This document provides functional, dimensional, structural, and environmental requirements for auto transport devices used to transport automobiles in wide body aircraft. These devices are intended to be used in conjunction with pallets compatible with NAS 3610 Class II restraint systems or pallets matching the width of autos to ensure maximum use of aircraft volume. The unit load device (ULD) shall facilitate alteration for carriage of general cargo during return haul. Pallet nets used in conjunction with existing pallets in order to restrain general cargo are also described in NAS 3610.
The minimum essential criteria are identified by use of the word "shall". Recommended criteria are identified by use of the key word "should", and while not mandatory, are considered to be of primary importance in providing dependable, economical, and practicall auto transport devices. Deviation from recommended criteria should occur only after careful consideration, extensive testing, and thorough service evaluationsn have shown alternate methods to be satisfactory.
It is the intent of this document to specify minimum air and ground handling features and to ensure interchange capability and compatibility with present and future air transport and ground handling systems. It is not the intent of this document to specify equipment designs.
The unit load devices specified herein shall be designed primarily for the transport of automobiles and alternately for the transport of general air cargo in an acceptable and profitable manner.