Principles of Avionics


Principles of Avionics with Embry-Riddle Professional Education

This course introduces engineers and technicians to modern avionics. The course begins with the evolution of avionics technologies and the regulatory and advisory organizations that followed as the needs of the field developed. Early, now legacy avionics systems, are covered as an aid to introduce associated technologies such as charting and navigation. Although many legacy systems are slated to be reduced, their role becomes one of a backup and understanding those systems is important. The majority of the course is dedicated to the latest avionics systems that will be used in the implementation of Performance-Based Navigation, PBN, and Required Navigation Performance.

In addition to navigation, communications and surveillance systems will be introduced to complete the “Communications, Navigation, Surveillance” or CNS structure of avionics.

Key Topics

  • Evolution of the avionics industry and the regulatory and advisory organizations of today.
  • Introduction or review of fields and waves and electromagnetic compatibility
  • Fundamentals of navigation, WGS-84 earth model
  • Terrestrial radio-based navigation systems for enroute, approach and landing
  • Global navigation satellite systems, GNSS, with emphasis on GPS
  • Augmentation systems for GNSS, space-based and ground-based
  • Surveillance systems including mode-S, TCAS, and ADS-B
  • Communications systems including terrestrial radio, SATCOM, and wired systems

Who should attend the course

  • New engineers or technicians that are employed in the avionics field
  • Avionics engineers or technicians that may not be familiar with the latest avionics technologies
  • Those involved in avionics design, production, marketing or sales 

Course Instructor

Dr. Albert Helfrick, has over 50 years of experience in the avionics field. He has designed, or led the design of airborne navigation, communications and surveillance, CNS, systems in addition to ramp and shop test equipment. He has served on numerous advisory committees, served as an expert witness on  avionics-related legal cases and has testified before Congress. He is the author of a popular text on avionics in addition to other books on avionics. In addition to his 24 years teaching at ERAU he has taught numerous tutorials and short courses throughout the world.

Course Information

  • Date: May 15-19, 2017
  • Where: Daytona Beach Campus, FL
  • Course Fee: Early Bird (Prior to 02/15/2017) $1,800; Standard Fee: $2,000

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