Online Courses in Avionics
The courses here are some of the common online offerings from various colleges with avionics technician programs.
- Introductory Avionics Course: This introductory course includes a basic introduction to radio navigation, techniques for installation and repair of air-borne radio communications, troubleshooting and radar equipment systems.
- Installation of Avionics Systems Course: This course expands upon introductory avionics, with a focus on aircraft electrical systems and communication systems. Course content includes modules designed to develop students' capacity to perform checks and troubleshoot problems in avionics communication systems, analyze aircraft electrical systems, install avionics systems onto aircraft and calibrate test equipment.
- Communication Systems in Avionics Course: Students learn to install, repair and maintain AM and FM transmitters and receivers. FCC rules that pertain to work with AM and FM transmitters are included.
- Avionics Navigation Systems Course: Students learn to maintain airborne radio navigation systems, airborne radar systems and accompanying equipment. Principles of operation area navigation systems are an essential course component.
- Avionics Systems and Troubleshooting Course: In this course, students learn to test and troubleshoot many different types of avionics systems, including VHF communications and navigation equipment, instrument landing systems, transponders and pitot-static systems. The curriculum also introduces students to complex wiring diagrams.
- Digital Electronics Course: This course familiarizes aspiring avionics technicians with the theories and terms used in the field of digital electronics. Emphasis is placed on circuits used in avionics equipment.
Avionics programs generally occur on-site at university campuses or aviation schools. A few schools, however, offer avionics certificates and associate degrees in a hybrid format, which includes a series of on-site class sessions and online coursework. Hybrid avionics certificate programs vary in length, but they can require up to 720 hours of coursework. Associate degree programs take two years to complete. Topics include aircraft navigation, radar, collision avoidance, radio communications and other electronic flight control systems. Certificate-level coursework in avionics prepares students to sit for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) exams, which individuals must pass in order to work on communications equipment.
Blended avionics certificate programs may require students to complete prerequisites before program entry. Students must either have a completed Airframe and/or Power Plant training, previous work experience in the avionics industry or other previous electronics training.
Although avionics work requires hands-on practice, there are online training courses available at the undergraduate level that can provide relevant education for future technicians.