NEW INDIRECT LIGHTNING TEST REQUIREMENTS FROM RTCA DO-380

In June 2020, RTCA (Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics) launched a new set of test requirements for ground-based equipment in the standard DO-380: “Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Ground Based Equipment”. This standard does not address airborne equipment, hence it can be considered as complementary to RTCA DO-160.

Brief overview

For the purpose of this standard, ground-based equipment includes sea-based equipment as well, in the sense that ground-based equipment includes basically most of equipment used to communicate with or control aircraft, UAVs, that is not airborne. The applicability of the tests described in this document for a specific product is to be established by those who intend to apply it.

DO-380 encompasses 26 sections that formulate a broad range of requirements. Among these, Section 22 refers to lightning induced transients and Section 25 to electrostatic discharge phenomena. Other sections specify either electric or non-electric tests.

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