NATO - AEP-24(A)
AIRCRAFT ELECTRICAL HAZARDS ON THE FLIGHT LINE
|Publication Date:||1 August 2006|
1. Aircraft and support equipment as well as personnel, ordnance, and fuel are involved in numerous actions and interactions on the flight line in which electrical and electromagnetic hazards may arise either singly or concurrently, and may occur under adverse environmental conditions. This document provides guidance to help prevent personnel injury and minimize property damage, which otherwise could result in loss of life and materiel, increased repair costs, equipment downtime, and reduced operational readiness.
2. This publication considers:
a. electrical hazards to aircraft, support equipment, personnel, ordnance, and fuels which are encountered on the flight line,
b. secondary hazards which are associated with electrical hazards,
c. situations in which electrical hazards and secondary hazards are encountered, and
d. safety practices for protection from electrical hazards and secondary hazards, particularly electrical safety connections for bonding, earthing, and grounding. The hazards encountered and the safety practices implemented apply to flight line locations as diverse as airfields with ramp facilities, flight decks on ships, and forward arming and re-fuelling points.
3. Although this allied publication is advisory and addresses problems of a general nature, the information contained in it is based on experience and sound principles. As all local conditions and situations cannot be anticipated, the procedures given may be adjusted as necessary. Similarly, many parameters given are typical values and must be adjusted to comply with national codes or specifications on parts and materiel.
4. Typically more than just electrical or electromagnetic hazards are present during a servicing operation. For instance, during fuel movement there are personnel safety issues arising from fuel toxicity and other properties of the fuel. These safety practices are part of a larger endeavor and must be considered as a component of a cohesive approach to implementing safety on the flight line during all servicing operations. Nations should develop specific instructions for their own particular situations.