ASTM F3173 / F3173M - 17

    Standard Specification for Aircraft Handling Characteristics

    Active Standard ASTM F3173 / F3173M | Developed by Subcommittee: F44.20

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.11


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification addresses the airworthiness requirements for aeroplane handling characteristics in flight and on ground and water.

    1.2 The term “aeroplane” is utilized in this specification as it was originally conceived for normal category fixed wing aircraft with a certified maximum take-off weight of 19 000 lb or less and a passenger seating configuration up to 19 as defined in the Rules. However, this standard may be more broadly applicable.

    1.3 The applicant for a design approval must seek individual guidance from their respective CAA body concerning the use of this specification as part of a certification plan. For information on which CAA regulatory bodies have accepted this specification (in whole or in part) as a means of compliance to their Airworthiness Rules (hereinafter referred to as “the Rules”), refer to the ASTM Committee F44 webpage (www.ASTM.org/COMITTEE/F44.htm) which includes CAA website links. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to validate any applicability beyond that identified in this specification and request acceptance from the applicable CAA.

    1.4 Units—Normally, the values stated are SI units followed by US customary units in square brackets. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the standard.

    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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    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

    F3060 Terminology for Aircraft

    F3061/F3061M Specification for Systems and Equipment in Small Aircraft

    F3116/F3116M Specification for Design Loads and Conditions

    F3174/F3174M Specification for Establishing Operating Limitations and Information for Aeroplanes

    F3179/F3179M Specification for Performance of Aeroplanes


    ICS Code

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

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 25130000(Aircraft)


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    DOI: 10.1520/F3173_F3173M-17

    Citation Format

    ASTM F3173 / F3173M-17, Standard Specification for Aircraft Handling Characteristics, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.org

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