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AVISTA is the leader in airborne systems and software due to our experience with the rigorous DO-178C guideline document and its precursor, DO-178B. Our team of program management and software development experts has handled requirements, design, development, and systems-level verification phases for many DO-178B/C projects.

We interact with our customers' software and hardware teams to determine the most efficient approach to compliance for any or all of these phases. Our managers and engineers apply the lessons we have learned about DO-178C throughout our history to new projects for new companies. We can help our customers to produce airborne software that performs its intended function with the appropriate level of confidence, as defined by the document. For some projects, AVISTA provides complete verification of a system under DO-178C as an independent entity. We advise and assist our customers in producing and capturing evidence that the objectives for certification have been satisfied.

AVISTA also has experience with DO-178C's companion documents, such as DO-330 (Tool Qualification), DO-331 (Model-Based Development and Verification), DO-332 (Object-Oriented Technology), and DO-333 (Formal Methods). These documents offer guidance on a number of questions that can arise, depending on the specific techniques used on a given project.

We value our ability at AVISTA to follow the life-cycle of an airborne software product from planning to certification.

In-House Consultant DER

The details of DO-178C and other RTCA guidelines are sometimes tough to navigate alone. Our AVISTA team features a Consultant Designated Engineering Representative (DER), appointed by the FAA to act as an independent representative to approve or recommend technical data for approval to the FAA Air Certification Office. Many of our clients have learned from our DER how DO-178C applies to their specific projects throughout the entire software life cycle. She has the expertise to perform the thorough reviews and inspections prior to FAA certification of our customers’ airborne products.

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