of September 2018 postponed for two years, and those involved responded by giving us a big fat middle finger, this kit may help you stay on track. Of course that means more companies are likely to keep their AS9100 certificate and not drop it after all, shoving loads of cash into the hands of the AS9100 registrars and their attendant accreditation bodies, like ANAB and UKAS. Will they send me a note of thanks for single-handedly helping to save their asses? I doubt it, but I will take cases of cheap Beaujolais-Villages. Will SAE and IAQG stop having their representatives threaten to bludgeon me with baseball bats, while I single-handedly help boost sales of their AS9100 standards? Unlikely as well, but perhaps they can send me a free private jet or something. Come on, Tim Lee, don’t be a dick.

So, entire world, once again… you’re welcome.

If you like what you see and want to send a note of thanks, feel free to post it online and proudly declare your love of all things Oxebridge, especially on the O-Forum, LinkedIn, and Elsmar.com, the latter of which I hear will respond by sending you actual money for every nice thing you say about Oxebridge. At least they keep sending me money for all the things they keep saying about me, so I assume that’s true with everyone.

Grab the entire kit right here.


    About Christopher Paris

    Christopher Paris is the founder and VP Operations of Oxebridge. He has over 25 years' experience implementing ISO 9001 and AS9100 systems, and is a vocal advocate for the development and use of standards from the point of view of actual users. He is the author of Surviving ISO 9001:2015. He reviews wines for the irreverent wine blog, Winepisser.