AS36100 Background and Development Record
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/utilization and operating staff training. A list of the identified
areas is provided under 1.1 of AS36100. See 2.1.2 hereafter for other associated documents concerned.