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ARP4754A and the Guidelines for Development of Civil Aircraft and Systems C1118

ARP4754A substantially revises the industry guidance for the development of aircraft and aircraft systems while taking into account 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.

This two day seminar will provide attendees with an in-depth presentation of the guidelines introduced in the revised recommended practice for aircraft and systems development as well as 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 will be discussed along with the incorporated changes, with special emphasis on new material and development concepts. Additionally, the relationship and key interactions between the aircraft/system guidance material established in ARP4754A and the guidance material in DO-254 for hardware and DO-178B for software will be reviewed to ensure attendees gain insight into the expectations being established for aircraft certification.

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 seminar is designed for engineers and other key personnel working in the design, development, and safety assessments of aircraft and aircraft systems.

  • Introduction
    • Overview of seminar material
  • ARP4754A Development History
    • How we got here.
    • Who contributed to the revision?
  • ARP4754 to ARP4754A Change Highlights
    • Chapter by chapter change review
  • Aircraft / Systems Development Process
    • Overview of Process
    • Discussion of Interactions with safety processes
    • Discussion of Interactions with hardware and software development processes
  • Integral Processes
    • Safety Assessment
    • Development Assurance Level Assignment
  • Integral Processes
    • Requirement Management
    • Implementation Verification
    • Configuration Management
    • Process Assurance
    • Certification / Regulatory Authority Coordination
  • New Guidance - DAL & IDAL Examples
    • Definitions
    • Assigning appropriate levels
  • New Guidance - System Development Objectives
    • Appendix A Overview
  • AIR6110 - Example Application
  • Summary and Review
    • Review of presented material
    • Question and Answer
Eric M. Peterson

Mr. Peterson is currently Vice-President of Systems and Safety for Electron International, Inc. Since 1983, he has acquired experience in aerospace management, system design and analysis, development of hardware and software, and safety assessments for commercial and military flight critical avionic and fly-by-wire system applications. He is also an inactive Systems and Equipment DER with a software endorsement. Mr. Peterson serves as vice-chairman of the SAE S-18 Aircraft & Systems Development and Safety Assessment committee and has provided key contributions to ARP4754A, ARP 4761, and ARP 5150. Mr. Peterson is also a member of the SAE AeroTech General Committee and has served as the Technical Program Chair for a number of SAE conferences. In addition, he is the recipient of the SAE Forest R McFarland Award for outstanding contributions to the SAE Engineering Meetings Board and is also the recipient of the SAE Outstanding Contribution Award for his work in the development of SAE Technical Standards. Mr. Peterson received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University.

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Fees: $1595.00
SAE Members: $1436.00 - $1436.00

1.3 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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Duration: 2 Days
July 14-15, 2020 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Farmington, Connecticut
October 19-20, 2020 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Shanghai, China

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