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Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification

DO-178(), originally published in 1981, is the core document for defining both design assurance and product assurance for airborne software.  The current version, DO-178C, was published in 2011 and is referenced for use by FAA’s Advisory Circular AC 20-115D.

DO-178() Documents & Supplements

Explore the flexibility of the DO-178C Process by using the Software Supplemental Standards.
DO-331, DO-332 and DO-333 are intended to be used with either DO-178C or DO-278A to add, modify or delete content in the core documents as it relates to the specific technologies. Below are links to the RTCA store for each document.

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DO-178C

Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification

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DO-248C

Supporting Information for DO-178C and DO-278A (FAQs)

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DO-278A

Software Integrity Assurance Considerations for Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems

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RTCA Software Supplemental Documents

In addition to the core software process documents used through aviation development, RTCA has produced three supplemental documents to enhance your software process when using Model Based Development (DO-331), Object Oriented Programing Languages (DO-332), or Formal Methods (DO-333) as part of your software lifecycle. For software processes when building your tools, DO-330 can help streamline your development cycle.

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DO-330

Software Tool Qualification Considerations

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DO-331

Model Based Development & Verification Supplement to DO-178C and DO-278A

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DO-332

Object Oriented Technology & Related Techniques Supplement to DO-178C and DO-278A

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DO-333

Formal Methods Supplement to DO-178C and DO-278A

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Special Committee - SC-240: Topics on Software Advancement

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Resources

Issue papers highlighting the aspects of the software document suite for interested developers.

ERRATA for software documents

Updates to Software & Hardware Standards

VIDEO on using the Supplements: Pathways to Success and Pitfalls to Avoid

VIDEO on software needs for new entrants: Paving the Way to Autonomous Flying

 

 

Hardware Documents

RTCA has published two documents which address hardware design.
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DO-254

Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware. The FAA recognizes RTCA DO-254 as an acceptable means of compliance for hardware design practices in AC 20-152A.

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DO-297

Integrated Modular Avionics Development Guidance and Certification Considerations. The FAA recognizes DO-297 as a method to design and develop integrated computing avionics systems in AC 20-170.

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