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ATA Announces New Flight Ops Data Interchange Specification

Washington, Jan. 30, 2002 - The Air Transport Association (ATA) today announced the completion of a new Phase of Flight specification (POF Spec) for the classification of aircraft operating procedures, safety audit categorizations and human factors applications. The Phase of Flight specification is regarded as an essential building block and industry cross-reference tool used in the definition of efficient and stable structured data elements. The specification will be published as 'approved for use' under the title "Flight Operations Information Data Interchange - Phase of Flight Specification" within ATA iSpec 2200, scheduled to be released in Spring 2002. The necessity for a Phase of Flight specification was identified during a needs analysis of the flight operations data interchange being developed by the ATA Flight Operations Working Group (FOWG). The FOWG has received worldwide support over the past three years, and support continues in the development of an industry standard data interchange schema for flight operations. Although the Phase of Flight specification is independent of the widely used ATA Standard Numbering System also included in ATA iSpec 2200, ongoing FOWG activities are defining an efficient and effective electronic data interchange employing the use of both these ATA standards.

"The POF Spec has garnered much industry support as a widely applicable, high-level structure for aircraft operating procedures, safety audit categorizations and human factors applications," said ATA Vice President of E-Business Brad Ballance. "We are pleased to release this new specification as part of our ongoing efforts towards leveraging information and technology to achieve enhanced knowledge transfer and enabling optimal operational performance and safety." The Air Transport Association of America, Inc. is the trade association for leading U.S. airlines. ATA members transport over 95 percent of all the passenger and cargo traffic in the United States.

Communications: prata@airlines.org
1/30/2002 3:51:00 PM

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