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ATT 101 - Avionics Familiarization

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Overview of the evolution of modern avionics. Includes the role and responsibilities of the avionics technician; the classification and requirements of airports, airspace, and atmospheric environments; and types of avionics equipment used today. Also includes instrument layouts, crew cabin layouts, and advisory circulars and regulations pertaining to operation and management.

Information: Additional self-paced independent course study materials are required for non-certified Airframe and Powerplant students.

Course Learning Outcomes
1.      Discuss the history of avionics and the development of avionics equipment.

2.      Demonstrate proficiency in the use of industry terms.

3.      Identify standard communications and navigation equipment; demonstrate basic operations.

4.      Discuss the privileges and limitations of certified and uncertified avionics technicians under Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 65.

5.      Gather pertinent information from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publications and National Aeronautical Charting Office (NACO) charts.

6.      Describe the National Airspace System, air traffic control facilities, and airport configurations; describe how avionics technicians function within them.

7.      Describe required equipment for aircraft operations in hazardous weather environments.

8.      Describe the regulatory and organizational agencies that govern or provide standards for the avionics industry.

9.         Use FAR and Advisory Circulars (ACs) when making judgments about the use, installation and maintenance of avionics equipment

I.       History of Avionics

            A.   Events that drove innovation

            B.   Beginning of communications

            C.   Gyroscopic equipment

            D.   Beginning of navigation equipment

            E.   Radar

II.       Definitions, Terms and Descriptions

            A.   Avionics

            B.   Navigation Communication (NavCom) 

            C.   Air Traffic Control (ATC)

            D.   Visual Flight Rules (VFR)

            E.   Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)

            F.   Low Frequency (LF)

            G.   High Frequency (HF)

            H.   Very High Frequency (VHF)

            I.    Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS)

            J.   Selective Calling (SECAL)

            K.   Satellite Communications (SATCOM)

            L.   Navigation Aid (NAV-AID)

            M.  Automatic Direction Finder (ADF)

            N.   OmniRange Navigation System-Very High Frequency (VOR–VHF)

            O.   Instrument Landing System (ILS)

            P.   Global Positioning System (GPS)

            Q.   Non Directional Beacon (NDB)

            R.   Distance Measuring Equipment (DME)

            S.   Area Navigation Network (RNAV)

            T.   Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS)

            U.   Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS)

            V.   Flight Management System (FMS)

            W.  Primary Flight Display (PFD)

            X.   Navigational Display (ND)

            Y.   Control Display Unit (CDU)

            Z.   Multifunction Display (MFD)

            AA. Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS)

            BB. Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System (EICAS)

            CC. Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC)

III.      Instrument Orientation and Locations in Aircraft

            A.   Cockpit and control cabin installations

            B.   Antenna locations

            C.   Electronic and equipment areas

            D.   Single pilot operations

            E.   Crew operations

            F.   Cabin systems

IV.     Avionics Technicians

            A.   Bench technician

            B.   Installer technician

            C.   Line technician

            D.   Airframe and Powerplant technician

            E.   Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license

            F.   Specialty groups

            G.   Line maintenance

            H.   Systems test

            I.    Communications

            J.   Auto flight

            K.   Navigation

            L.   Engine control

            M.  Airframe systems

            N.   Powerplant systems

V.      Airspace

            A.   National Airspace System

            B.   NACO charts

            C.   System capacity

            D.   General aviation

            E.   Corporate aviation

            F.   Airline operations

            G.   Military operations

VI.     Airports

            A.   Instrument operations at airports

            B.   Airport facility directory

            C.   Signage, lighting and markings

            D.   On airport nav-aids

            E.   On airport communications

            F.   Equipment testing areas

VII.    Air Traffic Control Facilities

            A.   Air Route Traffic Control

            B.   Terminal Radar Approach Control

            C.   Control tower

            D.   Flight service stations

            E.   Radar systems

            F.   Transponders

            G.   Mode A

            H.   Mode C

            I.    Mode S

VIII.    Atmospheric Conditions

            A.   Clouds

            B.   Turbulence

            C.   Wind shear

            D.   Fog

            E.   Rain

            F.   Lightning

            G.   Haze

            H.   Snow and ice

            I.    Weather radar

IX.     Regulatory and Organizational Agencies; Regulations and Circulars

            A.   Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

            B.   Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 

            C.   International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

            D.   Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC)

            E.   Air Transport Association (ATA)

            F.   Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA)

            G.   National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

            H.   Federal Aviation Regulations

                  1.   FAR 21

                  2.   FAR 23

                  3.   FAR 25

                  4.   FAR 43

                  5.   FAR 45

                  6.   FAR 61

                  7.   FAR 65

                  8.   FAR 71

                  9.   FAR 91

                  10.  FAR 121

                  11.  FAR 135

                  12.  FAR 145

            I.    Advisory Circulars 

                  1.   AC 20-67B Airborne VHF Communication Equipment Installations VHF Com installations

                  2.   AC 20-68B Recommended Radiation Safety Precautions for Ground Operation of Airborne Weather Radar

                  3.   AC 20-110L Index of Aviation Technical Standard Orders

                  4.   AC 43-2B Minimum Barometry for Calibration and Test of Atmospheric Pressure                                            Instruments

                  5.   AC 43.13-1B/2A Acceptable Methods of Aircraft Repair

                  6.   AC 43-14 Maintenance of Weather Radar

                  7.   AC 43-15 Recommended Guidelines for Instrument Shops

Note:  This is an accelerated overview course. It is the responsibility of the student to use the supplemental information on subjects that are not fully understood.  At the instructor’s discretion, a student without a current “A” airframe certificate issued from the FAA will be required to review and test on supplemental material available (on CD) to the student for check out from the Aviation Technology Center’s tool crib.  Proof of current enrollment is required.

Effective Term:
Fall 2013

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