Electronic Transactions for Aerospace Systems: An Overview
This SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) offers an overview of the many key processes that are being transformed as the aerospace industry is rapidly digitalizing. The G-31 Electronic Transactions in Aerospace committee has been established to develop standards related to these processes. This report, also known as the “cornerstone” document for the committee, is a comprehensive look at processes associated with commercial aviation. Because of universal convergence of these technologies, the technologies described here are applicable to other domains as well.
Digitalization is impacting every system on an aircraft, and this process will continue to play an even more important role in the aerospace world in the coming years. Digital systems are widespread, constantly evolving, and their use in many applications within the aviation sector are yet to be standardized. The G-31 (Electronic Transactions for Aerospace) Committee has been established to develop guidelines and standards that will help the industry use digital data technology in a rational, consistent, secure, and safe manner. This "cornerstone" document outlines the activities of the G-31 Technical Committee with the objective of aligning them with where the industry is headed with all this new technology. This ARP addresses concepts such as data interoperability, connectivity, security, traceability, and transparency in the aerospace context; and in the process delineates how new technologies, such as blockchain, can be useful in solving some key technical problems.