ECTS - Aircraft Communication and Computer Systems

Aircraft Communication and Computer Systems (AEE409) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Aircraft Communication and Computer Systems AEE409 4 2 0 5 8
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion, Experiment, Drill and Practice, Observation Case Study, Problem Solving.
Course Coordinator
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Course Objectives 1. To introduce communication systems 2. To study amplitude, frequency, pulse amplitude, pulse code modulations 3. To explain frequency division/time division multiplexing 4. To introduce multiuser radio communication 5. To teach working principles of VHF communication; HF communication, audio systems, Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) 6. To teach operation and purpose of data busses in aircraft systems 7. To explain data bus standards and protocols 8. To study operation and interfaces of avionics computers 9. To introduce aircraft displays 10. To discuss the operation and the pros and cons of fiber optics
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Ability to describe the basic components of a communication system
  • Ability to describe the operation of analog and digital modulation schemes
  • Ability to understand DSB/SSB modulation
  • Ability to recognize VHF/HF radio equipments and types of ELT
  • Ability to describe aircraft communication systems
  • Ability to know operation and components of aircraft data bus systems
  • Ability to identify data bus standards and protocols
  • Ability to recognize and understand operation and interfaces of typical avionics computer
  • Ability use software tools
  • Ability to know the operation of aircraft displays
  • Ability to know working principles and application of fiber optics in aircraft systems
Course Content Analog sinyallerin çeşitli modülasyon ve demodülasyon teknikleri, faz kilitlemeli döngü, AM ve FM sistemlerinde sinyal-gürültü oranı, analog sinyaller için sayısal iletim yöntemleri, zaman bölüşümlü çoğullama, çok kullanıcılı telsiz işletişimler, uçak sistemlerindeki veri yolları,veri yolunun bileşenleri ve işlevleri, yaygın veri yolu standartları

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Continuous-Wave Modulation: Amplitude Modulation, linear modulation schemes, Frequency division multiplexing, Angle modulation, Frequency Modulation, Superheterodyne Receiver
2 Continuous-Wave Modulation: Noise in AM receivers, Noise in FM receivers, phase-locked loop
3 Pulse Modulation: Sampling process, Pulse Amplitude Modulation, Pulse width modulation, Pulse position modulation
4 Pulse Modulation: Pulse Code modulation, Noise in PCM systems, Time-division multiplexing
5 Multiuser radio communications: Multiple-access techniques, satellite communications, Radio link analysis, Wireless communications
6 Working principles of Very High Frequency (VHF) communication; High Frequency (HF) communication; Audio; Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT)
7 VHF communication: VHF range and propagation, DSB modulation, VHF radio equipment
8 Mid-Term Exam
9 HF communication: HF range and propagation, SSB modulation, HF radio equipment
10 Audio systems: Flight interphone system, Cockpit voice recorder
11 Data Bus: Operation, Purpose of the data buses applied to civil and military systems, Data bus families, Components of aircraft data bus systems: transceiver, controller, cabling, fibre optics
12 Data bus standarts: ARINC 429, ARINC 629, MILSTD -I 553 (DEFSTAN 00-18), Data bus protocols: Data bus word, error detection, parity
13 Avionics Computers: The layout, operation and interfaces of typical computers: Inputs, outputs, processors, memory devices, Operation, advantages and disadvantages of typical data storage, Possible consequences of unauthorized and un-recorded software changes, Restrictions on changes and recording, Airworthiness requirements for the development and implementation of software changes
14 Operation of aircraft displays: liquid crystal displays (LCD), Light Emitting Diode (LED) displays, Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) displays
15 Layout and operation of a fibre-optic data bus: couplers, control terminals, remote terminals,application of fibre optics in aircraft systems
16 Final Exam


Course Book 1. Communication Systems, Simon Haykin, Wiley, 2001
2. Aircraft Communications and Navigation Systems, M.Tooley and D.Wyatt, Elsevier, 2007
3. Avionics Databuses, Len Buckwalter, Avionics Communications
Other Sources 4. Analog and Digital Communication Systems, Martin S.Roden

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory 14 15
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 50
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 35
Toplam 17 100
Percentage of Semester Work
Percentage of Final Work 100
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Ability to know and apply basic concepts of mathematics and physics.
2 Ability to know and apply basic electricity and electronic circuits concepts theoretically and practically. X
3 Ability to know computer structure, its data buses, and analog/ digital instruments of aircraft thoroughly. X
4 Ability to know materials and hardware of aircraft and use this knowledge in maintenance. X
5 Ability to install, troubleshoot, remove and replace, and test the full spectrum of avionics equipment.
6 Ability to know and apply the standarts of maintenance, repair, and overhaul of aircraft electrical and electronic systems and components .
7 Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern maintenance tools necessary for avionic maintenance practice. X
8 Ability to work on multidisciplinary teams and have a skill of individual working.
9 Ability to communicate effectively in both English and Turkish in oral and written forms.
10 Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning; an ability to use information-seeking tools and to follow the improvements in science and technology. X
11 An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 4 64
Laboratory 14 2 28
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 1 14
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 7 2 14
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 25 50
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 25 25
Total Workload 195