Military

Shielded Bulkhead Connectors Mitigate Ambient Emissions for Military & Avionic EMC Testing

Most Military/Avionic EMC test programs include radiated emissions testing.  This is the test method where the unintentional emissions which    radiate from a piece of electronic equipment under test are measured with an antenna and spectrum analyzer and plotted against the required limit.  One issue which must always be dealt with during radiated emissions and... Read More

FAA and EASA Accept RTCA/DO-160 Test Reports from Accredited and Non-Accredited Labs

Despite some reports to the contrary, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will accept RTCA/DO-160 commercial aircraft equipment test reports from accredited and non-accredited labs. Accreditation is a 3rd party assessment of a laboratory’s quality systems, processes, and documentation.  Accreditation assures a minimum level of competence, but it does... Read More

RTCA/DO-160G is Latest Version for Testing of Airborne Equipment, But Not the Only Choice

We often get the question: What version of RTCA/DO-160 should I use?  As per usual, it depends.  RTCA/DO-160G, Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment, is the latest version; it is dated December 8, 2010.  According to an Advisory Circular dated June 22, 2011 from the U.S. DOT Federal Aviation Administration, “The FAA strongly... Read More

EMC Symposium Covers Proposed Inclusion of ESD & Lightning in MIL-STD-461G

At this week’s 2011 International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility in Long Beach, CA, Fred Heather of the US Navy in Patuxent River, Maryland, gave an overview on the proposed addition of electrostatic discharge (ESD) and lightning testing to MIL-STD-461.  Heather is the Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) Lead for the U.S. government’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. Currently, MIL-STD-461... Read More