ARP4754 The Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) ARP4754A (Guidelines For Development Of Civil Aircraft and Systems ), is a guideline from SAE International, dealing with the development processes which support certification of Aircraft systems. Revision A was released in 2010-12. It was recognized by the FAA in AC 20-174 published 2011-11. EUROCAE jointly issues the document as ED–79.
Objectives of the document
The Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) is a guideline for development of civil aircraft and systems with an emphasis on safety aspects. Revision A is a substantial rewrite of the document which describes the safety process as a part of an Integrated Development Process. A significant new section is devoted to the process of determining Development Assurance Level (DAL) which determines the rigor of complex hardware and software development and verification activities.
It concerns itself with the whole life-cycle for systems that implement aircraft functions.
ARP4754 was defined in the context of aircraft certification, in particular Part 25 Sections 1301 and 1309 of harmonized civil aviation regulations for transport category airplanes. These are found in the U.S. FAA Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) at 14 CFR 25.1309 and the corresponding European JAA Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR), which have been replaced by EASA certification standards. FAA Advisory Circular AC 25.1309-1A, System Design and Analysis, explains certification methodology for Part 25 Section 1309.
In May 1996, the FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) was tasked with a review of harmonized FAR/JAR 25.1309, AC 1309-1A, and related documents, and to consider revision to AC 1309-1A incorporating recent practice and the impplications of new technology. This task was published in the Federal Register at 61 FR 26246-26247 (1996-05-24). The focus was to be on safety assessment and fault-tolerant critical systems.
In a parallel effort, SAE published ARP4754 in November 1996. In 2002 ARAC submitted to the FAA a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and draft revision AC 1309-1B (the draft ARSENAL version) recognizing the role of ARP4754 in complex system certification. This draft remains unreleased, but ARP4754 became broadly recognized as an appropriate standard for aircraft system development and certification. The corresponding EASA Acceptable Means of Compliance AMC 25.1309 (included as a section of CS-25) does recognize ARP4754/ED–79.
The FAA and EASA have both subsequently recognized ARP4754/ED–79 as valid for certification of other aircraft categories, and for specific systems such as avionic databuses.
ARP4754A and ED–79A were released by SAE and EUROCAE in December 2010. The document title has changed to Guidelines For Development Of Civil Aircraft and Systems.
- S–18 (2010). Guidelines for Development of Civil Aircraft and Systems. SAE International. ARP4754A.
- ANM-110 (1988). System Design and Analysis (pdf). Federal Aviation Administration. Advisory Circular AC 25.1309-1A. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- ARAC Systems Design and Analysis Harmonization Working Group (2002). Task 2 – System Design and Analysis Harmonization and Technology Update (pdf). Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved 2011-02-20.