Are there any EU/EASA regulations surrounding aviation software?

Danny Beckett
  • Are there any EU/EASA regulations surrounding aviation software? Danny Beckett

    A great question's been asked: Is there any U.S. / FAA regulation that could apply for aviation software?

    This is interesting to me as a programmer and aviation enthusiast, but being based in the UK, I'd like to know if there any EASA regulations surrounding the creation of software for use in the aviation industry?

  • Two relevant standards from EUROCAE (European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment) are:

    • ED-109A / Guidelines for CNS/ATM Systems Software Integrity Assurance
    • ED-153 / Guidelines for ANS Software Safety Assurance

    Unfortunately these documents are not freely available. However, you can find some information about the contents of these documents from other sites, such as LDRA.

  • If we speak about airborne software, the main document is the FAA/EASA DO-178/ED-12 currently at the "C" version: Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification: if you want to certify (and thus commercialize) your software for flight, this is the main document to read.

    Depending on the scope of the software and the design/development process there might be different supplements (see here):

    • DO-330 Software Tool Qualification Considerations
    • DO-331 Model-Based Development and Verification Supplement to DO-178C and DO-278
    • DO-332 Object-Oriented Technology and Related Techniques Supplement to DO-178C and DO-278A
    • DO-333 Formal Methods Supplement to DO-178C and DO-278A

    It has been prepared by the RTCA/EUROCAE joint committee and approved by both FAA and EASA under different names, but the content is the same.

    As @Greg mentions, these documents are not freely available

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