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1.1 This specification covers electrical systems, electrical equipment, and electrical power distribution aspects of airworthiness and design for aeroplanes with combustion engine generation of electrical power. 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.
1.2 An applicant intending to propose this information as Means of Compliance for a design approval shall seek guidance from their respective oversight authority (for example, published guidance from applicable civil aviation authorities (CAAs)) concerning the acceptable use and application thereof. For information on which oversight authorities have accepted this specification (in whole or in part) as an acceptable Means of Compliance to their regulatory requirements (hereinafter “the Rules”), refer to ASTM Committee F44 web page (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 are not necessarily exact equivalents; therefore, to ensure conformance with the standard, each system shall be used independently of the other, and values from the two systems shall not be combined.
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.
F2490 Guide for Aircraft Electrical Load and Power Source Capacity Analysis
F2639 Practice for Design, Alteration, and Certification of Aircraft Electrical Wiring Systems
F3060 Terminology for Aircraft
F3061/F3061M Specification for Systems and Equipment in Small Aircraft
F3066/F3066M Specification for Aircraft Powerplant Installation Hazard Mitigation
F3117/F3117M Specification for Crew Interface in Aircraft
F3235 Specification for Aircraft Storage Batteries
F3316/F3316M Specification for Electrical Systems for Aircraft with Electric or Hybrid-Electric Propulsion
FAA StandardDOT/FAA/AR-00/12 Aircraft Materials Fire Test Handbook
ICS Number Code 49.020 (Aircraft and space vehicles in general)
UNSPSC Code 25130000(Aircraft)
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ASTM F3231 / F3231M-21, Standard Specification for Electrical Systems for Aircraft with Combustion Engine Electrical Power Generation, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.orgBack to Top