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MANNARINO obtains Transport Canada DAO for Airborne Software & Electronic Hardware – A first for a Canadian Service Company

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - Monday, 5 September 2016 – Mannarino Systems & Software Inc. (MANNARINO) is very proud to announce that it has been authorized as a Design Approval Organization (DAO) for Airborne Software (RTCA/DO-178) and Airborne Electronic Hardware (AEH) (RTCA/DO-254) by the National Aircraft Certification Branch of Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA).


This authorization will allow MANNARINO to exercise its delegated functions in the approval process of Airborne Software and AEH products developed either by MANNARINO or any other organization. As such, the MANNARINO DAO can provide service to any aerospace OEM in support of obtaining TCCA approval for airborne software and AEH products.  MANNARINO is the first service company to obtain DAO authorization for these products in Canada.


MANNARINO is an engineering services company with significant expertise in the development, verification and certification/approvals of systems, software and electronic hardware for safety-critical applications, most notably in the aerospace industry.  Our airborne development experience covers a very broad range of products including navigation, engine controls, health & usage monitoring systems, displays and aerial refuelling systems. Our aerospace Electronic Equipment Design Assurance (EEDA) expertise is also quite significant with certification experience comprising most airborne systems including highly-critical fly-by-wire flight controls.


We are extremely proud to have been awarded this authorization by Transport Canada.  This award is a testament to the excellence and depth of our engineering/computer science team and is in line with our core vision of delivering services of the highest quality and integrity to all our customers.  It is an honour to be the first service-based, airborne software and AEH DAO not only in Canada, but to the best of our knowledge, the first within North America and Europe. I would like to thank Transport Canada for their close collaboration on this project.  I believe this project is a testament to the progressiveness of our national certification authority in Canada who we will now proudly serve as a DAO,” said John Mannarino, President and Founder of MANNARINO, and now also DAO Chairman.


“The DAO is a natural extension of the great service that the team at MANNARINO has been delivering for many years. MANNARINO will now continue to serve Canadian industry and Transport Canada with outstanding technical services all within the framework and structure of a DAO. This will allow MANNARINO to grow as an organization and continually improve its design approval/assurance specialists and processes,” said Amanda Melles, Chief Airworthiness Computer Scientist for the MANNARINO DAO.


John Mannarino added, “I am looking forward to putting our DAO to great use in serving Transport Canada as well as the aerospace companies seeking to obtain Transport Canada certification and approval of their products.  The MANNARINO team will help customers efficiently obtain their certifications/approvals by providing technically excellent design approval services, we will offer more turnkey services to our customers by developing and approving airborne software and AEH products and we will take a lead role in the development and evolution of the aerospace industry’s certification standards and guidance.  There are great opportunities ahead for MANNARINO and the aerospace industry - we are eager and pleased to be able to provide services to our customers and now directly to our national certification authority.”


About MANNARINO                                                                                                                   

Mannarino Systems & Software is a Transport Canada approved Design Approval Organization (DAO) for Airborne Software (RTCA/DO-178) & Airborne Electronic Hardware (AEH) (RTCA/DO-254) and also provides safety-critical systems, software and electronic hardware engineering services to the aerospace, defense, space, simulation and power generation industries.  We are highly specialized in the specification, design, verification, validation and approval of safety-critical systems with particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Software Engineering 
  • Systems Engineering 
  • Electronic Hardware Engineering
  • Aerospace Certification
  • RTCA/DO-178B/C & RTCA/DO-254 Design Assurance
  • Engineering Project/Program Management
  • Safety and Reliability Engineering
  • RTCA/DO-178B/C Training


For more information about MANNARINO Systems & Software, please visit our website at

For further information on the MANNARINO DAO, please contact:



100 boulevard Alexis-Nihon, Suite 650

Saint-Laurent, Québec

Canada, H4M 2P2

Tel:        (514) 381-1360      

Fax:       (514) 381-7511




John Mannarino

DAO Chairman

Tel: (514) 381-1360 ext 230


Amanda Melles

DAO Chief Airworthiness Computer Scientist

Tel: (514) 381-1360 ext 322

Sue Dabrowski

Business Development & Marketing

Tel: (514) 381-1360 ext 232


Tony Gentile

Business Development Consultant

Tel: (860) 944-4378

Posted 2016-09-15
Last Modified 2016-09-15 10:32