Quality Magazine

Arcadia Aerospace Opens New NDT Facility

February 20, 2009

PUNTA GORDA, FL - Arcadia Aerospace (AAI) has opened a new, entirely automated Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) and Portable Coordinate Measurement (PCMM) facility at its Punta Gorda, FL, headquarters.

Now, in addition to its electronic part-tracking infrastructure, AAI can respond aggressively to the challenge posed by composite primary structure (CPS) manufacturing components.

AAI is committed to functioning at the highest levels of excellence. The firm’s attainment of its self-imposed goal is underscored by its launch of the AAI digital eQMS Quality System, even while North American Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) audits were being completed. NADCAP authors the most comprehensive quality assurance program in the worldwide aerospace industry, and AAI emerged from those audits with zero non-conformance findings. In addition to earning NADCAP accolades, AAI holds supplemental certificates from both the Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin.

A partial AAI client list includes GKN Aerospace, Honda Aircraft Co., AeroTurbine Co., and Honeycomb Co. of America (a major manufacturer of aircraft parts). The newly equipped NDI and PCMM facility is designed for service to a broad spectrum of aerospace manufacturers, including commercial giants Boeing, Vought, and Spirit; defense industry manufacturers General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman; and Alliant TechSystems and Matrix composites – both major producers of aerospace components.

NADCAP, a worldwide cooperative program made up of major companies pursuing cost-effective and continually improving solutions within the aerospace and automotive industries, has as its vision the development of “a world-class special processor supply-base for the aerospace industry.” The existence of a firm such as AAI gives substance to that vision.