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KU Aerospace Short Course Program

Cabin Electronics: Management, Entertainment and Connectivity Systems

Instructor: Kenneth C. Darbonne
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Course Schedule

November 14-17, 2017, Orlando, Florida

Early registration course fee: $2,195 if you register and pay by September 29, 2017

Regular registration course fee: $2,395 if you register and pay after September 29, 2017

Orlando Lodging and Travel Information

You can also bring this course to your workplace. Learn more about our on-site program.


This course will provide an introduction to cabin electronics, including cabin management, entertainment and connectivity systems. Fundamental elements of these systems will be presented along with common installation concerns. Certification aspects including FAA regulations and guidance for showing compliance to the regulations will be discussed. Instruction, practical examples, and in-class activities are used to enhance the learning experience.

Includes instruction, course materials, refreshments and lunches. The course notes are for participants only and are not for sale.


  • Cabin management system designs
  • Electrical interface fundamentals
  • Cabin entertainment elements
  • Passenger interfaces
  • Common cabin internet connectivity options
  • Certification requirements & guidance
  • Installation considerations
  • Environmental qualification
  • Electrical load analyses
  • Electromagnetic compatibility

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at designers, engineers, integrators, and project/program managers involved in aircraft completions. Individuals tasked with the design and certification of cabin electronics will benefit from the information presented

Times / CEUs

28.00 classroom hours
2.800 CEUs

Certificate Track

Avionics and Avionic Components

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a basic understanding of general cabin management system designs and interfaces
  • Gain a basic understanding of cabin entertainment system designs
  • Gain an understanding of the existing and soon-to-enter service connectivity options
  • Propose a connectivity system based on an operators' missions.
  • Gain an understanding of certification requirements and guidance
  • Gain an understanding of the steps required to show a design is compliant

Course Outline

Day 1:



Cabin Management Systems

            Descriptions of common systems


Cabin lightning types and control

Cooking equipment


Water and Waste

Common Interfaces

            Installation Considerations

Day 2:

Cabin Entertainment System

            Descriptions of common systems

Data transmission requirements

Personal electronic device interfaces/charging

Power inverters

Television and audio systems

            Installation Considerations

Cabin Connectivity Systems

            Descriptions of common systems

Comparison of systems

Cable selection

Installation considerations

Day 3:

Certification Considerations


            Advisory circulars

Intended function

            Environmental Considerations

            Placards & markings

            Emergency Lighting

            Crew interfaces

            Lithium Batteries

            Wire/Cable Selection

Day 4:

Certification Consideration (continued)

            Certification Process

Electrical Load Analysis

            Laboratory testing

Aircraft testing

EMC Testing

            Substantiation documentation

Wrap Up

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On-site Contact Information

To learn about bringing a course to your workplace, contact Sarah Williams, on-site program manager, for a no-cost, no-obligation proposal.
Email ProfessionalPrograms@ku.edu
Phone 913-897-8782

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