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 transport industry.
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.