Subcommittees & Working Groups


About the AEEC

The Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) creates value for airlines and the aviation industry by developing engineering standards and technical solutions for avionics, networks, and cabin systems that foster increased efficiency and reduced life cycle costs for the aviation community.

ARINC Standards, developed and adopted by AEEC, deliver substantial benefits to airlines and aviation industry by promoting competition, providing interchangeability, and reducing life-cycle costs. Airlines around the world adopt ARINC Standards providing fleet-wide solutions.

Over 4000 engineers and scientists representing nearly 250 sponsoring organizations participate in the development of ARINC Standards. These standards define the equipment and systems installed in more than 10,000 aircraft around the world.

AEEC Mission

The Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) improves cost effectiveness and reduces life-cycle costs by conducting engineering and technical investigations and developing voluntary engineering and technical standards for airborne electronics.

AEEC Overview

The AEEC is an international standards organization that represents technical positions of the air transport industry. The AEEC provides a forum for collaboration, teamwork, and decision making. The products of AEEC’s efforts are published as ARINC Standards that collectively promote market competition and economies of scale. Aircraft manufacturers and avionics suppliers work with the AEEC in this endeavor.

AEEC Composition

AEEC Membership is open to airline operators, airframe manufacturers, general aviation, and the military. These organizations fund a portion of the AEEC work program and are eligible to be voting members of the AEEC Executive Committee.

The AEEC Executive Committee serves in a leadership role for ARINC Standards development and coordinates nearly 25 AEEC Subcommittee activities which produce the ARINC Standards. Decisions made by the AEEC Executive Committee fully consider inputs of the supplier community, regulators, and other stakeholders. Supplier companies and other organizations that benefit from doing business with the airlines are invited to participate as Corporate Sponsors. The AEEC General Session and the AEEC Mid-Term Session are meetings held for the purpose of coordinating the work of the many active AEEC Subcommittees that are responsible for the preparation of technical standards.

The value of AEEC membership has been demonstrated over six decades:

  • Improving the efficiency of air transportation through the development of new operating concepts and technologies.
  • Influencing the development of new aircraft and derivatives.
  • Shaping aircraft capabilities necessary for operating in NextGen, SESAR, and CARATS airspace environments.
  • Developing consensus-based industry standards reflecting the collective views of aircraft operators, airframe manufacturers, equipment suppliers, regulators, and other stakeholders.
  • Ensuring the viability of AEEC as a long-standing technical resource for the airline industry.

The success of the AEEC is a result of a simple, yet refined, approach to collaborative decision making. This approach yields standards that are used voluntarily by the airline industry and their suppliers; standards that no one organization could possibly develop on its own.

Governing Documents

The activities of the AEEC are led by the AEEC Executive Committee in accordance with the Terms of Reference approved by approved by SAE ITC. The ARINC Standards Development Document specifies the procedures used to develop voluntary consensus-based ARINC Standards.

ARINC Standards Development Document and Intellectual Property Policies

The development, adoption, and publication of ARINC Standards is governed by the ARINC Standards Development Document (ASDD). Attachments to the ASDD cover the various policies dealing with intellectual property rights, including the patent and copyright policies.