The following is an overview of ATA e-Business Program projects along with their status and links to their respective working groups/project teams.
Aircraft Transfer Records Project
Electronic Aircraft Records will facilitate and lower the cost of transferring an aircraft, for example at the end of a lease. The Aircraft Transfer Records (ATR) project is developing XML formats for several information sets which are typically provided starting with AD Status, Repair / Damage, Last Done Next Due Maintenance, Tracked Parts Status and SB / Mod status. The benefits of standardization of these records include higher accuracy due to less re-keying, lower cost and more rapid record review and easier transfer into the recipient’s system. The next face-to-face meeting will be in Basel in late January 2017, with ongoing conference calls and sub-team work. The first draft including the AD Status is in final review and expected to be published shortly.
Data Harmonization Project
||The Configuration Management Subteam (CMST) was promoted to a new standing Configuration Management Working Group (CMWG) with an expanded charter to oversee the global scope of Configuration
Management concepts across all ATA e-Business Program specifications. CMWG will have responsibility for an overall harmonized Configuration Management data model and coordination with other working groups on pertinent topics. CMWG is currently finalizing work to develop a standard for exchange of allowable configuration data to enable automated validation of the actual configuration of an aircraft to the
allowable configuration. CMWG will next begin working on topics/standards pertaining to
Visit the Configuration Management Working Group
to learn more or to join the effort.
The ATA e-Business Steering Group has developed a Strategic Plan to guide the Program’s direction and activities over the coming years. A key objective of the strategy is to “Strategically evolve standards to enable the seamless exchange and availability of information throughout the aviation industry.” To undertake this objective, the ATA e-Business Program has launched the Data Harmonization Working Group (DHWG) to develop and maintain a process for data harmonization across the suite of ATA e-Business Program standards. This includes resolution of conflicting data objects and working toward a standard XML Exchange Model to reduce data transformation requirements.
Information Security Standards
The DHWG has developed a Logical Data Model in UML which will be used to harmonize data requirements across ATA e-Business Program specifications; initially focusing on Part initialization data. Following that, DHWG has been working with the ATA Configuration Management Working Group (CMWG) to incorporate requirements for an exchange standard for allowable configuration of an aircraft. The Logical Data Model will be used to generate the harmonized, canonical XML schemas constituting the Exchange Model.
Visit the Data Harmonization Working Group
to learn more or join the effort.
DSWG is completing work on the 2017.1 revision of Spec 42, Aviation Industry Standards for Digital Information Security, which is planned for release in January 2017. This revision includes:
Information Standards for Flight Operations Data
- Updated guidance for Attribute Authorities
- Updated guidance for use of Time Stamps
- Updated guidance for maintenance of digital signatures
- New guidance for handling cryptographic obsolescence
- New appendix for Technical Signature Profiles
- New Instant Low Assurance levels
- New Personal Digital Signature Policy
|The ATA Flight Operations Working Group (FOWG) has published revision 2016.1 of Spec 2300, Information Standards for Flight Operations. This revision includes:
- Updated definition of Information Code Variant (ICV)
- Standard Product Attribute and Condition values for use of Applicability
- Implementation guidance for common data elements
- New Performance How-To data module
- Revised Graphics and Multimedia guidance
- Revised values for Publication Scope and Publication Type
- Revised sample data files
Future work will include expansion of the data samples to include a more comprehensive demonstation of Spec 2300 features and to demonstrate revision markup. FOWG will meet in April, July and November 2017.
Maintenance Execution Working Group
The Maintenance Execution Working Group, spawned from the electronic Logbook Project Team, is developing a set of specifications for submittal of work packages, job cards, tasks to a maintenance organization and return back of maintenance completion records (e.g. electronically signed job cards, task cards, steps, etc.). This will be a new Specification which is envisioned to be used by Operators and Maintenance Providers (line maintenance, heavy maintenance, etc.). The next meeting of this project will be in Washington, DC in late February. The team is also working on the e-Logbook version 5.0 – version 4.01 was recently released.
The Regulatory Documentation Interest Group (RDIG) is finalizing an update to Spec 2000 Chapter 16, to incorporate changes to regulatory data related to the FAA Form 8130-3 and EASA Form 1.
to learn more or to join the effort.
|The Reliability Interest Group (RIG) has ongoing meetings to review reliability data exchange and metrics, and maintain Spec 2000 Chapter 11 and 13.2. Current focus is on harmonizing removal codes and findings codes, as well as enhancing the data exchange formats to better support engines and APU’s. The next meeting will be in late March or early April, 2017.
Spec 2000 Procurement Extension
The Spec 2000 Procurement Extension project is well on its way to developing updated XML Schema to support current business practices within parts procurement and invoicing. Key new features include multi-line purchase orders, better management of order status and change between customer and supplier.
Technical Data Standards (ATA iSpec 2200, ATA Spec 1000BR, and S1000D)
The ATA Technical Data Working Group (TDWG) is finalizing the next revision of Spec 1000BR, Civil Aviation S1000D Business Rules which is expected to be published in early 2017. This revision includes:
- Finalize the Civil Aviation business rules pertaining to S1000D issue 4.1
- Addition of a layered approach, with general Civil Aviation business rules and additional restrictions specifically for Component Maintenance Publications.
- Restructure of the specification to externalize the business rules to an Excel spreadsheet.
TDWG has also published revision 2016.1 of ATA iSpec 2200, Information Standards for Aviation Maintenance.
TDWG continues working with the S1000D Steering Committee on finalization of S1000D Issue 4.2 which is expected to be published in January 2017. TDWG will continue to hold monthly conference calls in 2017 and will meet in person in February, April and September.