ARINC SdlRptJun19

Software Distribution and Loading (SDL) Subcommittee Meeting Report, June 2019

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Software Distribution and Loading (SDL) Subcommittee Meeting Report. Meeting held June 18-20, 2019, in Poing, Germany.

The AEEC Software Distribution and Loading (SDL) Subcommittee met to continue work on one existing project and to review proposals for two other new efforts. The meeting was arranged and hosted by TechSAT GmbH.

ARINC Project Paper 851: Software Ground Systems for e-Enabled Aircraft

The group reviewed Draft 1 of ARINC Project Paper 851, authorized by APIM 16-015, which will define a single software management system intended to manage software from any source and distribute to any e-enabled aircraft type. Lufthansa led the discussion on creating services to facilitate messaging and transferring data (software) to and from an airline’s ground system to an aircraft manufacturer’s system. This project is chartered by APIM 16-015. Airlines expressed concern with the scope of this activity. The APIM will be updated to clarify the scope.

Review Proposed APIM 19-00X: Software Loader Security Guidance

Civil aircraft cyber security is currently on the forefront of concerns within airline organizations and aircraft manufacturers.

Boeing presented a concept to extend security efforts across data loaders and distribution systems. Their proposal included physical efforts, and well as using standard industry encryption and digital methods.

Review Proposed APIM for Supplement 1 to ARINC 641: Logical Software Part Packaging for Transport

The SDL Subcommittee discussed the proposal by Airbus to include their process for packaging and distribution of legacy aircraft software parts. This process is to eliminate the requirement to physically carry legacy ARINC 615 Loadable Software Parts (LSP) aboard aircraft that is distributed via physical media devices such as floppy disks.

This project takes into consideration to maintain the certification of LSPs distributed via physical media devices. Airbus presented slides for review proposing an ARINC effort to standardize software packaging with digital security and removing physical media.

The next meeting is scheduled for September 23-24, 2019, in Ventura, California, hosted by Teledyne Controls.

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