Software Distribution and Loading (SDL) Subcommittee Meeting Report. Meeting held September 24-25, 2019, in Ventura, California.
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 Teledyne Controls.
ARINC Project Paper 851: Software Ground Systems for e-Enabled Aircraft
The group reviewed Draft 1 of ARINC Project Paper 851 to 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. The airlines in attendance modified the scope of APIM 16-015A for the AEEC Executive Committee's review.
Review Proposed APIM 19-011: 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 19-014: 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 Industry Activities (IA) effort to standardize software packaging with digital security and removing physical media.
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 2020, location to be determined.