Modern aircraft feature increasingly complex electrical and electronic or E/E systems. In fact, the electrical wiring interconnect system in today’s aircraft now accounts for about 3% of their total weight. Accordingly, this demands more power than ever. What’s more, electrical systems volume increases by 25% every five years. Higher costs and increased electrification present an array of challenges for aircraft manufacturers. For example, this can include staffing difficulties, tougher certification requirements and compliance headaches. All of these can delay entry into service.
However, taking shortcuts to speed development time isn’t possible. E/E systems must be carefully designed, tested, verified and validated to ensure their performance, safety, security, and regulatory compliance. Finding issues that result in changes late in the process can cause delays due to lengthy redesigns, time-consuming rework, and the need for recertification. This can drive costs up substantially, eating away at margins.