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    ASTM F3180 / F3180M - 19

    Standard Specification for Low-Speed Flight Characteristics of Aircraft

    Active Standard ASTM F3180 / F3180M | Developed by Subcommittee: F44.20

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.09


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers the low-speed flight characteristics of fixed-wing aircraft and provides standards for departure characteristics, spinning, and stall warning. The material was developed through open consensus of international experts in general aviation. This information was created by focusing on Normal Category aeroplanes. The content may be more broadly applicable; it is the responsibility of the Applicant to substantiate broader applicability as a specific means of compliance. The topics covered within this specification are: (4.1) Low-Speed Flight Characteristics Score, (4.2) Stall Characteristics, (4.3) Stall Warning, (4.4) Departure Characteristics: Single Engine, (4.5) Departure Characteristics: Multiengine, (4.6) Spinning, and (4.7) Safety-Enhancing Features.

    1.2 An applicant intending to propose this information as Means of Compliance for a design approval must seek guidance from their respective oversight authority (for example, published guidance from applicable CAAs) concerning the acceptable use and application thereof. For information on which oversight authorities have accepted this standard (in whole or in part) as an acceptable Means of Compliance to their regulatory requirements (hereinafter “the Rules”), refer to the ASTM Committee F44 webpage (www.astm.org/COMMITTEE/F44.htm).

    1.3 Units—This standard may present information in either SI units, English Engineering units, or both; the values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents. Each system shall be used independently of the other; combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the standard.

    1.4 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.

    1.5 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

    F3083/F3083M Specification for Emergency Conditions, Occupant Safety and Accommodations

    F3117/F3117M Specification for Crew Interface in Aircraft

    F3173/F3173M Specification for Aircraft Handling Characteristics

    F3179/F3179M Specification for Performance of Aircraft

    Other Standards

    FAA AC 23–15A Small Airplane Certification Compliance Program Available from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 800 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20591, http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_circulars/index.cfm/go/document.information/documentID/74398.


    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/F3180_F3180M-19

    Citation Format

    ASTM F3180 / F3180M-19, Standard Specification for Low-Speed Flight Characteristics of Aircraft, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.org

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