Course detail: DO-178C: Airborne Software Principles and Practices

All airborne software on commercial aircraft is mandated to follow DO-178C in their development and verification phases. This training will teach students all the rules contained within DO-178C and the underlying principles behind them. This class provides for a real-world application of DO-178C, teaching the student how to think like the FAA by introducing and describing the goals of DO-178C. The legal implications of DO-178C, and the evolution of the current guidance will also be covered. Each of the five plans and three standards will be reviewed in-depth, as well as requirements, coding and integration phases, software quality assurance and configuration management. By teaching students to "think like the auditor" we can eliminate most of the common pitfalls and extra costs in certifying a product by eliminating expensive repeat audits. Real-world examples and exercises are provided that ensure passing an audit on the first attempt. DO-178B to DO-178C transition programs are also covered. Students will learn from real world examples of common mistakes and pitfalls and how to provide traceability, implement appropriate transition criteria and provide for in-house audits prior to engaging in formal Stage-of-Involvement Audits. Tool Qualification and the application of DO-330 are also discussed as well as the remaining supplements (DO-331, DO-332 and DO-333). Students should be fully capable of leading a DO-178C Program by the conclusion of class.

Learning Objectives
  • Think like the FAA thinks
  • Know and provide evidence the FAA will accept in certifying software for commercial aircraft
  • Know where in DO-178C the objectives can be found and their accompanying process steps

Who Should Attend?
Employees of commercial aircraft companies, those who have aircraft modification concerns, and anyone involved in Type Certificate or Supplementary Type Certificate Work.

Course Fees
Early registration course fee: $1,995 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).
Regular registration fee: $2,095 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.

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.

Certificate Tracks
Aerospace Compliance, Avionics and Avionic Components

Classroom hours / CEUs
21 classroom hours
2.1 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
AERO0471 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

 Session Information: PA25024F

Schedule: This course meets September 16 - 18, 2024. Class times are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Wednesday.
Times: 08:00am-04:00pm CDT
Early registration for a 3 day class : $1995.00


Note: Students enrolled in this course will receive electronic copies of the course materials prior to the start of the course (notebooks, textbooks, etc.) as included in their course registration fee. To access these materials, students will need to bring a computer or other electronic device with PDF-viewing capabilities with them to class each day. Internet access and power supply will be provided on site. If you require learning accommodations contact us at and we will work with you on an accessible solution.


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George Meier

Facility Detail

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $250.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 5 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.