CARGO SUBCOMMITTEE AGE-2A
Mike Doane from the UK-based Douglas Equipment Ltd. leads the discussion on towbarless tractors.
Vic Urzi of Sage Parts Plus steps in as Subcommittee Chairman.
The Cargo Subcommittee received a report from the NAS 3610 Oversight Panel. NAS 3610 is the long-standing (over 30 years) specification that lists the technical parameters for FAA airworthiness certification (TSO approval) of cargo unit load devices, (i.e. containers, pallets, and nets). The panel is working on an Aeronautical Standard that will serve the same purpose as NAS 3610 but will be much more user-friendly, more comprehensive, and can be updated in committee.
Briefly reviewing the 32 projects in work, the Sub-committee
had a lengthy discussion on the subject of tie-down straps, and in particular
about the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that one company has obtained
from the FAA. The basis for this STC was a draft of the ISO strap-specification
that had been circulated through the Committee. The "abuse" of this
draft has intensified the copyright procedures within SAE. AGE-2A is still planning
to address this issue with the FAA and eventually apply for a Technical Standard
Jim Jackson, ex-AAL and a recognized expert, pointed
out that it is vital that the work of SAE AGE-2 be well represented in the final
preparatory stage of ISO / TC-20/SC-9, (Air Cargo and Ground Equipment). The
U.S. has only one vote out of the 10 primary Member States presently on the
Subcommittee and one vote out of the 21 on the full Committee. It is very important
that knowledgeable AGE participants be available to ensure that the Subcommittee's
understanding of the intentions of the AGE is effectively supported. Without
that support, the globally-involved users and suppliers will live with what
the international community establishes.
GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE AGE-2C
Due to career changes, both the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee involved with traditional GSE vehicles and equipment resigned prior to the Monterey meeting. Vic Urzi, a long time supporter of the work of the Committee stepped in and chaired the event. A new Chairman will be elected at the next meeting, which would coincide with the normal election cycle.
This meeting of the Subcommittee was primarily used to reorganize the projects and reassign sponsors to review and/or complete documents 23 documents are up for the required 5-year review. This is an essential part of keeping Standards current.
In addition, 8 groups are working on new projects covering topics including Cabin Service Vehicles, Pre-conditioned Air Delivery Systems,
GSE Airport Operations, Towbarless Tractors for Regional Aircraft, Alternating
Current in Ramp Electrification, Fall Protection from Manned Aerial Lifts. Readers
interested in these pieces of equipment should consider the need to take part
in subsequent meetings.
The subject of aircraft ground deicing is handled by another SAE Committee G-12, a spin-off from the AGE-2 Committee. The possibility and desirability of bringing that subject back within AGE-2 was considered and will be reviewed further.
The next meeting of the Committee will be held on September 24-25, 2002 at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. For more information about projects or documents, please contact Rebecca Lemon at +724.772. 4083, or email email@example.com.
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