Training: Certification of Software (DO-178C)

The Essential Elements of Airborne Software Compliance.

This course, which is a recording from a live training session held for students on July 16-17, 2020, is rich with all the essential information involved with DO-178C compliance, including many inside tips for success in your DO-178C program! If you are an engineer or manager with new or upcoming compliance requirements and are trying to understand what DO-178C entails --and how to be successful in your program -- this course is for you. This course first talks about where the policy comes from and how it fits into the overall aircraft certification process, giving the student the regulatory background of which DO-178C is a part. It introduces other documents that interface with and influence DO-178C compliance. Then the class dives into the DO-178C life cycle, exploring the compliant development process in detail, including introducing the stage of involvement (SOI) audits that will occur at various phases. Finally, the course examines the additional considerations that involve so many programs, including how to handle previously developed software, what needs to be done for tool qualification, alternative methods, software reliability models, and product service history. What the Supplements are and how to use them is also included. Emphasis is placed on understanding the RTCA/DO-178C document and how to interpret and use it most effectively.

Your Instructor

Tammy Reeve
Tammy Reeve

Tammy Reeve, President of Patmos Engineering Services, has 25 years' experience as an FAA DER and trainer for DO-254 and DO-178B/C programs, in addition to 10 years as an avionics engineer for both software and hardware programs. Tammy has won numerous awards and has been very active in the industry, including acting as co-secretary of the "Model Based" committee of SC-205, chairing the DO-254 Users Group, and being Session Chair for DO-254/178C tracks at several SAE industry events for many years. She has numerous designations and has performed work under the FAA, EASA, CAAC, Transport Canada, ANAC, and other worldwide certification agencies.

Course Curriculum

  1. Overview of Aircraft Certification Process and Software
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  2. Systems, Safety, and Software
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Does this course cover the changes in DO-178C?
This course provides the basics that are part of DO-178B and DO-178C. It also includes all the latest (new and upcoming) guidance as of 2020. The "What's New in DO-178C" course covers the differences between DO-178B and DO-178C, including new content and the supplements of DO-178C.
Approximately how long is this course?
This course is approximately 8-12 hours of instruction and exercises, depending on your own knowledge base and how quickly you are comfortable working through the materials. Expect to take it across multiple days.
Are there any pre-requisites?
Yes, you must have a copy of DO-178B or DO-178C to use during the course. Other than that, there are no requirements. It helps if you are an engineer with software development exposure, but even that isn't a requirement.

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