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Introduction to DO-178C and COTS Software Solutions

Start Date:10/20/2020

Start Time:2:00 PM EDT

Duration:60 minutes


This webinar will deliver an introduction to avionics safety standards, and specifically RTCA DO-178C for software. It will cover the required documents for achieving DO-178C safety certification and the challenges of creating commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) certification evidence for commercial avionics and military avionics using the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) layered architecture. This webinar will also cover the use of RTI Connext DDS in safety-critical and FACE environments and accelerating DO-178C certification and FACE conformance with RTI partners.

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Chip Downing

Senior Market Development Director, Aerospace & Defense


Chip Downing is the Senior Market Development Director of Aerospace and Defense at Real-Time Innovations (RTI). In this position he manages RTI’s global aerospace and defense business and helps drive the Open Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service (DDS) industry standard into the commercial and military aerospace market with RTI’s Connext DDS software, now used by over 250 global aerospace and defense customers in over 1,000 design wins. Mr. Downing serves as the elected Business Working Group (BWG) Chair of the joint industry/government Open Group Future Airborne Capabilities Environment (FACE™) Consortium. In this role, he is driving standards-based design efficiencies proven in commercial avionics systems, into next generation military avionics systems. For the last five years he has also served as the Chair of the FACE Consortium BWG Outreach Subcommittee, promoting the FACE approach globally. Mr. Downing is a veteran of the embedded systems industry and a pioneer in COTS safety certification for commercial RTOSs. Previously, he was Senior Director of Aerospace & Defense at Wind River Systems where he was responsible for business development for the company’s global A&D markets. During his 14-year Wind River tenure, design wins for certified avionics products grew to more than 500 projects. Mr. Downing has also led sales, marketing, and consulting organizations at Esterel Technologies (now Ansys), Validated Software, OnCore Systems, and Mentor Graphics (now Siemens).

Vance Hilderman

Chief Technical Officer


Mr. Vance Hilderman is a 30-year safety-critical engineering expert recognized to be one of the world’s top authorities on software certification. Holding a BSEE and MBA from Gonzaga, and a Masters in Computer Engineering from USC (Hughes Fellow), Mr. Hilderman founded TekSci which successfully became the largest independent avionics/safety-critical software services company in the world; Mr. Hilderman has consulted with ninety five of the world’s one hundred largest aerospace companies plus numerous automotive, medical, industrial and telecommunications entities. Mr. Hilderman also the lead founder of HighRely Inc, a safety-critical software certification consultancy which was acquired by Atego/Artisan in 2011. Mr. Hilderman founded AFuzion whose 40 senior engineers today assist the world’s leading technology companies to optimize software and products for safety-critical operations including aircraft, UAV’s, flying cars, military systems, and satellites. He has personally trained over 23,000 engineers in creating safety-critical standards deployment for optimized software, hardware, and systems in 30 countries. Today, Mr. Hilderman makes his home in Los Angeles and Manhattan, manages AFuzion’s engineers, and continually participates in software/computer forums providing keynote addresses and training at a wide variety of safety-critical systems events 2-3 times per month.

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