Subject description - B9M38PSL

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B9M38PSL Aircraft Avionics Extent of teaching:2p+2l
Guarantors:Roháč J. Roles:P Completion:Z,ZK
Teachers:Roháč J.
Responsible Department:13138 Credits:6 Semester:Z


The subject is focused into a field of aircraft avionics including principles, sensory sets, and signal/data processing methods. The subject goes into details of studied systems, i.e. engine and aircraft monitoring systems, pressure based systems, low-frequency navigation means, and flight recorders. The subject introduces currently used technology and methodology on aircraft and thus serves to understand fundamentals of avionics. Inertial navigation systems are discusses in more details as well as their aiding systems and sensors. Examples of navigation solutions are provided.

Course outlines:

1. Aircraft avionics, cockpits - overview. Avionics immunity to impacts of ambient environment. EMC and its application into aircraft, examples.
2. Aircraft power systems and power distribution.
3. Power electronics.
4. Parameters definition of aircraft propulsions, N1&N2, temperature and pressure, torque & vibration, fuel flow & fuel used measurement systems.
5. Complex engine monitoring systems. Fuel systems, level sensors. Fire and ice annunciators.
6. Barometrical measurements of altitude. Altimeters and their constructions. International standard atmosphere. Angle of attack measurements.
7. Air, vertical speed, and Mach-number measurements. Total/static air temperature measurements. Air data computer - pressure based systems & sensors.
8. Means of operational and emergency diagnostics. Flight data recorders.
9. Earth magnetic field and its usage. Magnetic sensors.
10. Introduction to aircraft navigation systems. Mechanical gyroscopes.
11. Inertial sensors - angular rate sensors/gyroscopes and accelerometers.
12. Inertial sensors - methodology for stochastic and deterministic error identification. Sensor models.
13. Navigation equations and their mechanization.
14. Aided navigation systems, data fusion, examples of integration schemes.

Exercises outline:

Laboratory exercises are dedicated to get theoretical knowledge onto a practical level of understanding. First half of the semester is focused on organized practical experiments dedicated to particular aircraft systems. During the second half students will pass several assignments aimed at practical implementation of obtained knowledge in small groups under supervision. The results of the solutions will be presented at the end of the semester. Within the semester there will be organized several excursions to aircraft related company.


[1] Moir I., Seabridge A.: Aircraft systems, Wiley 2008, ISBN:978-0-470-05996-8
[2] Ripka P., Tipek A.: Modern sensors handbook, ISTE Ltd. 2007, ISBN: 978-1-905209-66-8
[3] M. S. Grewal and A. P. Andrews. Kalman Filtering: Theory and Practice using MATLAB. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
[4] Rogers R. M.: Applied mathematics in integrated navigation systems, 3rd edition, AIAA 2007, ISBN: 978-1-56347-927-4


No special prerequisities required; nevertheless, basic knowledge of measurement instruments, sensors and electronics is recommended.


aircraft instrumentation, sensors, avionics, aircraft, navigation, inertial navigation

Subject is included into these academic programs:

Program Branch Role Recommended semester
MPLAK_2016 Avionics P 1

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