The Air Transport Association (ATA) e-Business Program recently revised two specifications: Spec 2000: Electronic Logbook, and Spec 42: Aviation Industry Standards for Digital Information Security.
For half a century, airlines, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers have used the organization as a vehicle to create standards through collaboration. Working groups create best practices to support commercial aviation engineering, materials management, maintenance and operations, with the intent of increasing data efficiency, security and consistency.
The new releases update standards for modeling and exchanging electronic logbook data and securing digital identities. Another revision to Spec 2000 (version 5.0) is already in process; from that effort is being spawned a new set of standards for electronic recordkeeping, but a release date has not been announced. Also in the works is an update to Spec 2000 Chapter 16, which will make changes to completion instructions for FAA Form 8130-3 and EASA Form 1.