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Unsettled Topics Concerning Airworthiness Cyber-Security Regulation

2020-08-21
EPR2020013
The "Dreamliner," the first true "flying data center," could no longer be certified for airworthiness ignoring "sabotage," like the classic safety regulation for commercial passenger aircraft – as its extensive application of data networks, including enhanced external digital communication, forced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), for the first time, to set "Special Conditions" for cyber-security. In the 15 years that followed, airworthiness regulation followed suit, and all key rule-making, regulation-making, and standard-making organizations weighed in to establish a new airworthiness cyber-security superset of legislation, regulation, and standardization. ...In the 15 years that followed, airworthiness regulation followed suit, and all key rule-making, regulation-making, and standard-making organizations weighed in to establish a new airworthiness cyber-security superset of legislation, regulation, and standardization. The resulting International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) resolutions, U.S. and European Union (EU) legislation, FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulation and the DO-326/ED-202 set of standards are about to become the new standards for legislation, regulation, and best practices as soon as 2020, and in fact – some of them are already in effect.
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Unsettled Topics in the Application of Satellite Navigation to Air Traffic Management

2020-05-27
EPR2020010
Contemporary air traffic management (ATM) challenges are both (1) acute and (2) growing at rates far outpacing established ways for absorbing technological innovation. Lack of timely response will guarantee failure to meet demands. Immediately that creates a necessity to identify means of coping and judging new technologies based on possible speed of adoption. Paralleling the challenges are developments in capability, both recent and decades old. Some steps (e.g., Global Positioning System (GPS) backup) are well known and, in fact, should have progressed further long ago. Others (e.g., sharing raw measurements instead of position fixes) are equally well known and, if followed by further flight tests initiated (and successful) years ago, would have produced a wealth of in-flight experience by now if development had continued. Other possibilities (e.g., automated pilot override) are much less common and are considered largely experimental.
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Commercial Aviation Cyber Security: Current State and Essential Reading

2016-12-31
In the next decade, commercial aviation will see Next Generation ATM (NextGEN), Single European Skies ATM Research (SESAR), and others utilizing Internet- based air-to-ground communication links for advanced “air traffic control” (ATC) communications. Commercial Aviation Cyber Security: Current State and Essential Reading highlights some of the major issues the industry must confront if the vision of a new, advanced air traffic management is to come to fruition. This will require standardization work to identify key components with built-in cyber security that will guide prototype testing, functionality, and prioritizing implementation efforts to solve the roadblocks to global interoperability. The ten technical papers selected for Commercial Aviation Cyber Security: Current State and Essential Reading span the last decade’s work in commercial aviation cyber security, and aircraft cyber technologies.
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GE Aviation chooses Microsoft Azure to help drive digital transformation in aviation

2018-07-17
GE Aviation Digital Solutions is scaling its analytics and operations solutions Microsoft Azure cloud computing to help accelerate digital transformation in aviation and enhance data protection, regulatory compliance, and efficiency. Emirates Airlines is expanding its relationship with GE Aviation to include predictive maintenance and diagnostics.
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