Avionics Design – February 2017                               
February 2017

The Avionics Design monthly E-newsletter from the editorial staff of mil-embedded.com covers hardware and software avionics designs and certification issues in the commercial and military avionics markets in the U.S. and Europe via the Military Embedded Systems partnership with Aviation Maintenance magazine and the Aviation Electronics Europe show.

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Synthetic vision systems on the way for military avionics
Synthetic vision systems on the way for military avionics

Synthetic vision systems, already flying on some commercial aircraft, are now finally on their way to U.S. military avionics platforms. These systems will provide a tactical advantage within degraded visual environments while taking advantage of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) processing solutions and open architecture initiatives, such as the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE), enabling their design and deployment.


Formal program verification in avionics certification
Formal program verification in avionics certification

Five years after the official adoption of the new DO-178C/ED-12C standard and its supplements, including the DO-333/ED-216 supplement on formal methods, no avionics-certification project has yet acknowledged using this new supplement. However, formal method technologies do exist that would ease the development of avionics software. A major roadblock preventing the adoption of formal program verification for avionics certification is the absence of a general consensus on how to apply DO-333/ED-216, despite significant dissemination efforts from the committee that developed it.


Unmanned Aircraft and Safety Certification

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Rapid Prototyping a High-Performance Embedded Computing System

The availability of appropriate hardware can be a gating factor in the development of high performance, SWaP-constrained applications. However, this white paper describes an approach that can deliver a compelling process.


Automated Test Outlook 2017, Through the Eyes of NI's Cofounder: A Special Issue Guest - Edited by Dr. James Truchard

The Automated Test Outlook is a comprehensive view of the key technologies and methodologies making a large impact on the test and measurement industry. One of the biggest challenges for test engineers and managers is staying current on technology trends.



Safety-certifiable COTS case
Safety-certifiable COTS case

In commercial aviation, one of the most safety-conscious industries in existence, hardware and software developers must design and test their products according to rigorous safety standards. The most well-known are DO-254 for computer hardware, such as integrated circuits (ICs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and DO-178 for software, such as operating systems and application code. The rationale for these standards is to assure – as far as humanly possible – that the millions of lines of software code and the hardware devices they interact with will perform their myriad functions on an aircraft, as intended per the requirements, and not do anything else.


Best practices for COTS supplier counterfeit mitigation
Best practices for COTS supplier counterfeit mitigation

Leading commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) vendors and military/aerospace electronics suppliers routinely engage with customers and suppliers in the development and maintenance of internal processes for the mitigation and prevention of counterfeit electronics components.



U.S. Navy approves full rate production of Lockheed Martin's avionics test system
U.S. Navy approves full rate production of Lockheed Martin's avionics test system

U.S. Navy officials approved a full rate production contract with Lockheed Martin for an additional 63 of the company's Electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS). The contract is worth an estimated $166 million.




U.S. Air Force receives F-22 Raptor after maintenance at Lockheed's Speedline facility
U.S. Air Force receives F-22 Raptor after maintenance at Lockheed's Speedline facility

Engineers at Lockheed Martin completed maintenance on the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor at the company's Inlet Coating Repair (ICR) Speedline facility and delivered the aircraft back to the Air Force.


FAA orders common terminal digitizers from Telephonics Corp.
FAA orders common terminal digitizers from Telephonics Corp.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials placed production orders with Telephonics Corp. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation) for 34 Common Terminal Digitizer (CTD) systems.


BAE Systems/ Northrop Grumman team withdraw from T-X competition
BAE Systems/ Northrop Grumman team withdraw from T-X competition

Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems officials have withdrawn from the U.S. Air Force T-X competition.


SiCore Technologies and Charles River partner to protect against avionics malware
SiCore Technologies and Charles River partner to protect against avionics malware

SiCore Technologies and Charles River Analytics Inc. are patterning to protect against avionics malware for the U.S. Air Force in a program for the US Air Force Avionics Vulnerability Assessment, Mitigations, and Protections (AVAMP) program.


Afghan Trainer Contractor Logistics Support contract won by Textron Systems
Afghan Trainer Contractor Logistics Support contract won by Textron Systems

U.S. Air Force officials selected Textron Systems Support Solutions (a Textron Inc. business unit) for an Afghan Trainer Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) follow-on contract to provide training and maintenance in support of U.S. Air Force and Afghan air force Cessna C-208B Caravans, which are being used for military transport and training.




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