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Aircraft Fire Detection: Requirements, Qualification, and Certification Aspects



K Schmoetzer


For aircraft applications other or additional qualification requirements need to be fulfilled by the automatic fire detection instrument compared to those applicable to buildings. It is important to distinguish between pressurized zones and non pressurized zones due to their completely different environments (e.g. inside/outside temperature and pressure/altitude). This paper will concentrate on fire detection aspects applicable to pressurized areas of transport aircraft where passengers and cargo are located.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 965
Report Number


fire detection, fire detection systems, aircraft compartments, certification, regulations, smoke detection, smoke detectors, airborne equipment, environmental effects


Schmoetzer, K. (2001), Aircraft Fire Detection: Requirements, Qualification, and Certification Aspects, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 17, 2024)


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Created February 1, 2001, Updated November 10, 2018