The Spartan Avionics classes prepare students for FCC certification tests. Using state of the art equipment and labs. Spartan’s classes use electronic trainers from Snap-On, BK Precision, Lab-Volt, Tektronix, Garmin, Michel, and Linaire. Focused on teaching students the fundamentals.
Much like other courses at Spartan, aviation electronics provide a balance between the lab and lectures to present the lessons in an efficient way.
AET Classes Offered at the Tulsa Campus
AET 1607 – Aircraft and UAV Electronics Fundamentals | 7 Credits
This course will provide information on mechanics’ privileges as outlined in the Federal Aviation Administration Regulations, Part 65. The students will learn to read, select, and use FAA and manufacturers’ aircraft maintenance specification data sheets, manuals, publications, technical data, and related FAA regulations. The theory of Aircraft and UAV flight and control surfaces will be covered along with aircraft and electrical safety procedures. Students will read and interpret aircraft drawings and repairs using standard drawing symbols. Students will also complete a review of basic mathematical concepts and learn the fundamentals of DC Electronic Circuits. Students will learn the use of test equipment to perform related lab experiments. Students will learn soldering skills to aviation standards and build an electronic trainer.
AET 1617 – Theory of Alternating Current and Reactive Devices | 7 Credits
In this course, students will study alternating current theory, including capacitance, inductance, and reactance. Students will learn about magnetism, transformers, power supplies, and will use Oscilloscopes and various test equipment to perform related lab experiments.
AET 1627 – Electronic Circuits and Amplifiers | 7 Credits
Students in this course will study various types of resonance and filter circuits found in electronics, including amplifiers, wave-shaping circuits, and operational amplifiers. Students will use test equipment to perform related lab experiments. Extensive use of NIDA trainers will be used for Electronic Diagnostics and troubleshooting.
AET 2637 – Digital Circuits and Devices | 7 Credits
Students will learn the basic logic gates and families and learn various logic circuits such as flip-flops, counters, and decoders. Digital devices and interfacing will be studied. The students will study the microprocessor and common parts of a computer system. Also, the students will learn the applications of computers in aviation, aviation data busses, and troubleshooting techniques. Students will use test equipment to perform related digital lab experiments.
AET 2647 – Principles of Electronic Communications | 7 Credits
Students in this course will learn the theory and operation of communication equipment. Areas of study include receivers, transmitters, and antennas. Students will also learn how microwave devices and optical devices are used in aviation. UAV ground and Satellite Communication Systems will be studied. Students will use test equipment to operationally build, test, and troubleshoot communication equipment.
AET 2657 – Aircraft/UAV Instrument and Autonomous Navigation Systems | 7 Credits
Students will learn both DC and AC power systems for aircraft and UAVs including batteries, generators, and power distribution systems. The students will study synchrony and servo systems used by the Autonomous Navigation Systems and basic aircraft instruments. The student will understand how pressure setting systems are used in aviation. UAV and aircraft altitude and heading systems will be studied. Students will service batteries and perform tests on aircraft.
AET 2667 – Aircraft/UAV Communication & Dependent Navigation Systems | 7 Credits
Students in this course will study the theory of aircraft and UAV communication and dependent navigation systems including automatic flight control systems and inflight entertainment systems. The student will understand how onboard aircraft safety systems are installed and maintained. Students will learn the basics of troubleshooting and will perform labs doing testing and troubleshooting of aircraft and aircraft components.
AET 2677 – Aircraft/UAV Radar Systems & Flight Line Maintenance | 7 Credits
In this course, students will learn basic aircraft and UAV radar principles and their application in weather radar and secondary surveillance systems. Students will design and complete an aircraft Avionics installation, will learn basic troubleshooting techniques for aircraft and UAVs, and will perform flight-line testing of avionics systems and learn the impact of aircraft weight and balance. Flight-line Safety along with proper tools and equipment use will also be covered.
AET 2687 – Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) & Maintenance | 7 Credits
In this course, students will learn UAS command and control requirements, ground control station set-up, maintenance, airspace classifications, airspace restrictions, FAA and Government UAS restrictions, and uses. Students will build a UAV and will learn basic troubleshooting techniques for ground control stations and UAVs. They will perform flight testing, following Flight and Ground Safety Rules along with proper maintenance tools and equipment use.
AET Classes Offered at the Denver Campus
EL 121 – DC Electronics | 5 Credits
This course is an introduction to basic DC electronics. Students are introduced to the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance, and to components including conductors, semiconductors, insulators, resistors, insulators, and capacitors, along with their characteristics in circuits. Course also covers the application of these concepts and components in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Upon completion of this class, students should understand the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance, various DC circuit components, and how these components react in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.
EL 122 – AC Electronics | 7 Credits
This course is an introduction to basic AC electronics. Students are introduced to the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance, and to components including conductors, semiconductors, insulators, resistors, insulators, and capacitors, along with their characteristics in AC circuits. Course also covers the application of these concepts and components in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Students are also introduced to a digital multimeter and an oscilloscope. Upon completion of this class, students should understand the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance, various circuit components, and how these components react in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.
EL 123 – Solid State Electronics | 6 Credits
This course is a study of amplifiers, operational amplifiers, transistors, capacitors, and oscillators. The course includes decibel conversions, gain calculations, amplifier construction, transistor configuration, as well as signal injection. Students will troubleshoot solid state electronic equipment utilizing common test equipment. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to describe the basic concepts of solid state theory and how to troubleshoot solid state electronics using common test equipment.
EL 124 – Digital Electronics | 6 Credits
This course starts with a discussion of digital concepts, including number conversion, gates, flip/flops, and counters. Shift registers and light microprocessor theory is taught, along with common digital circuits. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to describe digital electronic concepts and can apply these concepts in a series of lab projects
EL 127 – Industrial Electronics | 6 Credits
This course provides instruction in use and application sensors. This course includes switches and relays and their applications, along with pressure sensors, hall effect sensors, heat and other sensors. Diodes are discussed along with current devices and why they are important. Basic transistor theory including DIACs, TRIACs, SCRs and IBGTs is taught with their common configuration. Frequency drives are covered for basic understanding of motor control. Students are introduced to the use of wiring diagrams and how to trace signals. Upon completion of this course, students should be able describe the various components in common circuits and be able to read basic wiring diagrams
AV 121 – Communication Theory | 6 Credits
This course explores the use of electronic circuits for communication via RF signals which includes AM, FM and Phase Modulation. Circuits studied include oscillators, modulators, mixers, buffers, filters, as well as a discussion of fiber optic theory. The course also induces an introduction to fiber optics, radio wave propagation and antenna theory. Soldering skills are reinforced by building an AM/ FM radio. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to exhibit basic knowledge and skills in communication and fiber optic theory and possess and understanding of the operation of transmitter and receiver circuitry.
AV 122 – Wiring I | 4 Credits
Course will introduce students to basic wiring concepts. Wiring diagrams, types of connectors, installation tools and common materials, as well as installation procedures and techniques are all included. Students will fabricate a basic wiring harness. Course includes the study of avionics installation practices, with the main emphasis on wiring techniques using a wide range of specialized crimpers and use of installation manuals. Aircraft systems, including batteries, electrical power generation, and aircraft data buses, are introduced. Also discussed are the rules and regulations of the aviation industry, including Federal Aviation regulations, Air Transport Association codes, manufacturer’s manuals, and industry documentation requirements. Upon successful completion of this course, students should understand wiring concepts, know the power producing systems of aircraft, and have basic knowledge of documents and manuals in the aviation industry.
AV 123 – Wiring II | 6 Credits
Course builds on the basic wiring concepts presented in Wiring I. Advanced install practices and techniques as well as detailed workmanship criteria are presented. Very detailed lab projects include the building of a complete wiring harness for multiple units utilizing a complex schematic. Course also includes instruction on manual usage, component installation manuals, aircraft wiring diagrams, plans and preparation of complex wiring projects, continuity and power-on checks, trouble-shooting, and documentation requirements. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to construct a complex wire harness build-up from initial planning to final completion of documentation
AV 124 – Communication and Navigation Systems | 9 Credits
The course includes material covering VHF, HF, and SatCom forms of communication and aviation navigation systems to include the ILS system components, VOR, and GPS. Also, presented in the class will be an overview of various cockpit display systems and enhanced vision systems to include Synthetic Vision systems. Lab exercises will simulate real world shop repair experience by requiring students to evaluate, troubleshoot, and identify equipment failure to the component level utilizing schematics and industry standard test equipment and procedures on actual aircraft avionic equipment. Upon completion of this course the student should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the various communication an navigation systems presented in class at both the theoretical and application level as well as practically displaying skills utilizing the necessary resources to troubleshoot aviation electronic equipment to the component level.
AV 125 – Gyroscopes and Autopilot Systems | 6 Credits
Course will include the study of basic theory of flight, flight controls, gyroscopes and gyroscopic systems, INS/IRS, AHRS, and FMS utilized in modern aircraft Flight Director/Autopilot systems. Time will also be spent discussing RVSM principles and system concepts and requirements including the ADC and pilot/static system. Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to explain the fundamental theory of flight and aerodynamics related to lift and flight control. The student should also possess a basic knowledge of the various motion/position sensing and command/control systems studied and be able to describe and explain the interconnection between the various aircraft systems comprising the modern aircraft autopilot to include the different modes of autopilot system operation available to the pilot.
AV 126 – Pulse Microwave Systems | 9 Credits
Course includes the study of basic microwave principles and theory as a basis for understanding radar and microwave devices and systems. Specific aircraft systems covered to include Transponders, DME, TCAS I and II, ADS-B/Next Gen systems, WX Radar, and TAWS/EGPWS. Lab exercises will simulate real world shop repair experience by requiring students to evaluate, troubleshoot, and identify equipment failure to the component level utilizing schematics and industry standard test equipment and procedures on actual aircraft equipment. Upon course completion, the student should be able to display a fundamental understanding of the theory, operation, and practical usage of the various systems studied and their relationship to safe flight in aviation. Additionally, the student should display practical skills utilizing the necessary resources to troubleshoot aviation electronic equipment to the component level.
AV 127 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems | 6 Credits
In this course students will learn UAS command and control requirements, along with ground control station set-up and maintenance. Airspace classifications and restrictions, also FAA and Government UAS restrictions and uses. Students will maintain and operate a complete UAV and will learn basic troubleshooting techniques for ground control stations and UAVs maintenance. Students will perform flight-testing, following Flight and Ground Safety procedures, along with proper use of tools and equipment.