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

This is an introductory class, designed to educate engineers of all disciplines (hardware design engineers, test engineers, certification engineers, program managers, project engineers and laboratory employees) 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. Certification engineers, program managers and project engineers will gain knowledge in the process and requirements of conducting the testing. Laboratory employees will learn the details of each DO-160 section and the requirements for certification. For each test section of DO-160, we discuss the purpose, adverse effects and categories. We also provide a high-level, step-by-step guide through the test procedure and design considerations for passing the test. A high-level review of related FAA advisory material and certification requirements will be discussed.

  • The aircraft environment
  • Overview of RTCA and DO-160
  • Advisory Circular AC 21-16G
  • Requirements, development and management
  • FAA test requirements
  • Pass/fail requirements
Course Schedule
When this course is offered online for open enrollment delivery, it meets for 9 live-online sessions held 2 times per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) for 2.5 hours. All live sessions are recorded and made available online the following day. The live course sessions account for 22.5 hours of the total 31.5 instructional hours of the course. The remaining hours (1-2 hours per week) will consist of assigned work between live class sessions including readings, review of RTCA DO-160G and DO-357 documents, discussion posts, live discussion sessions, weekly learning summaries and progression toward a course project.
For in-house training, contact us at for your custom scheduling needs.

Who Should Attend?
This class is designed for all engineering disciplines, program and project management employees, certification employees, and test lab personnel responsible for developing qualification requirements for airborne electronic equipment.

Course Fee
Early Online Registration fee: $2,195*
Regular Online Registration fee: $2,395
*Early registration fee is available if you register and pay at least 7 days prior to the course start
Registration is open until the first day of the course; however, early registration is encouraged.
The online course fee includes individual access to the Zoom course meetings and to course materials, readings, videos, and resources in Blackboard, the University of Kansas Learning Management System.
No additional textbook purchases are required outside the course fee.

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.

Netherlands Defence Academy Discount
This course is available to Netherlands Defence Academy employees at a discounted registration fee. Please contact the NDA Procurement and Contracting department for details. Please note that you cannot register using our online system when requesting this discount.

Certificate Track
Aerospace Compliance
Avionics and Avionic Components
Electromagnetic Effects

Classroom hours / CEUs
31.5 classroom hours
3.15 CEUs

Course Accessibility
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in University of Kansas educational offerings. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in our Aerospace Short Courses, please email or call 785-864-6779 at least three weeks before the first day of the event.
Please note: If you are attending an Aerospace Short Course onsite at your place of employment, please contact your company's training coordinator for accommodation requests.

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Course Resources
Technical Requirements and Details for Aerospace Online Short Courses
AERO0455 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

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