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 several 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 2017.2 was recently published. The group is currently reviewing implementation activities, and developing an XML LLP History data set. The next face-to-face meeting will be in Amsterdam in November 2018.
Data Harmonization Project
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 has finalized the initial publicationof 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. The next revision of Spec 2400 will 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 is also working 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 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 is used to harmonize data requirements across ATA e-Business Program specifications; initially focusing on Part initialization data. From the Logical Data Model, DHWG will generate a Business Model Schema Library of common, harmonized XML Schema fragments for internal use by ATA Working Groups in developing their exchange standard schemas.
Visit the Data Harmonization Working Group
to learn more or 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
Information Standards for Flight Operations Data
|The ATA Flight Operations Working Group (FOWG) is finalizing revision 2018.1 of Spec 2300, Information Standards for Flight Operations. This revision includes:
- Updated guidance on the content and organization of the XML sample files
- Clarification on handling Deleted Data Modules
- Explanation and examples for Open and Closed applicability
- Revised Information Code for the Supplemental Content DM
- Updated XML data samples
Maintenance Execution Standards
The Maintenance Execution Working Group (MEWG), spawned from the electronic Logbook Project Team, 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 (e.g. electronically signed job cards, task cards, steps, 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 Toulouse in October 2018.
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.
RFID and AIDC
|The RFID Working Group (RFWG) has met recently and is actively working on the next revision of Spec 2000 Chapter 9. Included will be implementation clarification language, additional information on the Conformance testing, and ability to reference internal parts on a component.
|The Reliability Working Group (RWG) 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 publication is expected in late 2018 or early 2019. The next meeting will be in May 2019 in Europe.|
Spec 2000 Procurement
The Spec 2000 Procurement Working group recently published Spec 2000 Procurement Gen 2. The project team is working on a minor revision to clarify language, implement results of pilot projects, and incorporate a version of Invoice. Key new features include multi-line purchase orders, better management of order status and change between customer and supplier. The second version is expected in late 2018 or early 2019.
Technical Data Standards (ATA iSpec 2200, ATA Spec 1000BR, and S1000D)
The ATA Technical Data Working Group (TDWG) has published the 2018.1 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 Civil Aviation business rules pertaining to S1000D issue 4.1 and issue 4.2
- Major update to the Component Maintenance Publication layout rules
- Updated Civil Aviation Business Rules Exchange (BREX) data modules
- Updated Civil Aviation project-specific attribute values and information codes
TDWG will also be publishing revision 2018.1 of ATA iSpec 2200, Information Standards for Aviation Maintenance to support several Change Requests from the user community. The group continues working with the S1000D Steering Committee on S1000D topics and revisions.