Air Cargo Unit Load Devices - Use of Airworthiness Reference Documents
This Aerospace Information Report (AIR) provides instructions for intended proper use of Aerospace Standard AS36100 published 2005-02, 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.
While preparing AS36100 [see that standard], it became clear that difficulties met with the former ULD approval process could be traced back to a lack of understanding of the use and complexity of the technical reference document. It was agreed to develop an " Instructions for use " AIR in order to reduce such difficulties, which would define a uniform industry agreed method of using AS36100. Equivalent information is also provided in this AIR for proper use of NAS 3610 [Revision 10, 1990, referenced by TSO C90c] for consistency and comparison purposes.