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ASTM Releases Merged Standard For LSA Manufacturers

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Previously developed quality assurance requirements covering the manufacture, documentation, and records retention programs for light sport aircraft have been merged into a new standard approved by ASTM International, the organization said Friday. The standard, released as ASTM F2972, is meant to ensure that LSA aircraft are manufactured "consistent with the design that was originally tested to show compliance to the standard," according to ASTM. It will be used to guide manufacturers seeking flight certificates, permits or "similar documentation" from civil aviation authorities.

ASTM 2972 was created by combining five previously developed standards released as F37. Those five standards address the same quality issues "in a very similar manner" and because they are common across aircraft types, ASTM's committee on the matter has merged them into a single standard. The standard provides requirements that ASTM believes will result in consistent production standards for LSA aircraft. ASTM is selling the F2972 document as a three-page PDF for $36.

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