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1.1 This specification covers the airworthiness requirements for the design of fixed-wing unmanned aircraft systems. This specification defines the baseline design, construction, and verification requirements for an unmanned aircraft system (UAS).
1.2 As a minimum, a UAS is defined as a system composed of the unmanned aircraft and all required on-board subsystems, payload, control station, other required off-board subsystems, any required launch and recovery equipment, all required crew members, and command and control (C2) links between UA and the control station.
1.3 The intent is for this standard of practice for CAA, self- or third-party determinations of airworthiness for UAS. This specification provides the core requirements for airworthiness certification of lightweight (UAS) (not necessarily limited to UAs under 55 lb GTOW) or for certain CAA operational approvals using risk-based categories. Additional requirements are envisioned to address the requirements for expanded operations and characteristics not addressed by this specification.
1.4 This specification is intended to support UAS operations. It is assumed that the risk of UAS will vary based on concept of operations, environment, and other variables. The fact that there are no human beings onboard the UAS may reduce or eliminate some hazards and risks. However, at the discretion of the CAA, this specification may be applied to other UAS operations.
1.5 The values in Imperial units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in SI are for information only.
1.6 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.
1.7 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.
F2245 Specification for Design and Performance of a Light Sport Airplane
F2908 Specification for Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM) for a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS)
F2909 Practice for Maintenance and Continued Airworthiness of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)
F2911 Practice for Production Acceptance of 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)
F3178 Practice for Operational Risk Assessment of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)
F3201 Practice for Ensuring Dependability of Software Used in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Federal Standards14 CFR Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Available from U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, 732 N. Capitol St., NW, Washington, DC 20401-0001, http://www.access.gpo.gov.
ANSI StandardANSI Z535.1–1998 American National Standards for Safety Colors
ICS Number Code 49.020 (Aircraft and space vehicles in general)
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ASTM F3298-18, Standard Specification for Design, Construction, and Verification of Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018, www.astm.orgBack to Top