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 facilitates and lowers the cost of transferring an aircraft, for example at the end of a lease. The Aircraft Transfer Records (ATR) working group has developed industry standard XML formats for a number of “reports” (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. The working group has also developed an electronic Crate which allows metadata to be added to other document types such as PDFs ranging from certificates to “Dirty Fingerprint” (records of maintenance). 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 2021.1 is planned for the first half of 2021. The group is currently reviewing and incorporating findings from implementation activities as well as developing an XML version of LLP History and Daily Flight data.
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 2020.1 revision of ATA Spec 2400 which further enhances the standard for exchange of allowable parts configuration data to enable automated validation of the actual configuration of an aircraft to the allowable configuration. Changes in this revision include:
- A new section to provide guidance to help operators to use Spec 2400 Allowable Configuration in Parts data to validate against their Actual Configuration.
- Added the ability to identify if a FunctionPosition pertains to a software part or non-software part.
- Added IssueNumber to the elements used to define a condition
- Updated definitions of key configuration management terms in Spec 2400 and CSDD.
- CMWG is now working on a major revision of Spec 2400 for 2021 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 2020.1 revision of Spec 42, Aviation Industry Standards for Digital Information Security. This revision includes:
- Aligned Spec 42 with
recent changes to NIST 800-63-3 “Digital Identity Guidelines”.
- Clarified that the preferred terminology for "non-repudiation" is now "content commitment"
As Spec 42 is a mature standard, DSWG continues to monitor advancements in industry requirements and techology to introduce new Change Requests as needed.
Information Standards for Flight Operations Data
|The ATA Flight Operations Working Group (FOWG) has published revision 2021.1 of Spec 2300, Information Standards for Flight Operations.
Highlights for this revision include:
- Introduced additional structures to support unique identification of multiple instances of components covered by the same MMEL item
- Updated the Publication Module (PM) content description to allow combinations of sub-PMs and DM references within a PM entry
- Updated content guidelines to allow multiple units for a single business measure
- Added a new section to describe display instructions for publishing targets
- Revised multiple XML schemas and data samples
FOWG is now working on a 2022.1 revision of Spec 2300. This revision will include additional guidance for 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 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 which is focused on transactional exchange of Work Package additions, removals, changes, findings and approvals 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. Updates to both of these specifications are planned for the first half of 2021.
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 Working Group (RDWG) 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) has updated Spec 2000 Chapter 9 with implementation clarification language and reorganization, more use case information clarification of the best formats and tag types, and included the ability to reference internal tracked parts on a component which are not taggable. Other changes include minor changes found during implementation. This specification was published in December 2020.
|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 2020.1 version is expected to update the metrics in 13.2 as well as make minor changes to several of the records.
Spec 2000 Procurement
|The Repair Administration Working Group (RAWG) is developing XML standards to support component repair, including ensuring that the XML supports various industry blockchains.
The Spec 2000 Procurement Working group recently published version 2019.1 of Spec 2000 Procurement Gen 2. This is a major renewal of industry procurement formats which include multiline orders, better logistics information, more details on exchange and communication of status and error correction between trading partners. Additional work on enhanced invoicing, and implementation activities is planned for later in 2021.
Technical Data Standards (ATA iSpec 2200, ATA Spec 1000BR, and S1000D)
The ATA Technical Data Working Group (TDWG) has published the 2020.1 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)
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 2-5)
Updated the CMP Layout Rules and Examples (Section 3-2)
TDWG is now finalizing work on revision 2021.1 of Spec 1000BR_4.1 and Spec 1000BR_4.2 with publication anticipated in 2nd quarter 2021. A 2021.2 revision is also being planned to include a new Chapter 4 in Spec 1000BR_4.2 to provide
S1000D business rules and related guidance for Scheduled Maintenance data in accordance with the
IATA Scheduled Maintenance Data Standard (SMDS).
Additionally, TDWG is working on Spec 1000BR_5.0, a new Civil Aviation business rules specification for S1000D issue 5.0.
TDWG continues working with the S1000D Steering Committee and various working groups on S1000D topics and revisions.