Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment

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RTCA DO-160G provides standard procedures and environmental test criteria for testing airborne equipment for the entire spectrum of aircraft from light general aviation aircraft and helicopters through the “jumbo jets” and SST categories of aircraft.

The document includes 26 Sections and three Appendices. Examples of tests covered include vibration, power input, radio frequency susceptibility, lightning and electrostatic discharge.

Coordinated with EUROCAE, RTCA DO-160G and EUROCAE ED-14G are identically worded. RTCA DO-160G is recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as de facto international standard ISO-7137.


Note: The current “User Guide material from DO-160G” has been changed and now the guide has been replaced by the DO-357. We remind you that now the DO-160G text can not be read without the DO-357 one. The new DO-357 User Guide: Supplement to DO-160G provides an update of the User Guide material for these same Sections and provide new User Guide material for Sections 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 23.

If you need interpretations regarding DO-160, please contact us.

We remember you that if you need the full text you have to purchase it from RTCA.


(Click on Sections to read the Purpose)
Section 4.0 – Temperature and Altitude
Section 5.0 – Temperature Variation
Section 6.0 – Humidity
Section 7.0 – Operational Shocks and Crash Safety
Section 8.0 – Vibration
Section 9.0 – Explosive Atmosphere
Section 10.0 – Waterproofness
Section 11.0 – Fluids Susceptibility
Section 12.0 – Sand and Dust
Section 13.0 – Fungus Resistance
Section 14.0 – Salt Fog
Section 15.0 – Magnetic Effect
Section 16.0 – Power Input
Section 17.0 – Voltage Spike
Section 18.0 – Audio Frequency Conducted Susceptibility – Power Inputs
Section 19.0 – Induced Signal Susceptibility
Section 20.0 – Radio Frequency Susceptibility (Radiated and Conducted)
Section 21.0 – Emission of Radio Frequency Energy
Section 22.0 – Lightning Induced Transient Susceptibility
Section 23.0 – Lightning Direct Effects
Section 24.0 – Icing
Section 25.0 – Electrostatic Discharge
Section 26.0 – Fire and Flammability