Aircraft Avionics Flight Test

Course Length:



This three day module emphasizes the fundamental knowledge needed by evaluators for all aircraft avionics systems evaluations. The lectures lay the foundation on which all avionics systems. Evaluations are accomplished. This module is designed to provide the “big picture” of Systems testing. The course identifies the differences between systems and vehicle testing with emphasis on digital architecture. 1553 Data Bus architecture is described in detail, and the student is also exposed to ARINC 429, Mil-Std 1760, Firewire, EBR-1553 and other future applications. Time, Space, Position Information is described in its relation and importance to Systems testing.

The audience for this course will encompass Flight Test Engineers, Program Managers, military and civilian aerospace workers, Flight Test Range and Instrumentation support. The course is appropriate for newly hired or assigned personnel at these locations as well as seasoned veterans in the Test and Evaluation areas.

What you will learn:

Be familiar with types of Data Busses, Avionic systems specifications and regulations, and the causes of EMI. Understand the unique problems associated with Avionics and Weapons Testing,1553 data bus architectures, Data collection, reading, and data analysis procedures.

Course Outline:

  1. Why Systems Flight Test? What are the Differences between Systems Test and P&FQ Testing? What is the difference between Development versus Demonstration Programs? What are the differences between Contractor, DT, and OT Testing
  2. Time, Space, Position Information (TSPI) What drives TSPI Requirements; and what are the accuracies of TSPI systems in use today?
  3. Data Bus Architecture; how is data transferred amongst avionics systems? Description, operation and applications of the following data bus types are described: 1553 Data Busses, 1760, ARINC 429/629, EBR 1553, STANAG 3910, Fiber Channel, and TCP/IP.
  4. Data Acquisition, Reduction and Analysis – How is data acquired from the aircraft? Typical Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) systems are explained as well as digital data and video capture systems.
  5. Whenever current is flowing EM fields are present; these fields can wreak havoc on aircraft avionics systems. The lectures will cover EMI/EMC, how to test for it (bonding, Victim/Source, Near and Far Field) and how to avoid interference.


This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410)956-8805 or at and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410)956-8805 or email us at


  • Robert E. McShea, B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Syracuse University, President, Aircraft Avionics Flight Test Consultants, LLC. Previous positions include Director, Avionics and Systems Academic Programs at the National Test Pilot School, Mojave, CA, Senior Technical Specialist at the Northrop Grumman Corporation in Palmdale, California.. He was employed by the Grumman Corporation in Calverton Long Island as a Group Manager for Avionics and Weapons Systems Test, He is the author of the text, Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapons systems, 2nd edition which is used as a text for this course.

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