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KU Aerospace Short Course Program

Advanced Avionics *New Course*

Instructor: Albert Helfrick
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Course Schedule

September 19-22, 2017, San Diego, California

Early registration course fee: $2,195 if you register and pay by August 4, 2017

Regular registration course fee: $2,395 if you register and pay after August 4, 2017

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


Advanced Avionics covers systems that will be the mainstay of CNS (communications, navigation and surveillance) in the future. Course material reviews the basic theory of navigation, and provides a thorough introduction and survey of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), with emphasis on GPS. Modern surveillance systems based on Mode-S and ADS-B are also covered, as are both wired and wireless communications systems. This course includes in-class exercises that involve college-level mathematics.

This course covers some of the same topics as Fundamental Avionics (taught by the same instructor), but in much greater detail. Fundamental Avionics is not a prerequisite for this course. Additional subject matter covered in this course was previously included in Introduction to Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) (also taught by the same instructor), which is no longer offered. Advanced Avionics will provide a good review for those who may have studied these subjects previously.

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

**U.S. Federal Employee Discount: This course is available to federal employees at a 10% off the registration fee. To receive the federal employee discount, enter the code fgvt116 when registering. Please note that you must validate your eligibility to receive this discount by entering your U.S. government email address ending with .gov or .mil.


  • The art and mathematics of navigation
  • Electronic systems used for navigation
  • The use of space-based navigation
  • Electronically-guided approaches and landing
  • The operation of the surveillance systems needed for safe aircraft separation
  • The need for communications in modern aviation navigation and safety
  • Examples of widely-used wired and wireless communications systems
  • Discussion of actual implemented systems and those planned for future use
  • Systems required for PBN and RNP
  • Emphasis on state-of-the-art systems
  • Includes problem solving exercises

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for engineers involved in the design and development of avionics components and systems.

Times / CEUs

28.00 classroom hours
2.800 CEUs

Certificate Track

Avionics and Avionic Components

Learning Objectives

This course will provide the student with an understanding and knowledge of:

  • the art and mathematics of navigation
  • electronic systems used for navigation
  • the use of space-based navigation
  • electronically-guided approaches and landing
  • the operation of the surveillance systems needed for safe aircraft separation
  • the need for communications in modern aviation navigation and safety
  • some widely-used wired and wireless communications systems

Course Outline

Day 1

Introduction to advanced avionics

Fundamentals of navigation, frames of reference, charting, path definitions

WGS-84 Earth Model


Altitudes, geographic, orthometric, barometric

Lines of position

Dead reckoning

Radio navigation

In depth coverage of Global Navigation Satellite Systems, GNSS (primarily GPS)

GNSS integrity monitoring


Day 2

Distance measuring equipment, DME

Accuracy and Precision

Inertial Navigation

Surveillance systems, Mode-S, TCAS, ADS-B


Day 3

Performance based navigation, PBN, applications and examples

PBN/RNP in global airspace, ICAO involvement, stakeholders

The FAA’s plans for the future of PBN/RNP

Certification and approval for operating in PBN/RNP airspace

Determining actual navigation performance, ANP

Assessing errors

Setting PBN/RNP navigation specifications

Creating and validating PBN/RNP routes

Path definition

Q and T routes

Terminal procedures and approaches


Day 4

Wide Area Augmentation System, WAAS

WAAS Functions

Ionospheric corrections

Error data, ephemeris

WAAS enabled approaches, protection limits

Communications systems

Legacy communications systems

Digital communications, VHF Data link, SATCOM, mode-S

Airport communications systems, AeroMACS

Wired, on board data communications

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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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