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DO-254 Training: Avionics Hardware

DO-254 Training: Avionics Hardware covers different aspects of DO-254 to enable you to create and execute this standard in your organization.

RTCA/DO-254, also known as the Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware, is a guideline for the airborne electronic hardware processes to be verified and confirmed by FAA. The DO-254 guideline was previously identified by the FAA in 2005 through AC 20-152 as a method of fulfillment for the design of complex electronic hardware in avionic systems. Complicated electronic hardware contains tools such as Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs), and Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs). The DO-254 guideline is the equivalent to the well-known software standard RTCA DO-178B/EUROCAE ED-12B. With DO-254, the FAA has designated that avionics instruments involves both hardware and software, and each is crucial to secure mission of aircraft. There are five of A through E levels compliance that vary with the impact a failure of the hardware will have on the function of the aircraft. Level A is the most severe, defined as “catastrophic”, whilst Level E will not impact the safety of the aircraft. Fulfilling Level A for complicated electronic hardware necessitate a much higher level of verification and validation than Level E agreement.

The main laws that must be fulfilled are the criteria capturing and tracking across the design and verification development. Below are the elements that are necessary to be delivered to the FAA, or the Designated Engineering Representative (DER) demonstrating the FAA:

  • Plan for Hardware Aspects of Certification (PHAC)
  • Hardware Verification Plan (HVP)
  • Top-Level Drawing
  • Hardware Accomplishment Summary (HAS)

Hardware Design Development Steps

  • Acquiring requirements
  • Designing concepts
  • Designing the process in details
  • Implementing the process
  • Verification the process
  • Moving on to manufacturing

What is DER?

Designated Engineering Representative (DER) is a selected engineering resource, which has the power to evaluate aviation-related design/development. Avionics hardware Designated Engineering Representative might be agreed to act as a Company DER and/or a Consultant DER. A Company DER can operate as a Designated Engineering Representative for their employer and might only verify or recommend support of technical information to the FAA for that company. A Consultant DER is an individual assigned to operate as an independent consultant DER to verify or recommend approval of technical data to the FAA.


DO-254 training: Avionic Hardware is a 2-day course designed for:

  • Project managers
  • Hardware engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Process managers
  • Design engineers
  • Testing engineers
  • Quality assurance engineers and managers
  • All professionals involved with the projects that require DO-254 certification.

What Will You Learn?

  • Overview of DO-254 Avionic Hardware
  • Lifecycle of Designing Hardware
  • Configuration Management Planning (CMP)
  • Hardware Design Environment
  • Hardware Data
  • Additional Considerations
  • TONEX Hands-On Workshop Sample

DO-254 Training: Avionics Hardware

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