Six Mistakes To Avoid Regarding Your Aircraft Avionics Systems

Posted on: 12 March 2021


An effective and optimal aircraft avionics system is essential to maximizing the productivity of a flight crew while also ensuring safety. Unfortunately, cumbersome and potentially dangerous mistakes are often made on aircraft that lead to unnecessary complications for flight crews.

The following are six mistakes to avoid regarding your aircraft avionics systems. 

Having a system that doesn't clearly confirm completed tasks

One simple yet often overlooked detail of aircraft avionics systems is task completion confirmation. An effective avionics system should clearly confirm task completion so that all crew members can immediately become aware of completed tasks.

Confirmation of completed tasks is an essential aspect of aircraft avionics system design. If it is overlooked, it will at best detract from crew productivity and at worst create potentially dangerous distractions for the pilot.  

Not having a system that's set up for fast input

An avionics system should be designed to make command input as fast and precise as possible. All dialog boxes should be marked clearly and data formatting should be simplified. In the future, voice controls are expected to increasingly take over and make command input even more simple and immediate for flight crews. 

Failing to automate tasks that need to be executed frequently

Automation is useful when it comes to aircraft avionics system design because so many tasks executed by flight crew are repetitive and common. Consider the potential for added automation features in your system and take advantage of any automation possibilities that could improve flight crew performance on your aircraft. 

Neglecting system upgrades

It's essential that you keep up with system upgrades for your aircraft avionics system. Upgrades can be easy to overlook, but overlooking them can potentially have drastic consequences. Avionics technology is constantly being advanced and updated. You need to set a schedule for system upgrades and maintenance to keep your avionics system from becoming outdated and obsolete. 

Not formatting touchscreens optimally

Touchscreens used in your avionics system can make data formatting faster and simpler for the flight crew. However, they need to be formatted properly with features like drop-down menus and setup for effective one-handed use where possible to optimize data entry tasks for the flight crew.

Being unaware of FAA regulation changes

Staying abreast of all regulation changes from the FAA is a must. The FAA frequently comes out with new regulations impacting aircraft avionics system design. You need to stay aware of FAA regulations changes regarding not only avionics systems, but also radar systems, air traffic control communications procedures, and more. 

Contact a professional in the industry to learn more about aircraft avionics systems.