Supplier Quality Requirements

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100 Quality Management Certification and Changes in Certification Status

Supplier must maintain a Quality Management System that is certified by an accredited registration body to AS9100, or an equivalent standard, which must be approved by Archer. Other quality certifications such as ISO9001 or TS16949 may be accepted based on commodity and will be accepted through the purchase order or statement of work.

Supplier must immediately notify Archer of lapse, probation, or loss of certification status. Supplier must grant access to Archer Aviation in the IAQG OASIS database with Level II authority when AS9100 is required. Archer Aviation reserves the right to provide identified Quality Management System findings to the Supplier’s Certification Body.

101 Approved Sources for Controlled Processes

Supplier must use NADCAP or other Archer Aviation approved sources for special processes. Supplier must flow down the following requirements, at minimum:

a) Archer Aviation part number and description

b) Applicable Archer Aviation CAGE Code, or request for material

c) Archer Aviation applicable Supplier Quality Requirements

d) Special Processes to be completed referencing its applicable specification(s) and revision letter(s) and defining the type, class, or methods and testing that are identified within the drawing or specification

e) Instructions/notes identified on the drawing

f) Fixed/Frozen process requirements

102 Awareness and Training of Supplier Personnel

Supplier must ensure that its personnel are aware of their contribution to product or service conforming, safety and the importance of ethical behavior.

103 Calibration

Supplier must maintain a calibration system traceable to ANSI/NCSL Z540-1, ISO/IEC 17025 or equivalent. Records must be maintained and provided to show evidence of monitoring and measuring equipment calibration. Supplier must have a positive recall system for calibration. Supplier must have an out of tolerance program to determine the impact of out of tolerance conditions on products. When calibration and testing activities are outsourced, Supplier must be able to demonstrate that sub-tier suppliers are also traceable to the requirements above.

104 Notification of Changes

Supplier must promptly notify Archer, in writing, of any change in the Supplier’s name, scope, location of facilities or manufacturing equipment, CAGE code, ownership or control of the Supplier, or of any change in Supplier’s organization or method of doing business that may affect Supplier’s performance of any Archer Aviation Purchase Order (PO) or agreement.

Products manufactured or processed at an unapproved location will be considered nonconforming.

Location or manufacturing equipment change: Notification of any change in location of facilities or manufacturing equipment must be made prior to relocation and with adequate time (minimum 90 days) for re-qualification of the Supplier’s quality management system, product and processes.

Management change: Notification of changes in senior company management or in senior quality and Nondestructive Testing (NDT) leadership.

Quality or manufacturing systems: Notification of changes to Supplier’s quality management system, scope, name, including suspensions or disapprovals, or manufacturing and repair process, including NADCAP or controlled processes.

Design authority: Notification of changes in the holder of design authority for Supplier’s products and services. Notification of changes in configuration, fit, form, function or product safety.

Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) /Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) change: Notification of change in Supplier’s planning processes that may impact materials, processes, tooling, or transportation in the supply chain that pertains to the products or services.

Major supplier change: Notification of any change from Supplier’s sub-tier supplier(s) used to produce the products at the time the First Article Inspection (“FAI”) was accepted.

Supplier’s notice must include at least the following information:

a) Products affected

b) Detailed description of the change

c) Reason for the change

d) Requested start date and implementation schedule for the change

e) Identification of risk(s) and proposed mitigation(s)

105 Counterfeit Prevention

Supplier must establish a program to prevent the risk of introducing counterfeit parts, including electronic and non-electronic parts and materials. The counterfeit prevention program must include: identification, mitigation, detection, and avoidance techniques, and reporting of suspected or confirmed counterfeit parts, assemblies, and/or materials. Supplier’s counterfeit prevention program must include training for the detection and prevention of counterfeit parts.

Guidance on counterfeit prevention can also be found in the following documents:

a) AS5553 Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition.

b) AS6081 Counterfeit Avoidance Standard

c) AS6174 Assuring Acquisition of Authentic and Conforming Material

d) IDEA-STD-1010 Acceptability of Electronic Components Distributed in the Open Market

GIDEP (Government-Industry Data Exchange Program) is a cooperative activity between government and industry participants seeking to reduce or eliminate expenditures of resources by sharing technical information essential during research, design, development, production and operational phases of the life cycle of systems, facilities and equipment. Suppliers are encouraged to participate in this program in order to help identify issues related to counterfeit parts and other suspect materials or parts that otherwise will enter the supply chain. For more information go to website:

106 Documented Information and Data Control (Record Control)

Supplier must maintain records as evidence that the Supplier’s methods, systems, and processes were performed according to its quality management system. Records must be maintained on file at the supplier's facility and be traceable to the conformance of product or services delivered to Archer Aviation. Records must be protected from loss, damage or deterioration and must remain legible and readily accessible. Electronic records (data) must be stored securely with back-up procedures, and audited to verify integrity of data. Unless specified by contract, agreement or Purchase Order, the supplier must retain such records according to FAA requirements and for a period of not less than ten years from the date of shipment under each applicable order for all products. See AC 20-179 for more information on certification data retention. Supplier must flow-down these record control requirements for its suppliers and sub-tier suppliers for the same retention time.

At the expiration of the retention period, Supplier must notify Archer Aviation in writing prior to disposal of such records. Archer Aviation reserves the right to request delivery of such records. In the event Archer Aviation chooses to exercise this right, Supplier must promptly deliver such records to Archer Aviation, at no additional cost, on media agreed to by both parties. If Archer Aviation does not request the records, expired hard copy records related to Archer Aviation must be shredded. Expired electronic records must be permanently deleted.

107 Sub-Tier Flowdown of Requirements

The supplier shall maintain a process for supplier control ensuring all sub-tier suppliers can meet the requirements of the Purchase Order. Archer Aviation retains the right to review changes to sub-tier suppliers considered for use on deliverable hardware. The supplier shall notify Archer of any intentions to subcontract work required to complete the Purchase Order requirements. Additionally, all requirements that are invoked or applied to the supplier's purchasing document and its associated documents, including key characteristics where applicable, be flowed down to the appropriate level.

108 Foreign Object Damage (FOD) Control

Supplier must establish a program in accordance with AS9146 or equivalent for the prevention, detection, and removal of foreign objects. Supplier will ensure that Foreign Object Debris and subsequent Foreign Object Damage (FOD) is eliminated from all parts prior to shipment. Supplier's FOD control program must ensure a FOD free environment at all points during machining, manufacturing, assembly, maintenance, inspection, storage, packaging and shipping. Potential FOD includes, but is not limited to: burrs, chips, dirt, corrosion and contamination resulting from the manufacturing, assembly, maintenance, processing, cleaning, storage and subsequent packaging of parts. Suppliers must ensure all passageways are clear of chips, core material, dirt, etc. Prior to closing inaccessible or obscured areas and compartments during assembly, Supplier must ensure the areas are free of FOD. Suppliers must ensure all parts are clean and FOD free prior to shipment.

Supplier’s FOD prevention program should pay specific attention to items such as housekeeping and cleanliness, food and beverage control, tool and small part accountability, loose objects, material handling and parts protection, and external cleaning following evidence of external contamination. Suppliers must ensure that the responsibility for the FOD prevention program is clearly defined and appropriate personnel have received FOD awareness training. Suppliers are also responsible for the flow down of these requirements to their sub-tier suppliers.

109 Handling, Preservation and Packaging

Supplier must ensure that the products supplied are protected from damage during production, inspection, packing, packaging, and shipping operations. Products found to be damaged upon receipt must be subject to rejection.

All products must be protected during manufacture, transport and storage to prevent damage, including without limitation any special packaging required for electrostatic discharge protection, moisture sensitive components, corrosion protection, special cleaning, or explosive or corrosive materials.

110 Inspection

Supplier must maintain an inspection system applicable and adequate for the product or service being supplied. Prior to each shipment, all products must be inspected for applicable workmanship standards. They should be uniform in quality and must be free from defects and all foreign substances or residue from processing or handling that could affect fit, form, function, reliability, or serviceability.

111 Nonconforming Material Control

Supplier must notify Archer Aviation of nonconforming processes, products, or services and obtain Archer Aviation’s approval.

When a nonconformance is discovered for a product that has already been shipped to Archer Aviation, Supplier must notify Archer Aviation within 24 hours. Notification must include part numbers, design activity, CAGE code or CDA code, traceability (batch, lot, serial and manufacturer numbers), ship dates, quantities, and a description of the nonconformance. This applies to any nonconformance that departs from drawing, specifications, aftermarket maintenance technical data or purchase order requirements. Supplier must promptly perform an investigation to determine root cause and corrective action to ensure full containment is in effect and to prevent recurrence. Containment action must be taken and documented prior to the next shipment of the part number involved.

When Supplier is notified of a discrepancy, Supplier must take immediate action to determine if the condition exists on any other work-in-process, in storage at the Supplier’s facility, or in prior shipments. Containment action must be taken and documented prior to the next shipment of the part number(s) involved. Containment activities taken and/or planned must be communicated to Archer Aviation within 24 hours, when formally requested through by Archer Aviation Quality. Action must not be taken on any nonconformance which could affect safety of personnel; adversely affect performance, durability, interchangeability or reliability; materially affect weight; or otherwise result in failure of the end product to perform its intended function. All doubtful cases must be submitted to Archer Aviation’s MRB for decision. Archer Aviation reserves the right to reject the decision of the Supplier MRB.

Supplier must not exercise disposition authority for products that are Archer Aviation designed and/or designs controlled to Archer Aviation specifications or other OEM designed hardware without written approval by Archer Aviation’s Quality Organization.

Disposition, handling and mutilation of scrap must be compliant with AS9100.

Nonconforming material records must be retained in accordance with SQR Clause 106 and available on demand.

112 Obsolescence Management

Supplier is required to manage obsolescence on the assemblies where it has design responsibility. Supplier must develop and implement a part obsolescence management process, which includes the following requirements at a minimum:

a) Annual assessment of bills of material (BOMs) to identify any actual or potential obsolescence that might impact production or delivery of products.

b) Proactive identification and detection of part, material or manufacturing or test equipment obsolescence issues.

c) An action plan to resolve each obsolescence issue, including forecast analysis and product support decisions (i.e., lifetime buy, redesign or product sunset).

d) A lifetime buy inventory management plan to ensure long term ability to produce the products.

e) Advanced notification to Archer Aviation of any potential interruption in the ability to meet forecasted demand due to an obsolescence issue.

Supplier must notify Archer Aviation regarding part or material obsolescence as soon as the information becomes available, with an expectation to provide notification at least six months prior to the last date an order will be accepted.

113 Performance Monitoring

Archer Aviation defines minimum performance expectation measured in quality and on-time delivery performance, in addition to corrective action responsiveness. When Supplier does not meet these minimum performance levels, Archer Aviation reserves the right to require Supplier to engage in an improvement project led by Supplier’s top management. These projects will be focused on improving Supplier’s business operating systems and quality management systems that will result in the sustainable achievement of Archer Aviation’s minimum performance expectation.

All features of the product must comply with specification for all parts produced and shipped. If Supplier’s process does not meet 100% Quality and Delivery performance, Archer Aviation’s expectation is for Supplier to pursue measurable continuous improvement.

Archer Aviation reserves the right to assess Supplier’s Quality Management System, communicate with the Certifying Bodies of system weaknesses and follow up on audit outcomes, determine the supplier's compliance with Archer Aviation requirements, and consequently, change the supplier’s approval status and/or terminate the binding contract.

114 Configuration Management

Supplier must ensure that delivered products and services are performed to meet the requirements of the specified configuration of all models, drawings, specifications, technical data and other requirements referenced in the PO. Supplier is responsible to obtain the latest revision of all requirements. Standards and specifications called out on drawing notes must be understood and performed as indicated. The Signed Certificate of Conformance provided with the supplier’s shipment is acknowledgement that conformance and compliance to the drawings are fully met.

115 Right of Access

Supplier must allow the right of access by Archer Aviation, its customer, and regulatory authorities, to the applicable areas of facilities and to applicable documented information (e.g., documents, records, data) at any level of the supply chain. Archer Aviation reserves the right to access records at the Supplier/PO holder, or its sub-tier Suppliers that are involved in the manufacture of Archer Aviation products. At any time during the identified retention period, at Archer Aviation’s request, Supplier must make records available within 2 business days of the request for access and must deliver such records or any part thereof in format/media and at no additional cost to Archer Aviation. Supplier must flow down this requirement to its sub-tier suppliers.

116 Traceability

Supplier must maintain records tracing the products, including without limitation, raw materials, piece parts, components, and sub-assemblies used to produce the products, to their original manufacturers, including the mill supplying raw material, by batch or lot and date code. Records must include, without limitation, a certificate of conformance from the original manufacturer of the raw materials, piece parts, components, or sub-assemblies. The system for traceability must account for any/all components that require replacement past initial installation.

Supplier must require its lower-tier suppliers to provide a certificate of conformance with each shipment of raw materials, piece parts, components, and sub-assemblies in the same form as required for Supplier’s shipments. Supplier must inspect all shipments of raw materials, piece parts, components, and sub-assemblies from its lower-tier suppliers for conformity with the applicable requirements. The inspection must include review of documentation accompanying shipments. Supplier must maintain records showing the method of inspecting the raw materials, piece parts, components, and sub-assemblies received by Supplier from its lower-tier suppliers.

Supplier must provide Archer Aviation, upon request, a list of all raw materials, piece parts, components, and sub-assemblies used to produce the products. Traceability must be maintained throughout the manufacturing process to shipment of product to Archer Aviation. In addition, the Supplier will provide Archer Aviation additional information requested, including process name, date and time, location, and identification of the personnel certifications.

117 Customer Authorized Manufacturers/ Approved Designated Suppliers

Suppliers and sub-tier suppliers must ensure that only Archer Aviation approved designated suppliers and/or authorized manufacturers are utilized whenever the requirement is flowed down on the Qualified Product List, Archer Aviation contract/purchase order, drawings and/or other alternative documents.

In addition, Suppliers and sub-tier suppliers must validate that relevant parts or products meet the specific flowed down requirements and are traceable to the designated source prior to the release of product to Archer Aviation.

118 Records Correction

For updates/corrections to existing records for parts in WIP, Supplier must ensure that the individual making the change(s) is crossing out existing information, recording the updated correction, dating and signing, initialing, or stamping the correction(s) made. Correction of Records for all shipped items must be sent to Archer Aviation for approval.

119 Certificate of Conformance

Supplier must provide a Certificate of Conformance with each shipment, which states that the product supplied meets all drawing, specification, and/or purchase order requirements, as applicable. The Certificate of Conformance must reflect the part number(s) listed on Archer Aviation’s purchase order, the production lot numbers, and must be signed by an authorized supplier representative of the manufacturer.

Supplier must provide the manufacturer’s Certificate of Conformance as described above in addition to its own Certificate of Conformance.

Upon request, the supplier must provide test reports or authorized release certificate, as applicable.

120 Electrostatic Sensitive Devices (ESD) Certification

Certification must attest to compliance with ANSI/ESD S20. 20, MIL-STD-1686 or equivalent ESD requirements and must include class of ESD, the part number, Archer Aviation’s Purchase Order number, certification date, and quantity shipped. ESD sensitive materials must be labeled as such and be packaged to preclude any static damage.

121 Certification of Date of Manufacture

Supplier must either furnish certification identifying the material date of manufacture/cure date and special storage and handling requirements or must identify each package/container of age sensitive material with that information.

122 Source Inspection

Products or services may be subject to source inspection by Archer Aviation, representatives of Archer Aviation, or applicable government agencies. Source inspection requirements will be included on the contract or purchase order and may apply to any and all operations performed by Supplier or the supplier’s sub-tier sources, including prior to delivery of products to Archer Aviation or its customer. Suppliers must provide the necessary access, equipment and resources required to effectively accomplish the source inspection. Archer Aviation’s Quality department must be notified in advance of the time articles or materials are ready for inspection or test.

123 Material Shelf Life

Suppliers must identify materials and articles having definite characteristics of quality degradation or drift with age and/or environment. This identification must indicate the date and/or cycle that the critical life was initiated and the date and/or cycle at which the useful life will be expended. If environment is a factor in determining useful life, identification must also include the storage temperature, and humidity required to achieve the stated useful life.

For material where out time tracking is required, Supplier must maintain out time tracking throughout.

124 Shelf-Life Certificate

With each delivery of materials or products that have a limited or specified shelf life, the Supplier must furnish data that shows, as applicable:

a) Cure or manufacture date,

b) Expiration date or shelf life;

c) Lot and/or batch number;

d) Special handling or storage requirements.

Unless otherwise specified by Archer Aviation’s purchase order and/or contract, the remaining shelf life must be a minimum of 75% of the total shelf life.

125 Certification of Special Processes

Certification of special processes (e.g., welding, soldering, composites, electroplating, heat treating, anodizing, etc.) must include the part number, Archer Aviation’s purchase order number, and the full list of specifications to which the product conforms.

The special process must be approved per SQR Clause 101.

126 Design and Development of Products and Services

Supplier must apply requirements for the material design according to the instructions defined in the order and/or in the design data and associated technical specifications of the products and/or the Statement of Works (SOW)

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) - Netinspect

When specified by the purchase order or contract, Supplier must deploy APQP for each Major change of Build-to-Spec, Build-to-Print and Design & Build products. All Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) deliverables must be approved in NetInspect. APQP must be deployed in accordance with AS9145,


a) Quality Plan Timing

b) Bill of Material (only for “Build-to-Spec” or “Design and Build”)

c) DFMEA and Design Key Characteristics (only for “Build-to-Spec” or “Design and Build”)

d) PFMEA and Process Key Characteristics

e) Process Flow Chart/Diagram

f) Measurement System Analysis (MSA), incl. MSA plan

g) Control Plan

h) Production Part Approval Process and First Article Inspection

i) Process Stability and Capability

Supplier must give full support to Archer Aviation for deliverables maturity assessment. Supplier must proactively report the progress of their activities/deliverables to identify potential risk.

127 Identification and Traceability

Supplier must ensure, as applicable to the product, adequate means for downward and upward traceability (e.g. batch, lot), manufacturing operator/operation traceability, operation/means traceability, components and materials in relation to the delivered Product (date code, batch no., serial no.). Adequate methodology must be used to serialize parts ensuring uniqueness of serial number or batch number when this is requested by Archer Aviation. The serial number for a finished product must not be identical to the serial number of the semi-finished product used for the manufacturing.

For Critical Parts, the traceability must link the manufacturing documented information with the material batch. When no specification is provided by Archer Aviation to define means, methods and depth of the traceability, Supplier must define these elements based on the results of non-conformity and risk analysis. Supplier must ensure the traceability of any changes and non-quality events on the different elements of the Product. Documented information pertaining to identification and traceability must be maintained/archived in accordance with the required retention period related to the product being produced.

Splitting of the manufacturing files: Traceability during manufacturing between the initial file and the new manufacturing file(s) must be ensured. In order to maintain the traceability of the items during division/consolidation, all those items without a serial number must come from a single batch.

128 Part Marking

Critical parts must be marked permanently and legibly with a part number and a serial number. The marking method defined in the design data corresponds to the maximum alteration level that a part can sustain without its operation being altered. The process used must permit easy identification after the protection and assembly steps. Any change of marking’s mode must be submitted for approval. The markings required during manufacturing (e.g. temporary marking for inter-operation traceability) may not remain on finished parts. It is strictly forbidden to assign a serial number already assigned for the same part number. The items must be marked permanently with an inspection stamp unless otherwise instructed in the technical specification.

129 Substitute Parts

Supplier must not substitute any parts without prior written approval by Archer Aviation.

130 Notice of Escapes (NOE)

When Supplier identifies or becomes aware of a suspect product/service that has escaped from the Supplier’s facility, Supplier must notify Archer Aviation within (5) working days. The notification must be in writing, addressed to Archer Aviation, on the Supplier’s own letterhead. The notification must, at a minimum, contain the following information:

(a) Supplier Name

(b) Description of the defect

(c) Affected part number(s)

(d) P.O. number(s)

(e) Quantities and Dates delivered

(f) Date of Manufacture

(g) Traceability information (serial number, heat lot number, batch number, etc.

(h) Attachment of test/inspection data.

(i) Information regarding rejection and containment

(j) Root cause and corrective action or completion date for submittal.

If a Supplier or sub-tier Supplier delivers a “safety-of-flight” issue on a product, Supplier must disclose it to Archer Aviation within 24 hours of detection.

Supplier must inform Archer Aviation of the result of any tests performed as well as Corrective Actions taken and a completion date. Supplier must update Archer Aviation on the progress of the Corrective Actions upon request.


200 First Article Inspection (FAI) - NetInspect

Supplier is responsible for assuring completion of a First Article Inspection Report (FAIR) per AS9102 for all design characteristics generated by the Supplier or their sub-tiers. All Archer Aviation Part Numbers and Purchase Order line items must be approved in NetInspect prior to shipment.

First Article Inspections (FAI) must be performed in accordance with the latest revision in effect of SAE AS9102 and must be performed and conducted on a sample part representative of the first production run. This requirement is applicable to final assemblies, subassemblies and individual parts manufactured or assembled to a specific drawing. Results of the FAI must be completed and signed by Supplier’s quality representative and provided to Archer Aviation concurrent with the parts. Each FAI must include a “bubbled” drawing identifying the location of all characteristics referenced on AS9102, Form 3.

The FAI requirement applies to each bill of material or parts list item with an Archer Aviation part number that is invoked in the product design, including lower level Archer Aviation models and detailed drawings identified on top level assembly models and drawing(s), and each cavity or tool serial number for products whose dimensions are controlled by the tool. FAI’s may be required on Supplier designs if specified on the Purchase Order. Archer Aviation FAI approval does not relieve the Supplier of the responsibility and/or liability for full compliance with all contract requirements.

The following items are exempt from requirements of this quality clause:

a) Bar and sheet stock.

b) Unaltered material consigned by or purchased from Archer Aviation or its authorized distributors,

c) Archer Aviation vendor item (only requires form 1 of AS9102 for all assemblies and/or lower level FAIs where they form part of the top level assembly part number)

d) Discrepant hardware either returned to the manufacturing Supplier or sent to an alternate Supplier and disposition rework or repair.

e) Nonfunctional hardware (protective covers, shipping hardware, COTs, etc.), unless otherwise specified.

f) Catalog and COTS parts, unless otherwise specified.

When the design model or drawing calls out a specific sub-tier supplier to use, as part of the first article shipment, Supplier must send proof that the specified source sub-tier supplier was used. Evidence must be submitted along with the FAI report when the product is shipped.

Archer Aviation reserves the right to exercise the requirement of additional and/or periodic/repeat FAI requirement on a part number basis to assure continued product conformity. Supplier also reserves the right to validate multiple production lots if needed to determine overall process capability.

201 Sampling Plan

Supplier is responsible for 100% verified quality for all items delivered to Archer Aviation. When the Supplier elects to use statistical methods for the acceptance of products or processes, such methods must be in compliance with the requirements established by: SAE ARP9013, 9013/1, 9013/2, 9013/3 and 9013/4 as applicable, except that in all cases the sample sizes must be AQL 4.0 or higher (i.e., AQL 1.0, .65, etc.) and the criteria for lot acceptance as zero (i.e., C=0). A copy of Suppliers statistical process control plan must be furnished to Archer Aviation upon request.

202 Test Data Sheet

Supplier must furnish test data sheet, the result of product tested using calibrated test equipment.

203 Wire Harness

Supplier must provide certification that each shipment of electrical wire or cable furnished under this contract conforms to the applicable specifications.

The test report must, at a minimum, include the physical, chemical, or electrical (and in the case of RF cable, electronic) inspections and tests conducted to satisfy the acceptance requirements and numerical results when applicable.

204 Composite Parts

Composite parts must be fabricated according to Archer Aviation Process Specification (i.e. MPE-00012). Associated controlled processes (i.e. controlled contamination area, tool preparation, part marking, bonding surface preparation, edge sealing) must follow the relevant Archer Aviation process specification or receive written authorization to follow an approved internal procedure. Qualification and verification of compliance with the Archer Aviation specification(s) will be required.

205 Nondestructive Testing (NDT)

When nondestructive testing is required to produce a part or assembly, the Supplier must ensure all NDT personnel have been properly trained, qualified and certified to perform the NDT method and technique to be used. NDT personnel qualification and certification must be in accordance with the Supplier's NDT Written Practice. The Supplier’s NDT Written Practice must adhere to the requirements of: NAS 410 (preferred), ASNT SNT-TC-1A, EN 4179 or equivalent recognized industry standard.

If the Supplier uses a subcontractor NDT provider, the Supplier is responsible for ensuring the subcontractor NDT provider adheres to these requirements.

206 Composite Repairs

Composite repairs must follow the Archer Aviation process documents and must only be performed after approval of nonconforming part disposition and approval by Archer Aviation.

207 Cosmetic Features for Interiors

Supplier must follow the Archer Aviation process documents relating to Cosmetic Interiors. All changes and repairs must only be performed after receipt of approval by Archer Aviation.


300 FAA Part 145 Repair Station

Supplier must utilize a certified FAA Part 145 Repair Station for all repairs performed on Archer Aviation’s product. Supplier must provide all documentation related to the repair on the part in accordance with SQR Clause 119.


400 AS9120 Certification and Changes in Certification Status

Supplier must maintain a Quality Management System that is certified by an accredited registration body to AS9120, or an equivalent standard. Supplier must immediately notify Archer Aviation of lapse, probation, or loss of certification status. Supplier must grant access to Archer Aviation in the IAQG OASIS database and must be subject to periodic audits.


500 AS9103 Compliance

Supplier must perform internal audits to evaluate its compliance to AS9103 requirements and must communicate the audit result with Archer Aviation or delegate, as applicable.

Where application of AS9103 is not fully utilized, Supplier must document the exceptions/inapplicability and communicate it to Archer Aviation for authorization.

Suppliers and their subcontractors must be responsible for flow down of the requirements of the applicable revision of this standard to subcontractors, who produce design characteristics, and for ensuring that KCs conform to customer requirements.


600 Raw Materials Control

Supplier must not mix material of any type/thickness. The containers must be clearly identified with the raw material type/thickness, quantity/weight, and heat lot.

Supplier must supply raw materials in single heat lots. Authorization to ship multiple heat lots must be granted in writing by and at the discretion of Archer Aviation. If authorized, Supplier must not combine multiple heat lots in the same container. Additionally, Supplier must label each container with the raw material type, quantity/weight, and heat lot.

Supplier must perform 100% inspection on all received raw material and must verify the certificate of conformance against Archer Aviation flowed down requirements and applicable specifications.

601 Certificate of Conformance (Chemical and Physical Test Reports)

Supplier must provide a copy of the mill’s test report/certificate and the distributor’s Certificate of Conformance for all received raw material.

The test reports/Certificate of Conformances must include the following, at minimum:

a) Name of the producing mill.

b) Chemical and physical characteristics

c) Process used in manufacturing the material

d) Material specification(s) and revision level(s).

e) Raw material heat/lot number.

f) Actual quantitative results of all lot acceptance testing as required by the raw material specification (i.e. – chemical, physical, and metallurgical).

g) Signature of the authorized mill and/or distributor representative, as applicable

602 Validation of Test Reports

Supplier must validate the accuracy of the Certificate of Conformance(s) and/or test reports and ensure that the data is in compliance to the applicable material specifications and/or product requirements.

Supplier must identify the frequency of tests based on the raw material operational risk level.

603 COTS Materials

Supplier must provide Archer Aviation with a Product Change Notification when there are changes to configuration, fit, form, function or product safety of a COTS material. The Product Change Notification must contain information describing the change(s), reason for change(s), its timeline, and projected impact. The Supplier must provide Archer Aviation with the Product Change Notification 180 days before the proposed first ship date of the changed product.


700 3-D Modeling Control - Anark

Supplier must have documented processes that control Archer Aviation’s release authority dataset and other DPD/MBD derivatives (i.e. NC programs, Inspection plans, Tooling, etc.) from the point when the Archer Aviation authority dataset is received, through derivative creation, programming, manufacturing planning (visual aids, in-process inspection, final inspection), first article inspection and any other process that is applicable.

The process must ensure the original authority datasets are secure, backed up and cannot be altered, and only the appropriate personnel have write access to part programs and inspection datasets. Supplier must have a trained system administrator(s) with sole access to retrieve and store incoming customer datasets. Supplier must have a process to check dataset integrity upon receipt. Datasets must be segregated by status (e.g., release, in-work and obsolete are minimum requirements) and must be protected (i.e., password and access protection, regular backup for disaster recovery and archive storage). Supplier must use Anark for obtaining technical data packages unless otherwise directed by Archer Aviation.

701 3-D Modeling Control Flow Diagram

Supplier must establish a flow diagram that documents the complete 3-D modeling control processes and identifies the applicable procedure references The flow diagram must include reference to affected organizations such as (engineering, manufacturing planning, tooling, inspection and procurement).

702 3-D Modeling Control Changes

The supplier must have a process that notifies the customer when changes are incorporated into their DPD process and impacts the customer (simple typographic errors need not apply)

a) The process should include notification within 30 days of any change along with an annual notification regardless of changes.