Assuring Avionics – Updating the Approach for the 21st Century

  • Tom Ferrell
  • Uma Ferrell
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8696)


This position paper outlines a number of challenges currently faced by the aerospace community in addressing system, software, and hardware safety. These challenges include increasing complexity, lagging regulatory guidance, a divergent set of design assurance guidelines, and ever advancing technology. To address these challenges, four recommendations are offered: consolidation of design assurance, increased resiliency in product design, a move to less prescriptive standards in favor of a goal-based approach, and the imposition of personnel qualification.


ARP-4754 Avionics Certification Complexity Design Assurance Digital Design DO-178 DO-254 Goal-based Assurance Safety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Ferrell
    • 1
  • Uma Ferrell
    • 1
  1. 1.Ferrell and Associates Consulting, Inc.CharlottesvilleUSA

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