Avionics is simple terms

As electronics spread through every type of aircraft, there is a  rising need for technicians who understand “systems,” not circuits. Such knowledge is required to  identify faulty units aboard the airplane, often during a quick turn time on the ramp.

A new book, “Avionics Training,” explains  systems in simple terms, with more than 400  full-color photos and  drawings. The book assumes no knowledge of electronics, containing neither formulas nor schematics. It describes  more than 30 systems and how they relate to each other. The book includes all legacy systems, such as VOR, ILS and ADF, as well as the new generation now entering flight decks — satellite navigation, data  communications and  electronic flight instruments (EFIS).  Weather detection, collision avoidance (TCAS) and Mode S transponders also are covered.

Much of the book is devoted to  hands-on guidance on how to install instruments, wiring harnesses, radio trays, connectors, antennas and other practical topics related to systems. A final section describes test and troubleshooting techniques.

The author, Len Buckwalter, has been in the avionics industry for 30 years, having written  25 books and  more than 2,000 articles. He founded Avionics Magazine and served as publisher and editor for 17 years.  An instrument-rated pilot with 3,000 hours, he is publisher of the Avionics Library at Avionics.com.

Price: $64.

For more information: 703-777-9535.

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