A Comparison of Air Force Versus Federal Aviation Administration Airframe Structural Qualification Criteria: MIL-A-87221 (USAF) Versus FAR Parts 23 and 25
Final rept. 15 Aug 1984-15 Aug 1986
AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Air Force acquisitions of off-the-self commercially developed aircraft for use in cargo, tanker, transport, and trainer roles have made it essential that the capability be developed within Aeronautical Systems Division acquisition organizations to evaluate commercially developed aircraft designs for adequacy in meeting Air Force requirements. Development of this capability to evaluate commercial aircraft designs has been complicated by a lack of understanding of the differences in the design approaches embodied in Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration airframe qualification procedures. This report is intended to provide an insight into Federal Aviation Regulation Parts 23 and 25, the FAA regulations which govern airplane qualification and certification, including airframe structures. This report is intended primarily for use by ASD engineers familiar with Air Force regulations and specifications governing aircraft structural design, particularly MIL-A-87221USAF.
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