Avionics 101

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Avionics 101

Course Description

Embark on a comprehensive journey through Military Aircraft Avionics with GTRI's Avionics 101. Grasp essential Agile Development and DevSecOps practices used in acquisition. Decode the myriad Sensor Technologies and understand military avionics fundamentals. Master Avionics Cybersecurity and prepare for rigorous Airworthiness Certification standards like DO-178C. From Model-Based Systems Engineering to advanced Avionics Systems, elevate your skills and stay competitive in this dynamic field. 

Course Content

Acquisition & Lifecycle Development Processes  

  • Defense Acquisition Process Overview  
  • Agile, DevSecOps, Waterfall  
  • Concept, Requirements, Development, V&V, Sustainment  


Military Avionics Types  

  • Sensors (LIDAR, COMINT/SIGINT/ELINT, Radar, Electro-Optics)  
  • Navigation Aids (Radar Altimeter, Air Data, Autopilot, Flight Management)  
  • Position, Navigation, Timing (Pitot Static, Nav/GPS)  
  • Health and Monitoring (Accident Data Recorder)  
  • Fusion Systems  
  • Communications Systems & Army Tactical Waveforms  

Electronic Warfare

  • Electronic Surveillance  
  • Electronic Attack  
  • Electronic Protection  


Mission Systems  

  • Mission Computing (Data Fusion, Data Loading, Weapons Aiming)  
  • Mission Recorders, Intelligence Databases  
  • Cockpit Displays
  • Cockpit Displays, Mission Displays  
  • Head Up Display, Helmet Mounted Display  


Avionics Standards & Certification

  • FACE  
  • Avionics Security and Cybersecurity  
  • Cross Domain Solutions  
  • Encryption (TEMPEST)  


Airworthiness Standards & Certification  

  • DO-178C Software Certification  
  • MIL-STD 810 Environmental  
  • MIL-STD 704 Power  
  • STANAG 4626 IMA  


Avionics Architectures  

  • Data Buses (ARINC-429, Ethernet, MIL-STD 1553)  
  • RF Electronics (SDR, Radiohead)  

MBSE Application to Avionics

  • Existing Efforts  
  • Data Models, Modeling Tools  



Requirements & Materials



  • Downloadable Material. 

Session Details

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for military personnel, aerospace engineers, and software and hardware developers seeking expertise in avionics. If you're involved in any avionics systems including PNT, Displays, Mission Systems, Sensors, EW, this course is a must. Systems engineers focused on Model-Based Systems Engineering and cybersecurity professionals looking to secure avionic systems will also find invaluable insights. Perfect for both seasoned professionals and newcomers to the field. 

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What You Will Learn

  • DevSecOps & Agile Methods: Grasp the latest acquisition and development approaches.
  • Military Avionics: Understand the variety of avionics including sensors, PNT, EW, mission systems, and cockpit displays used in modern military aircraft.
  • Electronic Warfare: Learn the basics of electronic surveillance, attack, and protection.
  • Avionics Cybersecurity: Gain insights into securing avionic systems against modern threats.
  • Avionics Standards and Certification: MOSA, Security (MLS, Red/Black, Encryption, CDS), Airworthiness Standards  
  • Avionics Data Networks – 1553, Ethernet, ARINC-429
  • Avionics Architecture – MBSE Application to Avionics  


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How You Will Benefit

  • Expand Your Skillset: Gain comprehensive knowledge in avionics, from acquisition to sustainment.
  • Stay Competitive: Master cutting-edge methodologies like DevSecOps and Agile Development.
  • Enhance Job Prospects: Equip yourself with skills that are in high demand in the aerospace and military sectors.
  • Improve Decision-Making: Develop a rounded understanding of avionics technology, avionics airworthiness, and cybersecurity.
  • Certification Readiness: Prepare for industry standards and certifications, elevating your professional credibility.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

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