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DO-254 Compliance Overview

Categories: FPGA

This course was developed to help you understand the RTCA/DO-254 document and requirements for certification. Understanding the means of compliance to this regulatory document can be the difference between certifying and not certifying your system. It can also dramatically affect the cost associated with compliance. Thus, getting the right training from industry knowledgeable training staff, prior to embarking on a DO-254 project, is important to achieve successful FAA approval and minimize costs. View course details ↓

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Note: DO-254 course is a "non standard" offering and requires special consideration for Passbook customers.  Passbook Customers should contact Education Services to verify number of tokens required per attendee.

Course Highlights

This training class, offered and supported by Mentor Graphics, will provide an overview and application of DO-254 as defined by the current FAA guidance.  As part of this course, students will be provided information related to current FAA and EASA guidance on the application of DO-254 in airborne systems.  Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to look at and use the Draft FAA Job Aid for CEH in order to provide examples of the application of DO-254 and to gain clear understanding of the certification objectives.

Delivered by Patmos Engineering Services

About the Presenter:
Tammy Reeve of Patmos Engineering Services, Inc. has been selected to develop the only FAA RTCA/DO-254 training course, aimed at FAA employees and designees, covering the compliance and application of DO-254 for airborne systems certification.  This puts Patmos Engineering Services, Inc. uniquely at the heart of the current regulatory interpretation of this DO-254 document as well as providing an inside view into draft FAA and EASA policy related to DO-254.  Tammy Reeve is a full-time, level A FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) with over 10 yrs experience in review and approval of CEH and over 18 yrs of experience in airborne systems and certification.

You will learn how to

  • Navigate and understand the RTCA/DO-254 document
  • Apply the DO-254 Life Cycle and Supporting Processes
  • Understand the impact of System Safety Assessments and the DAL
  • Set up your project correctly through proper planning
  • Follow the current guidance for your DO-254 project
  • Identify and steer clear of common pitfalls in DO-254 projects

Key topics

  • Application of DO-254 by FAA
    • AC20-152; CRIs and Issue papers
    • What is Complex Electronic Hardware?
    • Is HDL Software?
    • Simple Vs. Complex Device
  • Organization of DO-254
  • Control Categories
  • Independence Requirements
  • System Safety and DAL
    • Design Assurance Level (DAL) A-D
    • Functional Failure Path
  • DO-254 Hardware Design Lifecycle objectives and Data
  • Planning Process
    • Requirements, design and Code Standards
  • Hardware Design Process
  • Typical FPGA design lifecycle mapped to DO-254 (with common pitfalls for each phase)
    • Traceability
    • Transition Criteria
    • Baselines (when and where)
    • Requirements
    • Conceptual Design
    • Detailed Design
    • Implementation
    • Production Transition
  • Integral/supporting Processes
    • Validation and Verification
    • Configuration Management
    • Process Assurance
    • Certification Liaison
  • Additional Considerations
    • Tool Qualification
    • Previously Developed HW
    • COTs Cores and IPs
    • Single Event Upset and SRAM parts
    • Functional Failure Path (FFP)
    • Elemental analysis
    • Advanced Verification techniques
  • CEH draft Job Aid
  • CEH Draft policy

Course Information

Intended for

Project managers, process managers, design, verification, and quality assurance engineers and their managers who are or will be working on projects requiring DO-254 certification.


Attendees MUST bring a hardcopy of the RTCA/DO-254 specification. This document is available for purchase from the RTCA online store:

Course Part Number
  • Classroom: 236322
  • Live online: 250324

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