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Santa, All We Want For New Year 2019 is … Seven More Avionics Engineers!

4 Jan

OK, time for honesty:  did everyone get what they wanted from Santa Claus ten days ago?!?   Yes, Santa was good for everyone here at AFuzion Inc. with our record-breaking year doubling last year’s $ results.  But one thing (actually seven things) were missing from under the Tree … yes, Engineers.

You see, we’ve been steadily increasing staff here the past five years to keep up with our growing business in 25 countries.  At our December planning meeting, we actually wrote a letter to Santa asking him ” Santa, please bring us 9 more engineers. To start work Jan 7, 2019.”  Really.  Now folks, all of us either have children, know children, or are still children.  My kids even say I’m just a big child during the holidays.  We BELIEVE in Santa Claus. (Santa, are you listening?)  When we were kids, we usually got some of what we wanted.  But this year, Santa only brought us two engineers.  2.  T-W-O.    Santa, can you spell “N I N E”?  As in “9”.  We asked for 9.  We got 2.

Santa, do you not do math at the North Pole?  When Susie or Johnnie ask for a new bike, do you simply bring them one tire?  Yes, the two engineers you brought were great. Really.  Truly.  Top 10% of their field which is our minimum standard.  Thank you Santa.  But again we asked for Nine.  We got TWO …

Santa, if you are listening, we won’t tell anyone if you secretly make another trip to our chimney and bring us seven more engineers.  Yes, these are for the USA so must be USA citizens.  Yes, these are for the western USA so hopefully they want to live in Los Angeles, Phoenix, or Dallas.  Please Santa, if you can’t bring the engineers directly to us, please just send us their contact info or CV to our email at info@afuzion.com.  Otherwise Santa, we’re going to spread the word that you sleep in funny red pajamas and live off cookies, milk, and … reindeer meat.  Santa, really.  Lay off the reindeer – just send us great Engineers please. ASAP!!!

Yours truly,

All the Engineers (Elves) at AFuzion Inc.

AFuzion Releases All-New Requirements Whitepaper for DO-178C, DO-254, and ARP4754A Software, Hardware, and Systems

20 Dec


AFuzion Inc. today announces the free availability of its newest technical whitepaper: “Requirements for Safety-Critical & Avionics Software, Hardware, and Systems”.  Previously available only to AFuzion’s 300+ clients, this latest paper is now available for free download from AFuzion’s whitepaper page.   Says Jeff Stevenson, AFuzion’s Business Manager:  “When AFuzion was smaller, we did business with 30-40% of the world’s avionics companies. But now the majority of them are AFuzion’s clients and our  technical papers are so widely distributed it only makes sense to make them fully available to all engineers worldwide.  The key is Safety, combined with efficiency and quality, so we’re adding a little year-end Holiday Cheer and making AFuzion’s latest paper publicly available.”

Adds Vance Hilderman, AFuzion’s Chief Technical Office and the author of this paper: “System, Software, and Hardware requirements are truly the key to safety-critical project success.  As we have taught 20,000 engineers in our AFuzion courses, Requirements development, management, and refinement are the true keys to project success. ARP4754 System requirements, DO-178C software requirements, and DO-254 hardware requirements development is both a science and an art. This paper describes how to build better systems faster and cheaper via Requirements.  Few things in life, or in aviation, are simple. But that truism is.”

This latest AFuzion paper is 14-pages filled with detailed information on creating, managing, refining, and validating requirements. Remember, verification means “does the implementation meet the requirements”, whereas validation asks “and do we have the ‘right’ requirements”.  This AFuzion paper shows why Validation is more important than Verification because without the right requirements, it is largely irrelevant if they are then verified.  Indeed. 

AFuzion has created perhaps the world’s largest library of technical whitepapers for safety-critical and aviation development. AFuzion’s decade’s old papers are still distributed by former employees (with the author’s name accidentally removed and replaced), but all AFuzion’s latest papers are freely available to clients.  Anyone is allowed to download up to two papers for free, so no reason to refer to the decades-old versions passed around elsewhere. 

For a free download, simply click here or go the AFuzion website under Whitepapers: Click Here For Free AFuzion Whitepaper Download

AFuzion’s DO-278A Solutions Chosen by 3 of 5 World’s New CNS/ATM Developments

17 Aug

Three of the world’s top five new CNS/ATM developments chose AFuzion Inc.’s DO-278A training, gap analysis, and consulting services division. Commercial and military ground-based air traffic management systems are increasingly being required to comply with DO-278A. Why? Because Communication, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) systems are becoming increasingly important while simultaneously becoming more complex. CNS/ATM systems are deployed throughout the world and beyond: on the ground, in the air, and in space. AFuzion’s DO-278A services cover DO-278A training, DO-278A Gap Analysis, and DO-278A consulting. A combination of AFuzion’s DO-278A services were chosen by, and delivered in 2016, to three of the world’s most important new DO-278A deployments of 2015 – 2016.


States AFuzion’s Chris Jackson: “We’ve been in aerospace for almost thirty years and knew DO-278A would become increasingly important , just like DO-178 twenty years ago. AFuzion’s engineers spent much of the last two years coordinating worldwide to further enhance our DO-278A capabilities. Some people think they know or can do DO-178C therefore they’re “good” for DO-278A. Wrong. DO-278A is a unique realm with many, many differences. Yes, we literally wrote the book (the world’s best-selling book) on DO-178 but that didn’t make us DO-278A experts: we’ve worked on many CNS/ATM systems and devoted significant resources to developing our proprietary DO-278A training, templates, gap analysis, and services. Winning three of the world’s top five DO-278A contracts of the past two years simply confirms our expertise and vision.”

AFuzion’s engineers developed the world’s first DO-178 training in 1988 and the world’s first DO-178 gap analysis in 1989 (for Hughes Aircraft where one of AFuzion’s founders was a Hughes Fellow). That training and gap analysis content has remained his sole, personal intellectual property since then, as are the dozens of technical papers he wrote after founding TekSci and HighRely. AFuzion’s DO-278A training, gap analysis, and consulting carry on this tradition of excellence, with AFuzion’s engineers having provided more DO-278 and DO-278A training and gap analysis activities than all other engineers in the world: combined.

Adds AFuzion’s Vance Hilderman “It’s really impressive that three of the world’s top five CNS/ATM new developments chose AFuzion for some combination of DO-278A training, DO-278A Gap Analysis, and DO-278A consulting. Interestingly, each of those three clients were on different continents which is fitting since AFuzion’s engineers have worked onsite in 35+ different countries. And these three companies vary considerably: one is large, one is mid-sized, and one is tiny. It’s like an athletic coach: good coaches can help an average Joe, a super Jane, or an Olympic John: similar principles apply but experience and customization are required. That’s what AFuzion excels at – the market simply confirmed such.”

For free DO-278A technical whitepapers, download at http://afuzion.com/avionics-safety-critical-training-whitepapers/

For information on AFuzion’s DO-278A training, see: http://afuzion.com/avionics-training/workshops/do-278a-training-cnsatm-ground-based-systems-training-class/

For information on AFuzion’s DO-278A Gap Analysis, see: http://afuzion.com/gap-analysis/AFuzion’s DO-278A Training Chosen by 3 of 5 Top CNS/ATM Developers