This SAE Aerospace Standard (AS) establishes the basic requirements for the specification and testing of air/surface (intermodal) 8 ft x 8 ft (2.44 m x 2.44 m) cross-section containers. The basic rquirements for the air/surface (intermodal) container are presented in Sections 3 to 6 while the detailed design requirements are in Appendix A. Appendix B describes the sections of other standards that apply to air/surface containers. Appendix C describes uniformity of test apparatus and methods. These appendices shall be referred to for important supplemental requirements and procedures for this document. AS4041 presents the requirements for air mode general purpose containers. Requirements for containers to be transported by rotary-wing aircraft are excluded from this document. NOTE: The essential basic and detail criteria are identified by use of the key word "shall." Recommended basic and detail criteria are identified by use of the key word "should," and while notmandatory, are considered to be of primary importance in providing serviceable, economical, and practical air/surface containers.
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.