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Avionics is applied electronics to aviation. Radars, radios, instruments, dashboards, they all belong to this category.

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Do the F/A-18 primary control actuators have an ECU? [closed]

Do the F/A-18 primary control actuators have an electronics control unit (ECU)? If they do, which control loop is closed by the ECU and which one with the flight control computer?
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How to remove a course reversal (hold) on a Garmin 530W?

How can I remove a course reversal, (hold) from the FLP page on an RNAV approach ? If I want to do a straight in (NoPT) it will not allow me to remove the hold without removing the whole waypoint.
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Can I change the max bank angle on the Garmin G1000 in the C172SP?

I wonder if I can change the max bank angle on the G1000/GFC700 avionics in a C172SP, like you can on the MCP of the 737NG?
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Can you turn off the instrument panel lights?

Do general aviation aircraft generally allow the turning off of the instrument panel lights? By lights I am referring to any screens, bulbs or other devices which shine a light within the cockpit.
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What hardware standards should the flight control computer pass?

There are some standards for each part of the aircraft like actuators, sensors,... I could not find one for the flight control computer hardware. For example what are the environmental tests, or any ...
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Does DO 178C require a complexity test and compliance to specific values? [duplicate]

Assuming we are developing airborne software to be compliant with DO 178C, and assuming we were allocated a DAL B, does DO 178C require a complexity analysis test and compliance to specific values for ...
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Is it possible to display WAAS enabled GPS Flightlines on older mechanical flight directors such as S-tec?

We are in the research process of a panel upgrade in a M5 Maule. The ac is used for transportation and aerial survey to support ground survey. We frequently fly tight, low alt grids. Lateral and ...
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Questions regarding VTOL and VMU inhibits [closed]

I have been working on a game which has futuristic VTOL-capable air and aerospace crafts. A player recently wrote that the stall warning (tone and aural) and AoA (tone and visual) were distracting/...
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What controllers are used in Airbus/Boeing fly-by-wire systems?

I was wondering, what controllers are used in airbus or Boeing aircraft fly-by-wire systems to control servos? Who manufactures such controllers, or are the systems controlled from flight computer ...
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If you were to fly an ILS in a knife edge would you receve GS and LOC be flipped?

because LOC and GS work the same way, if you were to fly one at 90 degrees bank would your information be displayed on the wrong indicators?
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What do the dashed extended green lines on this PFD mean?

The most important source of information for the pilot is the PFD
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Can an airline order a 777 with 787 flight deck avionics?

So an airline orders a 777, but instead of the cockpit in that, they request the 787 cockpit installed in their 777, is this even doable?
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Where is pure outside static air pressure indication on A320?

I'm looking for the indication of the outside static air pressure in the cockpit. Where is it located? One of the ECAM pages? Thanks!
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What is the difference between ACARS and ADS-B?

What is the difference between ACARS and ADS-B? For weather information in-flight or pre-flight which one is used?
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How does Garmin Autoland for General Aviation aircraft work?

Garmin recently unveiled a new technology for their G3000 General Aviation avionics system, the Garmin Autoland. They claim it can safely and fully autonomously land the aircraft in case of pilot ...
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What physical hardware does all the avionics on the B737NG run on? Some processor from the 1980s? Or some new and improved chip?

So, I am a tech guy and likes to fly (in sims) so, I was wondering what physical hardware powers all the 737NG's avionics and related systems (PFD, MFD, EICAS, GPWS etc). Is there an answer to this?
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Where to find general A320 E&E Compartment Information?

I'm student in electrical engineering and write my thesis on some topic of the e&e compartment. The main focus is on the computers of the A320 flightcraft, actually called E&E Compartment. ...
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Is MIL-STD-1553 still used in modern aircraft?

I am working on an assignment for my "Avionics Systems Design" class and I want to use MIL-STD-1553 for my aircraft system. But according to some shady blogs this STD has been deprecated or superseded ...
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How do rate gyros and other sensors send information to the flight control computer in an F-16?

How do rate gyros and other sensors send information to the flight control computer in an F-16? I mean is it a hardwired communication or it is done through a bus? If by bus, what is the bus called? ...
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Why did this old Japan Nakajima J1N airplane use a Yagi rather than a parabolic antenna?

Picture source. As per my understanding, a Yagi antenna is a directional antenna with limited gain, which it broadcasts or receives the microwave signal to and from the front side. It can only ...
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What exactly did this mechanic sabotage on the American Airlines 737, and how dangerous was it?

An American Airlines mechanic sabotaged a 737 in Miami An American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging a navigation system on a flight with 150 people aboard at Miami International Airport was ...
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What does “synoptic” mean in avionics?

I came across a mention of a display of "graphical aircraft system synoptics" on this page. I think in context that it means "status display" or "summary page"- the page that shows flap position, ...
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How does the F-16 side stick convert pilot input to an electrical signal?

In What is the motivation behind designing a control stick that does not move? the F-16's control stick is discussed. What is the method that is used to sense the pilot's input to the stick and ...
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Is it possible to hack an airplane while it's moving (in general)?

I recently searching Airbus Careers section, and I can say that I saw too many Cyber Security job positions. It was saying in the job description that there is a need of having knowledge about ...
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What sort of sensors are used for sensing the positions of the control surfaces for the ECAM F/CTL page on Airbus aircraft?

During the pre-flight flight-controls-check how does the ECAM F/CTL page report on the actual positions of the control surfaces? What sort of sensors are these? Is it a proximity sensor? This is ...
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What triggers the trim horn and the “stabilizer motion” aural callout on the MD80?

I got conflicting or incomplete responses from various sources: There is an internal rate monitor looking to see the stabilizer is actually moving .08°/sec or -08°/sec. https://forums.tfdidesign....
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Is “hacking small planes” a separate or larger problem from/than general small-aircraft security?

Apparently the DHS has issued a "hacking alert" for small aircraft: The alert warns if a hacker gained physical access to certain small planes, they could attach a common device to its wiring. This ...
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Static Analysis as per MISRA C 2012 using DO-178

Does DO-178C have any guidelines on using static code analysis for level A software? As per Do-178C: Section 6.3 Software Reviews and Analyses Reviews and analyses are applied to the outputs ...
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Why does the SSM decoding vary between different A429 label types

For A429 there are different label types, for example: BCD, BNR, Discrete... These types have their corresponding SSM (Sign/Status Matrix) that is unique, for example an SSM of "00" represents a ...
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Do the DO-178 standards include guidelines on cyclomatic complexity?

Is there any guideline related to the cyclomatic complexity of software that complies with the DO-178C or DO-178B standards?
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What is that Boeing 757 custom cockpit interface?

Cropped; flickr.com, 2008 The photo is taken in cruise. The selected display shows takeoff data. There is also a send button (which hints at a datalink capability for communicating values). I ...
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Can Python be used onboard systems on aircraft or military jets? [closed]

Was working on a python related to avionics, came across a serious doubt whether code written in python would compile or run on a real time OS used in on board systems.
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How are electronic instruments and other equipment powered in a glider?

Radios and other electronic devices must be battery-powered. What sort of battery - and does its capacity impose a limit on flight duration, or can they be recharged in flight with a turbine?
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Sukhoi Superjet 100 avionics

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 features flight control system with characteristics copied from Airbus. Side-sticks, same control laws. But does it actually use any of the hardware or software from Airbus (...
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How does F/A-18 autotrack work?

This is about the alleged "UFO" video. However, I'm not interested in speculation about what exactly the aircraft being tracked in the video is. What is "autotrack" in an F/A-18 Super Hornet? Does it ...
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How do navigation displays depict turn anticipation?

I'm working on a navigation display for a simulation and I want to know if someone can explain me how the navigation display displays the "curved lines" for fly-by waypoints.I know how to calculate ...
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How is the center ILS used on the 747-400?

The aircraft has 3 ILS receivers, but only ILS L and R in the CDUs. How does the ILS C is put into action?
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Second career as an avionics technician

I will soon be retiring from my first career as an electrician on large construction projects. Planning on becoming an active private pilot again and I am basically an aviation nut. I am curious as ...
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B767 antenna identification

Can anyone identify which comms/nav system the circled antenna belongs to? Thanks.
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What is the purpose of the selected altitude/airspeed in ARINC 429?

What is the purpose of the selected altitude and airspeed fields in ARINC 429?
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How much does an air data module cost?

Curious how much Air Data Module and Angle of attack sensor costs, such that is used on commercial airliners.
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How many labels are defined in ARINC 429 for calibrated altitude?

How many labels are defined in ARINC 429 for calibrated altitude?
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What technologies exist to find an aircraft position after it crashed out of line of sight? [closed]

What is the best way in the manner of products to find an aircraft after it crashed out of line of sight. Are there defined standards, and what are the selection criteria?
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What is the difference between ARINC 429 labels 025 and 102 for Selected Altitude?

What is the difference between ARINC 429 labels 025 and 102 for Selected Altitude?
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Aircraft with load sensors in their undercarriage to calculate CG [duplicate]

In another question on SE aviation I read that certain aircraft have load sensors in their undercarriage to calculate CG. Which are these types? The technology to build load sensors into the ...
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What navigation systems were used by the Space Shuttle during reentry?

What equipment did the Space Shuttle orbiters carry to support navigation during reentry? Were there any differences between the individual orbiters in this regard?
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How and why would one call the cockpit of an A330 inside its nose gear bay?

According to this A330 call panel diagram, there is an option to call the nose gear bay with the MECH button. Where is the connection for this in the nose gear bay, and what would it be used for? The ...
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What is the Space Shuttle's command law?

The Space Shuttle was fly-by-wire. In today's fly-by-wire systems, the command law commands either the load factor and the roll rate (e.g., A320's normal law), or the surface control deflection (e.g., ...
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Is it legal to install a TACAN receiver on a civilian aircraft?

It is legal to use the DME from a VORTAC station (see Is it possible for a civilian to use a VORTAC station? for details), but is it also legal to use the TACAN for bearing determination? This would ...
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Flight Mode in cellphones and in Flight WiFi access [closed]

More and more flights have in flight wifi. On the other hand, the standard pre flight announcement still tells to switch off phones or put them in flight mode. So, once the in flight wifi is turned ...