Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee Executives OK ARINC Standardization Efforts

By S.L. Fuller | October 26, 2017
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Eurocontrol hosted a meeting with more than 30 senior representatives from airline engineering departments, airframe manufacturers and the avionics equipment manufacturing industry. Eurocontrol said that the meeting, held at its headquarters in Brussels, yielded eight newly adopted ARINC standards and six newly approved standardization activities.

The Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee’s (AEEC) Mid-Term Session took place from Oct. 19 to 20. That committee is responsible for developing ARINC engineering standards and solutions for the avionics, networks and cabin systems used by the airline community.

“Eurocontrol values the opportunity of working closely with the AEEC and supporting its activities as it allow us to give input and receive feedback from the airlines,” Eurocontrol said. “Their voice is not heard often enough in meetings of technical groups or ICAO and EUROCAE/RTCA.”

The Mid-Term Session acts as an extended meeting of the AEEC executive committee. Members represent organizations including United, Air France/KLM, Alaska, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, Lufthansa Group, Southwest, TAP Portugal, UPS, the U.S. Air Force, Airbus and Boeing.

Eight ARINC standards were adopted during the Mid-Term Session. These covered updates to six existing standards and two new ARINC standards:

  • Supplement 9 to ARINC 620: Datalink Ground Systems Standard and Interface Specification;
  • Supplement 5 to ARINC 628: Cabin Equipment Interfaces, Part 9 – Cabin Information Network;
  • Supplement 3 to ARINC 633: AOC Air-Ground Data and Message Exchange Format;
  • ARINC Project Paper 658: Internet Protocol Suite (IPS) for Aeronautical Safety Services – Roadmap document;
  • Supplement 6 to ARINC 743A: GNSS Sensor;
  • Supplement 1 to ARINC 743B: GNSS Landing System Sensor Unit;
  • ARINC Project Paper 743C: GNSS Landing System Sensor Unit with VHF Data Broadcast Receiver;
  • Supplement 5 to ARINC 755: Digital Multi-Mode Receiver.

The executive committee also approved six new standardization activities. These covered:

  • Defining an Internet Protocol Suite (IPS) for Aeronautical Safety Services (new ARINC Specification with technical requirements);
  • Cabin Systems (updates to ARINC 628 parts 0 and 1);
  • Updates to ARINC 429 Digital Avionics Bus;
  • Cabin and Cargo Video Surveillance (updates to ARINC 628 part 1);
  • Third Generation Cabin Network, 3GCN (updates to ARINC 808 and 809);
  • Cabin IFE Motors (updates to ARINC 628 part 1).

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