Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Aircraft Computer Software

Mr. DeWalt has over 35 years of experience specializing in aircraft computer 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. Assignments also included serving as secretary for RTCA/EUROCAE committee revising DO-178B during a significant portion of the committee’s efforts. He was also a primary instructor for RTCA’s DO-178B training course and participated in FAA regulatory initiatives such as the Reusable Software Component Advisory Circular.

Early in his career, 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 later went on to enjoy a 15 year career with the FAA 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.

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