Subcommittees & Working Groups

AMC

    About the AMC

    The Aviation Maintenance Conference (AMC) contributes to increased reliability and maintainability which results in reduced operating costs for aircraft components and aircraft electronic systems. These contributions are achieved through the internationally acclaimed Aviation Maintenance Conference and the development of technical standards.

    Attended by more than 750 avionics and mechanical maintenance experts from around the world, the annual conference identifies technical solutions to maintenance issues resulting in immediate and long-term maintenance improvements and cost savings.

    The AMC is an air transport industry activity organized by ARINC Industry Activities. The objectives of AMC are to promote reliability and reduced operating cost in air transport aircraft components by improving maintenance and support techniques through the exchange of technical information.

    AMC consists of representatives from the technical leadership of the air transport avionics and mechanical maintenance community. The voting membership of AMC consists of the representatives of commercial air transport operators.

    AMC accomplishes its objectives through a number of activities including the annual Aviation Maintenance Conference, known worldwide as the AMC; Steering Committee meetings, Plane Talk®, a quarterly newsletter; standards activities; and liaison with the AEEC and with other aviation or electronic industry activities.

    AMC promotes improved avionics and mechanical reliability and performance at lower life-cycle cost through the coordination of common technical problems in the airlines. AMC saves the industry significant money each year through participation in the annual Aviation Maintenance Conference. AMC also tracks developing maintenance issues and new products and makes inputs to or develops guidance to maintain safe aircraft with lower life-cycle costs.

    The AMC Conference

    The annual AMC Conference, held every Spring, provides airlines and suppliers an opportunity to openly and collectively discuss chronic avionics and mechanical maintenance questions. Before the meeting, airlines and suppliers are invited to submit discussion items using the following categories:

    • Avionics Management and Philosophy
    • Test Systems
    • Electrical Power
    • Autoflight Systems/Flight Controls
    • Navigation Systems
    • Ground Support Equipment and Special Tooling
    • Communications Systems
    • Software
    • Air Conditioning Systems
    • Recording/Indicating Systems/Instruments
    • IFE Systems
    • Lighting
    • Landing Gear
    • Fire Detection Systems
    • Equipment/Furnishing
    • Pneumatic
    • Nacelles and Thrust Reversers
    • Oxygen
    • Doors
    • Water and Waste
    • Engine Systems
    • Others

    The submitted discussion items are received by the ARINC Industry Activities staff. The discussion items are reviewed and forwarded to the named equipment suppliers. Then the ARINC Industry Activities staff prepares the questions in the form of the AMC Program for distribution through the AMC Conference page on the ARINC Industry Activities website.

    During the meeting, a moderator presents each discussion item. By design, airline attendees are given the first opportunity to respond. This is to emphasize that the organization submitting the question may not be the only organization experiencing the problem. In some cases, another organization may have already experienced the problem and may have a solution to offer. Next, the moderator will call for the suppliers to respond. In many cases, a solution is already available as a result of the equipment supplier having received the submitted discussion item well in advance of the meeting. If the solution is accepted, the question is closed. If the solution is not accepted or one is not yet available, the question is typically held open and will be so noted in the report of the meeting.

    To ensure that the final AMC Report presents an accurate record, the meeting is recorded, and the report is prepared based on the recorded meeting.

    Upon adjournment of the meeting each day, more than 25 manufacturer hospitality suites are open to host "the meeting after the meeting." Some attendees consider this unlimited one-on-one access to so many manufacturers in one location to be as valuable as the meeting itself.

    Tuesday evening, through our Showcase reception and exhibits, provides an opportunity for both large and small manufacturers to display their latest innovations in product support and services in a two-hour event open to all conference attendees. All suite activities are closed during the Showcase but reopen after.

    For those who have attended the AMC in the past, the value of the conference is well known and the justification to attend future conferences has been realized. For those who are considering a first-time attendance or who are looking for additional justification, we offer the following questions:

    • Would your airline benefit from one-on-one access to over 175 avionics equipment suppliers and 6 airframe manufacturers in one location?
    • Does your airline support saving time and capital?
    • Would your airline benefit from learning issues before delivery of a new fleet type?

    Governing Documents

    The activities of the AMC are led by the AMC Steering Group in accordance with the Terms of Reference (TOR) 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.