A perennial bestseller, the Digital Avionics Handbook offers a comprehensive view of avionics. Complete with case studies of avionics architectures as well as examples of modern systems flying on current military and civil aircraft, this Third Edition includes:

  • Ten brand-new chapters covering new topics and emerging trends
  • Significant restructuring to deliver a more coherent and cohesive story
  • Updates to all existing chapters to reflect the latest software and technologies

Featuring discussions of new data bus and display concepts involving retina scanning, speech interaction, and synthetic vision, the Digital Avionics Handbook, Third Edition provides practicing and aspiring electrical, aerospace, avionics, and control systems engineers with a pragmatic look at the present state of the art of avionics.

section 1|236 pages

Evolution of Avionics: Safety and Certification

chapter 1|6 pages

Evolving Avionics: Meeting the Challenge of NextGen and SESAR

ByUma D. Ferrell, Thomas K. Ferrell

chapter 2|14 pages


ByRoy T-Oishi, Ann Heinke

chapter 3|14 pages


ByMyron Kayton

chapter 4|24 pages

Global Positioning System

ByChristopher J. Hegarty, John M. Foley, Sai K. Kalyanaraman

chapter 5|25 pages

Fault-Tolerant Avionics

ByEllis F. Hitt

chapter 6|16 pages

Electromagnetic Environment

ByRichard Hess

chapter 7|25 pages

Vehicle Health Management Systems

ByPhilip A. Scandura

chapter 8|7 pages

Cockpit Voice Recorders and Data Recorders

ByScott Montgomery

chapter 9|15 pages

Certification of Civil Avionics

ByG. Frank McCormick

chapter 10|20 pages

System Safety and System Development

ByMarge Jones

chapter 12|12 pages


ByThomas K. Ferrell, Uma D. Ferrell

chapter 13|9 pages

RTCA DO-178C/EUROCAE ED-12C and the Technical Supplements

ByThomas K. Ferrell, Uma D. Ferrell

chapter 14|20 pages


ByRandall Fulton

section 2|283 pages

Avionics Functions: Supporting Technology and Case Studies

chapter 15|15 pages

Human Factors Engineering and Flight Deck Design

ByKathy H. Abbott

chapter 16|24 pages

Head-Mounted Displays

ByJames Melzer

chapter 17|27 pages

Head-Up Display

ByRobert B. Wood, Peter J. Howells

chapter 18|8 pages

Display Devices: RSD™ (Retinal Scanning Display)

ByThomas M. Lippert

chapter 19|15 pages

Vision Systems

BySteven D. Young, Lynda J. Kramer, Randall E. Bailey

chapter 20|10 pages

Speech Recognition and Synthesis

ByDouglas W. Beeks

chapter 21|12 pages

Terrain Awareness

ByBarry C. Breen

chapter 22|9 pages

Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System II (TCASII)

BySteve Henely

chapter 23|16 pages

Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast

ByJoel M. Wichgers

chapter 24|26 pages

Flight Management Systems

ByRandy Walter

chapter 25|12 pages

Electrical Wiring Interconnect System

ByMichael Traskos

chapter 26|23 pages


ByDavid G. Vutetakis

chapter 27|32 pages

Genesis: An IMA Architecture for Boeing B-787 and Beyond

ByRandy Walter, Christopher B. Watkins

chapter 28|7 pages

Boeing B-777 Avionics Architecture

ByMichael J. Morgan

chapter 29|14 pages

Boeing B-777: Fly-by-Wire Flight Controls

ByGregg F. Bartley

chapter 30|6 pages

New Avionics Systems: Airbus A330/A340

ByPeter Potocki de Montalk

chapter 31|18 pages

Airbus Electrical Flight Controls: A Family of Fault-Tolerant Systems

ByPascal Traverse

section 3|256 pages

Avionics Development: Tools, Techniques, and Methods

chapter 32|52 pages

Electronic Hardware Reliability

ByP.V. Varde, Nikhil Vichare, Ping Zhao, Diganta Das, Michael G. Pecht

chapter 34|14 pages

ARINC 429 Digital Information Transfer System

ByPaul J. Prisaznuk

chapter 37|28 pages

Time-Triggered Protocol

ByMirko Jakovljevic

chapter 38|18 pages

Digital Avionics Modeling and Simulation

ByJack Strauss, Joseph Lyvers, Terry Venema, Andrew Shupe

chapter 39|16 pages

Model-Based Development with AADL

ByJulien Delange, Bruce Lewis

chapter 40|9 pages

Mathworks Approach to MBD

ByBill Potter, Pieter Mosterman, Tom Erkkinen

chapter 41|12 pages

Esterel SCADE Approach to MBD

ByJean-Louis Camus

chapter 42|20 pages

Model Checking

ByTingting Hu, Ivan Cibrario Bertolotti

chapter 43|21 pages

Formal Methods

ByBen Di Vito

chapter 44|18 pages

Navigation and Tracking

ByJames Farrell, Maarten Uijt de Haag

section 4|18 pages


chapter 45|16 pages

Next Frontier: Sharing the Airspace with Increased Autonomy

ByMark G. Ballin