Aircraft Certification Software and Airborne Electronic Hardware
The Aircraft Certification Service is concerned with the approval of software and airborne electronic hardware for airborne systems (e.g., autopilots, flight controls, engine controls), as well as that used to produce, test, or manufacture equipment to be installed on airborne products. The FAA Aircraft Certification Service develops policy, guidance and training for software and airborne electronic hardware that has an effect on the airborne product (a "product" is an aircraft, an engine, or a propeller).
For a list of people you can contact for additional information regarding Aircraft Certification Software and Airborne Electronic Hardware activities, please visit the Contacts page.
Email List Update
We are updating the email list used for notification of activities relating to airborne digital systems developed using software and airborne electronic hardware. To be added to the list, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policy & Guidance
- Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Software and Digital Systems (SDS) Research
(Search this document for "Complex Digital Systems" or "ARSS0001")
- Research Reports
- Software Job Functions: Differences between DO-178B and DO-178C (FAA27200083)
- Airborne Electronic Hardware Job Functions Course (FAA22100001) (Inactive while being assessed for Future Revision)
- Software Fundamentals (FAA21030)
- Software Job Functions: Legacy System Software (FAA27200050)
- Software Job Functions: Model-Based Development (FAA27200103)
- DO-178B/C Differences Tool (PDF)