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     Date Submitted:28-03-2015
     Last Modified:29-03-2015 (05:14)
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     Current job:Senior Consultant Engineer (Avionics)
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsNavigation, surveillance avionics, inertial, GPS, GNSS, Kalman filtering, digital terrain, DTED, data fusion, station keeping

    More than 15 years’ experience in avionics system engineering, throughout the development life cycle (navigation, FWS, HMI) Requirements, design & test engineering to military & civil standards Wide knowledge of avionics systems as a result of flight warning system engineering on A380 & A350 and data flow analysis on A400M Simulation and modelling of inertial and satellite navigational aids

    Avionics requirements specification (both high & low level), interface definition, algorithm design and testing, validation & verification of embedded navigational, guidance and surveillance software (as Lead Systems Engineer) for military transport aircraft such as the C-17, C-5, C-130 & KC-135, in accordance with applicable civil and military standards Knowledge of the characteristics and experience in the integration of inertial and radio navigation systems with digital terrain data (DTED) to provide terrain-referenced navigation (TRN), ground collision avoidance capabilities and tactical mission planning Wide knowledge of avionics systems from Flight Warning System (FWS) and Dispatch Advisory (DA) systems on A380 and A350 as well as all networked systems of the A400M Knowledge and use of requirement management software (DOORS, RTM) Fluent English (native speaker) Research in the fields of avionics navigation systems and guidance displays

    Technical domains
    Operating systems: Windows (from 3.x to 7), VMS, Unix (System V), Linux, MS-DOS, Apple Macintosh Systems 6 & 7 Office applications: MS Office, Esterel SCADE, OCASIME, DAMAS, DOORS, Visio, Mathematica, Matlab, RTM, Open/LibreOffice Computer languages: Excel Macro/VBA, Fortran, Ada, BASIC, Dataflex, Pascal, Delphi Networks: MIL-STD-1553B, ARINC 429, ARINC 453/708, AFDX, CANbus Standards: RTCA DO178B & DO-200A, DOD-STD-2167A/MIL-STD-498, MIL-STD-882, ISO9001, ABD0100

    2008 – present Altran Technologies, Blagnac, France Consultant Engineer
    (2010-present) Subcontractor to Airbus Military / MDEC Analysis of security risks to sensitive data on the A400M Refining (reducing) the overall Sensitive Data List to the truly sensitive parameters Identification the equipment involved in processing sensitive data Determining means required to prevent unintentional proliferation of sensitive data Create matrix to support sensitive data handling rationale Data proliferation analysis using Excel (VBA)
    (2009-2010) Subcontractor to Airbus France / EDYAK4 System designer for Flight Warning Systems (FWS) & Dispatch Advisory systems on A380 & A350 Determining the alerting needs for a number of aircraft systems Defining and documenting the logic for Flight Warning alerts on A380 & A350 Performing a study for the introduction of the new Dispatch Advisory function to ensure that all required input data would be available. Creating System Interface Documents (SIDs) level 2.1 for Flight Warnings (including FMS, ADIRS & Braking/Steering) including interface specifications and alert definitions (logic, displays etc.) Definition and testing of alerting logic using software tools Use of DOORS, SCADE, OCASIME, DAMAS, MASCARA (2008) Subcontractor to Airbus France / EDYAN1 Research concerning the integration of navigation data by means of consolidation and voting, and the associated architecture and requirements for A30X/NSR Discovering and evaluating methods for consolidating aircraft navigational data Defining requirements for the navigation system architecture for A30X/NSR Writing technical notes concerning navigational data consolidation and voting High-level requirement specification to guide the choice of appropriate architectures and sensors for A30X/NSR navigational systems. Holding regular progress and development meetings

    2007 - 2008 Silogic (AKKA Technologies), Toulouse, France Quality Engineer
    In charge of quality assurance for software tools supporting the electrical supplies on A380 Providing support and quality management as defined by the Airbus GPP (Generic Project Process) throughout the lifecycle of the software tools Writing Project Quality Plans (PQP) for EPC & ELAN projects Ensuring the GPP was followed and providing quality approval for project documentation Scheduling and attending progress and GPP milestone meetings (2006 - Made redundant from BAE Systems and implemented long-term ambition to move to France)

    1996 - 2006 BAE Systems Inertial Products, Plymouth, UK Senior Systems Engineer
    Unless otherwise stated, all development was to standards DOD-STD-2167A/MIL-STD-498, under which my tasks included generation of documents such as SRS (Software or System Requirements Specification), ICD (Interface Control Document), STP and STD (Software Development Plan and Description), tracing requirements compliance from requirement to test and preparation for Systems aspects of PDR and CDR (Preliminary and Critical Design Reviews) and TRR (Test Readiness Reviews)
    (2005-6) Testing & Qualification of a Solid-State Inertial Measurement Unit Finalising requirements and supervising testing during the transition from manual production to a fully automated production process for the SiIMU01. This required close liaison with process engineers and an understanding of aging and environmental effects in order to determine the correct test error margins to ensure that performance requirements would be met for the lifetime of the unit. For background see:,%20Navigation%20and%20Control%20(GNC)/SiIMU02%20MEMS%20Inertial%20Measurement%20Unit.pdf
    (2003-6) Consultant Systems Engineer, TERPROM® TAWS (Terrain Awareness and Warning System) for the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) Advising the systems team on the reasoning employed in determining requirements, design and test scenarios for transport aircraft in order to ensure that correct modifications were made from the generic TAWS to that of the C-130. Modification of test and analysis software (trajectory and sensor error generation, statistical analysis, independent terrain display model) in FORTRAN 77 and Mathematica in line with new requirements for C-130 TAWS software. The software was hosted on the Smiths Industries SCNS (Self-Contained Navigation System), and in order to simplify modifications, all communication with the SCNS operating environment was formatted as for MIL-STD-1553B. More details of TERPROM® TAWS transport variant may be found at,%20Navigation%20and%20Control%20(GNC)/TERPROM%20Digital%20Terrain%20System,%20Transport.pdf
    (1999-2003) Lead Systems Engineer, TERPROM® TAWS (Terrain Awareness and Warning System) for the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft Leading the systems team (comprising up to 2 other engineers at busy times) in determining new requirements and requirements requiring modification, design modifications (in conjunction with software engineers) and test scenarios for transport aircraft in order to ensure that the correct modifications were made from the “generic” COTS TAWS to that of the C-17. Modification of test and analysis software (trajectory and sensor error generation, statistical analysis, independent terrain display model) in FORTRAN 77 and Mathematica in line with new requirements for C-17 TAWS software. Development programme development standards changed from DOD-STD-2167A/MIL-STD-498 in 2001 to RTCA/DO-178B level C at customer request – this required a greatly expanded testing scope (complete coverage of all lines of code). It was decided to test the software as a complete product wherever possible, reducing module testing to a minimum. This increased customer confidence in the quality of the final product. The software was hosted on the Lockheed Martin (later BAE Systems) VIP (Video Integrated Processor), and in order to simplify modifications, all communication with the VIP operating environment was formatted as for MIL-STD-1553B.
    (1996-9) Systems Engineer, TERPROM® for F-16 MLU (Mid-Life Update), RAF Harrier GR7, RAF Jaguar, RAF Tornado, UAE Mirage 2000 and Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) TAWS for transport aircraft Determining and documenting system requirements and testing to MIL-STD, FAA TSO (for GATM), and ISO 9001 standards. Performing hazard and safety analysis and documentation (using DEF STAN 00-55,00-56 and MIL-STD-882C). Addition of requirements, design and testing for transport aircraft operating in civilian airspace and airports, comprising reactive ground proximity and ILS warning functionality (FAA TSO C92c), reactive windshear warning (FAA TSO C117a), excessive bank angle warnings and altitude callouts. Introducing new terrain display functionality for the GATM TAWS “generic” transport variant compliant with the ARINC 708 (weather radar) standard, which combines ARINC 429 and a “point-to-point” version of MIL-STD-1553B sometimes referred to as ARINC 453. The software has been hosted on the Orbital MDTC/P (Mega Data Transfer Cartridge/Processor), Honeywell EGI (Embedded GPS Inertial) and, for the COTS variant, on a single card in a custom Line Replaceable Unit (LRU). In all cases the interfaces were MIL-STD-1553B type.
    (1997-2006) Design authority for statistical analysis, sensor error, terrain display and flight trajectory simulation FORTRAN 77 and Mathematica code used for testing in all TERPROM® variant development programmes Supervision and approval of all modifications to trajectory and sensor error generation and statistical analysis software in FORTRAN 77. Terrain display simulation and test analysis software developed in Mathematica and ported from Mathematica to ObjectAda.
    (2004-6) Intellectual property management (patents, copyrights, trademarks) for the navigation department Monitoring patent applications and disputes relevant to areas of current or future development interest. Liaising with intellectual property department at BAE HQ to identify potential conflicts (e.g. with in-house developments) and finding opportunities for new patents from within the department. (1996-2005) Research into terrain displays, decentralised data fusion and Kalman filtering for terrain-referenced navigation; digital terrain elevation data, inertial navigation, GPS Researching the ergonomics of various methods of terrain and guidance displays for head-up (HUD), helmet-mounted (HMD) and head-down (HDD) displays to minimize pilot workload and maximise effectiveness. Development and testing of terrain data compression and indexing techniques for efficient use of on-board memory storage and internal bandwidth limits with NGA (NIMA) Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED) levels 0,1 and 2. Investigation of the effects of poor inertial navigation sensors on the performance of TERPROM® software. Defining a minimum set of the number, type and accuracy of sensors required. Research into methods of integrating GPS information into the existing, mature TERPROM® product, in order to improve accuracy whilst retaining the key aspects of navigation relative to the terrain. Use of information filtering theory to permit decentralized data fusion, whereby a number of aerial platforms (aircraft, missiles, UAVs etc.) share navigational data when in communication, thus improving overall navigational accuracy. Making use of e.g. JTIDS/Link 16 or planned future “internet-in-the-sky” communication networks to share data, it is robust and resilient by design, and would enable an aircraft to navigate with greater accuracy than its own sensors would permit. Prototype software written in ObjectAda.

    1993 - 1996 Count House Computers Ltd Camborne, UK Database Analyst/Programmer
    Design, testing and support of relational databases in Dataflex 2.3b and 3.x for local government agencies. Remote support required system administration skills for Unix System V variants and Novell networks and good knowledge of uucp and cu protocols for data transfer.

    1991 - 1993 Cable & Wireless College Porthcurno, UK Resource Officer
    Administration of small IBM PC (LanSmart Ethernet) and Apple Macintosh (AppleTalk) networks and training in office applications. Document production and version control to ISO 9000. 1991 (summer) Texas Instruments Inc. Bedford, UK Programmer Creation of stand-alone searchable product database in Turbo Pascal for sales and marketing of electronic components.

    1988 - 1991 University of Kent Canterbury, UK Physics with Computing (Bachelor of Science with Honours) Core course elements: Mechanics, electromagnetic theory, special relativity, quantum & elementary particle theory, mathematics, thermodynamics, statistical physics. Computing and related elements: Electronics, numerical methods, mathematical modelling, information theory, control theory, image processing, parallel processing with Occam and FORTRAN, C. Project: developing and testing the Thermal Properties (THP) experiment for the Surface Science Package of the Huygens (Titan) probe, part of the Cassini mission to Saturn.

    “Whatever happened to the antigravity machine?”, Fortean Times number 135 (May 2000), p.66. “Defying Gravity”, Fortean Times number 163 (October 2002), p.28-30.

    English (mother tongue) Advanced (negotiation level) French

    Languages Fortran, Pascal (inc. Delphi), Ada, Dataflex, Excel Macros, VBA, BASIC.
    Operating Systems CP/M, MS-DOS, Windows 3.x, 9x, NT 4, 2000, XP & 7, VAX/VMS, Unix variants (BSD, System V, Unixware, DG/UX, Solaris), Linux, Macintosh System 7.x.
    Applications SCADE / OCASIME, DOORS, Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Outlook 2010, Mathematica, Visio, MacDraw Pro, Lotus SmartSuite, OpenOffice/LibreOffice, RTM.

    Age 46, married, 2 children. Dual UK/USA citizenship, habilitation NATO SECRET.

    Swimming, badminton, computer maintenance, novel propulsion methods, writing (fiction and non-fiction).

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