20810386 - Avionics for air navigation

The students will be provided with knowledge concerning: (i) the tools are used to govern the movement of an aircraft and their evolution during the past decades; (ii) systems integration and its impact on the evolution of aircraft piloting and re-definition of the operating environment in which increased capacity and flexibility of airspace correspond to increased flight safety.
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Air navigation in the context of air transport: peculiarities, navigation techniques.
Flight instruments and their evolution: analogue, electromechanical, electronic instruments.
Instruments for controlling the direction of the aircraft: magnetic compass, its limits and errors; gyroscopic directional; gyromagnetic telecompass; solid state magnetometers.
Altitude control instruments: ICAO standard atmosphere, true altitudes and pressure altitudes: barometric altimeter; continuous wave radio altimeter; Air Data Computer.
Speed control instruments: Pitot – static system, thermometric probes; variometer, anemometer, machmeter.
Short/medium range radio aids: NDB/ADF system and VOR/DME system: operating principle, localization exercises.
Inertial navigation systems: operating principle, block diagram.
GPS satellite system: operating principle, constitution, performance.
Avionics in the evolution of air navigation: RNAV area navigation, Performance based navigation PBN. CNS/ATM environment.
Augmentation systems, the role of the computer in navigation and flight management systems FMS.

Core Documentation

Chris Binns, Aircraft Systems – Instruments, Communications, Navigation and Control, John Wiley & Sons - IEEE Press, Hoboken 2019

Reference Bibliography

Rizzardo Trebbi, Navigazione e strumenti, Aviabooks, Torino 2007 Rizzardo Trebbi, Teoria del volo, Aviabooks, Torino 2016 Ian Moir, Allan G. Seabridge, Civil Avionics Systems, Professional Engineering Publishing Limited, London 2003 FAA Federal Aviation Administration, Instrument Flying Handbook, FAA Airman Testing Standards Branch, Oklahoma City 2012 Ferruccio Francescotti, Avionica – i sistemi elettronici dei velivoli, IBN, Roma 2005 Michelangelo Flaccavento, Sistemi Avionici, Hoepli, Milano 2014 Course notes provided by the teacher

Type of delivery of the course

Frontal lessons, organized into theoretical explanations, applications and exercises. At the end of each lesson, a questionnaire will be proposed for self-evaluation of learning, with questions of the same type proposed in the exam.


Attending classes is not mandatory but is strongly recommended

Type of evaluation

Multiple choice questions