This Aerospace Information Report (AIR) provides instructions for intended proper use of Aerospace Standard AS36100 published 2005-02, as the technical reference for airworthiness approval of air cargo unit load devices (pallets, nets and containers) to be loaded on board civil transport aircraft. For consistency and cross-checking purposes, it also includes instructions for proper use of previous NAS 3610 [Revision 10, 1990, referenced in TSO C90c], as commonly understood by the industry.
While preparing AS 36100 [see that standard], it became clear that a number of difficulties met with the former ULD approval process could be traced back to insufficient understanding of the method to use the technical reference document. It was agreed to develop an "instructions for use" AIR in order to reduce such difficulties, defining a uniform industry agreed method of using AS 36100. Equivalent information is also provided in this AIR for proper use of NAS 3610 [Revision 10, 1990, referenced by TSO C90c] for consistency and comparison purposes.