Paperless Aircraft Operations
New IATA Standard Airframe Maintenance Agreement on Trial (until June 14th, 2013)
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IATA's Paperless Aircraft Operations is an initiative in aircraft maintenance that started in June 2011 as Paperless Supply Chain project. Likewise the other IATA industry initiatives: e-ticketing, RFID baggage handling, e-AWB, Cargo RFID Working Group, Electronic Flight Bag Working Group, Paperless Aircraft Operations is another one of IATA’s steps towards achieving paperless environment.
The vision is to explore efficiencies and deliver guidelines for their implementation to the airlines in the maintenance operation.
With the help of innovative technologies and improved processes in future the aircraft should be able to “talk” to the operator of its history, airworthiness, technical condition and costs.
Efficient Aircraft Operations
The initiative’s mission is to increase the efficiency of maintenance operation processes by making them paperless and electronically enabled. There are several areas of potential benefits
- Auto-ID / RFID aircraft parts tracking
- RFID as alternative means of compliance
- Digital signature in technical operations
- Electronic airworthiness compliance
- Electronic maintenance record keeping
- Electronic aircraft lease transfers
- IATA standard maintenance contracts
- Aircraft leasing best practices for delivery / re-delivery and maintenance reserves
- Electronic regulatory documents ( XML FAA 8130 / EASA Form 1 / TCCA Form 1)
Paperless Aircraft Operations Think Tank
The Paperless Aircraft Operations’ core working group is theThink Tank. Its mission is to elaborate on the vision of the airline maintenance processes and define the most relevant focal areas for improvements and innovations. An additional responsibility is to ensure that certain data and information transfers are standardized among the industry stakeholders. The Think Tank includes representatives from airlines, original equipment manufacturers, leaders in MRO IT industry, regulators and aircraft part suppliers. It communicates regularly throughout the year as well as holds bi-annual meetings.
Paperless Aircraft Operations also produces assessments for individual airlines on request and helps to improve the processes on a business-case basis.
Membership to the Paperless Aircraft Operations is open to all IATA members. Participants in IATA’s Strategic Partnership Program can also attend the functions of the project upon request. For more information, please contact us.