5 ECTS credits
125 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4016328FNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

Semester
2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Impossible
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Yes
Enrollment Requirements
Registration for Avionics is allowed if one has successfully accomplished or is registered for 30 ECTS of (semi)common courses of the Master in Electromechanical Engineering, AE track (Dutch program idem).
Taught in
English
Partnership Agreement
Under interuniversity agreement for degree program
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Department
Electronics and Informatics
Educational team
Marnix GOOSSENS (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
30 contact hours Lecture
24 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
Course Content

This course gives a descriptive introduction to the main electrical/electronic systems used in aircraft today. It deals only with civil aircraft; special military systems with no civil equivalent usage are not part of this course. Specific systems for helicopters, special purpose aircraft, etc are also outside the scope of this course. GPS is only explained very briefly, as it is at this time not officially allowed as primary navigation system. Also excluded are systems for passenger entertainment and comfort.

The course is structured as follows:

1. Introduction: overview of avionics systems in aircraft; cockpit layout, instruments and control groups; environmental requirements for avionics.
2. Radio-based avionics systems:
2.1 General: radio spectrum for aircraft usage; most important aspects of radio wave propagation(including Doppler effect); basic knowledge of antennas.
2.2 Radio communication systems: VHF voice communication; HF voice communication; ACARS data communication; SELCAL; ELT systems.
2.3 Navigation radio systems (operation principles)
2.3.1 Short range radio navigation systems, bearing: GONIO, ADF; (D)VOR; Area navigation
2.3.2 Short range radio navigation systems, distance: DME, TACAN
2.3.3 Global navigation systems: satellite based navigation systems (GPS)(only general principles)
2.3.4 Approach systems (instrument landing): ILS localizer (LLZ); Marker beacons (Inner/Middle/Outer); ILS Glide Slope; MLS (Microwave Landing System)
3. Radar
3.1 Position and tracking radar (ground based)
3.1.1 En-route: primary radar; secondary search radar (SSR), (aircraft) transponder (mode A,C,S)
3.1.2 Approach and ground radars
3.1.3 TCAS systems
3.2 Weather radar (aircraft)
4. Autonomous navigation aids: flux gate; Inertial Navigation Systems (+optical gyro); Doppler sensor; radio altimeter
5. Cockpit display systems: conventional, individual display instruments for ADF, VOR, etc; integrated display systems (glass cockpit); head-up displays
6. Automatic pilot systems, Flight Management Computers, “Fly-by-wire” systems
7. Emergency and accident investigation: ELT, Voice and data recorders
8. ARINC en other data busses

Practicum:
seminars and company visits to give the students insight in the (mainly cockpit) equipment and the way pilots fly aircraft, amongst them:
- the concept and importance of density altitude
- traditional mechanical flight instruments (magnetic compass, pressure and gyro instruments)
- aircraft navigation, basic principles
- VFR- en IFR flight procedures
- rules of the air, legal requirements for aircraft construction and maintenance
- visit to an aircraft simulator and/or aircraft cockpit

Course material
Practical course material (Recommended) : Principles of Avionics, Albert Helfrick, 9de, Avionics Communications Inc, 9781885544353, 2015
Digital course material (Recommended) : Avionics, Pointcarre notes, Pointcarre
Additional info

The course is in English. The exam is oral with written preparation, and can be in English or the language used in the institution the student is enlisted in. The preparation is “open book”, any material on paper can be used during the preparation time. At the oral exam, the insight of the student in the material is checked.


 

Learning Outcomes

Algemene competenties

The course is intended as an introduction course for non-experts. The goal of the course is to provide the student with an overview of the major avionics systems in aircraft, and to make sure they understand the basic operation principles and their usage.

Knowledge oriented competences

Having in-depth knowledge and understanding of exact sciences with the specificity of their application to engineering.

Knowledge oriented competences

Having in-depth knowledge and understanding of integrated structural design methods in the framework of a global design strategy.

Knowledge oriented competences

Having in-depth knowledge and understanding of the advanced methods and theories to schematize and model complex problems or processes.

Knowledge oriented competences

Having a broad scientific knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to design, produce and maintain complex mechanical, electrical and/or energy systems with a focus on products, systems and services. E.g. codepo project, courses around renewable, sustainable mobility,...

Knowledge oriented competences

Having an in-depth understanding of safety standards and rules with respect to mechanical, electrical and energy systems.

Scientific competences

Can present and defend results in a scientifically sound way, using contemporary communication tools, for a national as well as for an international professional or lay audience.

Grading

The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Oral Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Oral Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • oral exam with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

The course is in English. The exam is oral with written preparation, and can be in English or the language used in the institution the student is enlisted in. The preparation is “open book”, any material on paper can be used during the preparation time. At the oral exam, the insight of the student in the material is checked.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Electromechanical Engineering: Aeronautics
Master of Electromechanical Engineering Technology: luchtvaarttechnologie (only offered in Dutch)