Module Title:Radio Communication and Navigation Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures will be delivery using PowerPoint, handouts and interactive learning techniques.
Module Aim: To provide the student with the competency and skills for radio and navigation systems on modern aircraft..
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the principle of operation of AM, FM radio transmitters, receivers and their use in avionic systems
LO2 Describe and explain the detailed operation of ground based navigation beacons and their associated airborne based receivers / transmitters and identify the use of test equipment to analyse their operation
LO3 Discuss and illustrate the different types of cabin and information systems.
LO4 Describe and explain the detailed operation of the different types of automatic landing systems used on aircraft
LO5 Discuss the use of Integrated modular avionics and their application on modern aircraft
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Fundamentals of radio wave propagation, antennas, transmission lines, communication, receiver and transmitter; Working principles of following systems: Very High Frequency (VHF) communication; High Frequency (HF) communication; Audio; Emergency Locator Transmitters; Cockpit Voice Recorder; Very High Frequency omnidirectional range (VOR); Automatic Direction Finding (ADF); Instrument Landing System (ILS); Microwave Landing System (MLS); Flight Director systems; Distance Measuring Equipment (DME); Very Low Frequency and hyperbolic navigation (VLF/Omega); Doppler navigation; Area navigation, RNAV systems; Flight Management Systems; Global Positioning System (GPS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS); Inertial Navigation System; Air Traffic Control transponder, secondary surveillance radar; Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS); Weather avoidance radar; Radio altimeter; ARINC communication and reporting; UAV technology, MEMS and range sensors, systems programming, mission control, data filtering.GPS landing systems,Aircraft tracking systems.
Equipment and Furnishings (ATA 25)
Electronic emergency equipment requirements; Cabin entertainment equipment
On board Maintenance Systems (ATA 45)
Central maintenance computers; Data loading system; Electronic library system; Printing; Structure monitoring (damage tolerance monitoring).
Integrated Modular Avionics (ATA42)
Functions that may be typically integrated in the Integrated Modular Avionic (IMA) modules are, among others: Bleed Management, Air Pressure Control, Air Ventilation and Control, Avionics and Cockpit Ventilation Control, Temperature Control, Air Traffic Communication, Avionics Communication Router, Electrical Load Management, Circuit Breaker Monitoring, Electrical System BITE, Fuel Management, Braking Control, Steering Control, Landing Gear Extension and Retraction, Tyre Pressure Indication, Oleo Pressure Indication, Brake Temperature Monitoring, etc.; Core System; Network Components.
Cabin Systems (ATA44)
The units and components which furnish a means of entertaining the passengers and providing communication within the aircraft (Cabin Intercommunication Data System) and between the aircraft cabin and ground stations (Cabin Network Service). Includes voice, data, music and video transmissions. The Cabin Intercommunication Data System provides an interface between cockpit/cabin crew and cabin systems. These systems support data exchange of the different related LRU’s and they are typically operated via Flight Attendant Panels. The Cabin Network Service typically consists on a server, typically interfacing with, among others, the following systems: Data/Radio Communication In-fight Entertainment System. The Cabin Network Service may host functions such as: Access to pre-departure/departure reports, E-mail/intranet/Internet access, Passenger database; Cabin Core System; In-flight Entertainment System; External Communication Systems Cabin Mass Memory System; Cabin Monitoring System; Miscellaneous Cabin System.
Information Systems (ATA 46)
The units and components which furnish a means of storing, updating and retrieving digital information traditionally provided on paper, microfilm or microfiche. Includes units that are dedicated to the information storage and retrieval function such as the electronic library mass storage and controller. Does not include units or components installed for other uses and shared with other systems, such as flight deck printer or general use display. Typical examples include: Air Traffic and Information Management Systems Network Server Systems. Aircraft General Information System; Flight Deck Information System; Maintenance Information System; Passenger Cabin Information System Miscellaneous Information System
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Students will complete assignments as part of the assessment of this module. 2,4 10.00 Week 6
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation The student will complete practical assignments during the module and write a report on each assignment 1,2,3 15.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation The student will complete a test during the module 1,2 5.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam The written examination, at the end of the module, will evaluate the extent of the student’s knowledge of the learning outcomes. 1,2,3,4,5 70.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Practicals Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 6.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 5 Group Elective 2
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 5 Group Elective 2