Wednesday, April 6, 2016

RTCA Announces Aeronautical Systems Security Meeting

Today the DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a meeting notice in the Federal Register (81 FR 20049) for a 3-day public meeting of RTCA Special Committee 216, Aeronautical Systems Security. The meeting will be in Washington, DC on May 3rd thru 5th, 2016.

The agenda includes a meeting on the first day and working group sessions on the second two days. The agenda includes:

• SC-216 New Scope and Terms of Reference review;
• Overview of WG-72;
• Overview of DO-356, Airworthiness Security Methods and Considerations;
• SC-216 Structure and Organization of Work.

WG-72 is a EUROCAE working group looking at developing guidelines to address security concerns for aeronautical systems in order to ensure safe, secure and efficient operations amid the growing use of highly integrated electronic systems and network technologies used on-board aircraft. This makes it roughly a counterpart to SC 216; with whom WG-72 coordinates.

DO-356 is a working document (current version was published in 2014) that addresses the assessment of the acceptability of the airworthiness security risk and the design and verification of the airworthiness security attributes as related to system safety and airworthiness for passenger aircraft.

The meeting is open to the public, but there is only limited seating. The chairman may allow public comments to be made on the topics being discussed. Anyone wishing to make such comments should contact Karan Hofmann (

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