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Avionic Systems Engineering Bootcamp by Tonex

Avionic systems engineering is both rewarding and challenging.

An avionic systems engineer needs to constantly stay updated through education on latest technological advances as well as avionics standards.

Ongoing innovations in individual avionics components, including navigational systems, autopilot, radar, collision avoidance, and braking systems, provide pilots with an advanced toolkit that makes commercial flight safer and more controlled than ever.

However, the sophistication and sheer number of these components have made system-level avionics engineering an increasingly difficult challenge.

Today’s avionic systems engineers need to integrate a diverse range of functionally complex components, provided by multiple suppliers, into a system that’s reliable enough to ensure consistent aircraft performance and passenger safety.

Avionic systems engineering is also all about understanding and meeting numerous regulatory operating systems protocols, including ARINC 653, ARINC 429, CAN, and ARINC 664.

Creating a well-integrated, robust systems architecture requires engineers to generate an Interface Control Document (ICD), which is a large spreadsheet that gathers data and inputs from multiple avionics system suppliers.

An ICD in avionic systems engineering also needs to accurately reflect all system components interactions and interdependencies, including hardware and software redundancies, messaging hierarchies, data inputs, and numerous communication switches.

Since system integration is one of the final tasks that must be completed before a new aircraft is launched, avionics engineers are typically under pressure to generate an ICD quickly without sacrificing quality or reliability.

Analysts in this sector predict that future avionics systems will be making much greater use of sensor data to increase their situational awareness and ability to make accurate decisions quickly.

This will mean that developers will have to think more carefully about how they connect to these sensors, the bandwidth of the interconnect schemes they specify, and the physical ruggedness of their implementation. This could see a shift to the use of two-wire Ethernet implementations, fibre-optic systems, and denser/lighter traditional interconnect strategies.

Avionics developers will also need to think about how to provide the computing power necessary to capture, fuse and interpret this data, which may lead to an exploration of alternate computing architectures such as machine-learning coprocessors, to handle pattern recognition tasks efficiently and at low energy cost.

Avionic Systems Engineering Bootcamp Course

Avionic Systems Engineering Bootcamp Course covers a comprehensive training of theories, technical, certification requirements, and the technologies applied in the current and future avionic systems. By taking this training course, you will fully understand all the systems involved in avionic technology, plus you will be introduced to DO-178C and DO-254.

Tonex Avionic Systems Engineering Bootcamp Course is fun and dynamic. Lectures are delivered in the format of interactive presentations. Once the theoretical part of the training is finished, you will practice the taught concepts and theories with real-world examples to ensure you have completely learned all the topics.


Avionic Systems Engineering Bootcamp Course is a 4-day course designed for:

  • Design engineers
  • Manufacture engineers and managers
  • Support engineers
  • Application engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Safety engineers
  • Software/hardware engineers
  • Quality assurance or certification personnel
  • All other professional engineers and managers involved in avionic systems onto air-vehicles

Participants are required to have an engineering or science background.

Training Objectives

Upon the completion of Avionic Systems Engineering Course, attendees are able to:

  • Understand and explain how avionic systems and its components work
  • Describe and evaluate the basic performance requirements and essential components of all the main avionic systems to be found in modern civil and military air-vehicles
  • Understand the criteria for and derive the functionality of avionic system elements within the fully integrated “systems of systems”
  • Formulate and incorporate avionic systems from requirements definition, through concept development to final execution within their operating role
  • Understand and use the architectural rules and the design process to be used to certificate safe and reliable avionic systems
  • Explain avionic certifications
  • Advanced systems
  • System design and development
  • Understand and implement DO-178C, DO-254 requirements
  • Understand various data bus systems

Course Outline

Overview of Avionic Systems and Systems Engineering Processes

  • What is avionic systems engineering?
  • Terminologies
  • Background
  • Applications
  • Guidance and standards
  • Systems integration
  • Flight control systems
  • Engine control systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Pneumatic Systems
  • Environmental condition systems
  • Emergency systems
  • Rotary wing systems
  • Military radar systems
  • Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification
  • Software certification standard for airborne systems on commercial aircraft
  • Various software life cycle processes
  • Guidelines for Development of Civil Aircraft and Systems: ARP4754A
  • RTCA DO-178/C / EUROCAE ED-12B/C
  • DO-178C: Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification
    DO-254: Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware
  • Aircraft electronic systems assurance of electronic airborne equipment safely
  • Line replaceable units
  • Circuit board assemblies
  • Application specific integrated circuits (ASICs)
  • Programmable logic devices

Flight Control Systems

  • Principles of flight control
  • Flight control surfaces
  • Primary flight control
  • Secondary flight control
  • Commercial aircraft
    • Primary flight control
    • Secondary flight control
  • Flight control linkage systems
    • Push-pull control rod system
    • Cable and pulley system
  • High lift control systems
  • Trim and feel
  • Flight control actuation
    • Simple mechanical/hydraulic actuation
    • Mechanical actuation with electrical signaling
    • Multiple redundancy actuation
    • Mechanical screwjack actuator
    • Integrated Actuator Package (IAP)
    • Advanced actuation implementations
  • Civil system implementations
    • Top-level comparison
    • Airbus implementation
  • Fly-By-Wire control laws
  • A380 flight control actuation
  • Boeing 777 implementation
  • Boeing 787 Implementation
  • Military Aircraft Implementation
  • Interrelationship of flight control, guidance and flight management

Engine Control Systems

  • Engine/airframe interfaces
  • Engine technology and principles of operation
  • The control problem
  • Engine indications
  • Engine oil systems
  • Engine off takes
  • Reverse thrust
  • Engine control on modern civil aircraft

Fuel Systems

  • Characteristics of fuel systems
  • Description of fuel system components
  • Fuel quantity measurement
  • Fuel system operating modes
  • Integrated civil aircraft systems
  • Fuel tank safety
  • Polar operations – cold fuel management

Hydraulic Systems

  • Hydraulic circuit design
  • Hydraulic actuation
  • Hydraulic fluid
  • Fluid pressure
  • Fluid temperature
  • Fluid flow rate
  • Hydraulic piping
  • Hydraulic pumps
  • Fluid conditioning
  • Hydraulic reservoir
  • Warnings and status
  • Emergency power sources
  • Proof of design
  • Aircraft system applications
  • Civil transport comparison
    • Airbus A320
    • Boeing
  • Landing gear systems

Electrical Systems

  • Electrical power evolution
  • Aircraft electrical system
  • Power generation
  • Primary power distribution
  • Power conversion and energy storage
  • Secondary power distribution
  • Typical aircraft dc system
  • Typical civil transport electrical system
  • Electrical loads
  • Emergency power generation
  • Recent systems developments
    • Electrical Load Management System (ELMS)
    • Variable Speed Constant Frequency (VSCF)
    • VDC Systems
    • More-Electric Aircraft (MEA) 227
  • Recent electrical system developments
  • Electrical systems displays
  • MIL-STD-1553
  • MIL-STD-1760
  • MIL-STD-1773

Pneumatic Systems

  • Use of bleed air
  • Engine bleed air control
  • Bleed air system indications
  • Bleed air system users
  • Pitot static systems

Environmental Control Systems

  • The need for a controlled environment
  • The International Standard Atmosphere (ISA)
  • Environmental control system design
  • Cooling systems
  • Humidity control
  • The inefficiency of present systems
  • Air distribution systems
  • Cabin noise
  • Cabin pressurization
  • Tolerance
  • Rain dispersal
  • Anti-misting and de-misting
  • Aircraft icing

Emergency Systems

  • Warning systems
  • Fire detection and suppression
  • Emergency power sources
  • Explosion suppression
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Passenger evacuation
  • Crew escape
  • Computer-controlled seats
  • Ejection system timing
  • High speed escape
  • Crash recorder
  • Crash switch
  • Emergency landing
  • Emergency system testing

Rotary Wing Systems

  • Special requirements of helicopters
  • Principles of helicopter flight
  • Helicopter flight control
  • Primary flight control actuation
  • Key helicopter systems
  • Helicopter auto-flight control
  • Active control technology
  • Advanced battlefield helicopter
  • Tilt rotor systems

Advanced Systems

  • STOL Maneuver Technology Demonstrator (SMTD)
  • Vehicle Management Systems (VMS)
  • More-electric aircraft
  • More-electric engine
  • Stealth
    • Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
    • Integrated Flight and Propulsion Control (IFPC)
  • Vehicle management system
  • More-electric aircraft
  • More-electric actuation
  • More-electric engine
  • Impact of stealth design
  • Technology developments/demonstrators

System Design and Development

  • SEMP and ConOps
  • Systems analysis and  design
  • Development processes
  • System design
    • Key agencies and documentation
    • Design guidelines and certification
    • Techniques
    • Key elements of the development process
  • Major safety processes
    • Functional Hazard Analysis (FHA)
    • Preliminary System Safety Analysis (PSSA)
    • System Safety Analysis (SSA)
    • Common Cause Analysis (CCA)
  • Requirements capture
    • Top-down approach
    • Bottom-up approach
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Dependency diagram
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • DFMEA and PFMEA applied
  • FMECA and FTA
  • Component reliability
    • Analytical methods
    • In-service data
  • Dispatch reliability
  • Markov analysis
  • Reliability and safety engineering
  • Development processes
    • The product life cycle
    • Concept phase
  • Definition phase
    • Design phase
    • Build phase
    • Test phase (qualification phase)
    • Operate phase
    • Disposal or refurbish
    • Development program
    • ‘V’ diagram
  • Extended Operations (ETOPS)

Avionics Technology

  • The nature of microelectronic devices
    • Processors
    • Memory devices
    • Digital data buses
    • A 429 data bus
    • MIL-STD-1553B
    • ARINC 629 data bus
    • COTS data buses
  • Data bus integration of aircraft systems
    • COTS data buses – IEEE 1394 468
  • Fiber optic buses
  • Avionics packaging standards
  • Typical LRU architecture
  • Integrated modular avionics

Military Avionics

  • Military communications
  • Radar
  • Sonar
  • Electro-Optics
  • Aircraft networks

Avionics Protocols in Military

  • Aircraft Data Network (ADN): Ethernet derivative for Commercial Aircraft
  • Avionics Full-Duplex Switched Ethernet (AFDX): Specific implementation of ARINC 664 (ADN) for Commercial Aircraft
  • ARINC 429: Generic Medium-Speed Data Sharing for Private and Commercial Aircraft
  • ARINC 664: See ADN above
  • ARINC 629: Commercial Aircraft (Boeing 777)
  • ARINC 708: Weather Radar for Commercial Aircraft
  • ARINC 717: Flight Data Recorder for Commercial Aircraft
  • IEEE 1394b: Military Aircraft
  • MIL-STD-1553: Military Aircraft
  • MIL-STD-1760: Military Aircraft
  • TTP – Time-Triggered Protocol: Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A380, Fly-By-Wire Actuation Platforms from Parker Aerospace
  • TTEthernet – Time-Triggered Ethernet: NASA Orion Spacecraft

Fundamentals of  FAA’s DO-178C

  • Introduction to DO-178B and Do-178C
  • DO-178B vs. DO-178C
  • DO-178/DO-254 certification process
  • DO-178/DO-254 project planning and management
  • DO-178/DO-254 master plan
  • DO-178/DO-254 need analysis and requirements
  • Software life cycle processes
  • Software life cycle definition
  • Transition criteria between processes
  • Software development plan
  • Software life cycle environment planning
  • Software development standards
  • Review of the software planning process software considerations in System life cycle processes
  • System considerations in software life cycle processes
  • Software plan development and certification
  • Software development, design, coding and testing techniques
  • DO-178C criticality levels
  • Software design, testing, verification and validation processes
  • Software planning process objectives
  • Software planning process activities
  • Software plans
  • Plan for Software Aspects of Certification (PSAC)
  • Software Quality Assurance Planning (SQAP)
  • Software Configuration Management Planning (SCMP)
  • Software Development Planning (SDP)
  • Requirements, design, code, and integration
  • Software Verification Planning (SVP)
  • Reviews, tests, and analysis
  • Programmable hardware plan development and certification
  • Software and programmable hardware verification and validation
  • Recommended templates and recommendations
  • Hardware design life cycle
  • Tool qualification
  • Cost estimation and metrics
  • Software aspects of certification
  • Compliance determination

Fundamentals of FAA’s DO-254

  • DO-254 compliance
  • System safety and Design Assurance Level (DAL)
  • Application of DO-254 by EASA and FAA
  • DO-254 hardware design life cycle objectives and data
  • Integral/supporting processes
  • Validation and verification
  • Configuration management
  • Process assurance
  • Tool qualification
  • COTs cores and IPs
  • Single event upset and SRAM parts
  • Functional Failure Path (FFP)
  • Elemental analysis
  • Advanced verification techniques
  • Plan for Hardware Aspects of Certification (PHAC)
  • Requirements capture
  • Conceptual design
  • Detailed design
  • Implementation and production transition

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