This SAE Aerospace Standard (AS), identical to ISO 14186, specifies the minimum design and performance criteria and testing methods of fire containment covers (FCCs) used either:
- a. in those cargo compartments of civil transport aircraft where they constitute one means of complying with applicable airworthiness regulations, or
b. on a voluntary basis, when deemed appropriate by operators to improve fire protection in aircraft cargo compartments where airworthiness regulations do not mandate their use.
This SAE Aerospace Standard (AS) specifies the design and performance criteria and testing methods applicable to fire containment covers intended to be used in conjunction with air cargo unit load devices in order to meet through oxygen depletion the fire containment regulations in certain civil transport aircraft cargo compartments.
Throughout this Standard, the minimum essential criteria are identified by use of the key word “shall.” Recommended criteria are identified by use of the key word “should” and, while not mandatory, are considered to be of primary importance in providing safe fire containment covers. Deviation from recommended criteria should only occur after careful consideration, extensive testing and thorough service evaluations have shown alternate methods to be satisfactory.
The requirements of this Standard are expressed in the applicable SI units, with approximate inch-pound unit conversion between brackets. Where it is deemed necessary to use exact values, the SI units are to be used.