The objective of this NPA is to maintain a high level of safety, while promoting a level playing field in certification and the use of integrated modular avionics (IMA).
This NPA proposes to:
- offer to integrators of aircraft functions on already-authorised IMA platforms the possibility to obtain ETSO authorisations, independent from any aircraft on which the platforms might be installed (covered in ETSO-2C516);
- provide guidance for the incremental certification of IMA, starting from platform modules, culminating with the installation of the IMA on an aircraft, and covering all the related aspects (in AMC 20-170).
The proposed changes are expected to contribute to more efficient and transparent certification processes, while bringing positive impacts, in particular with their economic, social and environmental benefits.