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System identification LETTERS

The letters A and B are reserved for special


request by an airline for system references
where the system is considered likely to be
unique to that airline and not covered by the
system letters shown in the table.

C - Flight controls system


D - De-icing
E - Engine monitoring
F - Flight instrumentation
G - Landing gear
H - Air conditioning
J - Ignition
K - Engine control and starting
L - Lighting
M - Interior arrangement
P - DC power supply distribution
Q - Fuel
R - Radio (navigation communications)
S - Radar navigation
T - Special electronics
V - Fictitious circuits
W - Fire protection warning system
X - AC Generation distribution

Circuit identification
The identification number of a circuit consists of 2 letters: the letter of the system followed by a
letter identifying the circuit within this system.
Example:
CA
- C: System Identification
- A: Circuit Identification

Equipment Identification/Functional Item Number (FIN)

A. Equipment
Equipment on the A/C is generally allocated a unique identifier known as a Functional Item
Number (FIN). The basic element of the FIN is a two letter code indicating to which system and
circuit the equipment belongs. To this code are added prefixes and/or suffixes which provide the
unique identification for individual equipment.
NO Several identical components which perform same function in the same circuit can be
TE: differentiated by the suffix number.
General rule is that even suffix (2, 4, 6...) is identifying any component on right hand side
and odd suffix (1, 3, 5...) is identifying component on left hand side.
For mechanical equipment the FIN is similar to the electrical FIN except that the second letter of
the system/circuit identifier becomes an M (for example GM).
For electrical equipment (any component with an electrical connection) the FIN could be for
example 14CA1 which is broken down as follows:
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14 Fourteenth component in circuit CA

CA System/circuit two letter code (Autothrust Engagement)

1 - Suffix - First of several similar systems (Autothrust Engagement 1).

B. Connectors
Connections to components shall be identified by a suffix letter (or two for multiple connection
parts) following the circuit identification.
Example: 14CA-A
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14: Component number


CA: Circuit code
A: Plug Identification

This will identify plug A on the 14th component in the circuit CA. If there are several
connections, the other plugs shall be identified A, B, C, D, etc...
Example 1: 11CA-B
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11CA : Component identification

B : Plug identification letter

Example 2: 14CA-AA
Here AA means Multiple connection identification
NO:TE- Connectors on equipment fitted on mountings are identified with reference
to the equipment but not with reference to the mounting. As a general rule, the
connector PNs given are for connector without contacts.
C. Fictitious Components
All components not specifically related to a circuit are identified by fictitious circuit letter V. The
second letter defines the type of component.
(1) VC A/C electrical connectors
The electrical connector is identified in a fictitious circuit VC by a numerical designator.
This identification shall be preceded by a group of numbers.
Example: 19VC-A
- 19: Component prefix
-VC: Fictitious Circuit code
-A: Plug identification letter
-19VC: associated receptacle
(2) VN ground points
The ground point is identified in fictitious circuit VN by a numerical designator taken from the
complete aircraft.
(3) VG ground terminal block
The ground terminal block is identified in fictitious circuit VG by a numerical designator taken
from the complete aircraft.
(4) VP pressure seal/feedthrough
The pressure seal/feedthrough is identified in fictitious circuit VP by a numerical designator.
Terminal identifications are indicated to define a precise feedthrough identifier for each wire (in
the case of wire to wire feedthrough).
(5) VS splices
Splices are identified like equipment, being grouped by route and by type. Such grouping shall
not be systematic, but only accomplished where a priority is required. Identification shall consist
of a numeric designator, identifying the group in fictitious circuit VS, and an alpha designator
giving connection identification per unit.
Example: 24VS A

24 : Component group number

VS : Fictitious circuit code


A : Identification per unit

(6) VT terminal blocks


(a) The terminal block is identified in fictitious circuit VT by a numerical designator.
Example: 494VT1224
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494: Component number


VT: Fictitious circuit code

12: The two digits following the circuit code will be reserved for identification of repetitive
item numbers.

24: The two digits following the repetitive item number will be reserved for identification
of the module number within the repetitive circuit concerned.

(7) VD diode module


The diode module is identified in fictitious circuit VD by a numerical designator.
Example: 138VD, where 138 is component prefix and VD is fictitious circuit code.
(8) VU panel racks
The panel racks are identified in fictitious circuit VU by a numerical designator.
Example: 123VU
(9) Busbar
Busbars are identified with:
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A sequence number
Letters XP for AC busbars and PP for DC busbars
A phase letter as applicable
Example:
o 12XP-A: AC busbar, phase A
o 2PP: 28V DC busbar.

NOTE: If a terminal strip fulfills the function of a busbar identified within the fictitious circuit
VT: reference is made to the busbar supplying the terminal strip.
Wire Identification
A.
(1) Wire identification

Identification by Number Codes

Wire identification is numerical plus a color identification when used, dependent on its circuit
and independent of its location on the aircraft.
Each wire is identified by an 8 digit number composed as follows:
Example: 2322-0121R
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2322: Circuit identification prefix corresponding to ATA 100 numbering (chapter,


section)
0121: Wire number in circuit (different for each segment)
R: Color (if used)

NOTE: In most of wiring diagrams, the wire number shall only be shown. The ATA 100
correspondence for total identification shall be given in a standard note.
(2) Ground wire identification
Ground wires shall be numbered from 0001 to 8999.
These wires shall be shown on circuit VN wiring diagram (ATA 2491). i.e., their identification
will include the ATA 100 designator for circuit VN: 2491.
Example: 2491-1610
NOTE: All direct ground wires are identified by the ATA number of the circuit to which they
belong.
(3) Spare Wire identification
Spare wires shall be numbered from 0001 to 8999 with ATA 100 prefix 2499.
Example: 2499-1611
(4) Wires added or modified in the aircraft by the customer
The wires added or modified in the aircraft by the customer shall be numbered from 9000 to
9999 and 9AAA to 9YZZ with the ATA 100 prefix of the corresponding system.
Example: 2411-9010; 2411-9AAA
(5) Wires added or modified in the aircraft by product support
The wires added or modified in the aircraft by product support shall be numbered from 8000 to
8999 and 8AAA to 8YZZ with the ATA 100 prefix of the corresponding system.
Example: 2212-8021; 2212-8AAC
(6) Identification of shielding or shielded wires/cables
(a) Shielding or shielded wires/cables shall be numbered from 7000 to 7999 with ATA 100 prefix
of the corresponding systems.
Examples: 3411-7500; 7832-7800
(b) Shielding or shielded wires/cables added or modified in the aircraft by the customer. The
shielding or shielded wires/cables added or modified in the aircraft by the customer shall be
numbered from 9900 to 9999 with the ATA 100 prefix of the corresponding system.

Example: 3443-9905

Identification by Color Codes


A (Amber)
B (Blue)
BK (Black)
BR (Brown)
C (Clear)
G (Green)
GY (Grey)
O (Orange)
P (Purple)
PK (Pink)
R (Red)
V (Violet)
W (White)
Y (Yellow)
Types and Gauges
Each wire is identified by an alphanumerical code comprising 2 alpha digits followed by 2
numerical digits.
Example CF24
where CF = Type
and 24 = Gauge.
Safety Wires
The safety wires are identified either by pink sleeves with black printing at their ends or directly
on the wire with the S letter indicated after each wire identification (e.g.: 2231 0015S) on all
wire length.
In the WDM, these wires are identified by letter S.
NOTE: The presence of this marking indicates to the maintenance personnel that these wires must
not be modified. In the event of an action on these wires, a test of the concerned system is
required.

Wire Connection
An upper-case letter preceded by "<" means a lower-case letter.
Example: <R (lower-case letter)