Work is about to begin on developing a digital tool-set intended to ease and automate processes in design and certification for design organisations and other players in the aviation modification aftermarket. The tool set project is the result of a letter of intent being signed by IAMA (Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance) and LISA Group.
The processes in question will include evaluating differences within the certification base of national aviation authorities, as well as analysing existing documents such as working arrangement and bilateral agreements. The tool-set is also intended to create semantic solution data sets, which can be used within the individual certification data of an aircraft modification project.
“While intelligent applications are on the growth in other sectors of aviation – for example, predictive maintenance and intelligent cabin applications – the use of Artificial Intelligence in design & certification engineering for aircraft modification is still unexplored,” said Nicole Noack, managing director of the IAMA. “We see significant advantages throughout the value chain.”
The system envisioned by the partners must be scalable to perform advanced data mining, including natural language processing with the purpose of limiting unforeseen certification gaps at the end of the design process. It is also intended to improve the cooperation between CVEs, design offices and authorities.
The tool-set will start with an application which takes a modification statement and guides the user through the process, while identifying differing rules and bilaterals in place between multiple authorities, making use of published documents and available historic data of the user.