ARP4754A/ED79: Guidelines for Development of Civil Aircraft and Systems
I.D. # C2018 Duration 2 Days

This two-day course will review ARP4754A and the guidelines introduced in the revised recommended practice for aircraft and systems development. It will detail the critical concepts used in aircraft and systems development processes for certification, the aircraft/systems development process and its interactions with the safety, hardware development and software development processes. Emphasizing new material and development concepts, it will highlight and show the relationship to Software (DO-178C/ED-12C) and Hardware (DO-254/ED-80), IMA (DO-297/ED-126), and environmental conditions (DO-160G/ED-14G).

Further, it will examine ARP4754A and ARP4761 and the industry guidance for the development of aircraft and aircraft systems, and the overall aircraft operating environment and functions. This development process includes validation of requirements and verification of the design implementation for certification and product assurance. ARP4754A provides the practices for showing compliance with regulations and serves to assist companies in developing and meeting its own internal standards though application of the described guidelines.

In addition to the seminar handout, a copy of ARP4754A: Guidelines for Development of Civil Aircraft and Systems standard and AIR6110: Contiguous Aircraft/System Development Process Example standard will be provided to each attendee.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Identify the changes between the legacy ARP4754 and ARP4754A
  • Explain the aircraft/systems development process and its interaction with the safety assessment process
  • Identify the key aircraft/systems development processes and their interrelationships
  • Discover and be able to apply new guidelines on Functional and Item Development Assurance Levels (FDAL & IDAL)
  • Apply the new guideline material within your own company context

Who Should Attend

This course has been tailored for engineers and others involved avionics and certification of aircraft.

Seminar Content
  • Introduction
    • Overview of seminar material
    • Regulatory context ¿ FAR
  • Brief Development and History of ARP4754 and ARP4754A
  • ARP4754 to ARP4754A to ARP4754B Highlights
  • Aircraft / Systems Development Process
    • The ARP4754 Ecosystem
    • Terminology
  • Integral Processes: Crucial Aspects for certification
    • Safety assessment
    • Development assurance level assignment
  • Relationship to Software (DO-178C/ED-12C) and Hardware (DO-254/ED-80), IMA (DO-297/ED-126), environmental conditions (DO-160G/ED-14G)
  • Integral Processes
    • Planning ¿ including for safety
    • Requirement management
    • Validation
    • Implementation verification
    • Configuration management
    • Process assurance
    • Certification / Regulatory authority coordination
  • New Guidance - DAL & IDAL Examples
    • Definitions
    • Level assignment
    • Examples Effects on the process artifacts
    • Assigning appropriate levels
  • Modification Process
  • Change Management
  • New Guidance - System Development Objectives
    • Appendix A overview
  • AIR6110 - Example Application
  • ARP4754A for the Defense Sector
  • ARP4754A Gap Analysis
  • ARP4754A Top Mistakes ¿ and how to avoid them
  • Summary and Review
    • Review of presented material

Instructor(s): Aharon David, Vance Hilderman or Johnson Wang

Since 1981, Mr. Aharon David has worked in engineering of software and systems avionics, including junior-to-senior technical management positions. Among other duties, Mr. David served as the commander of the Israeli Air Force's Avionics & Control Software-development Center (ACSC) and head of System-Engineering & Interoperability of the Israeli Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) ¿ and along the way developed, taught & commanded technical courses in the US and Israel, and was a speaker at international technical conferences . In recent years, Mr. David has been a senior advisor to the Civil Air Authority of Israel (CAAI), specifically on software certification and recently ¿ aviation Cyber- Security. Mr. David is currently a member of both RTCA's SC-216 & EUROCAE's WG-72 "Aeronautical Systems Security¿, and is the Chief WHO (White Hat Officer) of AFuzion-InfoSec, providing Aviation Cyber-Security Certification training & consulting services worldwide. Mr. David holds a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion ¿Israel's Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Tel-Aviv University.


Mr. Vance Hilderman is a 25-year software and systems avionics engineering professional, focusing on safety-critical avionics software, systems, hardware development, and related technical products. He is the Director of Global Services for Vector Software where he provides software development services and training. In addition, Mr. Hilderman is the primary subject matter expert in avionics software and systems at Afuzion, Inc. Previously, Mr. Hilderman founded TekSci and while serving as President and CTO, he led his company to become the largest independent avionics software services company in the world. Mr. Hilderman also co-founded HighRely Inc, an avionics certification consultancy company. In 2011, HighRely, Inc. was acquired by Atego/Artisan, with Mr. Hilderman remaining on as President and Manager of Aviation/Certification Services through 2013. Holding a BSEE and MBA from Gonzaga, along with a Masters in Computer Engineering from USC (Hughes Fellow), Mr. Hilderman is the principal author of dozens of technical whitepapers, plus the world's best-selling book on avionics development/certification. Published by Avionics Communications and titled Avionics Certification - A Complete Guide To DO-178B & DO-254, Mr. Hilderman donates all royalties to the Boy Scouts of America. 

Fees: $1459 SAE Members: $1313


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