About ASTM F38 Committee on Unmanned Aircraft SystemsASTM F38 Committee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) was established in 2003 to develop standards and guidance materials for UAS with focuses on:
- Minimum safety, performance, and flight proficiency requirements;
- Quality assurance – to install manufacturing controls assuring aircraft conform to design criteria;
- Production acceptance tests and procedures assuring that the completed aircraft systems meet reported performance as demonstrated in the prototype aircraft system. This performance includes limits such as: empty weight and center of gravity, performance specifications, controllability and maneuverability trim, stability, stall speed and handling characteristics, engine cooling and operating characteristics, propeller limits, systems functions, and folding or removable lifting surfaces.
- A baseline plan for continued airworthiness systems, including methods for monitoring and maintaining continued operational safety, and processes for identifying, reporting, and remedying safety-of-flight issues.
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