RTCA/DO-254 "Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware"

A summary of some of the strengths and weaknesses of DO-254 from RTCA.

RTCA/DO-254 deals with hardware for aviation, a companion to RTCA/DO-178 "Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification".

Although widely referred to as a safety standard, it almost exlusively deals with the development of hardware, focussing on Hardware Design Assurance Levels to determine the processes required.

Due to the lack of general safety management and safety engineering material, this safety standard is most commonly used in combination with another safety standard such as SAE ARP 4761 "Guidelines and Methods for Conducting the Safety Assessment Process on Civil Airborne Systems and Equipment" (which calls upon it for the development of hardware).

RTCA/DO-254 is available from RTCA, Inc..


Contact RTCA, Inc. (www.rtca.org) to obtain RTCA/DO-254.