Digital Aircraft Operations is an IATA initiative, that supports airlines in identifying areas and implementing solutions for more efficient Technical Operations.
These operations include aircraft maintenance activities, parts supply chain and logistics, as well as the transfer of aircraft assets.
Digital Aircraft Operations vision and mission
Taking-off into the second hundred years of commercial flight, airlines must embrace the digital operation standards of an ever increasing fleet performance delivered by e-enabled and "connected" aircraft. The vision is to explore efficiencies and provide implementation guidelines to airlines in the area of technical operations.
With innovative technologies and improved processes, the aircraft should be able to “talk” to the operator about its history, airworthiness, technical condition and costs. Proficiency in this e-enabled language is the essential competitive advantage in building the airlines’ future.
Digital Aircraft Operations implementation
The series of airline technical operations’ benefits brought by the transition to digital operations were assessed both in terms of their potential impact and their immediacy. This generated a series of priority projects which IATA initiated or actively embarked on in the fields listed below (please note: the listing order is not intended to suggest any priority ranking of the areas included):
- Auto-ID / RFID aircraft parts tracking
- Digital signature and electronic maintenance record keeping
- Aircraft Health Monitoring
- Scheduled Maintenance Data Standard (SMDS) in S1000D
- Promoting Spec 2000 XML standards for aircraft configuration, electronic maintenance records, RFID, etc
- Aircaft e-enablement, connectivity, avionics software reliability and eTechLog
Initiative reports to Engineering and Maintenance Group within Safety, Flight and Ground Operations Advisory Council of IATA.
DiIgital Aircraft Operations, general:
- Paperless Aircarft Operations: Business Case Support Template, November 2018 (xlsm)
- Paperless Aircarft Operations: Business Case Support Mindmap, November 2018 (pdf)
- IATA Guidance Material for the implementation of Paperless Aircraft Technical Operations (pdf)
- Airlines’ Business Rrequirements for Original Equipment Manufacturers on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and 2D Barcode Tagging for Aircraft Cabin Equipment, June 2018 (pdf)
Maintenance Contract Templates:
- IATA Master Engine Maintenance Agreement (main section, rev. 2016) (pdf)
- IATA Master Engine Maintenance Agreement (fillable Annexes) (doc)
- IATA Master Airframe Maintenance Agreement (main section, rev. 2014) (pdf)
- IATA Master Airframe Maintenance Agreement (fillable Annexes) (doc)
IATA Paperless Aircraft Operations Conference - 2018
Conference Program (pdf)
Speakers' BIOs (pdf)
- Keynote on ‘Digital Aviation & DARTeC’ (pdf) - Cranfield University
- Overview – Paperless Operations Business Case Support Template (pdf) - Senior Consultant, IATA
- IVHM – a Key Enabler for Future Civil Aerospace (pdf) - Cranfield University
- FAA Perspective on Aircraft Health Monitoring Implementation (pdf) - Federal Aviation Administraion
- Maintenance of Tomorrow – The AHM Path from Airbus’ Perspective (pdf) - Airbus Operations GmbH
- The role of independent MRO’s in Component Maintenance Arising from Predictive Maintenance (pdf) - AJ Walter
- UAE GCAA – Go Paperless Initiatives (pdf) - UAE General Civil Aviation Authority
- Our Innovation Journey – a Paperless Operation (pdf) - EasyJet
- IT meets Aircraft – The Five Root Causes for Trouble and Excessive Cost with Airborne Software Maintenance (pdf) - Lufthansa Airlines
- What Does a “Connected” Aircraft Really Mean? (pdf) - Southwest Airlines
- Democratising Data (pdf) - JetStar Airways
- Life Limited Parts Database Project (pdf) - Flight Global
- RFID at Delta Air Lines (pdf) - Delta Air lines
- RFID at United Airlines (pdf) - United Airlines
- Preparing for the Technology - Enabled Future of Aviation (pdf) - RFID Lab Auburn University
- Continuing Airworthiness Data Migration to Maintenance and Engineering Information System (pdf) - FL Technics
- Electronic Records – Harmonising Transition Requirements (pdf) - GECAS
- Scheduled Maintenance Data Standard Task Force at IATA (pdf) - IATA
- Big Data: The race is on! But what is the end goal? (pdf) - ICF
- Managing and Exploiting Big Data in the Aviation Sector: Some Legal Implications and Challenges (pdf) - Bird & Bird LLP
IATA Digital Aircraft Operations Conference is an annual event featuring use cases, ideas, adressing critical issues in the area of aircraft maintenance. This conference is initiated as the natural forum of convening the aviation community interested in the Digital Operation (r)evolution.
The first event hosted in November 2014, by Airbus, in Toulouse was followed by annual editions, sponsored and co-sponsored by Boeing, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, Cranfield University and other leading industry players. The event attracts some 100-120 attendees, the prevalent majority of them being airline representatives, complemented by airframe and assembly OEMs, Airworhtiness Authorities, vendors and enterpreneurs.
The generally established format of the conference is entailing a three day agenda with the first two days entirely dedicated to subject salient presentations from airlines, OEMs, and selected regulators, MROs, solution providers and parts suppliers, all concluding in Q&A sessions with audience involvement. The third day follows with a hands-on direct contact at the host facilities with some implementation cases/solutions championed by the hosting organization.
Please visit this page or IATA Events page for updates on 2020 edition of this Conference.