Digital Avionics Handbook


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ISBN 9781138076983

Spitzer C






Weight 1.406 kg
Dimensions 17.8 × 25.4 cm


A perennial bestseller, the Digital Avionics Handbook offers a comprehensive view of avionics. Complete with case studies of avionics architectures as well as examples of modern systems flying on current military and civil aircraft, this Third Edition includes:

  • Ten brand-new chapters covering new topics and emerging trends
  • Significant restructuring to deliver a more coherent and cohesive story
  • Updates to all existing chapters to reflect the latest software and technologies

Featuring discussions of new data bus and display concepts involving retina scanning, speech interaction, and synthetic vision, the Digital Avionics Handbook, Third Edition provides practicing and aspiring electrical, aerospace, avionics, and control systems engineers with a pragmatic look at the present state of the art of avionics.

About the author
Cary R. Spitzer (deceased) earned degrees from Virginia Tech and George Washington University. After serving in the US Air Force, he joined the NASA Langley Research Center, where his work contributed to the first satellite-guided automatic landing of a passenger transport aircraft as well as the B-757 ARIES flight research platform. In 1993, he founded AvioniCon, Inc., an international avionics consulting firm. Active in the RTCA, AIAA, and IEEE, Cary received the Airline Avionics Institute Chairman’s Special Volare Award, AIAA 1994 Digital Avionics Award, and IEEE Centennial Medal and Millennium Medal. He held two US patents, published more than 40 papers, and authored several books on avionics. Uma and Thomas Ferrell are cofounders of Ferrell and Associates Consulting, Inc., a certification and software safety consultancy serving the aerospace industry. They have over 50 years of combined experience in training, project management and recovery, certification project support, and related research, and are frequently sought out to help with new and novel technologies and methods where traditional certification approaches break down. Uma earned degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Bangalore University. She has held senior technical positions at Reliable Software Technologies, The MITRE Corporation, General Sciences Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation. She has also contributed to the engineering of large-scale, mission-critical scientific information systems for NASA, NOAA, and the FAA. Thomas earned degrees from Northern Illinois University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and George Mason University. He has held senior technical positions at Science Application International Corporation, Iridium LLC, and the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group. Additionally, he has served as a private sector advisor to the FAA at ICAO and in various leadership capacities for a number of RTCA committees. Uma and Thomas have collaborated together on numerous industry efforts, aviation engineering courses, jointly authored papers and conference tutorials, and the FAA’s Service History Handbook (DOT/FAA/AR-01/116).

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