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Session 11: Training and Certification

Software Quality Assurance in Development of Flight Inspection Systems
Jostein Trones, Norwegian Special Mission, Norway
Location: Regency Ballroom

The Flight Inspection industry finds itself in a niche in the aviation market. The systems built for performing flight inspection will not, in general, have any strict regulatory requirement of approval of the on-board software. The approaches done by different providers differ, as does the expectations of the certifying body. And the expectations of the end-user.
The end-user is normally the civilian aviation authority or the air force within a country. Some of these have regulations in place, also covering the software quality aspects of flight inspection systems. By far the most do not.
Aircraft certification issues, often handled through STC, are increasingly paying more attention also to the software. However, also here practices differ from region to region as well as within regions.
This paper aims at providing some general information of the typical situation with examples from real world, what benefits a certain level of regulatory demands on the provider's software quality assurance can give the end-user, and what benefits the same quality assurances can give the provider itself.
Some peeks into real world software quality procedures and approvals which can be related to flight inspection domain will be given.
This presentation is meant as information and food-for-thought for the various end-user communities, as well as the flight inspection system manufacturers.



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