Air cargo - Fire containment covers - Design, performance and testing requirements
|Publication Date:||15 August 2013|
|ICS Code (Cargo equipment):||49.120|
|ICS Code (Fire protection):||13.220.20|
This International Standard specifies the minimum design and performance criteria and testing methods of fire containment covers (FCCs) used:
a) either in those cargo compartments of civil transport aircraft where they constitute one means of complying with applicable airworthiness regulations,
b) or on a voluntary basis, when deemed appropriate by operators to improve fire protection in aircraft cargo compartments where airworthiness regulations do not mandate their use.
The FCCs specified by this International Standard are intended
to be used to cover unitized cargo contained/restrained
a) either class F aircraft cargo compartments according to CS-25 § 25.857(f) and AMC to CS-25.855 and 25.857, in accordance with 1.1 a) above,
b) or class B aircraft cargo compartments according to CS-25, CCAR-25, JAS Part 3 or 14 CFR Part 25 § 25.857 (b), in accordance with 1.1 a) or 1.1 b) above,
c) or class E aircraft cargo compartments according to CS-25, CCAR-25, JAS Part 3 or 14 CFR Part 25 § 25.857 (e), in accordance with 1.1 b) above.
NOTE Though nothing prevents an FCC from being carried in a lower deck class C aircraft cargo compartment, it is not intended for this use since its fire containment capability would be redundant with that of the aircraft's fire detection and suppression system, which it could hamper.
The FCCs specified by this International Standard may be of two types:
a) type I: separate devices to be installed over a pallet's load below a net approved for this purpose; or
b) type II: devices permanently attached to a pallet net approved for this purpose.
The unit load devices (pallet and net) used in conjunction with the fire containment cover are specified in this International Standard only insofar as their flammability requirements are concerned. They are not otherwise specified in this International Standard.
NOTE See Bibliography for applicable ULD airworthiness approval and general design standards.
This International Standard is not intended to cover fire containment of loose baggage or loose cargo loaded in bulk cargo compartments.
This International Standard does not cover requirements for fire detection or suppression devices. The specified FCCs are passive devices.
The use of fire containment covers meeting the requirements of this International Standard is not sufficient alone to ensure flight safety: this International Standard is based on the assumption that the approved fire containment covers will be installed and checked prior to aircraft loading in accordance with appropriate operating instructions, by competent, suitably trained personnel as defined, for example, in ISO 9001:2008, 6.2.2 (see 9.3 hereafter).