RTCA Honors LCS Team Lead Todd R. White for Contributions to the DO-178C Software Standard — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
April 30, 2012

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LDRA Certification Services team lead to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C. as a key member of the RTCA SC-205 Committee.

Wirral, UK, April 30, 2012. LDRA Certification Services (LCS), a division of LDRA committed to providing safety-critical software verification tools and certification services, celebrates RTCA’s decision to honor LCS team lead Todd R. White for his role in advancing the newly ratified DO-178C software certification standard. RTCA wishes to publicly recognize White’s contribution to both DO-178C Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification and DO-330 Software Tool Qualification Considerations on June 5th by presenting him with a Certificate of Appreciation at its Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C.

White’s expertise in avionics standards rises out of his 30 years of experience as a consultant and FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER). White has been delegated full Level A authority for all aircraft systems and equipment for both software and airborne electronic hardware. This strong background in development, verification, and avionics certification enabled him to guide the evolution of the avionics standard so that it reliably addressed current software development and design practices of avionics systems.

With White as leader of the team, LCS provides comprehensive support, oversight and guidance for certification applicants through a wide range of aviation standards:

• Aircraft & Systems Development (ARP-4754A)
• Safety Assessment (ARP-4761)
• Integrated Modular Avionics (DO-297)
• Flight Electronic Hardware (DO-254)
• Flight Software (DO-178B/C)
• Ground Systems (DO-278/A)

“For nearly 40 years, LDRA has helped avionics customers address certification concerns and achieve compliance,” noted Ian Hennell, LDRA Operations Director. “With Todd leading the LCS team, our customers can rest assured that their certification plan will map out the most efficient and effective way for them to achieve certification. We are very proud to see Todd honored for the extensive contribution he has made to move the DO-178 standard forward.”

As a DER and certification consultant, White has worked with the largest and best known suppliers of avionics. He is an executive committee member of the DO-178C/DO-278A committee, an executive committee member of the NextGen Task Force, and holds a leadership role in the U.S. DO-254 users group. White is recognized for outstanding DER leadership by key individuals at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, Denver and Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Offices (ACOs). He has also provided DER oversight on projects through the Fort Worth and Wichita ACOs. With appointments as Organization Designation Authorization administrator, unit member at key OEMs, and Supplier Airworthiness Specialist DER at Airbus, White has become well-known at Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as with US Army and US Air Force facilities.

Joining White and the LCS team is Steve Morton, co-chair of the DO-178C Tools Group. Morton will support the tool qualification and validation efforts of suppliers to avionics, automotive, industrial control, rail, medical and other industries. Morton’s capabilities are complemented by Marty Gasiorowski, a systems, safety, software and complex electronic hardware FAA DER, and Dr. Holly Hildreth, a safety engineer with expertise in a wide range of US and international standards. Together they will provide certification expertise in DO-178/DO-278, DO-254, DO-297, IEC 61508, IEC 62304, ISO 26262, IEEE 1012:2004 and CENELEC EN 50128.

Proficient in both commercial and military airworthiness, LCS addresses critical project requirements that relate to certification, including management, planning, staff training, development, verification and production. While analyzing certification and safety needs from a total aircraft system perspective, LCS ensures that the individual and exacting aviation standards can be met at a fixed price.

White’s Certificate of Appreciation will be awarded at the Awards Luncheon during RTCA’s Annual Symposium on June 5, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

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