ATA e-Business Programme
The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) e-Business Programme brings together members of the global commercial aviation industry. These members create standards for e-business specifications for information exchange in support of:
- Material management
- Flight operations
The scope of the ATA e-Business Programme spans the entire lifecycle of an aircraft. This scope is achieved predominantly by two specifications:
- iSpec 2200 – information standards for aviation and maintenance
- Spec 2000 – e-business specifications for materials management
ATA e-Business Programme members include:
- Aerospace manufacturers
- Repair agencies
- Software providers
These members jointly develop the standards used to make information exchange easier and more efficient.
As a result, airlines and suppliers have seen dramatic improvements in data efficiency, security and consistency – as well as significant reductions in the time required for delivery and retrieval of operationally critical information.
Created by the airline industry to revolutionize the aviation parts business, Spec 2000 is a comprehensive set of e-business specifications, products and services designed to overcome longstanding challenges to the industry's supply chain.
SITA is an active participant in the ongoing development of Spec 2000 and participates in a number of ATA e-business programme working groups , including:
- Digital Security Working Group to address the application of digital security technologies and standards to e-Business specifications
- e-Logbook Project Team (ELPT) dedicated to the creation and maintenance of an industry standard defining Electronic Logbook data exchange – this will include flight log (journey log) and maintenance log (airplane faults, maintenance actions, maintenance release, servicing) information
- The Electronic Documentation Project Team (EDPT)* develops industry standards for the electronic exchange of Part Certification Forms (e.g., airworthiness release certificates, part certification forms, transfer documents, etc.)
- The RFID on Parts Project Team develops industry standards for the encoding of data on RFID tags which are to be affixed to parts for the life of the part
- The Software Distribution Project Team recommends enhancements and developing aviation industry consensus for the changes to methods and practices for the delivery of Field Loadable Software (FLS)
- The Supply Chain Management Interest Group for part procurement, provisioning, repair, warranty, trading partner management and other supply chain functions
* The EDPT has launched a new initiative to provide a transition process for users of Spec 2000 forms who have not yet embraced the latest technology in XML. This is a critical step to ensure the interoperability of the community information exchange.