Aerospace RTCA DO-160

The standard RTCA DO-160 is managed and governed by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA), Incorporated is a not-for-profit corporation that functions as a Federal Advisory Committee and develops consensus-based recommendations on contemporary aviation issues.  The recommendations of RTCA are often used as the basis for government and private sector decisions as well as the foundation for many of the Federal Aviation Administration Technical Standard Orders (TSO), which are closely linked to RTCA DO-160.  Since RTCA is not an official agency of the United States Government, its recommendations may not be regarded as statements of official government policy unless so enunciated by the United States Government organization or agency having statutory jurisdiction over any matters to which the recommendations relate.

The RTCA first published the RTCA DO-160 standard in 1980 to specify test conditions for electronic hardware in airborne systems. The RTCA established RTCA DO-160 Environmental Conditions and test Procedures for Airborne Equipment as a standard for sub-systems environmental qualification.  CVG Strategy provides test and engineering services to the full suite of test categories outlined in the RTCA DO-160 specification.  Many labs that we have worked with both here in Florida and elsewhere in the Eastern US have the capability to run these tests, depending on the size of the test item.

For a product to be qualified for flight, the appropriate Minimum Aviation System Performance Standards (MASPS) and Minimum operational performance standards (MOPS) needs to be reviewed.  Typically the test plans and testing must be conducted with an FAA Approved Designated Engineering Representative (DER) approving the plan and witnessing the test.  CVG Strategy has a DER available for programs and can prepare custom test plans for your product.

RTCA DO-160 SectionsRTCA DO-160

  • Section 1-3: Purpose and Applicability
  • Section 4: Temperature and Altitude
  • Section 5: Temperature Variation
  • Section 6: Humidity
  • Section 7: Operational Shocks and Crash Safety
  • Section 8: Vibration
  • Section 9: Explosion Proofness
  • Section 10: Waterproofness
  • Section 11: Fluids Susceptibility
  • Section 12: Sand and Dust
  • Section 13: Fungus Resistance
  • Section 14: Salt Fog
  • Section 15: Magnetic Effect
  • Section 16: Power Input
  • Section 17: Voltage Spike
  • Section 18: Audio Frequency Conducted Susceptibility-Power Inputs
  • Section 19: Induced Signal Susceptibility
  • Section 20: Radio Frequency Susceptibility (Radiated and Conducted)
  • Section 21: Emission of Radio Frequency Energy
  • Section 22: Lightning Induced Transient Susceptibility
  • Section 23: Lightning Direct Effects
  • Section 24: Icing
  • Section 25: Electrostatic discharge
  • Section 26: Fire, Flammability

This standard defines a series of minimum standard environmental test conditions and applicable test procedure standards for airborne equipment. The purpose of these tests is to determine the performance characteristics of airborne equipment in environmental conditions representative of those that may be encountered in airborne operation of the equipment.  Flight qualification testing utilizes other RTCA Standards, depending on the application.

The current revision, RTCA DO-160 G, is published by RTCA.  Manufacturers of aircraft electronic equipment selling their products in the United States, Europe, and around the globe must meet RTCA requirements, including RTCA DO-160 E/F/G.  The European Organization for Civil Aviation Electronics (EUROCAE) works jointly with RTCA in the development of standards, and publishes an identical document, EUROCAE/ED-14D.

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