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.
"A fabulous book: well written, well paced, fun, and informative. I also love the sense of humor. It's very good at disarming the fear. And it's gorgeous. I'll be recommending this book highly."
--Tom Igoe, author of Physical Computing and Making Things Talk
Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun, hands-on way? With Make: Electronics, you'll start working on real projects as soon as you crack open the book. Explore all of the key components and essential principles through a series of fascinating experiments. You'll build the circuits first, then learn the theory behind them!
Build working devices, from simple to complex You'll start with the basics and then move on to more complicated projects. Go from switching circuits to integrated circuits, and from simple alarms to programmable microcontrollers. Step-by-step instructions and more than 500 full-color photographs and illustrations will help you use -- and understand -- electronics concepts and techniques.Discover by breaking things: experiment with components and learn from failure Set up a tricked-out project space: make a work area at home, equipped with the tools and parts you'll need Learn about key electronic components and their functions within a circuit Create an intrusion alarm, holiday lights, wearable electronic jewelry, audio processors, a reflex tester, and a combination lock Build an autonomous robot cart that can sense its environment and avoid obstacles Get clear, easy-to-understand explanations of what you're doing and why
Who needs an electrical engineering degree? This intuitive guide shows how to wire, disassemble, tweak, and re-purpose everyday devices quickly and easily. Packed with full-color illustrations, photos, and diagrams, Hacking Electronics teaches by doing--each topic features fun, easy-to-follow projects. Discover how to hack sensors, accelerometers, remote controllers, ultrasonic rangefinders, motors, stereo equipment, microphones, and FM transmitters. The final chapter contains useful information on getting the most out of cheap or free bench and software tools.Safely solder, join wires, and connect switches Identify components and read schematic diagrams Understand the how and why of electronics theory Work with transistors, LEDs, and laser diode modules Power your devices with a/c supplies, batteries, or solar panels Get up and running on Arduino boards and pre-made modules Use sensors to detect everything from noxious gas to acceleration Build and modify audio amps, microphones, and transmitters Fix gadgets and scavenge useful parts from dead equipment
Integration is a predominant theme of this book, as aircraftsystems are becoming more integrated and complex, but so is theeconomic, political and technical environment in which theyoperate.
• Content is based on many years of practical industrialexperience by the authors on a range of civil and militaryprojects
• Generates an understanding of the integration andinterconnectedness of systems in modern complex aircraft
• Updated contents in the light of latest applications
• Substantial new material has been included in the areas ofavionics technology, software and system safety
The authors are all recognised experts in the field and betweenthem have over 140 years’ experience in the aircraftindustry. Their direct and accessible style ensures that CivilAvionics Systems, Second Edition is a must-have guide to integratedavionic systems in modern aircraft for those in the aerospaceindustry and academia.