Dec 07, 2021  
2021-2022 College Catalog 
    
2021-2022 College Catalog
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ATT 110 - Introduction to Avionics

4.50 Credits, 6.00 Contact Hours
3.75 lec 2.25 lab periods

Overview of the evolution of modern avionics. Includes the role and responsibilities of the avionics technician. Also includes: electrical safety; aircraft power distribution systems; data bus concepts; signal amplification; RF physics and radio theory; ESD and test equipment; and digital logic applications.

Information: Students must either have FAA Airframe license, or completed PCC’s Aviation General Mechanics Curriculum before enrolling in this course.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the history of avionics and the development of avionics equipment.
  2. Identify the roles of avionics technicians.
  3. Identify electrical safety hazards and mitigation techniques.
  4. Identify solid state components and their function and perform basic circuit calculations.
  5. Describe Radio Frequency (RF) concepts and basic radio theory, including the effects of Radio Frequency Interference.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in using various electrical measuring equipment.
  7. Describe operating principals of airframe electrical systems and instrumentation
  8. State the purpose and limitations of built in test equipment (BITE).
  9. Review the role of regulatory organizations and agencies.
  10. Discuss the issuance and applicability of Advisory Circulars.

Outline:
  1. History of Avionics
    1. Events that drove innovation
    2. Beginning of communications
    3. Gyroscopic equipment
    4. Beginning of navigation equipment
    5. Radar
    6. Role of the technician (line tech, bench tech, installer)
  2. Roles of Avionics Technicians
    1. Bench Technician
    2. Installer Technician
    3. Line Technician
  3. Electrical Safety
    1. Shock hazards
    2. Personal safety practices
    3. Flight line operations and precautions
    4. ESD handling
    5. Identifying safety concerns within technical publications
    6. Risk management
    7. Human factors
    8. Lab safety
  4. Electronics Review
    1. Electron theory/EMF Review
    2. Direct current concepts
    3. Alternating current concepts
    4. Solid state devices
    5. Boolean logic
    6. Digital theory
    7. Digital logic gates
    8. Logic circuit
    9. Databus concepts and protocols
    10. Amplification
    11. EMI/RFI
    12. BITE Functions and Limitations
  5. RF Physics and Radio Theory
    1. RF characteristics
    2. Frequency generation
    3. Modulation
    4. Transmission line
    5. Filters
    6. Loss types
    7. Intro to Waveguides
    8. Low Frequency (LF)
    9. High Frequency (HF)
    10. Very High Frequency (VHF)
    11. Ultra High Frequency (UHF) [L-band/K-band]
  6. Electrical Measurements
    1. Basic test equipment
    2. Voltage, current, and resistance Measurements
    3. Electrical calculations
    4. Waveform analysis
    5. Frequency measurements
    6. Power measurements
    7. Identifying system losses    
  7. Airframe Systems
    1. Power distribution and generation
    2. Engine instrument systems (temperature, pressure, and mechanical)
    3. Synchro servo systems
    4. Intro to flight instruments
    5. Intro to communications
    6. Intro to navigation
    7. Intro to auto-flight
    8. Intro to emergency systems
  8. Built in Test Equipment
    1. Types
    2. Purpose
    3. Limitations
  9. Regulatory and Organizational Agencies; Regulations and Circulars
    1. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    2. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 
    3. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
    4. Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC)
    5. Air Transport Association (ATA) (A4A)
    6. Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA)
    7. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    8. Industry groups (AEA, EAA, ATEC)
    9. 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
  10. 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


Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2021-2022



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