AS36100 Background and Development Record
|Publication Date:||1 July 2008|
This Aerospace Information Report (AIR) provides a record of the development by SAE AGE-2A Air Cargo Sub- Committee of Aerospace Standard AS36100, Air Cargo Unit Load Devices - Performance Requirements and Test Parameters, published 2005-02, and its revision A published 2006-04, intended as a technical reference for airworthiness approval of air cargo unit load devices (pallets, nets and containers) to be loaded with either baggage or freight on board civil transport aircraft, and to partly supersede previously used NAS 3610, Cargo unit load devices - Specification for - [ Revision 10, 1990, referenced in TSO C90(c) ].
AS36100 was developed over a 5 year period (1999-2004) by a Panel of SAE AGE-2A designated as "NAS 3610 Oversight Panel" (OSP), based on a worldwide industry consensus that NAS 3610, used since 1969 as technical reference for TSO C90(c), had become largely obsolescent, not properly understood by many of its users, and still contained errors while document sponsor AIA stated they were not going to update or revise this document. This consensus was initially reached at the International Standardization Organization (ISO) TC20/SC9 Air Cargo Sub-Committee meeting Nr 29 (1998, Memphis TN), which hence agreed to prepare a corrigendum (published 2001) to ISO 8097 (based on NAS 3610), and to entrust SAE AGE-2A, on behalf of the industry, with identification of the needs for a replacement document. AGE-2A thus created in 1999 the OSP, which undertook a systematic review of the air cargo industry's actual requirements and the step by step development and discussion of AS 36100.
AS36100 Revision A (published 2006-04) was subsequently developed in 2005 by AGE-2A in order to obviate the first edition's identified shortcomings prior to expected TSO C90(d) publication.
The scope of the OSP work, thus the present AIR, also included other documents - some of which existed, some of which were subsequently developed - associated with AS36100 or supplementing it, covering such other areas as continued airworthiness requirements, design and testing methods, unit load devices design specifications and accessories, and rules for their proper operation/utilizatio
Field of Application
The present AIR is intended to provide future users of AS36100, including Airworthiness Authorities, unit load devices designers, purchasers and operators as well as civil transport aircraft and aircraft cargo systems or ULD designers within the industry, with the background and rationales of the requirements and parameters retained therein, in order to achieve full understanding of the technical justifications for these requirements.
In the same way, it is intended to provide AGE-2A members with means to re-examine provisions of AS36100 for any future revisions resulting from operational experience or the evolutions of industry needs, while keeping track of the originally retained rationales.
It is intended such revisions will be evaluated by the AGE-2A permanent Airworthiness Panel established to continuously monitor AS36100 and the associated documents, and the rationales for these revisions documented and recorded at that time.