What is avionics?

Avionics is a category of electronic systems and equipment specifically designed for use in aviation.

A literal blend of the terms "aviation" and "electronics," the avionics installed in an aircraft or spacecraft can include engine controls, flight control systems, navigation, communications, flight recorders, lighting systems, threat detection, fuel systems, electro-optic (EO/IR) systems, weather radar, performance monitors, and systems that carry out hundreds of other mission and flight management tasks.

Every modern aircraft, spacecraft, and artificial satellite uses electronic systems of varying types to perform a range of functions pertinent to their purpose and mission. Generally, the more complex the craft or mission is, the more complicated the electronic systems are that they employ.

Commercial airliners, helicopters, military fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), business jets, and spacecraft all use avionics - to provide services, carry out missions, make new discoveries, track and report performance measures, and operate within established safety parameters. The most advanced avionics systems also integrate multiple functions to improve performance, simplify maintenance, and contain costs.

 


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