Course detail: AERO0470 - Software Safety, Certification and DO-178C
This course provides the fundamentals for developing and assessing software to the standard RTCA DO-178B and DO-178C Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification, as well as associated RTCA DO-178C supplements in DO-330, DO-331, DO-332 and DO-333. Similarities and differences to RTCA DO-278A for CNS/ATM equipment will also be addressed. The course also provides insight into the FAA's software review process, the FAA's software policy, practical keys for successful software development and certification, common pitfalls of software development, and software challenges facing the aviation community. Practical exercises and in-class activities will further enhance the learning process.

  • Differences between DO-178B and DO-178C
  • DO-178C supplemental documents and where they fit
  • Overview of existing standards related to software safety
  • Configuration management
  • Development and integration/test processes
  • Verification processes
  • Quality assurance objectives
  • Supplements
  • Assessing compliance - the Software Job-Aid
  • Planning process
  • Common pitfalls
  • Software challenges facing the aviation industry
Who Should Attend?
This course is designed for software developers, avionics engineers, systems integrators, aircraft designers and others involved in development or implementation of safety-critical software. The focus is on civil aviation, certification and use of RTCA DO-178C; however, the concepts may be applicable for other safety domains, such as military, medical, nuclear and automotive.

Course Fees
Early registration course fee: $2,195 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).

Regular registration course fee: $2,395 if you register and pay after the early registration deadline.

Canada Department of National Defence Discount
This course is available to Canada DND employees at 10% off the registration fee. Please contact the DND Procurement Authority (DAP 2-3) for details. Please note that you cannot register using our online system when requesting this discount. 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 Tracks
Aerospace Compliance, Avionics and Avionic Components

Classroom hours / CEUs
28 classroom hours
2.8 CEUs

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Course Resources
AERO0470 Course Information and Outline : Software Safety, Certification and DO-178C

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