A Complete Guide to
The first book on the most important safety
certification documents (DO-178B and DO-254) for
commercial and military avionics
by Vance Hilderman and Tony Baghai
The authors take you step-by-step through each milestone on the way to certification. They describe
hundreds of examples, cases and actual experiences acquired while winning approvals for over 300
DO-178B and DO-254, they
explain, are intentionally written to be
vague.The documents contain considerations, not requirements----but you won't get certified without them. To reach that
goal, the authors offer practical advice acquired over two decades of
certifications now flying aboard every major airliner and numerous military
projects. "We don't teach regulations," they say, "but how
to think like the FAA."
They fill the book with anecdotes
that show how many companies make false starts, waste time and break budgets.
Each myth and misconception about DO-178B
and DO-254 is dissected and debunked.. You'll also find the best
way to get a project started (begin with the "big bang" or
an evolutionary approach). There is even guidance on how to staff a
After traveling the certification route
so often, the authors have strong opinions, and they don't hold them
back. For example; when should you argue with your government auditor,
how to deal with a DER (Designated Engineering Representative) and
what are typical numbers for lines of code? Then there's story
of how one little comma (,) in the wrong place cost $125 million on a trip to Mars.
You'll get a chuckle over software that deteriorates into science projects,
or dealing with engineers who become artists.
There are suggestions on when to give your manager a raise.
There's advice on which tools to use and
what to avoid, the merits of different programming languages, what the D in
DO-178B should really mean, when planning can be too
good, why some managers get it right the first time, some the second, some
the third (and when it's too many times). There's the sad tale of a Very Light Jet manufacturer who ignored the
authors' advice about unacceptable software in redundant systems. The FAA rejected it and the company lost $10
This book is not a typical tutorial. Besides their software services, are active trainers. Between them, they've
taught DO-178B/DO-254 to more students than all other seminars combined. Their wisdom can provide valuable
insights to bring your project to a successful conclusion.
Vance Hilderman spent 25 years designing and testing
over 150 aerospace systems. He holds BSEE and MBA degrees,
and a computer engineering MS from the Univ. of So. California. He
founded the world's largest avionics software organization and completed
several hundred programs for 50 major avionics
Tony Baghai has over 20 years' experience in software certification. He holds a BS
degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Aeronautical Engineering.
He was one of the youngest Designated Engineering Representatives
ever to earn FAA certification for Systems and Level A software.
The authors are co-founders of HighRely, a company that has provided software certification
nearly every Boeing commercial transport (737, 747, 757, 767, 777) and
Airbus 380, as well as many military programs. More than 6000 engineers over the world have been trained by the
Contents of "Avionics Certification"
- Real World of DO-178B
- Planning the Project
- Criticality Levels
- What is “Certified”?
- Cost Vs Benefits
- Military Certification
- Getting Started
- Safety Assessment
- Planning, Development and Correctness
- Quality Assurance Plan
- Configuration Management
- Software Development Plan
- System Requirements
- Software Design
- Unit Testing
- Software Testing
- Structural Coverag
- Test and Tools
- DO-254 (Hardware)
- Hardware Design Life Cycle
- Gap Analysis
- Project Organization
- Tool Qualification
- Software Design Aspects
- Cost Estimation and Metrics
A Complete Guide to DO-178
(Software), DO-254 (Hardware)
- Cat. No. 178-01
- Pages: 244
- Price: $95.00
- ISBN: 978-1-885544-25-4