Originally presented on March 16, 2016.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to release new approvals for the use of unmanned aircraft in the national airspace and other nations are making similar moves. As a result, many unmanned aircraft system (UAS) platforms must now comply with FAA safety standards for technology such as DO-178 B and C for flight-critical software, as well as DO-254 for hardware. Certification rules and procedures are still being defined, but the technological expertise for avionics certification already exists. This E-cast of industry experts will discuss the challenges and solutions for managing avionics safety certification in unmanned aircraft.


David Barnett

David Barnett has over 25 years of experience in distributed, real-time and embedded systems. He joined RTI in 2005 and is responsible for the company's product roadmap, product marketing and market development. Prior to RTI, he was vice president of marketing at a real-time middleware startup that was acquired by Borland Software Corporation. He was also director of product marketing at Green Hills Software and Mentor Graphics and a senior product marketing manager at Wind River Systems. David began his career as a software engineering lead at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he was responsible for the design and implementation of several distributed real-time applications. David has BA in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Ulrich Eisemann

Dr. Ulrich Eisemann studied Electrical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany and subsequently wrote his doctoral thesis in the field of electronic imaging at the Technical Electronics Institute of the RWTH. In the summer of 2004, he entered the field of embedded software engineering by joining dSPACE GmbH in Paderborn, Germany. Currently, he works as a senior product manager for the TargetLink production code generator, concerned with model-based development and production code generation for embedded systems.

Gary Gilliland

Gary Gilliland is a Technical Marketing Manager at DDC-I, where he is responsible for technical marketing functions with an emphasis on the safety-critical Deos real-time operating system. He has over 20 years of experience in development and marketing of hardware and software solutions for embedded systems. He has extensive experience with military and commercial avionics and real-time operating systems. Gary is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Shan Bhattacharya

Shan Bhattacharya serves as a Director, Development Manager and directs the US Field Engineering team for LDRA. Prior to this, he worked as a Field Application Engineer for LDRA, deploying LDRA software solutions for a large number of major defense, commercial avionics, medical device, and automotive vendors to meet industry software certification. Over the course of his career, he has worked for major defense system integrators as a software engineer, software lead, and an IPT lead.