Bell Helicopter announces that its Lafayette, LA facility has successfully achieved AS9100 Implementation and Certification.
This certification confirms that the Lafayette quality management system (QMS) is certified for manufacturing composite panels and allows Lafayette to operate as an extension of Bell Helicopter’s Fort Worth headquarters.
The Louisiana operation, formerly Acadian Composites and a former division of Aeronautical Accessories, was integrated into Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. in January 2011.
As a part of the integration, Bell Helicopter conducted an audit and evaluation of the composites plant’s quality system in 2010. In order to extend Bell Helicopter’s production certificate to the Lafayette location, the quality system had to meet the same requirements as other Bell Helicopter facilities.