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Digital Avionics Handbook, Third Edition / Edition 3

Digital Avionics Handbook, Third Edition / Edition 3


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ISBN-13: 9781439868614
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/04/2014
Pages: 848
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Cary R. Spitzer (deceased) earned degrees from Virginia Tech and George Washington University. After serving in the US Air Force, he joined the NASA Langley Research Center, where his work contributed to the first satellite-guided automatic landing of a passenger transport aircraft as well as the B-757 ARIES flight research platform. In 1993, he founded AvioniCon, Inc., an international avionics consulting firm. Active in the RTCA, AIAA, and IEEE, Cary received the Airline Avionics Institute Chairman’s Special Volare Award, AIAA 1994 Digital Avionics Award, and IEEE Centennial Medal and Millennium Medal. He held two US patents, published more than 40 papers, and authored several books on avionics.

Uma and Thomas Ferrell are cofounders of Ferrell and Associates Consulting, Inc., a certification and software safety consultancy serving the aerospace industry. They have over 50 years of combined experience in training, project management and recovery, certification project support, and related research, and are frequently sought out to help with new and novel technologies and methods where traditional certification approaches break down. Uma earned degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Bangalore University. She has held senior technical positions at Reliable Software Technologies, The MITRE Corporation, General Sciences Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation. She has also contributed to the engineering of large-scale, mission-critical scientific information systems for NASA, NOAA, and the FAA. Thomas earned degrees from Northern Illinois University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and George Mason University. He has held senior technical positions at Science Application International Corporation, Iridium LLC, and the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group. Additionally, he has served as a private sector advisor to the FAA at ICAO and in various leadership capacities for a number of RTCA committees. Uma and Thomas have collaborated together on numerous industry efforts, aviation engineering courses, jointly authored papers and conference tutorials, and the FAA’s Service History Handbook (DOT/FAA/AR-01/116).

Table of Contents





Section I: Evolution of Avionics: Safety and Certification

Evolving Avionics

Uma D. Ferrell and Thomas K. Ferrell


Roy T. Oishi and Ann Heinke


Myron Kayton

Global Positioning System

Christopher J. Hegarty, John M. Foley, and Sai K. Kalyanaraman

Fault-Tolerant Avionics

Ellis F. Hitt

Electromagnetic Environment

Richard Hess

Vehicle Health Management Systems

Philip A. Scandura, Jr.

Cockpit Voice Recorders and Data Recorders

Scott Montgomery

Certification of Civil Avionics

G. Frank McCormick

System Safety and System Development

Marge Jones

Understanding the Role of RTCA DO-160 in the Avionics Certification Process

Donald L. Sweeney


Thomas K. Ferrell and Uma D. Ferrell

RTCA DO-178C/EUROCAE ED-12C and the Technical Supplements

Thomas K. Ferrell and Uma D. Ferrell


Randall Fulton

Section II: Avionics Functions: Supporting Technology and Case Studies

Human Factors Engineering and Flight Deck Design

Kathy H. Abbott

Head-Mounted Displays

James Melzer

Head-Up Display

Robert B. Wood and Peter J. Howells

Display Devices

Thomas M. Lippert

Vision Systems

Steven D. Young, Lynda J. Kramer, and Randall E. Bailey

Speech Recognition and Synthesis

Douglas W. Beeks

Terrain Awareness

Barry C. Breen

Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System II (TCAS II)

Steve Henely

Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast

Joel M. Wichgers

Flight Management Systems

Randy Walter

Electrical Wiring Interconnect System

Michael Traskos


David G. Vutetakis


Randy Walter and Christopher B. Watkins

Boeing B-777 Avionics Architecture

Michael J. Morgan

Boeing B-777

Gregg F. Bartley

New Avionics Systems

Peter Potocki de Montalk

Airbus Electrical Flight Controls

Pascal Traverse

Section III: Avionics Development: Tools, Techniques, and Methods

Electronic Hardware Reliability

P.V. Varde, Nikhil Vichare, Ping Zhao, Diganta Das, and Michael G. Pecht

MIL-STD-1553B Digital Time Division Command/Response Multiplex Data Bus

Chris de Long

ARINC 429 Digital Information Transfer System

Paul J. Prisaznuk

RTCA DO-297/EUROCAE ED-124 Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) Design Guidance and Certification Considerations

Cary R. Spitzer and Leanna Rierson

ARINC Specification 653, Avionics Application Software Standard Interface

Paul J. Prisaznuk

Time-Triggered Protocol

Mirko Jakovljevic

Digital Avionics Modeling and Simulation

Jack Strauss, Joseph Lyvers, Terry Venema, and Andrew Shupe

Model-Based Development with AADL

Julien Delange and Bruce Lewis

Mathworks Approach to MBD

Bill Potter, Pieter Mosterman, and Tom Erkkinen

Esterel SCADE Approach to MBD

Jean-Louis Camus

Model Checking

Tingting Hu and Ivan Cibrario Bertolotti

Formal Methods

Ben Di Vito

Navigation and Tracking

James Farrell and Maarten Uijt de Haag

Section IV: Conclusion

Next Frontier

Mark G. Ballin


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