This SAE Aerospace Standard (AS) establishes the basic requirements for the design, construction and testing of air mode 2.44 m x 2.44 (8 ft X 8 ft) cross-section containers. These containers are to be used exclusively in conjunction with the air mode in freighter versions of wide-body commercial transport aircraft. Air mode containers will normally be on aircraft roller conveying systems and/or on similarly equipped ancillary ground handling devices. Similar requirements for air/surface (intermodal) containers are provided in AS832.
The SAE AGE-2A committee determined that the technology/practice defined in this standard has reached a level of maturity such that it is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future; therefore, it does not require regular 5-year reviews by the committee and it is appropriate for it to be stabilized.