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These practices identify existing regulations, standards, specifications, and handbooks to guide the design, manufacture, test, repair, and maintenance of unmanned aircraft systems and their components.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, these practices were withdrawn in January 2015 in accordance with section 10.6.3 of the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees, which requires that standards shall be updated by the end of the eighth year since the last approval date.
1.1 These practices identify existing regulations, standards, specifications, and handbooks to guide the design, manufacture, test, repair, and maintenance of unmanned aircraft systems and their components.
1.2 ApplicabilityThese practices apply to unmanned, powered, fixed wing aircraft and rotorcraft systems seeking government aviation authority approval in the form of airworthiness certificates, flight permits, or other like documentation. It is intended to be used as a reference by unmanned aircraft system designers and manufacturers, as well as by procurement authorities, to help ensure the airworthiness of these systems.
1.3 These practices provide a starting point for developing a standards-based airworthiness certification package for consideration by regulatory authorities. It lists those top-level standards applicable to the major subsystems and components of an unmanned aircraft system. It assumes that Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)-provided subsystems and components, purchased and installed as a unit (for example, Global Positioning Systems), are themselves built to applicable standards that are not necessarily listed in these practices. These practices include standards for technologies that are currently in use in unmanned aircraft, as well as those that are not yet, but could be used in the future (for example, radioisotope thermoelectric generators).
1.4 Suggested changes, corrections, or updates should be forwarded to Committee F38.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
AIAA DocumentAIAA R-103-2004 Terminology for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Remotely Operated Aircraft
B117 Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus
D910 Specification for Aviation Gasolines
D1655 Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuels
F2279 Practice for Quality Assurance in the Manufacture of Fixed Wing Light Sport Aircraft
F2316 Specification for Airframe Emergency Parachutes for Light Sport Aircraft
F2339 Practice for Design and Manufacture of Reciprocating Spark Ignition Engines for Light Sport Aircraft
F2395 Terminology for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
F2411 Specification for Design and Performance of an Airborne Sense-and-Avoid System
ASTM F2501-06, Standard Practices for Unmanned Aircraft System Airworthiness (Withdrawn 2015), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2006, www.astm.orgBack to Top