ARP4761: Safety Assessment Process for Civil Airborne Systems
I.D. # C2019 Duration 2 Days

Understanding the guidelines and methods for performing safety assessments called out in ARP4761, this 2-day course will review the recommended practices associated with showing compliance with certification requirements (e.g., 14 CFR/CS Parts 23, 25, 27, and 29 and 14 CFR Parts 33, 35, CS-E and CS-P) and will provide valuable knowledge for meeting internal safety standards. Primarily for civil airborne equipment, the processes and tools may be applied to other applications.

Guideline information for conducting industry accepted safety assessments including Functional Hazard Assessment (FHA), Preliminary System Safety Assessment (PSSA), and System Safety Assessment (SSA) will be reviewed and discussed. Safety analysis methods will also be presented.

In addition to the seminar handout, a copy of the ARP4761: Guidelines and Methods for Conducting the Safety Assessment Process on Civil Airborne Systems and Equipment standard will be provided to each attendee.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Identify multiple safety assessment methods and tools
  • Relate the key attributes of ARP4761 FHA, PSSA, SSA, FTA, DD, CCA
  • Identify the applications for safety tools
  • Identify the interaction between the safety processes and the development processes
  • Apply multiple safety methods in completing a PSSA or SSA
  • Evaluate future tools and methods for inclusion in ARP4761A
  • Understand the safety ecosystem for aircraft, systems, and hardware/software

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers and professionals, working at all levels, who are involved in or interact with the aircraft and/or aircraft system safety assessment processes.

Seminar Content
  • Course Overview
  • Key Definitions
  • Introduction and overview of ARP4761 including aircraft/system ecosystem
  • Regulatory context - FAR
  • Safety / Development Process ┐ ARP4761 in the ARP4754 Ecosystem
  • Safety Program Plan (4754A/B App B)
  • Probability Theory and Failure Types
  • Functional Hazard Assessment (FHA)
  • Preliminary System Safety Analysis (PSSA)
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Dependency Diagram (DD)
  • Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Common Cause Analysis (CCA)
    • Particular Risks Analysis (PRA)
    • Zonal Safety Analysis (ZSA)
    • Common Mode Analysis (CMA)
  • System Safety Analysis (SSA)
  • Contiguous Example (Appendix Q)
  • ARP4761A New Assessment Techniques
    • New tools / methods in the works
    • Revision A timeline
  • Additional Guidelines/Techniques Related to Safety
    • Ongoing Safety Assessment Process
    • Security aspects of safety
    • Alternative techniques
  • 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: $1379 SAE Members: $1241


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