Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Aircraft Computer Software

Mr. DeWalt has over 35 years of experience specializing in aircraft computer software. He is responsible for providing technical assistance for software issues related to rulemaking activities and support for FAA field engineers. Mr. DeWalt has been involved in the development of training in advanced software topics for FAA engineers.   He has also been involved in research and industry group initiatives to change software guidance to be less proscriptive and more in alignment with the current FAA risk based initiatives.  He has presented some the preliminary results at the Digital Avionics Systems Conference as well as the European Certification Together International conference.

Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. DeWalt was a project engineer at Boeing, where he was responsible for overseeing software development of the autopilot and autoland system on the Boeing 757/767 aircraft. He started working at the FAA 15 years ago as a certification engineer and National Resource Specialist for Software. During that time he worked on a number of new technology projects including the Airbus A320, A330/340, Boeing 777, and the Lockheed C-130J. While at the FAA, he also participated in the creation of RTCA DO 178B guidance for approving software. Most recently Mr. DeWalt was a consultant to the aviation industry evaluating software systems and approaches for pilot/controller data communications. As a consultant, he also served as a Designated Engineering Representative (DER) working with the FAA on software system approvals.

Member, professional organizations and societies:

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Academic achievement:

  • M.S., Software Engineering, Seattle University
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Washington