Airborne LIDAR for Clear Air Turbulence Detection
Every pilot who has experienced severe Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) would like to hear the news that alerts will no longer need to come from other pilots in the area, but from accurate onboard turbulence detection systems. Though this is still a ways off, detection systems moved another step forward within the last two years, thanks to a feasibility study on Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) that piggybacks onto the previous work of RTCA SC-230: Airborne Weather Detection Systems.
In 2018, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi approached the FAA requesting information on how to get the LIDAR detection system they had flown as a prototype in a Boeing aircraft approved for use in the U.S. As no specific regulations yet existed, the FAA came to RTCA to inquire about developing Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS). SC-230 took FAAs inquiry to the PMC with a proposal to conduct a feasibility report as the new technology was determined not to be ready yet for the process of developing MOPS. Keep Reading
The year 2020 curtailed business travel for many, but despite this new reality, the year has been very productive for the Special Committees at RTCA. The year ends with the committees completing 25 documents in 12 months. All of our members have gone above and beyond to schedule meetings that bridge time zones from Paris, Cologne, Washington, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix, Seattle and Tokyo.
RTCA expands training portfolio with new DO-333 Formal Methods: DO-178C Supplements course. This course includes a brief introduction to formal methods intended for participants unfamiliar with these methods. However, the main emphasis of this course is on the task of choosing where and how to apply formal methods in the software development lifecycle following the guidance provided in RTCA DO-333. Next Date: February 10, 2021
RTCA Hosts Webinar: Perspectives on the Future of Global Aviation Priorities
On November 18, 2020, RTCA was proud to present its sixth in a series of Webinars, this time exploring aspects of global aviation with Steve Creamer of ICAO. Creamer, who spent more than three decades with the FAA, is a familiar face within RTCA Standards Roundtables.
Creamer began by looking at the global priorities of ICAO and its 193 member states. The first: recovering from COVID-19, which is expected to cause far-reaching negative economic impacts to aviation for the next several years. The second: extending its work to all countries, including those without many resources.
The most important considerations when thinking of the future of aviation are innovation, connectivity, adaptability and optimism, according to Creamer. Keep Reading
The year 2020 curtailed business travel for many, but despite this new reality, the year has been very productive for the Special Committees at RTCA. The year ends with the committees completing 25 documents in 12 months. All of our members have gone above and beyond to schedule meetings that bridge time zones from Paris, Cologne, Washington, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix, Seattle and Tokyo. The committees look forward to when they can meet in person again, even if it will mean a little jet lag.
Three new special committees got started in 2020. SC-239 (Low Range Radar Altimeters) and SC-240 (Topics in Software Advancement) began their work in the Spring of 2020. SC-239 published their first document in October 2020 with a white paper analyzing the effects of 5G operations on Radar Altimeters. In July, SC-241 for Cockpit and Cabin Cleaning, kicked off their work on a new standard. SC-241’s initial document will be published before the end of 2020 to address this vital topic. RTCA staff and our special committee volunteers are committed to producing standards in a timely manner.
As we move into 2021, we have 23 planned publications for our existing Special Committees, and we look forward to any new topics that lead us to create new committees. Monthly messages will continue to remind everyone of upcoming meetings and accomplishments by each group. This column in each digest will highlight the unique work going on and highlight our volunteers and their accomplishments.
RTCA Announces New 2021 Training Schedule
RTCA is pleased to announce our training dates for the 2021 calendar year. All courses are set to take place in a virtual setting until further notice. See below for all upcoming training. Visit our training page for more detailed information.
Airworthiness Security Course – January 25, 2021
DO-333 – February 10, 2021
DO-178C – March 15, 2021
DO-160G – April 19, 2021
DO-254 – April 26, 2021