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Significance and Use
4.1 This guide provides some major themes and examples for consideration related to compliance which are not necessarily captured in any single standard pertinent to light sport aircraft. The outline of this document is intended to loosely reflect the process that an organization would go through in order to reach and maintain production of a light sport aircraft that is demonstrably compliant with the applicable ASTM standards.
4.2 These considerations are applicable to manufacturers which are responsible for conformity to processes and procedures required in ASTM standards for light sport aircraft. Manufacturers are encouraged to think through the contents of this guide, reference the ASTM light sport aircraft standards, establish, document and follow their own procedures.
4.3 Manufacturers are responsible for determining which standards and revisions thereof are part of the regulatory package of any given CAA, along with any other requirements applicable within the agency’s jurisdiction.
4.4 Following this guide does not ensure compliance of a particular light sport aircraft; however, following the explanations provided herein should assist manufacturers in avoiding common pitfalls of declaring compliance prematurely, determining shortcomings in current declarations of compliance, and maintaining a body of documentation sufficient to support a declaration of compliance.
1.1 This document provides guidance to assist manufacturers in understanding and meeting ASTM standards for light sport aircraft. This guidance material presents philosophies, practices and considerations recommended by industry consensus, but does not present technical or business requirements that must be met.
1.2 It is the intent of this guide to provide processes to be considered by organizations looking to develop or improve objective evidence of compliance for light sport aircraft. It does not attempt to identify all of the standards, regulations or other requirements that may be applicable to a given aircraft, production or testing process.
1.3 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.
F2245 Specification for Design and Performance of a Light Sport Airplane
F2295 Practice for Continued Operational Safety Monitoring of a Light Sport Aircraft
F2483 Practice for Maintenance and the Development of Maintenance Manuals for Light Sport Aircraft
F2626 Terminology for Light Sport Aircraft
F2746 Specification for Pilots Operating Handbook (POH) for Light Sport Airplane
F2839 Practice for Compliance Audits to ASTM Standards on Light Sport Aircraft
F2972 Specification for Light Sport Aircraft Manufacturers Quality Assurance System
F3035 Practice for Production Acceptance in the Manufacture of a Fixed Wing Light Sport Aircraft
FAA StandardsFAA Advisory Circular No. 23.629-1B Means of Compliance with Title 14 CFR, Part 23, Section 23.629, Flutter FAA JASC (Joint Aircraft System/Component) Codes
Other ReferencesATA (Air Transport Association) Spec 100, or the newer iSpec 2200--Information Standards for Aviation Maintenance Available from http://www.airlines.org. CICTT (Commercial Aviation Safety Team/Internation International Standard for Aircraft Make, Model, and Series Groupings - Business Rules, October 2012 (1.3) Available from http://intlaviationstandards.org. CMH-17 (formerly MIL-HDBK-17) for composite material properties Metallic Materials Properties Development and Stan (MMPDS, formerly MIL-HDBK-5) Available from http://www.everyspec.com.
ICS Number Code 49.020 (Aircraft and space vehicles in general)
UNSPSC Code 25132000(Recreational aircraft)
ASTM F2930-15, Standard Guide for Compliance with Light Sport Aircraft Standards, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.orgBack to Top