WHAT IS AVIONICS? A Presentation at the WAMEA Meeting Jock McTavish - 23 Mar 2007. The Vanishing Specialty - 1. Aviation technology has developed over the last few decades into a family of specialized technologies and trades and companies – leading to our current rules for AMEs and AMOs.
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WHAT IS AVIONICS?A Presentation at the WAMEA MeetingJock McTavish - 23 Mar 2007
Here are some cockpits that tell the story.
- FAA, EASA, EIA, NASA, and Wikipedia.
- and a practical definition from BAAE.
Faced with the pervasive nature of avionics, NASA decided avionics was the primary engineering perspective for control systems and subsystems but would exclude sensors, effectors and hardware systems outside a given boundary in a given situation. The next slide is a graphic of this boundary method of definition.
“Each 18 months, electronics becomes twice as capable and half as expensive.”
University of Manchester scientists have made a transistor of carbon 1 atom thick that switches one electron. But Isn’t carbon a Structures thing?
5. No person shall sign a maintenance release in respect of specialized maintenance unless the requirements of section 571.04 have been met.
No person shall perform the specialized maintenance set out in Schedule II … except IAW an MPM of an approved AMO.
a. repairs of wiring and connectors;
b. connectors and electrical components;
d. integral fuses and lighting components
e. replacement of an avionics LRU provided that any testing required can be done using standard test equipment, built-in test equipment (BITE) or equipment specified in the aircraft manufacturer’s instructions for continuing airworthiness;
f. on-site management of passenger entertainment systems performed in accordance with the applicable instructions in the maintenance manual of the aircraft or systems manufacturer or the manufacturer’s instructions for continuing airworthiness; and
g. routine maintenance that is described in the aircraft manufacturer’s maintenance manual or instructions for continuing airworthiness or performed in accordance with currently recognized industry practices for service in the field.
2. Any avionics system installation or modification is avionics specialized maintenance except for:
(a few odd things befitting small aircraft)
Whether STC or LSTC or SB or AMM.