RTCA/DO-160 Standards: RTCA/DO-160 Section 25: Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)

This test determines whether the EUT can operate as specified during and after being subjected to an electrostatic air discharge event. The test procedure and test generator used is similar to most other international ESD standards, except that the EUT is bonded to the ground plane and only air discharge is specified. Test points are chosen based on their accessibility to personnel, with 10 positive and 10 negative polarity discharges at 15 kV applied to each one.

Equipment Categories
There is only one category (A), with a test level of 15 kV.

RTCA/DO-160 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 tests outlined in this standard are performed to meet FAA and international regulations for electrical and electronic equipment installed on commercial aircraft.

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

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