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DO-278A Training: CNS/ATM Ground-Based Systems Class


Where DO-278 was often informally applied, DO-278A is increasingly required worldwide for aviation ground based systems: Communication Navigation Systems and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM). While DO-278A shares similarities with DO-178, there are important differences including Assurance Levels and classification, mitigation, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology incorporation and many more.  But system/software development has rapidly evolved along with aviation airspace complexities:  many new technologies must be considered, and certified: C++, Model-Based Development, Formal Methods, COTS software/hardware, and advanced tools. New techniques for specifying aviation requirements and design must also be understood.  But what are detailed and derived DO-278A requirements?  How can C++ and OOT be safely used and certified per DO-278A and DO-332?   What are DO-278A Model-Based Development best practices in applying DO-331?  How can legacy software/systems be certified to DO-278A?  What were the DO-278 weaknesses and how is DO-278A really different from DO-278?  How can DO-278A cost and schedule be reduced by 20-30%?   The developer/teacher is the principal founder of two of the world’s largest aviation consulting companies and the principal author of several of the world’s most popular publications on aviation software/hardware development: Vance Hilderman has taught over 11,000 aviation engineers and managers worldwide, including FAA and EASA officials, and engineers from 95 of the world’s largest 100 aviation companies: more than all the competitor’s current trainers in the world, combined.


  • Understanding DO-278A’s basic principles:  DO-278A explained for the “real world”:  yours
  • Understanding DO-278A’s true intent by understanding the original authors’ goals
  • Understanding the avionics development ecosystem of Safety, Software, Hardware and Certification
  • Understanding DO-278A’s Planning Process, including Requirements, Design, Code, Integration, Reverse-engineering (legacy systems) Verification, Quality Assurance, and Configuration Management
  • Think like a DO-278A auditor and pass audits the first time
  • Real-world training in DO-278A project management and cost/schedule reduction.
  • Common DO-278A initiation mistakes: how to prevent and mitigate



Attendees may include engineers, managers, quality assurance or certification personnel; no prior expertise required.

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