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On the Ground and in the Air, Standards Protect Aircraft Equipment and Passengers

New York, May 15, 2006

Standards for aircrafts are a critical but often unseen element of commercial air travel. From airplane loading walkways to landing gears, standards help to ensure that passengers and crew travel safely and comfortably to their destinations around the globe.

A two-part standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) establishes design and safety requirements for all aircraft ground support equipment. ISO 6966-1:2005, Aircraft Ground Equipment - Basic requirements - Part 1: General Design Requirements, specifies the minimum design requirements to ensure the effective operation of aircraft ground support equipment. Part two of ISO 6966, Safety Requirements, specifies safety-related requirements for all ground support equipment with the intention of protecting the aircraft against complications or damage.

External aircraft lights help planes to navigate safely through dense clouds and night sky. High intensity discharge (HID) lights—which are brighter, longer-lasting, and more energy efficient than traditional halogen light sources—are increasingly being used to light the path of many commercial aircraft. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), recently published a document guiding the use of this new technology in aircraft applications.

The SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) 5647, High Intensity Discharge Light Source, establishes best practices for using HID lamps and power supplies for aircrafts. The document addresses ultraviolet and high-voltage safety, the time required to reach maximum luminous output, as well as other safety considerations. ARP 5647 was created by SAE International's A-20 Aircraft Lighting Committee.

Cabin air quality plays a significant role in determining the health and comfort of travelers. Complaints of sore throats, headaches, fatigue, and nausea are common among passengers and crew. A standard developed by ANSI-accredited standards developer ASTM International establishes a method for analyzing air quality data based on health and comfort factors.

ASTM D7034-05, Standard Guide for Deriving Acceptable Levels of Airborne Chemical Contaminants in Aircraft Cabins Based on Health and Comfort Considerations, takes into account both regular and episodic periods of exposure and considers odor and irritant effects of a range of contaminants. This guide can be used to select test methods for assessing the acceptability of aircraft cabin environments.

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