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. The next face-to-face meeting will be in Seattle in late September 2017. Version 2017.2 is expected to be published shortly.
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 is currently finalizing the initial publication of ATA Spec 2400 which will provide a standard for exchange of allowable configuration data to enable automated validation of the actual configuration of an aircraft to the
allowable configuration. 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 2017.1 revision of Spec 42, Aviation Industry Standards for Digital Information Security. This revision includes:
- 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
DSWG is now working on additional enhancements for the 2018.1 revision to be published early next year.
Information Standards for Flight Operations Data
|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
FOWG is now working on the next Spec 2300 revision which will include expansion of the data samples to include a more comprehensive demonstration of Spec 2300 features and to demonstrate revision markup.
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 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.). 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 Amsterdam in June 2017 and hopes to publish the first version before the end of 2017.
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 October 2017 in Memphis.
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. The first edition of the specification is expected to be published in late summer 2017.
Technical Data Standards (ATA iSpec 2200, ATA Spec 1000BR, and S1000D)
The ATA Technical Data Working Group (TDWG) is finalizing the 2017.1 revision of Spec 1000BR, Civil Aviation S1000D Business Rules which is expected to be published in summer this year. 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 will immediately begin working on a 2017.2 revision of Spec 1000BR which will cover Civil Aviation business rules pertaining to S1000D issue 4.2.
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 S1000D topics and revisions.