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Use Of The Ms Flight Simulator In The Teaching Of The Introduction To Avionics Course

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Classroom Innovations

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7.1239.1 - 7.1239.11



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Ruxandra Botez

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Iulian Cotoi

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Use of the MS Flight Simulator in the teaching of the Introduction to avionics course

Iulian Cotoi, Ruxandra Mihaela Botez

Ecole de technologie supérieure Département de génie de la production automatisée 1100 Notre Dame Ouest Montréal, Qué., Canada, H3C 1K3


The course Introduction to avionics GPA-745 is an optional course in the Aerospace program given in the Department of Automated Production Engineering at École de technologie supérieure in Montreal, Canada. The main objectif of this course is the study of electronic avionics instrumentation installed in aircraft. In this course, the following chapters are presented : History of avionics, Methods of navigation and orientation, Pilot cockpit and board instrumentation, Communication systems, Radio-navigation systems, Landing systems, Engine signalization instruments, Central alarm systems, Maintenance systems and Warning systems.

The presentation of the course in the class to the students is shown on PowerPoint slides and videos on modern aircraft such as Airbus and Boeing. Also, regarding the pilot induced oscillations a video film is provided from Bombardier Aerospace. However, the presentation of the course in the class may be improved and become more efficient grace to the use of MS Flight Simulator.

The main idea of this paper is to show how the participation of the students in the class will be increased by use of the MS Flight Simulator. The use of the systems and the electronic board instrumentation will be shown with the help of the new flight simulations modules realized within the MS Flight Simulator. For each instrument, one module will be created and presented in the class, which will result in a more interesting course presentation, stimulating and dynamical from pedagogical point of view, than the theory of the course by use of PowerPoint. In these modules, the use of : - Flight instruments for the aircraft control - Radio-navigation systems for landing such as ILS and MLS - Board instrumentation and radio-navigation systems such as VOR and ADF will be analyzed for the flight main phases : take-off, climb, horizontal flight, descent, landing, and turns.

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Botez, R., & Cotoi, I. (2002, June), Use Of The Ms Flight Simulator In The Teaching Of The Introduction To Avionics Course Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10608

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