Introduction to Avionics


Introduction to aerospace avionics explaining environmental reality of aerospace vehicles, software validation and verification standards for airlines, and new civil aviation databus techniques.

Target Audience

Designed for systems engineers, Hardware and Software engineers, avionics engineers, electronic testing laboratory personnel, airframe systems and flight test engineers, government research laboratory personnel, FAA Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs), and military personnel procuring civil equipment.

Fee: US$ 1,725

Class Time

Class time: 33.75 hours

Course Outline

First Day
  • Evolution of avionics standards
  • Industry and organizations: ARINC, RTCA, EUROCAE
  • Federal Aviation Administration FARs
  • Compliance requirements and transmitter type acceptance
  • RTCA/DO-160 aerospace environment
Second Day
  • RTCA/DO-178 Software Validation and Verification
  • RTCA/DO-254 Design Assurance Guidance for Hardware
  • System safety and system design and analysis: human engineering, fault tree analysis techniques, and failure mode and effects analysis
  • SAE ARP 4761 Safety Assessment Guidelines
  • SAE ARP 4754 Certification Considerations
  • Reliability prediction
  • Radio-Frequency-Interference (RFI)
  • Precipitation static
Third Day
  • Natural lightning and thunderstorms
  • System installations: MIL-STD 810, MIL-STD-704, nickel-cadmium batteries
  • Basic instrumentation: altimeter, airspeed, Mach, and IVSI
  • Digital air data systems: pilot and static systems
  • Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM)
  • Radio propagation
Fourth Day
  • Terrestrial local radio navigation: ADF, marker beacon, VOR, localizer, glide slope, MLS, DME, and TACAN
  • Terrestrial long range navigation: Loran-C
  • Satellite Navigation Systems: GPS constellation, protocol and accuracy
  • Transponder radar beacon system: ATCRBS Secondary Radar Characteristics, mode A, C and S
  • Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS)
  • ARINC-429 the first airline databus
  • GAMA Avionics Standard Communication Bus (ASCB)
  • ARINC-629 Multiplex Bus
  • MIL-STD-1553B Multiplex Bus
Fifth Day
  • Inertial Nav Systems (INS): iron gyros, laser gyros
  • Nav and Flight Management Systems (NMS/FMS)
  • Gyroscopic instruments and flux gate
  • Electronic Flight Instruments (EFIS): CRT, LCD, FED
  • Heads-Up Displays (HUD)
  • Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems (EGPWS)
  • Radar systems
  • Satellite Communication (SATCOM)
  • Future RTCA and FAA planning: VHF communications, data link, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, aeronautical spectrum planning, and free flight