US airline and defense industries share data

The AeroSpace and Defence Industries
Association of Europe (ASD), the Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA)
and the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), have announced a collaboration
agreement to align international technical publication data in the aerospace and
defense, and commercial aviation industries. The Aug. 13 agreement positions the three associations to further advance the
development and maintenance of the S1000D specification for technical publications.
S1000D will ease the cost burden on supply chains, which currently support different
standards for each industry, by harmonizing commercial and military aviation
technical documentation standards.

The main objective for this collaboration is to promote common, interoperable,
international technical publication data in the aerospace manufacturing, commercial
and defense aviation industries. This approach will harmonize how technical data are
conveyed between the original equipment manufacturer and user community for both
commercial aviation and military defense systems.

“This collaboration agreement is one more step to facilitate improved business
agility, reduce costs and increase the speed of doing business - all while
maintaining the highest level of safety,” said ATA President and CEO James C.
May. “We look forward to working closely with our ASD and AIA partners to further
the adoption and usability of S1000D in our industry.”

ASD Secretary General Francois Gayet said, “The co-operation on S1000D is further
proof that our industries can only profit from cross-Atlantic developments where
both sides have equal value in the co-operation. From the manufactures’ point of
view, all solutions that simplify through standardization is welcome.”

“Streamlining these technical documents will serve members of the aerospace and
aviation industries on both sides of the Atlantic,” AIA President and CEO John W.
Douglass said.


S1000D, based on international documentation standards such as SGML, XML and CGM, is
dynamic and enables continual revision and the incorporation of new technologies. It
also defines a methodology that allows for publication compilation and permits users
to easily access specific information by standardizing data shared across different
software platforms.