AVN300 - Instruments and Avionics Fundamentals

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Subject Title
Instruments and Avionics Fundamentals

Subject Description

This course provides an introduction to aircraft communications and aircraft instrument systems. The student will gain an understanding of the principles of operation, specifications, limitations and intrinsic errors of the systems. The systems studied include aircraft VHF communications systems, weather radar, pitot-static systems, engine instruments, flight data recorders, cockpit voice recorders and emergency locator transmitters.


Credit Status
One Credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Define radio communication terms such as amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, single sideband etc. and explain how information is sent using radio waves.

2. Describe the basic principles of operation and sketch block diagrams of aviation VHF transmitters and receivers.

3. Define signal-to-noise ratio and discuss the methods used in aircraft communication systems to reduce noise and distortion.

4. Describe the components of a weather radar system, its principles of operation, the information provided and the uses and limitations of weather radar.

5. Describe the principal components of the pitot static system, the principles of operation of the instruments connected to the system, and the limitations and errors of these instruments.

6. List the typical engine instruments and describe the principles of operation of each one.

7. Describe the operation of the flux gate compass.

8. Describe the advantages of EFIS and list the information available in the PFD, MFD and EICAS displays.

9. Describe the basic principles of operation of the cockpit voice recorder, the flight data recorder and the emergency locator transmitter.

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