White Papers

Pinnacle’s Modern Training Solution

Aircraft maintenance personnel are tasked with the vital responsibility of ensuring the safety and optimal condition of the aircraft we all use daily. As aircraft operations continue to adapt to a modern world by leveraging new technologies and systems, aircraft maintenance must also modernize and evolve with it. Unfortunately, the training infrastructure for aircraft maintenance has remained largely stagnant, relying heavily on legacy methods of instruction and costly hands-on training with operational aircraft. In this Whitepaper, we will examine the limitations of prevailing maintenance training practices and the modern solutions offered through virtual training, from replacing the physical equipment to progress tracking and more.

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Considering the Make vs. Buy Decision for Flight-Certifiable Embedded Electronics

Aircraft designers and systems integrators are faced with an important question when it comes to embedded electronics. Is it better to develop the platforms inhouse or does it make sense to work with outside experts? General computer platform vendors can save these companies millions in costs and reduce developmental time. Open architecture computing and electronic system suppliers not only provide off the shelf embedded electronics, but perform the upfront design and processes required to generate all the safety artifacts. These vendors also have established partnerships with leading silicon chip manufacturers to provide advanced technology. These relationships, combined with deep expertise, allow embedded electronics vendors to better plan for emerging trends, ultimately keeping costs down, reliability up and the supply chain going.

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10 Properties of Secure Embedded Systems

This white paper covers the most important security design principles that, if adhered to, give you a fighting chance against any attacker who seeks to gain unauthorized access, reverse engineer, steal sensitive information, or otherwise tamper with your embedded system. The beauty of these 10 principles is that they can be layered together into a cohesive set of countermeasures that achieve a multiplicative effect, making device exploitation significantly more difficult and costly for the attacker. Learn about data-at-rest, secure boot, hardware resource partitioning, software containerization and isolation, and much more.

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Parasoft Automated Software Testing

Developing DO-178B-C Compliant Software for Airborne Systems

The investment required to produce software for airborne systems warrants scrupulous adherence to industry standards, such as DO-178B/C. The FAA uses DO-178B, formally titled Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification, as a guide for determining software safety.

In this paper, we’ll discuss the following topics:

• Background about DO-178B/C

• Key differences between the versions

• Why policy-driven development is central to DO-178B/C compliance

• How Parasoft DTP for C and C++software helps organizations achieve DO-178B/C compliance

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