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Guidelines - Introducing RFID into Airline Maintenance Operations

IATA's guidance on introducing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) into airline maintenance operations offers practical information on how to make the best use of RFID technology in the airline technical operations. 

By providing a unique identity for each tagged item, but with a common data format, RFID offers huge opportunities in both airline operations and maintenance.

  • In airline operations, there are many uses for RFID technology to play a major role in cost reduction and efficiency: cargo handling, ground service equipment, security process, baggage, etc.
  • The maintenance arena can also greatly benefit from RFID to improve efficiency and lower costs, particulary in part marking.

The purpose of this document is to provide a realistic overview of where RFID can be used in the aviation business.

It  focuses on passive UHF RFID technology defined in the aviation industry standards. It does not cover battery-assisted passive (BAP), active, real time location, or GPS radio frequency technologies. These guidelines have been developed as part of the Paperless Operations program.

Designed for

These guidelines are designed for all parties involved in operations and maintenance: Airline Maintenance Repair Organizations (MRO’s), Industry MROs, Aircraft Manufacturers, Parts Manufacturers, Parts Suppliers, Civil Aviation Authorities.

Download IATA's Guidance on Introducing RFID in Airline Operations Maintenance (pdf).

For more information, please contact psc@iata.org

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