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AIR1558B - Interface Protective Devices - Ground Equipment to Aircraft

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Document Number: AIR1558B
Project Initiation: 01-12-2015
Project Number: None
Revision Number: B
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Title
Interface Protective Devices - Ground Equipment to Aircraft
Scope
This Aerospace Information Report (AIR) discusses damage to aircraft caused by ground equipment contact and suggests methods of protecting against that damage. The protective device hereinafter called a 'fender,' is intended to serve its purpose during normal aircraft servicing and prevent damage during docking contact rather than aggressive impact.
Rationale
ARP1558 was unanimously approved by AGE-2, AGE-2C, and the Aerospace Council then published on 10/06/2014. Its Rationale underlines that " This ARP supersedes former AIR1558A ... in order to ensure aircraft protection against fuselage damage." The change of document status and contents was agreed on the basis of AIR1558A, originally published 1978 and little changed since, had become obsolete and its application would present a significant safety hazard to newer aircraft types with composite fuselages, dealt with in ARP1558 through state-of-the-art techniques. It was therefore agreed to be necessary to cancel AIR1558A to ensure it is not applied anymore at a safety risk for now in-service aircraft (A350, B787).
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