Applying DO-254 for Avionics Hardware Development and Certification

The avionics hardware industry world-wide is now commonly required to follow DO-254 Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware for literally all phases of development: Safety, Requirements, Design, Logic Implementation, V&V, Quality Assurance, etc. The DO-254 standard is a companion to the software DO-178B standard; however, there are many differences between hardware and software which must be understood. This basic course introduces the intent of the DO-254 standard for commercial avionics hardware development. The content will cover many aspects of avionic hardware including: aircraft safety; systems; hardware planning, requirements, design, implementation and testing. Attendees will learn industry-best practices for real-world hardware development, common DO-254 mistakes and how to prevent them, and how to minimize risks and costs while maximizing hardware quality. The avionics hardware development process will be summarized including DO-254C's relationship to other standards including ARP-4761 for Safety and ARP-4754A for Systems Development.

What Will You Learn

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Explain the intent of DO-254
  • Explain how DO-254 fits into the avionics development process
  • Implement hardware planning and standard requirements
  • Assess the impact of avionic hardware requirements, design, implementation, and testing
  • Employ basic configuration management and quality assurance techniques
  • Identify how to mitigate common DO-254 risks and minimize cost while applying industry-best practices

Is This Course For You

This seminar is designed for avionics hardware managers, engineers, quality assurance and certification professionals.

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  • DO-254 Basics
    • Avionics ecosystem
    • Relationship to ARP-4754A and ARP-4761
    • Avionics safety
    • Avionics systems
  • Hardware Development Planning
    • Criticality levels
    • Plan for Hardware Aspects of Certification (PHAC)
    • Hardware Process Assurance Planning (HPAP)
    • Hardware Configuration Management Planning (HCMP)
    • Hardware Development Planning (HDP) -requirements, conceptual design, detailed design, and integration
    • Hardware Verification Planning (HVP) - reviews, tests, and analysis
  • Hardware Verification and Validation Details
    • Robustness testing
    • Element analysis and structural coverage
    • Hardware validation
    • Hardware reviews and certification
  • Hardware Traceability
  • Common Avionics Hardware Development Mistakes and How to Prevent Them
  • Avionics Hardware and DO-254 Best Practices
  • Avionics Hardware and DO-254 Gap Analysis
    • Common gaps
    • Cost estimation 
    • Project management and SOI's
    • Hardware review checklist walkthrough