Applying ACVIP for Verification by Analysis during Airworthiness Qualification


In this paper, we demonstrate that the Architecture-Centric Virtual Integration Process (ACVIP) provides value for military aircraft airworthiness qualification. Military aircraft airworthiness criteria describe aviation airworthiness processes and the criteria, standards, and methods of compliance necessary for airworthiness assessment of manned and unmanned military aircraft systems. The U.S. Army Military Airworthiness Certification Criteria (AMACC), for example, includes elements from many existing civilian standards and is used to define airworthiness requirements for existing and new acquisition programs. Software safety of complex systems is assured by compliance with formal development processes and testing of essential elements. The AMACC also allows for verification by analysis to detect defects in the evolving software design. Going forward, the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Digital Engineering Strategy will improve aircraft requirements, design, and development through model-based engineering. ACVIP provides the foundation needed for effective model-based verification by analysis.