News in sight for the aircraft ground support equipment!

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 20:10 Machinery Directive
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New criteria have been set for aircraft fuelling equipment!

EN 12312 part 5 specifies the technical criteria to minimize the hazards that may arise during the commissioning, operation and maintenance of AFEs when used as intended, including misuse reasonably foreseeable by the manufacturer or his authorized representative.

It also takes account of certain performance requirements recognized as essential by authorities, aircraft and ground support equipment manufacturers as well as airlines, airports and fuelling companies, and applies to all types of aircraft fuelling equipment:

- aircraft refuellers
- hydrant dispensers
- defuellers
- hydrant pit servicing vehicles
- pit cleaner vehicles
- stationary dispensing units intended to supply aircraft with aviation fuels and to be operated on airfields, heliports and other aircraft refuelling areas such as maintenance bases.

This document does not apply to:

- AFE whose only power source for aircraft refuelling is directly applied manual effort
- hydrant systems, tank farms, pipework and underground tanks
- specific hazards due to the operation of the AFE in a potentially explosive atmosphere
- built-in fire extinguisher systems. No extra requirements on noise and vibration are provided other than those in EN 1915-3:2004+A1:2009 and EN 1915- 4:2004+A1:2009.

This document does not deal with hazards in respect to a standard automotive chassis and from other vehicles on the apron.


Title: EN 12312 Aircraft ground support equipment - Specific requirements - Part 5: Aircraft fuelling equipment
Date of Availability: 03.03.2021
Previous version harmonised under the Machinery Directive 2006/42/CE:
EN 12312-5:2005+A1:2009 Aircraft ground support equipment - Specific requirements - Aircraft fuelling equipment



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