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EASA Publishes Means of Compliance Materials for Software Alongside FAA

By S.L. Fuller | October 24, 2017

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EASA’s new General Acceptable Means of Compliance for Airworthiness of Products, Parts and Appliance, AMC 20-115D, is now published. EASA said the material, “Airborne Software Development Assurance Using Eurocae ED-12 and RTCA DO-178,” provides means for compliance in the domain of product certification or European technical standard orders authorization.

This publication is a result of two years of work with the FAA and U.S. and European industry associations, EASA said. This includes a joint EASA/FAA public consultation phase.

“It paves the way toward more harmonization and mutual recognition of each other’s activities in the domain of software aspects of certification,” EASA said.

According to EASA, the publication also clarifies conditions in which previous versions of this standard and associated existing processes can be used. It has been issued simultaneously with FAA AC 20-115D, which EASA said is technically identical.

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