Air Cargo Unit Load Devices - Use of Airworthiness Reference Documents
|Publication Date:||1 August 2008|
This SAE Aerospace Information Report (AIR) provides instructions for intended proper use of Aerospace Standard AS36100A, published 2006-04 [TSO pending], as the technical reference for airworthiness approval of air cargo unit load devices (pallets, nets and containers) to be loaded on board civil transport aircraft. For consistency and cross-checking purposes, it also includes instructions for proper use of previous NAS 3610 [Revision 10, 1990, referenced in TSO C90c], as commonly understood by the industry.
This AIR does not provide detailed background or rationale for the technical contents of AS36100A, which are separately provided in AIR36108, AS36100A background and development record.
AS36100A exclusively defines the general geometric parameters (insofar as they affect restraint on board aircraft), minimum performance requirements and testing parameters of unit load devices. Additional areas as per AS36100A paragraph 1.1, such as continued airworthiness and maintenance requirements, design and testing methods, unit load devices design specifications and accessories, and rules for proper operation/utilizatio
Field of Application
This AIR is intended to provide AS36100A users including Airworthiness Authorities, unit load devices designers, purchasers and operators as well as civil transport aircraft and aircraft cargo systems designers within the industry, with a single agreed method for using AS36100A to determine applicable airworthiness requirements.
In the same way, it is intended to provide them with the commonly understood though more complex method for using NAS 3610 [Revision 10, 1990, referenced in TSO C90c], to determine the airworthiness requirements applicable to unit load devices approved or to be approved under TSO C90c (e.g., because their size or type are not covered in AS36100A).