Course detail: Introduction to RTCA DO-160 Qualification: Purpose, Testing and Design Considerations

This is an introductory class, designed to educate system engineers, hardware design engineers and test engineers in the aspects of DO-160 as it pertains to equipment qualification in support of aircraft certification. For system and hardware engineers, the intent is to educate and empower them to develop equipment designs that are compliant with DO-160 by design, and avoid expensive redesigns to correct issues found late in the development cycle during test. For test engineers, it is intended to assist them to properly develop test plans for their products. For each test section of DO-160, we provide purpose, adverse effects, categories, a high-level, step-by-step guide through the test procedure and design considerations for passing the test. Also included is an overview of a top-down requirements management approach (systems engineering), review of related FAA advisory material, an overview of grounding and bonding, wire shielding practices and lightning protection for composites.

  • The aircraft environment
  • Overview of RTCA and DO-160
  • Advisory Circular AC 21-16G
  • Requirements, development and management
  • FAA test requirements
  • Pass/fail requirements
Who Should Attend?
This class is designed for system engineers responsible for developing requirements for airborne electronic equipment, hardware design engineers responsible for building such equipment and test engineers responsible for writing test plans.

Course Fees
Early registration course fee: $2,595 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).

Regular registration course fee: $2,795 if you register and pay after the early registration deadline.

U.S. Federal Employee Discount
This course is available to U.S. federal employees at 10% off the registration fee. To receive the federal employee discount, you must enter the code FGVT116 during the checkout process. Please note that you must validate your eligibility to receive this discount by entering your U.S. government email address (ending in .gov or .mil) when creating your online registration profile. This discount is available for both the early registration and regular registration fees.

Certificate Tracks
Aerospace Compliance, Avionics and Avionic Components, Electromagnetic Effects

Classroom hours / CEUs
31.5 classroom hours
3.15 CEUs

Course Accessibility
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Course Resources
AERO0450 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

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