This standard provides considerations for the procurement and
design requirements of TE to be used for maintenance and
troubleshooting of air transport components in both the shop and/or
flight line environment.
Although the term TE is used, this standard can be applied to
other types of support equipment utilized in the aviation industry,
such as shop data loaders, portable maintenance aids, etc.
This standard is intended to give a general overview and design
requirements regarding Test Equipment (TE) to the component
manufacturers and the TE industry from the airline perspective.
This standard is one of a family of ARINC Standards which
address component test and maintenance processes. These standards
have been developed to provide the best practices to the air
This standard, which was first published in May 1981, has been
updated to reflect the collective experience of the air transport
industry over many years to account for the changing aviation
technology and regulatory environment. It is not intended that this
standard provide the elements of a "form, fit, and function"
specification, but to provide guidance for a better design and
operation of testers.
Today's test equipment designs are typically of modular nature,
i.e., the test equipment manufacturer generally selects and
integrates subassemblies from the marketplace.
This standard will help to ensure that critical product life
cycle requirements regarding design, support, and obsolescence
management are identified and available to all.
An industrial constellation of more or less decoupled support
elements has to be transformed into a scenario with sufficient
overlap of critical functions. This will facilitate successful and
cost-effective support over the product life cycle.