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Avionics Europe 2013 conference

Last week I attended the Avionics Europe 2013 conference, which was held in Munich for the last time perhaps (as it is moving to Abu Dhabi in 2014). The theme of this year's conference was 'Tackling the Challenges in Avionics: Single Sky Many Platforms', which continued to focus on the growth in air traffic across Europe and challenges arising for…

Avionics 2012 report

I've just got back from the Avionics Europe 2012 conference and exhibition which was held in Munich. The theme of this year's conference was 'Common Sky: Operating in One Air Space' focussing on the growth in air traffic across Europe, the challenges arising for air traffic management and navigation, and the development of SESAR air traffic management technologies. I was…

Linux, Common Criteria, and OS Protection Profiles

In 2011, computer and network security news stories, which were previously the preserve of specialist journals and blogs, have become commonplace in the mainstream media. There are now many different types of threat, which are sometimes categorised into hacktivist, e-crime and most recently,advanced persistent threats (APT). Whilst some of these attacks have exploited zero day vulnerabilities, many of these attacks…

Military Aerospace & Electronics Show UK

I am looking forward to attending the UK's Military, Aerospace & Electronics Show, which will take place on 30th November. This year's conference programme has a strong emphasis on open systems architectures, but there is also an increasing focus on Information Security. To complement these themes, there will be a live demonstration of the VxWorks MILS separation kernel on the…

VxWorks MILS 2.1 Platform hands-on

Last week, I visited Wind River headquarters in Alameda, California, to learn about VxWorks MILS Platform 2.1 and to get hands-on experience with the release. I had been looking forward to the trip, as the 2.1 release adds some significant new capabilities: Wind River Linux as a guest operating system and the new High Assurance Network Stack (see Bill Graham's…

EGNOS Satellite Navigation System Safety Certification

In case you missed it, yesterday Wind River announced that VxWorks has been selected for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), and has been chosen to run the Integrity Processing Facility (IPF) check set. The IPF, developed and delivered by Logica, is the crucial element that validates the information broadcast by the satellites to safety-critical users such as aircraft…

The Open Group: Real-Time Embedded Systems Forum, Rome

Last week, I attended the The Open Group, Rome 2010 conference, specifically the Real-Time Embedded Systems Forum track (agenda), in order to participate in the MILS API standardization working group sessions.The goal of the working group is to produce a standardized API for a Minimal Runtime (MRT) environment which is suitable for High Assurance systems, which will enable portability of…

Police Drone: Episode 2

On Thursday last week, I read that an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) had been recently used by the UK's Merseyside Police in the tracking and arrest of two suspected car thieves (BBC News:'Merseyside police drone tracks car theft suspects'). A quick Google search revealed some additional details in the Liverpool Echo ('Merseyside police make UK's first ever flying drone arrest'),…

Case study: Ultra Datel safety-critical avionics upgrade using COTS

I recently had the privilege of working with one of our partners, LDRA, and one of our customers, Ultra Datel, on writing a case study of their experiences of a mid-life upgrade of an existing avionics system. What caught my attention was the fact that the existing system was uncertified, and the upgrade involved migrating the existing system to a…

First flight of the Boeing 787

Today, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its first flight from Everett, Washington. One of our Wind River colleagues, Chip Downing, was able to attend this historic event in person, and shot the following video: This is the culmination of years of development of a completely new aircraft which uses many state-of-the-art technologies to significantly improve efficiency, operating range and passenger…