Approvals & Recognitions


SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers) maintains and distributes the procurement and detail specifications that control the design, packaging, and performance requirements of Safety Cable. SAE Specifications are available on-line at, or at the following address:

400 Commonwealth Drive
Warrendale, PA 15096
(724) 776-4841

The List of Safety Cable Specifications are the following:

  • AS567 – Safety Cable, Safety Wire, Key Washers, and Cotter Pins for Production Systems,
    General Practices for Use of
  • AS3509 – Cable, Safety, Kit, Nickel Alloy, UNS N06600
  • AS3510 – Cable, Safety, Kit, Corrosion and Heat Resistant Steel, UNS S32100
  • AS3511 – Cable, Safety, Kit, Corrosion Resistant Steel, UNS S30400AS4536 Cable, Safety, Kit, Procurement Specification For Requirements and Use
  • AS3618 – Cable, Safety, Ferrule, Elongated, Corrosion and Heat Resistant Steel, UNS S32100
  • AS3619 – Cable, Safety, Ferrule, Elongated, Nickel Alloy, UNS N06600
  • AS3655 – Cable, Safety, Kit, Corrosion Resistant Nickel Alloy, UNS N06625
  • AS4536 – Cable, Safety, Kit, Procurement Specification For Requirements and Use

Please contact for further information on SAE Specifications, Publication Status, or Application References.

US Military:

NASM 33540 (Formerly MIL-STD-33540) Safety Wiring, Safety Cabling, Cotter Pinning, General Practices.

This document is called out in many contracts, drawings, and process manuals. Safety Cable was included in NASM 33540 in revision 1, 6 Jan, 2003. It is published and controlled by AIA (Aerospace Industries Association) 1250 Eye Street, Washington DC 20005, and can be purchased on-line at the following web address:

Technical Manuals, Technical Orders, And MS Specs:

Many Tech Manuals and Tech Orders that are used by the U.S. Military and FMS Organizations to support Aircraft, Aerospace, and Defense Systems have been revised to include Safety Cable. The technical information that is required to select, install, and maintain the Safety Cable and Application/Verification Tooling is included. The General Tech Manuals/Tech Orders are the following:

  • TO-1-1A-8
  • TO-1-1A-14
  • TO-1-1A-15
  • TM 1-1500-204-23-6
  • TM 1-1500-323-24-1
  • NAVAIR 01-1A-505
  • ARMY MICOM, Drawing 13210868
  • NA 01-1A-505-1
  • NA 01-1A-8
  • TO 00-25-255-1
  • TM 1-1500-323-24-2

Several Platform Specific TOs and TMs feature instructions and guidelines for Safety Cable. Consult the publications organization that supports your particular platform, or contact for further information.


Many FAA Approved 70-XX-XX Standard Documents are published and maintained by major engine, airframe, and component/subsystem manufacturers.

The FAA Approved Manual (supplied by the OEM) on the specific aircraft (or subsystem) will advise the operator/maintainer if Safety Cable is approved by the OEM on that aircraft/application. If it can not be determined from this, or other documentation, the operator/maintainer should contact the OEM assigned representative, and request information concerning the use of Safety Cable on that aircraft or subsystem.

  • FAA Classification Letter dated November 23, 1993
  • F.A.R. 43.13  Performance Rules General


The National Aeronautical and Space Administration, in cooperation with major contractors have developed several reports and standards involving the testing, selection, use, procurement, and application of Safety Cable . Two significant NASA funded documents are CR4473 – CONTRACTOR REPORT (Intersel 1992), and JA83-032A Teledyne Brown.

NASA Tech Briefs magazine has also recognized Safety Cable as a modern Space Program Technology on one or more occasions. Safety Cable is used on the Space Shuttle main orbiter engines, structure, and payload applications.


The majority of Safety Cable Tools and Components that are specified in Military Technical Manuals and Standards are covered by NSNs.

Consult for Details.


JES 138 (Engineering Design Standard)

JDS843.02 (Wire Locking Design Standard),

AS63236, AS63237, AS63238-9 (Detail Standard).


Many prominent companies in the Aerospace Industry have developed In-House Standards and Drawings for Safety Cable.

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