Since avionics are the among most expensive items on an aircraft, designers are continually challenged to produce cost-effective, highly reliable hardware. Whether you are a working engineer or a manager, you need a source you can refer to for the latest information on any aspect of avionics.
The Avionics Handbook presents complete coverage of the field, from the building blocks of a typical system through the process used in designing, building, and testing modern military and civil aircraft avionics systems. It includes examples from emerging technologies, such as pilot-aircraft speech interaction and synthetic vision. With contributions from top practitioners in the field, this volume presents a complete overview of avionics to give you the knowledge you need to approach any problem.
aircraft involve electronic devices. After the cost of the airframe and the engines, avionics is the most
expensive item on the aircraft, but well worth every cent of the price.
Many technologies emerged in the last decade that will be utilized in the new millennium. After proof
of soundness in design through ground application, advanced microprocessors are finding their way onto
aircraft to provide new capabilities that were unheard of a decade ago. The Global Positioning System
has enabled satellite-based precise navigation and landing, and communication satellites are now capable
of supporting aviation services. Thus, the aviation world is changing to satellite-based communications,
navigation, and surveillance for air traffic management. Both the aircraft operator and the air traffic
services provider are realizing significant benefits.
Familiar technologies in this book include data buses, one type of which has been in use for over 20
years, head mounted displays, and fly-by-wire flight controls. New bus and display concepts are emerging
that may displace these veteran devices. An example is a retinal scanning display.
Other emerging technologies include speech interaction with the aircraft and synthetic vision. Speech
interaction may soon enter commercial service on business aircraft as another way to perform some
noncritical functions. Synthetic vision offers enormous potential for both military and civil aircraft for
operations under reduced visibility conditions or in cases where it is difficult to install sufficient windows
in an aircraft.
This book offers a comprehensive view of avionics, from the technology and elements of a system to
examples of modern systems flying on the latest military and civil aircraft. The chapters have been written
with the reader in mind by working practitioners in the field. This book was prepared for the working
engineer and his or her boss and others who need the latest information on some aspect of avionics. It
will not make one an expert in avionics, but it will provide the knowledge needed to approach a problem.