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Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware

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  • Price: $1,499
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  • Price: $1,899

Next Start Date

  • May 13, 2024
  • December 2, 2024


  • 4 Days



11am-5pm est.

Course Overview

Three-day training course, tailored specifically to design/verification engineers and project/certification managers requiring DO-254 compliance. Conducted by Randall Fulton, an experienced consultant, FAA Designated Engineering Representatives (DER), and author, this three-day course will:

  • Provide an overview and application of RTCA DO-254, as defined by current FAA and EASA guidance in airborne electronic systems.
  • Describe how to apply the DO-254 lifecycle and supporting processes, understand system safety assessments and the design assurance level (DAL), set up a project correctly through proper planning and standards.
  • Present techniques for writing requirements for electronic hardware and how to optimize requirements for the verification processes.
  • Describe how to efficiently and effectively verify requirements with simulation and hardware test.
  • Address specific considerations, for programmable logic devices (PLDs) such as FPGA/ASIC versus all electronics, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components usage, and tool assessment and qualification

Course Materials

  • RTCA DO-254, Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware
  • Course Manual

Course Fees


Course Schedule

  • Overview of FAA/EASA Programs and Joint Certification Program Validation
    Joint Certification Program and Validation
    14 CFR 2X.1309
    ARP-4754A and system aspects of certification
    Design Assurance Level (FDAL and IDAL)
    Design Assurance
    ARP-4761 and Safety Analyses
    Issue Papers, Certification Review Items
    CAST Papers
    Use of PLD’s in Avionics
    RTCA/DO-254 introduction
    Objective based compliance
    Similarities and differences to DO-178C
    FAA Orders
    Compliance Reviews
    Life cycle for electronic hardware
    Life cycle data for electronic hardware
    Objectives for electronic hardware development
    Design assurance level differences (Level A and B vs Level C and D)
    Using DO-254 for programmable devices (FPGA/ASIC) versus all electronics
    Simple versus Complex
    Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) devices
    Use of an Electronics Component Management Plan
    Semiconductor industry device qualification testing
    Graphics processors
    IP Cores
    SEU Considerations

  • Complying with DO-254
    DO-254 Additional Considerations
    Previously Developed Hardware
    Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Components Usage
    Product Service Experience
    Tool Assessment and Qualification
    PHAC Example
    Hardware Life Cycle
    Hardware Design Representation Data
    Validation and Verification Data
    Process Data
    Hardware Accomplishment Summary
    Verification Background

  • Requirements for Airborne Electronic Hardware
    Derived requirements
    Requirements capture and writing
    Classic Design Process
    Design Assurance Through Design Practice
    Verification Considerations
    Appendix A
    Appendix B


Randall Fulton

FAA Consultant DER

Mr. Randall FultonĀ is an FAA Consultant DER with 37 years of Electrical Engineering experience emphasizing software and electronic hardware development…

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