This one-week course is intended to provide the aerospace professional with a technical and practical introduction to the subject of avionics. 

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The course is tailored to provide delegates with a broad overview of the discipline, focusing on functions, supporting technologies and avionic system design considerations.

At a glance

Course structure

This five day course includes lectures, discussion and sessions in Cranfield’s fixed base flight simulator. A visit to an aircraft maintenance base is arranged depending on the discretion of industrial hosts. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

At the end of the course, delegates will have acquired a good understanding of the major airborne avionic functions and systems and will be able to select appropriate technologies and products for a broad range of functional requirements.

Core content

The course will address the following subjects:

  • The cockpit environment – a historical overview, evolution and crew tasks; human factors issues
  • Head down display technologies
  • Head up displays
  • Helmet mounted displays
  • Airborne instrumentation and air data sensors
  • Fundamentals of radio propagation and antenna design
  • Navigation fundamentals
  • Radio navigational aids; direction finding, VOR, DME, NDB, ILS, marker beacon
  • Global positioning system (GPS)
  • Inertial navigation systems (INS)
  • Radar – Pulsed and continuous wave, SAR
  • Databuses: basic concepts, ARINC 429/629/664 MIL-1553
  • Fly-by-wire: Basic principles and A320 detailed case study
  • Airborne surveillance systems: ACAS and TAWS
  • Avionic system life cycle and design/procurement considerations
  • Fault tolerant design
  • Avionics function design and safety
  • Certification
  • Avionics hardware design, test and installation issues.

Who should attend

The course is designed for graduate scientists and engineers who wish to pursue a career in avionics or in a field relating to avionics. It is also intended for airline professionals, including pilots, seeking a more in-depth and technical understanding of the subject.



20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

We are pleased to offer an exclusive accommodation package at our Mitchell Hall hotel. Located on campus, all rooms are en-suite and available on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. The cost of this package is £495.

If you would like to book our accommodation package for this short course*, please indicate this on your registration form.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

*Subject to availability.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.