DO-160, Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment provides standard procedures and environmental 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 standard outlines a set of minimal, standard environmental test conditions and corresponding procedures for airborne equipment. These tests provide a controlled, laboratory-based means of assuring equipment performance in conditions similar to those which may be encountered during airborne operation.

The standard includes the following categories:

  1. Standard Conditions
  2. Temperature
  3. Altitude
  4. Temperature Variation
  5. Humidity
  6. Shock
  7. Vibration
  8. Explosion Proof
  9. Fluid Susceptibility
  10. Sand and Dust
  11. Fungus Resistance
  12. Salt and Fog
  13. Magnetic Effects
  14. Power Input
  15. Voltage Spike
  16. Audio Frequency
  17. Induced Signal Susceptibility
  18. RF emission and Susceptibility
  19. Lightening Susceptibility
  20. Icing
  21. ESD
  22. Flammability

The Radio Technical Commission on Aeronautics (RTCA, Inc.) first published the DO-160 standard on January 25, 1980. The most recent version, DO-160 revision G, is coordinated with the European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE). For this reason, DO-160G and EUROCAE’s ED-14G standard are identically worded. DO-160G is also recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as de facto international standard ISO-7137.

About RTCA, Inc.

RTCA, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation that develops consensus-based recommendations regarding communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) system issues. RTCA, Inc. functions as a Federal Advisory Committee to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

DO-160 Sections
Section 4: Temperature and Altitude
Section 5: Temperaure Variation
Section 6: Humidity
Section 7: Operational Shocks and Crash Safety
Section 8: Vibration
Section 9: Explosion Proofness
Section 10: Waterproofness
Section 11: Fluids Susceptibility
Section 12: Sand and Dust
Section 13: Fungus Resistance
Section 14: Salt Fog
Section 15: Magnetic Effect
Section 16: Power Input
Section 17: Voltage Spike
Section 18: Audio Frequency Conducted Susceptability-Power
Section 19: Induced Signal Susceptability
Section 20: Radio Frequency Susceptability (Radiated and
Section 21: Emmission of Radio Frequency Energy
^^ this is the most popular
and required testing for in-flight LCDs

Section 22: Lightning Induced Transient Susceptability
Section 23: Lightning Direct Effects
Section 24: Icing
Section 25: Electrostatic discharge
Section 26: Fire, Flammability