Automated Test Suites for Modern Aircraft Controllers

Author: Jan Peleska

Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) is a unifying concept for architecture, operating system API and configuration of aircraft control systems. Controllers developed according to this concept are tested in two phases: The test objective of phase one is to establish compliance of hardware, operating system and configuration for a specific purpose. In phase two, compliance of the application software as integrated in the IMA controller is checked. In this article, aspects of automated test suite generation for phase one are discussed. Examples are derived from ongoing work of the author's research group currently performed for Airbus Deutschland in the context of hardware-in-the-loop tests for Airbus A380 aircraft controllers.

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