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ASTM F3173/F3173M-17

Standard Specification for Aircraft Handling Characteristics

Standard Specification for Aircraft Handling Characteristics F3173_F3173M-17 ASTM|F3173_F3173M-17|en-US Standard Specification for Aircraft Handling Characteristics Standard new BOS Vol. 15.09 Committee F44
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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 ( 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 15.09
Developed by Subcommittee: F44.20
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.1520/F3173_F3173M-17
ICS Code: 49.020