Industry Acronyms

Management System Definitions and Industry Acronyms


DefinitionsAAQG – Americas Aerospace Quality Group (see also IAQG)

ABET – Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

ACE – Aerospace Congress & Exhibition – biennial meeting, combines Aviation Safety, Aerofast, AMTC and WAC.

ADA – Air Defense Artillery

AEA – Aerospace Experienced Auditor

AEAT – Aerospace Revitalization II meeting

AECMA – Association Europeenne des Constructeurs de Materiel Aerospatial (European Aerospace Manufacturers Association).

AEI – SAE’s Automotive Engineering International magazine.

AEROFAST – Aerospace Automated Fastening Conference & Exhibition

AGMA – American Gear Manufacturers Association

AHS – American Helicopter Society

AIA – Aerospace Industry Association

AIAA – American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

AIMMPE – American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers

AIRP – Air plating meeting

AIEA – Aerospace Industry Experienced Auditor

AISI – American Iron and Steel Institute

AMA – American Management Association

ANAB – ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board

ANA – Aerospace North American, located in British Columbia, Canada.

ANSI – American National Standards Institute

ANS – American National Standard.

APF – Airline Plating Forum

ARD – Aerospace Resource Document

ARP – Aerospace Recommended Practice, SAE aerospace standards document.

AS – Aerospace Standard, SAE aerospace standards publication.

ASA – Aerospace Strategies in Action

ASAWG – Aerospace Strategy and Actions Working Group

ASD – Aerospace Avionics Systems Division, a division in the aerospace standards committees

ASM Internationalal – The materials information society. (Previously called ASM – American Society of Metals.)

ASNT – American Society for Nondestructive Testing

ASQC – American Society of Quality Control (former name of the American Society for Quality – ASQ)

ASTM – American Society for Testing & Materials.

ATTC – Agricultural Tractor Technical Committee

AVIA – Business Aircraft Contribution CBSA meeting


CAESAR – Civilian American and European Surface Anthropometry Resource.

CARs – Corrective Action Responses

CARB – California Air Resources Board

CATARC – China Automotive Technology & Research Center

CEC – Coordinating European Council, publisher of fuels and lubricant test methods (located in England).

CEN – European Committee for Standardization

CENELEC – European Committee for Electrotechnical Standards

CSA – Canadian Standards Association

CTEA – Convergence Transportation and Electronics Association

CTEPO – Convergence Transportation Electronics Program Office.


DCAS – Defense Contract Administration Services.

DIN – German Standards Writing Organization.

DOC – Department of Commerce

DOD – Department of Defense

DODISS – Department of Defense Index of Standards and Specifications

DOT – Department of Transportation.


E & TD – Educational Technical Display Committee

EA’s – Engineering Aids, tools for engineering design

EAA – Experimental Aircraft Association

EC – European Community, also know as the EEC or European Economic Community

EEC – European Economic Community

EFTA – European Free Trade Association

EIC – Earthmoving Industry Conference

EOTC – European Organization for Testing and Certification

EQM – Enterprise Quality Manager; Database System used by PRI Registrar for housing audit information.

ESC – Environmental Sustainability Conference & Exhibition

ETAB – Emerging Technologies Advisory Board


FAA – Federal Aviation Administration

FACTS – Fasteners, Actuators, Connectors, Tools, & Subsystems ?USAF program to provide better parts & processing

FSF – Flight Safety Foundation


GAMA – General Aviation Manufacturers Association

GATC – General Aviation Technology Conference & Exhibition


HFTC – Human Factors Technical Committee (Construction Agriculture Council)


IAAR – International Association of Accredited Registrars

IAEM – International Association of Exposition Managers

IAF – International Accreditation Forum

IAQG – International Aerospace Quality Group

IATA – International Air Transport Association

ICAO – International Civil Aviation Organization

ICES – International Conference on Environmental Systems, SAE meeting that deals with space and spacecraft.

IEC – International Electrotechnical Commission

IEEE – Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

IRCA – International Register of Certified Auditors

ISO – International Organization for Standardization. SAE participates in the technical work of preparing International Standards.


J Report – Ground vehicle technical report or standard.

JSA – Japanese Standards Association


LRI – Lubricant Review Institute


Member Body – ISO term used to refer to member countries.

MIL SPEC – Military Specification

MIRA – Motor Industry Research Association (England).

MOD – Minister of Defense (United Kingdom)

MPPC – Materials, Processes & Parts Council, a Council that reports to the Technical Standards Board

MSDS – Sheets kept on file that describes chemicals and how to handle them.


Nadcap – A worldwide cooperative program of major companies designed to manage a cost effective consensus approach to special processes and products.

NADS – New American Domestics Companies with their main headquarters outside the United States, which now have manufacturing facilities located in the U.S. For example – Japanese: Honda, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

NAFTA – North American Free Trade Agreement

NAIPC – North American International Powertrain Conference

NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NBAA – National Business Aircraft Association

NCRs – Nonconformances

NTSB – National Transportation Safety Board


OAG – Official airline guide

OASIS – Online Aerospace Supplier Information System

OLAP – SAE’s Oil Labeling Assessment Program

OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Act. Federal legislation protecting employees by assuring safe working conditions issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


PAMA – Professional Aviation Maintenance Association

PRI – Performance Review Institute

PRIME – A major contractor (e.g. Boeing or GE) involved with an aerospace project.


QA – Quality Assurance. Procedures to make sure those products/services are of the highest quality.

QIC – Quality Improvement Committee, committee that reports to the Board of Directors.

QML – Qualified Manufacturers List

QPL – Qualified Parts List


RAeS – Royal Aeronautical Society (UK)

RABQSA – Registrar Accreditation Board Quality Society of Australia

RMC – Registration Management Committee


SAE – Society for Automotive Engineers

SECC – Sub-zero Engineering Conditions Conference

SPAB – Standards Advisory Publishing Board.

Standards – specifications for the mobility industry.


UKAS – United Kingdom Accreditation Service