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Introduction to Avionics Systems - R. P. G. Collinson

Introduction to Avionics Systems

Hardcover Published: 17th July 2006
ISBN: 9781402072789
Number Of Pages: 492

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Introduction to Avionic Systems, Second Edition explains the principles and theory of modern avionic systems and how they are implemented with current technology for both civil and military aircraft. The systems are analysed mathematically, where appropriate, so that the design and performance can be understood. The book covers displays and man-machine interaction, aerodynamics and aircraft control, fly-by-wire flight control, inertial sensors and attitude derivation, navigation systems, air data and air data systems, autopilots and flight management systems, avionic systems integration and unmanned air vehicles.

About the Author. Dick Collinson has had "hands-on" experience of most of the systems covered in this book and, as Manager of the Flight Automation Research Laboratory of GEC-Marconi Avionics Ltd. (now part of BAE Systems Ltd.), led the avionics research activities for the company at Rochester, Kent for many years.

He was awarded the Silver Medal of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1989 for his contribution to avionic systems research and development.

Industry Reviews

"The book deals with both civil and military avionic systems. Good in-depth coverage is provided on topics such as displays, fly-by-wire controls, navigation, autopilots and flight management systems and system integration. It provides much theoretical information and calculations, particularly aimed at graduate and post graduate students. There is also a chapter on UAVs, vehicles which are rightly described as being "dependent totally on avionic systems". These are currently and increasingly used in military applications and also, in the future, for civil applications. [...] The book is very well illustrated in both black and white and colour. Very comprehensive lists of reference documents are provided. A glossary of terms and a list of symbols are provided which are particularly useful to the student readers. [...] The book provides a wealth of detailed and current information on a very wide range of topics. Inevitably, in such a dynamic industry, it will become out of date but it is written in such a way as to allow it to fill a very important gap in the aerospace literature for some years to come."
(Royal Aeronautical Society)

"... the material gives the reader an excellent and comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills essential for involvement in any modern avionics systems development. [...] It should be essential reading for all graduates involved in aerospace systems work and those entering the avionics industry. It will also provide an excellent reference for practicing system engineers. [...] It is more than just a reference text and I would recommend it to all those with an interest in integrated airborne avionic systems."
M.V. Cook, Cranfield University, IEE Computing adn Control Engineering, Oct/Nov. 2005

Importance and role of avionics
The avionic environment
Choice of units
Displays and man-machine interaction
aHead up displays
Helmet mounted displays
Computer aided optical design
Discussion of HUDs vs HMDs
Head down displays
Data fusion
Intelligent displays management
Displays technology
Control and data entry
Further reading
Aerodynamics and aircraft control
aBasic aerodynamics
Aircraft stability
Aircraft dynamics
Longitudinal control and response
Lateral control
Powered flying controls
Auto-stabilisation systems
Further reading
Fly-by-wire flight control
aFly-by-wire flight control features and advantages
Control laws
Redundancy and failure survival
Digital implementation
Fly-by-light flight control
Further reading
Inertial sensors and attitude derivation
Gyros and accelerometers
Attitude derivation
Further reading
Navigation systems
Introduction and basic principles
Inertial navigation
Aided IN systems and Kalman filters
Attitude and heading reference systems
GPS - global positioning systems
Terrain reference navigation
Further reading
Air data and air data systems
Air data information and its use
Derivation of air data laws and relationships
Air data sensors and computing
Further reading
Autopilots and flight management systems
Flight management systems
Further reading
Avionic systems integration
Introduction and background
Data bus systems
Integrated modular avionics
Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
Further reading
Unmanned air vehicles
Importance of unmanned air vehicles
UAV avionics
Further reading
Glossary of terms
List of symbols
List of abbreviations
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ISBN: 9781402072789
ISBN-10: 1402072783
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 492
Published: 17th July 2006
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.14
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised