UCLA Extension

Digital Avionics Systems

This 2-days course begins with avionics system design requirements in the context of aircraft/mission objectives and standards, and the use of top-level design tools. The building blocks of avionics systems-data busses, displays, and software are presented with an emphasis on emerging concepts. Digital avionics systems in current and future aircraft are reviewed to help participants gain insight into real-world practices. Systems that receive particular attention are the B-777 Airplane Information Management System (AIMS) and B-787 for civil passenger aircraft. Avionics program management, system assessment and verification, and software development and validation receive comprehensive treatment.

Designed for:

  • Specialists who need to broaden their avionics perspective
  • Managers and technologists who require a broad overview of leading-edge avionics
  • Technologists working on application of emerging technologies in avionics

Benefits Include

  • An up-to-date integrated view of digital avionics systems from both technological and developmental perspectives
  • Unique focus on the system level and its practical application
  • Insider’s perspective on emerging design concepts
  • Understanding of issues, practices, and trends in digital avionics design and black box application
  • Deep appreciation for the programmatic and practical issues associated with large scale deployment

Course Materials

Lecture notes are distributed on the first day of the course. These notes are for participants only and are not otherwise available for sale or unauthorized distribution.

Coordinators and Lecturers

Bob Witwer, Vice President of Advanced Technology, Honeywell Aerospace, Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Witwer is responsible for defining the technology strategy and developing the technology for all of Honeywell Aerospace’s products: engines, auxiliary power units, air management systems, electric power systems, flight controls, avionics, and sensors. He has over 30 years of aerospace engineering experience. Prior to this, he was the director of crew interface and platform systems advanced technology, director of aerospace integrated electronic systems, and director of aerospace communications and navigation engineering. He held key management positions on a number of ground-breaking avionics development programs, including the A320 Flight Management System, the Boeing 777 Airplane Information Management System, and the Honeywell Primus Epic integrated modular avionics system for regional jets, business jets, and helicopters. He served as chief engineer responsible for all Honeywell avionics delivered to Cessna. He has extensive experience with Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) design and avionics systems integration, as well as in avionics hardware, software, and systems design. Mr. Witwer has taught various professional courses at Honeywell, including flight management systems and aerospace program management, and was a Covey Learning Center certified instructor for “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” He has been interviewed by numerous aerospace trade publications on topics ranging from “NextGen Air Traffic Management” to “Cockpits of the Future.” He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for Arizona State University Polytechnic and is on the Board of Directors for the Challenger Space Center in Arizona.

For more information contact the Short Course Program Office:
shortcourses@uclaextension.edu | (310) 825-3344 | fax (310) 206-2815

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