This handbook covers instructions of filling AS9102 First Article Inspection forms, neutral templates, common issues, and resources such as checklist, software and FAQ.

Why I created this website

Seven years ago I started my job in aerospace quality and supply chain management. Over the years, I learned a lot and practiced frequently. First article inspection is a small topic, so small that there is no book or handbook was ever published about it. But after going through many projects, I realized that this small thing is the foundation of larger projects.

After creating and reviewing over 500 FAIRs, I started drafting an internal instruction to train employees and suppliers. It was revised and expanded and has reached its 17th revision.

One day a friend from another company asked if I can share the instruction. Sure I can, and why not that I share it with everyone who wants to learn? So for a few months, I spent after-work hours reviewing requirements from some major companies, creating new drawings, replacing confidential information and technical data with CC-licenced ones, and created this website.

How to use this site

Please start from here.


Unless noted, all instructions and articles on this site is licenced under CC-BY-NC. This means:

  • It is free to use if you are traning yourself
  • It is free to share and adapt if this website is cited, and it is not for commercial use.

Help me help you

Please do not send donations.

If this free site really helps you, please consider below:

  • $ Purchase the PDF e-book. The e-book has no more info than this website, but is organize nicely in one PDF file for you to save and share.
  • $ Get a licence to adapt into your company's internal instruction.
  • $ Ask me to create customized forms/instructions for your company.