AMT 210 - Instrumentation and Avionics

The course will explain instruments seen in the flight deck and how they operate from analog to new computerized displays so that when testing for function the ability to identifiy a problem and where to look becomes apparent.


Hours: 40 (Lecture Hours: 40)




Non-Course Prerequisite:
Successful Completion of Aircraft Maintenance Technician 2




Course Content:
22.4 Aircraft Instrumentation
1. Both mechanically operated and electrical/electronic operated.
2. Instruments according to function.
3. The vertical, and instantaneous-vertical speed indicators.
4. A vacuum pump system.
5. Various display types.
6. Various methods of display.
7. Electrical flight instruments.
8. Engine electrical indicating instruments.
9. Engine instrument installation and marking.
10. Testing of engine electrical indicating instruments.
11. Systems that employ electrical indicating instruments.
12. Maintenance of systems electrical indicating instruments.
13. The types of instruments using direct drive linkages.
14. Installation of direct linkage and drive mechanisms.
15. Servicing of pitot/static instruments.
16. The reasons for using instrumentation.
17. The principles of absolute pressure measurement.
18. The principles of gauge pressure measurement.
19. The principles of differential pressure measurement.\
20. Altimeters.
21. Airspeed indicators.
22. Air data computers (ADC).
23. Electrically driven instruments.
24. Temperature measuring instruments.
25. Gyroscopic principles.
26. The sources of power of gyroscopes.
27. Gyro attitude instruments.
28. Rate gyro instruments.
29. The principles of navigation.
30. The procedures for correcting errors (compass swing).
31. The procedure for setting up test equipment
22.5 Avionics
1. Aircraft radio antennas.
2. Audio components.
3. Transmission lines.
4. Radio theory.
5. Radio transmitters.
6. Radio receivers.
7. Superheterodyne operation.
8. Modulation (am/fm).
9. Digital communications.
10. Hf communication systems.
11. Vhf communication systems.
12. Selcal.
13. Interphone systems (flight / service).
14. Audio integration.
15. Passenger entertainment systems (multiplex/audio/video).
16. ELT’s.
17. Satellite communication systems.
18. Navigation principles.
19. Flight Management Systems.
20. Inertial Navigation Systems.
21. Inertial Reference Systems.
22. Radio Navigation Systems, including, but not limited to:
• ATC transponder
• WX radar
• radio altimeters
23. Video displays, EFIS, EICAS, Flight Data Recorders, Cockpit Voice Recorders.
24. Frequency spectrum.
25. IFR versus VFR.
26. Maximum power transfer theorem.
27. Functions of audio control panels.
28. Functions of communication controls.
29. Antenna fundamentals.
30. HUMS (health and usage monitoring system).
31. Avionics installation practices.
32. Avionics maintenance inspections and system troubleshooting.
33. Interconnections of avionics systems.
22.6 Data Bus and Logic
1. Number systems.
2. Use of electrical circuit representations to explain logic gates.
3. Boolean equations.
4. The display of digital data.
5. Characteristics of integrated circuits.
6. Some applications of integrated circuits.
7. Use of electrical circuit representations to explain logic gates.
8. Functions of computer operations.
9. Aircraft digital systems.
10. Air Data Computer Systems.
11. Flight Management Systems.
12. Thrust Management Systems.
13. Systems testing and troubleshooting.
14. Safety procedures.
15. The difference between analog and digital systems.
16. Logic gates using truth tables.
22.7 Auto Flight Systems
1. Introduction to and system overview of:
• single and multi-axis autopilot
• yaw damper systems
• flight director systems
• speed command
• stability augmentation systems
• auto throttle
• thrust management
• VNAV  


Learning Outcomes:
The student upon completion of this course will be able to identify explain and discuss the various instruments and flight systems from analog to digital and what importance they have in the flight environment.   


Grading System: Percentage


Passing Grade: 70%


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.