ASTM International Committee F44 on General Aviation Aircraft was formed in 2012, bringing together global stakeholders to help transform the way smaller aircraft are manufactured and certified around the world. Committee F44 was organized at the request of aviation industry organizations in support of the efforts of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 23 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). Part 23 is the section of the Federal Aviation regulations related to the manufacture and airworthiness of aircraft under 19,000 pounds, with seating for up to 19 passengers. The efforts of Committee F44 will support the overhaul of Part 23 regulations into what the FAA envisions as a more performance-based document. Industry-driven F44 standards for the design and airworthiness of general aviation aircraft will serve to better align aircraft certification requirements with the type of operation the aircraft will experience. By year’s end, Committee F44 had grown to more than 130 members from 13 countries.
ASTM International’s Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL) held an open house on Jan. 27, 2012, to celebrate the new headquarters building that it shares with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL) in Frederick, Md. The 34,413 square-foot building provides modern office space, new laboratories and an updated proficiency sample production facility. CCRL runs the Laboratory Inspection Program and the Proficiency Sample Program. Nearly 2,000 laboratories around the world are served by CCRL’s programs.
To further improve building enclosure design and commissioning, and to facilitate a broader understanding of building enclosures, ASTM International and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) in March 2012. The MOA establishes collaboration between the Institute and ASTM in publishing a building enclosure commissioning process that will follow ASHRAE Guideline 0: The Commissioning Process. Under the terms of the MOA, ASTM will develop standards and a personnel certification program on building enclosure commissioning, while the Institute will focus on the development of a commissioning training program.
New professional interactive training opportunities focused on concrete construction material testing for QA/QC technicians and other concrete personnel were announced in 2012. The eTEC Concrete Field Testing and eTEC Concrete Strength Testing training programs prepare technicians in the construction industry for certification through the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), or a state agency such as the Department of Transportation (DOT). The subscription-based online training modules include self-guided presentations; hands-on video demonstrations by experts; step-by-step outlines of procedures; glossaries of essential terms; and self-guided review quizzes.'
ASTM International’s Interlaboratory Study (ILS) Program completed another successful year, with a total of 98 new interlaboratory studies registered in 2012. The program was created to assist technical committees in fulfilling the requirement that every ASTM test method be accompanied by a precision and bias statement that is supported by interlaboratory test data and fully documented in a research report. Since its inception, the ILS group has worked with more than 80 technical committees on over 900 ILS proposals.
In 2012, ASTM International continued to offer product certification, personnel certification, and personnel certificate programs. ASTM is under contract with the USDA to administer their voluntary labeling program (certification program) for biobased products. Over the past two years, 1,000 products from more than 430 companies have been certified. In addition, the Society is developing new personnel certification programs for building enclosure technologists and building enclosure specialists. Three personnel certificate programs are currently being offered, with several more in development.
ASTM Proficiency Testing Programs (PTP) are statistical quality assurance programs that enable laboratories to assess their performance in conducting test methods within their own facilities when their data are compared against other labs that participate worldwide in the same program. A total of 42 programs were offered in 2012, including petroleum products, metals testing, textiles, plastics testing and engine coolants. The PTP program continues to meet the needs of the global marketplace, with over 4,300 units of participation from 89 countries and approximately 57 percent of program participation from outside the continental U.S. Two new programs were introduced in 2012, petroleum coke and NAPTHA, and programs for diesel exhaust fluid and octane/cetane are in the works.
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