Fire Containment Cover - Operation and Use
This SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) provides guidelines for the effective operation and use of fire containment covers (FCCs). Technical Standard Orders (TSOs) C203 and C90e (and later revisions) incorporate AS6453, and provide the Minimum Performance Standards (MPS) for an FCC design. The net and pallet used with the FCC must be approved using the updated net and flammability requirements in TSO C90e and later revisions. However, fire containment performance also requires this equipment is properly used. Fire safety is compromised when FCCs are used in an inadequate manner.
This SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) specifies recommended practice and guidelines for the operation and use of fire containment covers (FCCs) intended to be used in conjunction with air cargo unit load devices on board civil transport aircraft. It identifies the various concerns to be taken into consideration to ensure flight safety, and provides recognized industry standard methods to achieve it. It is intended as a guide towards standard practice, and is subject to change to keep pace with experience and technical advances.
Throughout this ARP, the minimum essential criteria are identified by use of the key 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 safe fire containment covers. Deviation from recommended criteria should only occur after careful consideration and thorough service evaluation have shown alternate methods to provide an equivalent level of safety.