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 has developed industry standard XML formats for a number of information sets which are typically provided including AD Status, Repair / Damage Status, Last Done Next Due Maintenance Status, Installed/Tracked Parts Status, SB / Mod status as well as Aircraft / Engine Status. They have also developed an electronic Crate which allows metadata to be added to other document types. 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. Spec 2500, Version 2020.1 is planned for later in 2020. The group is currently reviewing implementation activities, and developing an XML LLP History and Daily Flight data set.
Information Security Standards
The Configuration Management Working Group (CMWG) is responsible for the global scope of Configuration Management concepts across all ATA e-Business Program specifications. This includes an overall harmonized Configuration Management data model and coordination with other working groups on pertinent topics.
CMWG accomplishments and ongoing projects include:
- CMWG published the initial issue of ATA Spec 2400 (revision 2018.1) which provides a standard for exchange of allowable parts configuration data to enable automated validation of the actual configuration of an aircraft to the allowable configuration.
- CMWG will publish revision 2020.1 of Spec 2400 in 2nd quarter this year to include:
- a new chapter to provide guidance to help operators to use Spec 2400 Allowable Configuration in Parts data to validate against their Actual Configuration.
- Additional support for using Spec 2400 to validate actual software part configuration.
- Enable Service Bulletin status conditions to be expressed at the SB revision level.
- Updated definitions of key configuration management terms in Spec 2400 and CSDD.
- CMWG is working on a major revision of Spec 2400 to include guidance for exchange of Allowable Configuration data in terms of Modifications, i.e., which mods can be performed on an aircraft and under which conditions.
- CMWG continues to work with other ATA Working Groups to develop data exchange standards pertaining to multiple actual configuration use cases.
Visit the Configuration Management Working Group to learn more or to join the effort.
The ATA Digital Security Working Group (DSWG) has published the 2018.1 revision of Spec 42, Aviation Industry Standards for Digital Information Security. This revision includes:
- New guidance for Derived Credentials
- A new Enterprise Attribute Authority Policy
- New guidance for On-Aircraft Key Generation and Enrollment
- Clarified guidance for short-life certificates
DSWG will publish revision 2020.1 of Spec 42 in 1st quarter this year. This revision will additional guidance on non-repudiation on short-life certificates and alignment with recent changes in NIST 800-63-3 “Digital Identity Guidelines”.
Information Standards for Flight Operations Data
|The ATA Flight Operations Working Group (FOWG) has published revision 2019.1 of Spec 2300, Information Standards for Flight Operations. This revision is primarily focused on expansion of the
scope of Spec 2300 beyond the OEM to operator exchange model to support
exchanges of data between operators and between systems within an
operator. Specifically, this revision of Spec 2300 provides
additional data structures and guidance to enable operators to use Spec
2300 to produce their Minimum Equipment List (MEL) data in a
complementary format to the OEM's approved Master MEL.
FOWG will be publishing a 2020.1 revision of Spec 2300 later this year. This revision will include additional guidance for location-based conditions for multiple items and compliance policy standard reporting and repositories.
Maintenance Execution Standards
The Maintenance Execution Working Group (MEWG), is developing a set of specifications for submittal of work orders, work packages, job cards, tasks to a maintenance organization and return back of maintenance completion records, findings, deferrals, etc. Spec 2000 Chapter 18 Work Package version 1.0, which is envisioned to be used by Operators and Maintenance Providers (line maintenance, heavy maintenance, etc.) was published in early 2018. The group is currently working on version 2.0. The next meeting of this project will be in Bangkok, Thailand in Feb 2020. Version 2.0 is focused on transactional exchange of additions, changes and removals during the maintenance visit. The MEWG is also responsible for maintenance of the Electronic Technical Logbook specification which is published in Spec 2000 Chapter 17, and for which minor changes are also envisioned in mid-2020.
The Provisioning Working Group (PWG) has been inactive, but there has been recent interest in developing new XML based provisioning standards, to better exchange data for establishing planned inventory and related information, particularly on new aircraft types.
The Regulatory Documentation Interest Group (RDIG) recently released an updated to Spec 2000 Chapter 16, to incorporate changes to regulatory data related to the FAA Form 8130-3 and EASA Form 1.
RFID and AIDC
to learn more or to join the effort.
|The RFID Working Group (RFWG) plans to release the revision of Spec 2000 Chapter 9 in mid-2020. Included will be implementation clarification language, additional information on the Conformance testing, and better ability to reference internal parts on a component.
Spec 2000 Procurement
|The Reliability Working Group (RWG) has ongoing meetings to review reliability data exchange and metrics, and maintain Spec 2000 Chapter 11 and 13.2. This specification includes exchange of a wide variety of operational and maintenance data about aircraft, engines and components. Current focus is on harmonizing removal codes and findings codes, increased support for health management systems, and development of a detailed engine shop findings data set. The 2019.1 publication added an engine removal record, and the 2020.1 version is expected to update the metrics in 13.2 as well as make minor changes to several of the records. The next meeting will be in May 2020 in Switzerland.
The Spec 2000 Procurement Working group recently published version 2019.1 of Spec 2000 Procurement Gen 2. This includes clarification and addition of invoice. Additional work on enhanced invoicing, and implementation activities is planned for the upcoming year.
Technical Data Standards (ATA iSpec 2200, ATA Spec 1000BR, and S1000D)
The ATA Technical Data Working Group (TDWG) has published the 2019.1 revisions of Spec 1000BR_4.1, Civil Aviation Business Rules for S1000D issue 4.1. and Spec 1000BR_4.2, Civil Aviation Business Rules for S1000D issue 4.2. These revisions include:
- Updated multiple General Civil Aviation and Component
Maintenance Publication (CMP) business rules (Sections 2-1 and 3-1)
- Consolidated element/attribute usage guidance into a
single spreadsheet, providing General Civil Aviation and CMP rules for
issues 4.1 and 4.2 (Section 2-3)
- Updated the General Civil Aviation Business and CMP
Rules Exchange (BREX) data modules (Sections 2-4 and 3-4)
- Updated the Civil Aviation Information Codes (Section
- Updated the CMP Layout Rules and Examples (Section 3-2)
Revision 2020.1 of Spec 1000BR_4.1 and Spec 1000BR_4.2 will be published in the first half of this year. Additionally, TDWG is working on Spec 1000BR_5.0, a new Civil Aviation business rules specification for S1000D issue 5.0.
TDWG is working with the IATA Scheduled Maintenance Data Standard (SMDS) to develop S1000D business rules for Scheduled Maintenance data which will be published in Spec 1000BR_4.2.
TDWG has also published revision 2018.1 of ATA iSpec 2200, Information Standards for Aviation Maintenance to support several Change Requests from the user community.
TDWG continues working with the S1000D Steering Committee and various working groups on S1000D topics and revisions.