Avionics: Elements, Software and Functions

CRC Press
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Renamed to reflect the increased role of digital electronics in modern flight control systems, Cary Spitzer's industry-standard Digital Avionics Handbook, Second Edition is available in two comprehensive volumes designed to provide focused coverage for specialists working in different areas of avionics development. The first installment, Avionics: Elements, Software, and Functions covers the building blocks and enabling technologies behind modern avionics systems. It discusses data buses, displays, human factors, standards, and flight systems in detail and includes new chapters on the Time-Triggered Protocol (TTP), ARINC specification 653, communications, and vehicle health management systems.
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CRC Press
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Oct 3, 2018
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 Avionics is the cornerstone of modern aircraft. More and more, vital functions on both military and civil

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.

"This is teaching at its best!"

--Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer (the world's most successful integrated circuit), and author of Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man's Encounter with the Electron (Booklocker.com)

"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

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