If you’re involved the production of aerospace equipment and craft, you’re probably familiar with
national aerospace standards or NSA. As one of the largest groups of voluntary standards in the
U.S., AIA’s National Aerospace Standards Committee (NASC) has been developing these
standards since 1941.
The NAS collection is best know for its cutting-edge, high strength, precision fasteners, high
pressure hoses, electrical connectors, splices, terminations, rod end bearings, and many other
types of hardware and components. Basically, if you require hardware, NAS series components
can do the job.
How the Standards Set You Up for Success
NAS are essential technology standards for high tech systems. Keeping up-to- date with new
developments, from satellites to nuclear reactors, NAS are imperative in high-stress
environments where safety and reliable performance are critical to the lives operating the
equipment. You’ll even find NAS parts used on rapid transit cars, amusement park rides, high-
speed diesel engines, and shipbuilding.
Specific to the aerospace industry, parts made in accordance with national aerospace standards
are used in all aircraft, spacecraft, nearly every major weapon system, and all types of ground
and airborne electronics systems. Most global companies also incorporate NAS parts into their
Due to the stringent requirements established by NAS, product integrity is the greatest value
added to equipment developers and designers. From the time of its inception, NAS have
ensured safety and manufacturing quality in a way that establishes an unwavering standard for
protecting human life.
NAS comply with MIL-STD- 480, MIL-STD- 482, and other requirements that enforce
interchangeability, traceability, and configuration control as sanctioned by FAA, DoD, and NASA
regulations. You can also be sure that all NAS parts have been repeatedly tested and evaluated
by users all over the world, encouraging the cycle of constantly being aware of and raising the
bar for manufacturing these hardware components. Also, the dedication of the AIA committees
greatly adds to the development and maintenance of parts, due to their reputation for upholding
integrity and reliability across the organization and industry.
The NASC has also partnered with the Department of Defense to convert more than 500 MIL-
specs to NAS. By transferring the quality standards in manufacturing of these parts to NAS,
these converted parts carry either a NASM or NAM prefix. Many NAS parts have also been
acquired by the Department of Defense to prevent contractors from needing special
authorization to use them. The trend of the DoD incorporating NAS documents is expected to
increase as the DoD further commits to using voluntary standards when possible, gradually
making NAS the industry standard in governmental developments.
etaGLOBAL Incorporates NAS Parts as Our Commitment to Excellence
As part of the AIA, etaGLOBAL stands behind the NAS hardware and fasteners we supply. For
any questions about the national aerospace standards we adopt or how they bolster your
mission and products, contact us today.