ASTM F2908 - 14

    Standard Specification for Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM) for a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS)

    Active Standard ASTM F2908 | Developed by Subcommittee: F38.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.11


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification provides the minimum requirements for an Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM) for an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed, manufactured, and operated in the small UAS (sUAS) category as defined by a nation’s Governing Aviation Authority (GAA). Depending on the size and complexity of the sUAS, an AFM may also contain the instruction for maintenance and continuing airworthiness for owner / operator authorized maintenance.

    1.2 This specification defines the AFM information that shall be provided by the manufacturer of a sUAS as part of the initial sale or transfer to an end user.

    1.3 This specification applies to a sUAS seeking a nation’s GAA approval, in the form of flight certificates, airworthiness certificates, type certificates, flight permits, or other like documentation as a sUAS, in the configuration specified in the AFM delivered with the system.

    1.4 Any modifications that invalidate or otherwise affect the accuracy of AFM operating instructions shall be approved by the manufacturer and communicated to the regulatory authority in the certificate / permit application.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F2909 Practice for Maintenance and Continued Airworthiness of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)

    F2910 Specification for Design, Construction, and Test of a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS)

    F2911 Practice for Production Acceptance of a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS)

    F3002 Specification for Design of the Command and Control System for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)

    F3003 Specification for Quality Assurance of a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS)

    F3005 Specification for Batteries for Use in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 49.020 (Aircraft and space vehicles in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 25130000(Aircraft)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/F2908

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    Citation Format

    ASTM F2908-14, Standard Specification for Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM) for a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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