Electrical Design Engineer

Electrical Design Engineer

Reports to: Senior FPGA Design Engineer
Status: Exempt
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Tx
Positions available: 1

Summary:

As part of a small, passionate, and accomplished team of experts, you will develop and execute avionics embedded hardware. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of design, test, operation, and aircraft integration.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop circuits, boards, and rugged electronic hardware assemblies across the entire product life cycle, including concept and requirements definition, design, prototyping, verification (power-on, functional / acceptance / qualification testing) and release to production
  • Develop analog, digital, and mixed-signal designs that interact with avionics systems, including analysis, schematic capture, layout, design review, test/verification, and qualification release.
  • Perform analog and power simulations
  • Support risk analyses, failure modes effects and criticality analyses (FMECA), Design For test/manufacture/cost (DFx), and root-cause analysis of product test and manufacturing discrepancies
  • Perform trade studies and selection of avionics components and systems
  • Develop avionics hardware requirements and interface control documents
  • Will work closely with Sr. Electrical Design Engineer and project management throughout the avionics hardware development lifecycle
  • Support peer reviews and milestone reviews including PDR, CDR, SDR etc.
  • Provide occasional assistance/guidance for service and support issues
  • Provide time and cost estimates for projects
  • Provide risk assessment and risk mitigation for technical and schedule issues.

Desired Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering or equivalent or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years direct experience in electronics hardware development
  • Direct hands-on experience with analog, digital, and mixed-signal circuit design, analysis, test, and debug
  • Experience designing circuits meeting DO-160 requirements
  • Familiarity with IPC 6xx (or similar) standards for highly critical class 3 board assemblies
  • FPGA development experience will be a plus
  • Knowledge of signal integrity, power, grounding, and general board layout principles
  • Exposure to analog and digital filters, signal conditioning and signal processing
  • Familiarity with amplifiers, analog-to-digital converters, power supplies, and analog circuits
  • Familiarity with general lab equipment (oscilloscope, DMM, logic analyzer, spectrum analyzer) will be a plus
  • Highly organized team player with excellent technical communication skills (written and verbal)
  • U.S. citizen and U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder) required

Additional Considerations:

  • Experience using Altium Designer (or similar tools) to design complex aerospace boards; and experience working with external board manufacturing and assembly vendors
  • Some experience with scripting; programming and analysis/modeling tools: Python, Linux/Windows shell scripting; assembly language, C, C++; MATLAB / Simulink / SPICE (or similar).
  • Exposure to designing safety or mission critical aerospace flight hardware compliant with DO-254

To apply for this position, please email David Mewbourne, at [email protected].


Senior Electrical Design Engineer

Senior Electrical Design Engineer

Reports to: Director of Engineering
Status: Exempt
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Tx
Positions available: 1

Summary:

As part of a small, passionate, and accomplished team of experts, you will develop and execute avionics embedded hardware. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of design, test, operation, and aircraft integration.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop circuits, boards, and rugged electronic hardware assemblies across the entire product life cycle, including concept and requirements definition, design, prototyping, verification (power-on, functional / acceptance / qualification testing) and release to production
  • Develop analog, digital, and mixed-signal designs that interact with avionics systems, including analysis, schematic capture, layout, design review, test/verification, and qualification release.
  • Perform analog and power simulations
  • Support risk analyses, failure modes effects and criticality analyses (FMECA), Design For test/manufacture/cost (DFx), and root-cause analysis of product test and manufacturing discrepancies
  • Perform trade studies and selection of avionics components and systems
  • Develop avionics hardware requirements and interface control documents
  • Will work closely with project management throughout the avionics hardware development lifecycle
  • Support peer reviews and milestone reviews including PDR, CDR, SDR etc.
  • Provide occasional assistance/guidance for service and support issues
  • Provide time and cost estimates for projects
  • Provide risk assessment and risk mitigation for technical and schedule issues.

Desired Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering or equivalent or related field
  • Minimum of 8 years direct experience in electronics hardware development
  • Direct hands-on experience with analog, digital, and mixed-signal circuit design, analysis, test, and debug
  • Experience designing circuits meeting DO-160 requirements
  • Familiarity with IPC 6xx (or similar) standards for highly critical class 3 board assemblies
  • FPGA development experience will be a plus
  • Knowledge of signal integrity, power, grounding, and general board layout principles
  • Exposure to analog and digital filters, signal conditioning and signal processing
  • Familiarity with amplifiers, analog-to-digital converters, power supplies, and analog circuits
  • Familiarity with general lab equipment (oscilloscope, DMM, logic analyzer, spectrum analyzer) will be a plus
  • Highly organized team player with excellent technical communication skills (written and verbal)
  • U.S. citizen and U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder) required

Additional Considerations:

  • Experience using Altium Designer (or similar tools) to design complex aerospace boards; and experience working with external board manufacturing and assembly vendors
  • Some experience with scripting; programming and analysis/modeling tools: Python, Linux/Windows shell scripting; assembly language, C, C++; MATLAB / Simulink / SPICE (or similar).
  • Exposure to designing safety or mission critical aerospace flight hardware compliant with DO-254

To apply for this position, please email David Mewbourne, at [email protected].


FPGA Design Engineer

Senior FPGA Design Engineer

Reports to: Director of Engineering
Status: Exempt
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Tx
Positions available: 1

Summary

The Senior FPGA Design Engineer is responsible for developing next generation avionics for the commercial aviation industry. The individual will be able to design, test, and integrate complex, high-speed FPGAs. This individual will work closely with hardware and software engineers during the test and integration phases. Additionally, they will be responsible for design, documentation, implementation, and testing verification.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Hardware and Software teams on FPGA system requirements
  • Working with Sr Hardware Engineers on overall system board design
  • Design of the FPGA subsystems for data transfer and data processing
  • Modeling of the ADC data processing utilizing FIR filters, CORDIC, Quadrature Down- Conversion, Reed-Solomon decoding.
  • Modeling of the DAC data processing utilizing I-Q Modulation, Reed-Solomon Encoding and IIR Filtering.
  • Selection and procurement for FPGA components
  • Assisting in the testing of high-performance FPGA-based boards and systems
  • Achieve company goals associated with cost, quality, and delivery schedule as related to the
  • assigned design activities.
  • Provide time and cost estimates for projects.
  • Provide risk assessment and risk mitigation for technical and schedule issues.
  • Make FPGA configuration changes to support customer specific installations.
  • Provide guidance to less experienced engineers.

Desired Qualifications:

  • BS or MS ins Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics, or related discipline
  • Minimum of 8 years FPGA design experience; within an aerospace company a plus
  • Demonstrated Experience with Intel Quartus Design Suite and Mentor Modelsim
  • Design experience using Intel Cyclone V FPGA families
  • Strong knowledge of FPGA tool flow; Synthesis, Partitioning, Place & Route, timing closure
  • Strengths in VHDL, Verilog, System Verilog, test-benches, simulation, automation, and debug are a plus.
  • Prior experience with lab equipment including meters, power supplies, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, signal generators.
  • Knowledge of RTCA DO-254 Standard for Airborne Electronic Systems is recommended
  • Generate block diagrams for various design concepts and circuit topologies
  • Analysis and Modeling Tools (MS Excel, Matlab)
  • Documentation Tools (MS Word/PowerPoint, Visio, Adobe)
  • Experienced in scripting/programming ideally Python, Tcl
  • Collaborate with other cross-functional team leads and engineers to plan and execute projects
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Excellent Troubleshooting and Problem-Solving skills
  • U.S. citizen and U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder) required

To apply for this position, please email David Mewbourne, at [email protected].


Senior FPGA Design Engineer

Senior FPGA Design Engineer

Reports to: Director of Engineering
Status: Exempt
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Tx
Positions available: 1

Summary

The Senior FPGA Design Engineer is responsible for developing next generation avionics for the commercial aviation industry. The individual will be able to design, test, and integrate complex, high-speed FPGAs. This individual will work closely with hardware and software engineers during the test and integration phases. Additionally, they will be responsible for design, documentation, implementation, and testing verification.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Hardware and Software teams on FPGA system requirements
  • Working with Sr Hardware Engineers on overall system board design
  • Design of the FPGA subsystems for data transfer and data processing
  • Modeling of the ADC data processing utilizing FIR filters, CORDIC, Quadrature Down- Conversion, Reed-Solomon decoding.
  • Modeling of the DAC data processing utilizing I-Q Modulation, Reed-Solomon Encoding and IIR Filtering.
  • Selection and procurement for FPGA components
  • Assisting in the testing of high-performance FPGA-based boards and systems
  • Achieve company goals associated with cost, quality, and delivery schedule as related to the
  • assigned design activities.
  • Provide time and cost estimates for projects.
  • Provide risk assessment and risk mitigation for technical and schedule issues.
  • Make FPGA configuration changes to support customer specific installations.
  • Provide guidance to less experienced engineers.

Desired Qualifications:

  • BS or MS ins Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics, or related discipline
  • Minimum of 8 years FPGA design experience; within an aerospace company a plus.
  • Demonstrated Experience with Intel Quartus Design Suite and Mentor Modelsim
  • Design experience using Intel Cyclone V FPGA families
  • Strong knowledge of FPGA tool flow; Synthesis, Partitioning, Place & Route, timing closure
  • Strengths in VHDL, Verilog, System Verilog, test-benches, simulation, automation, and debug are a plus.
  • Prior experience with lab equipment including meters, power supplies, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, signal generators.
  • Knowledge of RTCA DO-254 Standard for Airborne Electronic Systems is recommended
  • Generate block diagrams for various design concepts and circuit topologies
  • Analysis and Modeling Tools (MS Excel, Matlab)
  • Documentation Tools (MS Word/PowerPoint, Visio, Adobe)
  • Experienced in scripting/programming ideally Python, Tcl
  • Collaborate with other cross-functional team leads and engineers to plan and execute projects
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Excellent Troubleshooting and Problem-Solving skills
  • U.S. citizen and U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder) required

To apply for this position, please email David Mewbourne, at [email protected].


Scott Hall Appointed Flight Data Systems' Business Development Executive, Americas

Scott Hall set to lead Business Development in USA amidst the launch of SENTRY Series of Flight Recorders

MELBOURNE, AUS, January 20, 2021 – Flight Data Systems (FDS) Flight Data Systems hires Scott Hall as the new Business Development Executive for Americas.

Hall will be supporting FDS’s American business development efforts from Everett, Washington, USA, amidst the company’s 30th year of business. He says it’s an honor to join the operations and is excited to support the recent launch of the SENTRY Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), which is the lightest, smallest, and lowest power consumption TSO’d ED-112A recorder ever manufactured.

“We look forward to having Hall’s technical and sales experience onboard,” says Kerry Farrish, Flight Data Systems Vice President of Sales. “Hall brings a wealth of knowledge in the avionics industry.”

Hall has gained a strong reputation as a creative marketing and distribution leader in aerospace technologies. He says he is looking forward to supporting the company’s marketing strategies throughout the USA.

“I chose Flight Data Systems as I am excited to represent the new SENTRY product line and to help launch its presence in the market,” says Hall.

Hall brings over 20 years of aviation technology leadership to the team. Before joining Flight Data Systems, Hall held business development roles in aviation communications at Panasonic Avionics and German-based IDAIR GmbH.

Hall says he was inspired to establish a career in aviation by his grandfather, who was US Navy aircraft electrician in the US Navy and later a salesman in the avionics industry. Throughout his career, he has followed his passion for avionic systems, and has acquired an extensive background in aircraft modifications and STC certifications.

For more information on the SENTRY or to learn more about the full scope of Flight Data Systems’ products and solutions, follow the company on LinkedIn, visit flightdata.aero, or contact [email protected]

About Flight Data Systems
Flight Data Systems (FDS), founded in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia, seeks to drive operational efficiencies in aviation using their product and service portfolio of data acquisition, data recording, data storage, and data analysis solutions. FDS aims to become the leading provider of end-to-end flight data solutions within aviation. For more information, visit flightdata.aero.


Product Spotlight: Handheld Multipurpose Interface

An Integral Tool for MRO Operators

FDS’s Hand-Held Multi-Purpose Interface (HHMPI) is a sleek handheld device that streamlines vital data from flight data recorders for quick aircraft monitoring and analysis. For small to large scale operations, the HHMPI delivers a variety of powerful and advanced data transfer capabilities to enable swift analysis of data to assist ground support in proactive fleet management.

Scott Hall has been in the industry for 30-years and is FDS’ Business Development Manager for the Americas. Hall says the HHMPI is easy to use and provides an industry-standard offloading tool for the on-wing Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) downloads.

“It is its own ambassador to the FDS brand,” mentioned Hall. “It’s been likened to being kin to a Swiss Army Knife of GSE downloading tools, as it can download most of the recorders that are in service today.”

It also supports connective abilities to multiple memory devices from downloading flight data onto SD card CF card and USB memory drive, with a PCMCIA II card option to store flight data or cockpit audio files. Rapid data delivery can also be provided through various offloading options, including wireless (Wi-Fi) for different levels of data additional streaming capabilities.

Hall mentioned that the HHMPI is ideal for operations with different aircraft types with various FDR’s in a fleet. Fundamentally, it is designed to provide the most efficient and versatile data capturing system to assist fleet monitoring for all aviation levels.

Microscopic data analysis capabilities

Hall provides service to hundreds of operators and said that it is always a pleasure to see how the HHMPI can make a real difference for operations that need to monitor their fleet closely. He explained that this system is intuitive and provides immediate insights into the health of an aircraft. He sees a tool in the hands of ground crews that really makes a difference in delivering direct insights on an aircraft.

“They’ll see everything from where the aircraft is located, its speed and altitude, to engine trend monitoring and it supports a variety of FDM programs. The HHMPI can download many different OEM recorders. It eliminates the need for a specific download tool for each recorder manufacturer. It consolidates a variety of download abilities, as a multi-service downloading kit.”

Hall explained that the HHMPI easily integrates into an FDM system, as it allows for the capture of multitude of data interfaces across many different functionalities. It ultimately supports a reduction in unique downloading devices required, which produces cost-saving opportunities for operations.

Real-time data access

Data can also be streamed through an ethernet connection connected through a local area network (LAN). Its wireless USB dongle enables it to access Wi-Fi networks for file transfer to a selected FTP server.

“The data streaming monitor delivers live data in real-time,” explained Hall. “It’s really exceptional for fleets that need to access their maintenance reports really quickly and easily. The HHMPI is designed for operations that cannot afford downtime.”

Meeting industry certifications

The HHMPI is CE and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certified and provides the ability to swiftly capture and verify essential data during maintenance services mandated by international regulatory agencies, including mandatory International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements.

As for convenient charging options, the HHMPI’s docking cradle can also be used to recharge the internal battery while transferring data files.

Aside from its Wi-Fi capabilities – flight data files can be transferred onto downloadable storage devices, including a USB key, compact flash, SD card. The HHMPI can be used as a mass storage device to directly transfer flight data files via USB cable to a PC hard drive.

The versatility of the HHMPI is immense, and operators can optimize its abilities by customizing their systems to serve their operations better. The HHMPI provides a massive range of flight data recorder functions, including engineering unit replay, which the avionics technician may be used at the aircraft or in the office. It also allows administrator security access control to set passwords for HHMPI menus or functions, which provides more security options for larger operations.

For more information on the HHMPI, contact [email protected].


David Mewbourne Appointed Flight Data Systems' Director of Engineering

MELBOURNE, AUS, December 1, 2020 – Flight Data Systems is pleased to announce the appointment of David Mewbourne as Director of Engineering effective December 1st, 2020. A seasoned professional known for generating profitable programs in aviation, Mewbourne brings over 27 years of engineering and program management experience to Flight Data Systems.

In his role, Mewbourne will direct the development of international embedded software and hardware programs from the company’s corporate offices in Irving, Texas.

“We’re extremely pleased to have David join our growing company,” said Darren Privitera, Managing Director of Flight Data Systems. “I’m looking forward to his leadership to further develop Flight Data Systems’ programs and to support our rapid development and growth plans for our flight data product portfolio.

Mewbourne holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. His past experiences include a variety of major aviation brands across the United States including FDS Avionics and Logicircuit Inc. From engineering and program management, to proposal and client support, Mewbourne has gained a reputation for generating profitable engineering programs for airlines and business jet segments.

Eager to take on a lead role in the development and program support of Flight Data Systems’ diverse products and solutions portfolio, Mewbourne will lead a team of application, electrical design, and system engineers to support the integration and installation certification of products across a variety of industry verticals.

“I am thrilled to take on this opportunity with Flight Data Systems,” says Mewbourne. “FDS is a leader in designing high-quality avionics for the aerospace industry. I look forward to working with this skilled team of avionics professionals to further the robust end-to-end flight data capabilities including the newly certified SENTRY family of data and voice recorders.”

For more information about the full scope of FDS’ products and solutions, follow the company on LinkedIn, visit www.flightdata.aero or contact [email protected].

About Flight Data Systems

Flight Data Systems, founded in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia, seeks to drive operational efficiencies in aviation using their portfolio of data acquisition, data recording, data storage, and data analysis tools. Flight Data Systems aims to become one of the world’s leading providers of end-to-end flight data solutions within aviation segment.

About ACR Group 
The ACR Group is the leading innovator of satellite based tracking, data communications, and emergency location products and services used across aviation, marine, and land environments. The ACR Group portfolio of companies includes ACR Electronics, ARTEX, SKYTRAC, Latitude Technologies, Flight Data Systems, FreeFlight Systems, NAL Research, Ocean Signal and United Moulders (UML).


Flight Data Systems Celebrates 30th Year of Business by Launching World’s Smallest FDR

MELBOURNE, AUS, May 12, 2020, Flight Data Systems (FDS), a global provider of innovative end-to-end flight data
capture, storage, transmission, and analysis solutions, has today announced the official Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval for the SENTRY family of recorders amidst its 30th year of business serving
commercial and military aviation clients.

Flight Data Systems, founded in Australia in 1990, now with offices in the United States and United Kingdom, has evolved into
a multinational aviation firm serving organizations such as the US Navy, US Airforce, Australian Defense Force (ADF), and
numerous airlines.

Flight Data Systems’ latest innnovation, the SENTRY recorder, weighs only 4.50 pounds (2.04 kilograms) and features
physical dimensions of 3.30 inches in height, 6.00 inches in width, and 4.90 inches in depth, making it smaller than its closest
competitor, and the smallest ED-112A recorder available on the market today.

The industry leading SENTRY offers an affordable flight data recorder solution using the latest in hardware and software
technology. It leads popular flight data recorder brands in size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimizations alongside a unique
software-free Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) architecture which reduces both operational and NRE costs.

The future-proof unit’s modifiable architecture allows for product changes as operational requirements shift and also boasts
multiple beacon options, broad expansion capabilities, and accepts both analog and digital sensor inputs. The TSO for the
SENTRY platform applies to all aircraft types including UAV, civil, military, business, commercial, and fast jet segments of
aviation.

The SENTRY provides clear advantages over more traditional flight data recorder brands with significant performance
improvements, true parallel processing, and reduced certification efforts which leads to lower overall program risk.
“We are very excited to announce that the entire SENTRY platform, from the standalone flight data and cockpit recorders,
to the combination CVFDR unit, have been TSO’d by the FAA,” mentioned Kevin Littler, Vice President of Sales at Flight
Data Systems. “It’s a monumentous occasion to be celebrating the launch of the innovative SENTRY during our 30th year of
business and we couldn’t be more excited to finally introduce it to the market.”

To purchase the SENTRY flight data recorder platform or to learn more about Flight Data Systems’ set of products, solutions,
and services, please contact [email protected] or visit flightdata.aero.


Carolina GSE Expands Relationship with Data Solutions Provider Flight Data Systems

Carolina GSE Becomes Authorized Reseller of Flight Recorder Testing Equipment

New Bern, NC, April 16, 2020 – Carolina GSE, a global provider of aviation ground support equipment solutions, is
pleased to announce a new affiliation with Flight Data Systems (FDS), a manufacturer of innovative end-to-end flight data
solutions. As a result, Carolina GSE will become an authorized reseller for flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice
recorder (CVR) testing equipment.

“We are very excited to become the first reseller of Flight Data Systems’ suite of products. With our current expansion
into test equipment, Flight Data Systems is a perfect fit for Carolina GSE. FDS has been in business for 25 years, and I am
looking forward to seeing our teams work together closely in the coming months,” said John Werner, President.

As a reseller for FDS, Carolina GSE will offer a quality product line of FDR and CRV test equipment. This expansion adds
new products to Carolina GSE’s portfolio with the end goal of becoming a one-stop hub for all ground support and test
equipment. With the addition of Flight Data Systems test equipment, Carolina GSE is positioned to becoming the aviation
industry’s first choice supplier for ground support, maintenance, and testing solutions.

About Flight Data Systems
Flight Data Systems, founded in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia, seeks to drive operational efficiencies in aviation using their
portfolio of data acquisition, data recording, data storage, and data analysis tools. Flight Data Systems aims to become
one of the world’s leading providers of end-to-end flight data solutions within aviation segment. For more information, visit
www.flightdata.aero.

About Carolina GSE
Carolina GSE is based in New Bern, North Carolina, and is a trusted global leader in providing diverse categories of ground
support equipment and offering extensive repair and overhaul services. Along with ground support equipment, Carolina
GSE has expanded to avionics and FDR/CVR test equipment. Carolina GSE was founded in 2001 to serve individual aircraft
owners, corporate flight departments, FBOs, maintenance facilities (MROs), military, and commercial airlines. For more
information, visit www.carolinagse.com


Flight Data Systems Announces FAA TSO for SENTRY Flight Data Recorder

MELBOURNE, AUS, November 18, 2019 — Flight Data Systems has announced the official Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) technical standard order (TSO) approval for the ED-112A Flight Data Recorder — the lightest on the market.

The SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder’s (CVFDR’s) recent TSO-approval paves the way for the device to be onboard numerous aircraft in various industry segments and will allow operators to save valuable space and reduce weight.

“We are very excited to be able to announce TSO for the SENTRY family of recorders. We believe this is the perfect time to introduce the SENTRY brand to the aviation industry formally,” said Darren Privitera, founder and managing director of flight data systems.

The TSO applies to all aircraft types, including civil and military fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and the business, commercial, helicopter, and fast jet segments of general aviation.

The SENTRY family includes the TSO-approved Flight Data Recorder, a Cockpit Voice Recorder, and the combined Cockpit Voice & Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR), all in the same mechanical footprint.

“Flight Data Systems’ SENTRY recorders are small and light, but also extremely low power which offers a significant advantage to OEMs and MROs as they try to manage today’s critical power budgets,” concluded Privitera.

The SENTRY product line will be on display at HAI Heli-Expo 2020 in Anaheim, California.