Airborne Monitoring and Control Systems

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Airborne Monitoring and Control Systems
Draxler K.
Pačes P.
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PRS - Airborne Monitoring and Control Systems

Welcome on Airborne Monitoring and Control Systems webpage - A3M38PRS. You will find basic information here necessary for successful fulfillment of all requirements. This subject is taught by people from Laboratory of Aerospace Information Systems that belongs under Department of Measurement (K13138), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague.



Target group: Target audience is represented by students who wants to know more about airplanes' board instruments systems used on small, ultra-light (UL), bigger (VLA), and bigger (GA), and a little bit bigger (CS23) machines, that fly in the Earth's atmosphere. The lectures are then extended about information related to spacecraft board instruments systems. Emphasis is placed on display instruments and generally on human-machine interaction.

Concept: The Subject is composed from lectures where students gain information that are used during laboratory exercises later. Exercises are divided into three blocks. First block introduces students into a simulator of an embedded system used for development of glass-cockpit visualization software - it is available for home usage. Students will design and develop one of the systems used onboard of modern airplanes. Next block is a set of measurement tasks, that demonstrates system principles and measurements necessary for successful certification of a new instrument. The subject ends by connection of developed instruments to a flight simulator and usage of developed instruments for guidance of the airplane..

Information about subject: curriculum.


  • Pavel Pačes: pacesp (a)
  • Karel Draxler: draxler (a)


  1. Internet
  2. Draxler, Karel.: Přístrojové systémy letadel I. ČVUT FEL, Praha 2003, ISBN 80-01-02688-4.
  3. Draxler, Karel.: Přístrojové systémy letadel II. ČVUT FEL, Praha 2002, ISBN 80-01-02484-9.
  4. Lewis, Stevens.: Aircraft control and simulation. Willey New York, 1992.
  5. McRuer, Ashkenas, Graham.: Aircraf dynamics and automatic control. Princeton University Press Princeton, 1990
  6. Nelson, R., C.: Flight Stability and Automatic Control, McGraw-Hill, 1989, 1998 ISBN: 0-07-046273
  7. CanAerospace protocol,
  8. MS Development Network,
  9. Simulace chování leteckých přístrojů :
  10. Vědecká Skupina zajišťující výuku:
  11. Osnovy:

Auxiliary literature:

  1. Dashboards of Space Shuttle:
  2. Space Shuttle avionics

All study materials are available here.



Lectures are held in room 316 in Dejvice, Technicka 2 on Mondays. See room placement here zde.

 1) Analog and digital airborne monitoring systems and their hierarchical structures
 2) Principles and methods for assuring the safety of the airborne systems and subsystems 
 3) Methods and means for avionic systems programming
 4) Avionics systems and their software certification procedures
 5) Means and subsystems of aircraft and spacecraft monitoring systems
 6) Propulsion automatic control systems (FADEC, EEC etc.)
 7) Flight data recorders
 8) Primary and secondary airborne displays and their usage with EFIS, ECAM, EICAS, GPWS
 9) Inertial navigation systems (INS) - principles, types and used sensors
10) INS integration into control systems
11) Systems of unmanned aerial vehicles and small aircrafts
12) Principles and systems for a crew training
13) Systems of military aircrafts and satellites
14) Future of aircraft systems

Industry visits: Ceska Letecka Servisni a.s., Aviation Service, ČSA (simulátors), Aero Vodochody, ...


Laboratory exercises

Laboratory exercises will be held in laboratory  s151 in Dejvice (see room placement here). Every student will measure and record his own values in his laboratory diary - figures, graphs, calculated constants etc.

Color coding for each block of laboratory exercises:

 Introduction into the embedded system simualtor used as engine for individual assignments.
 Laboratory measurement
 Industry visit and work on individual assignments.

Laboratory exercises

 1) Introduction, content, home work assignment.
 2) Introduction into the instrument development engine.
 3) Practicing programing techniques in C and MS Visual Studio.
 4) Presentation of the firs part of the individual assignment.
 5) Laboratory measurement - set of tasks - consultation - Measurement with an AHRS unit.
 6) Laboratory measurement - set of tasks - consultation - Gyro magnetic compass.
 7) Laboratory measurement - set of tasks - consultation - Aero metrical instruments.
 8) Laboratory measurement - set of tasks - consultation - Vibration measurement system.
 9) Laboratory measurement - set of tasks - consultation - Stabilization of a small satellite.
10) Individual assignments consultation - exkurze.
11) First attempt to deliver individual assignments - presentation of measurement results.
12) Individual assignments consultation - exkurze.
13) Second attempt to deliver individual assignments - presentation of measurement results.


14) Creditation



Industry visits

Aero Vodochody : ?.


Individual assignments

Students will develop a system representing information flow from a magnitude sensor to a display element. First part of the assignment consists in survey about basic information related to assigned magnitude - that is measured and displayed on the airplane dashboard. The first part is a documentation including following information:

  • Introduction and importance of the assigned magnitude for airplane control
  • Equations used to calculate assigned magnitude and description of all variables. In case your magnitude is not directly based on a physical principle you can place a short description of the measurement system into your presentation - like in case of GPS.
  • Sensors used for measurements of this magnitude, their principles.
  • Answer how are data transferred from sensor to the display instruments - analogue transmissions
  • What data packets carry assigned magnitude (definition according to ARINC429, ARINC629, CanAerospace, ...)
  • What display instruments are generally used: analogue, digital, displays - and try to predict what shape will be used in future.
  • Drawing of its face, scales and control items.
  • Description of control items.
  • Example of installation in an airplane.
  • What shape will be implemented by your team in digital form? Minimum and maximum values.
  • Percentage of participation of each team member - either on presentation preparation, programming or final report - in case of at least two people in the group all team members should participate on presentation.
  • Take care about proper citing of work of others.

The documentation will be presented by the team in the first half of the term during exercises. The presentation will be evaluated according to the level of details - see marks at the end of this page.

Second part of the laboratory exercises consists of development of two programs. First program will allow setting of a value of the assigned magnitude by a suitable control item - slider. The controlled value will be sent to the second program in CANaerospace format in a UDP packet. The second program represents a display instrument.

There are two program stubs prepared for students:

  • Base of a generator and.
  • base of a display instrument - will be presented on the first laboratory exercise.

The CANaerospace data transmission in UDP packets needs translation from CAN to an array that will be send over TCP/IP from Magnitude Generator to Magnitude Instrument. Data packet is defined as follows:

Header - CAN ID Length Data
MSB     LSB                  
[0] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
ID[0] ID[1] ID[2] ID[3] Length DATA[0] DATA[1] DATA[2] DATA[3] DATA[4] DATA[5] DATA[6] DATA[7]

Meaning of single items is as follows:

  • ID - is a CAN ID - see CANaerospace definition.
  • Length - represents length of the DATA array.
  • DATA - carries single data bytes.

Individual Assignment Themes:

  • Team (Attitude indicator)
    • ILS, Flight director, přistávací návěstidla,
    • Altimeter
    • Speedmeter
  • Navigation
    • EHSI - NavMap
    • EHSI - CompassRose, Compass Instrument
    • Moving Map
    • ADF automatic compass
    • Gyrocompass VOR/ILS
  • Flight quantities
    • HUD
    • EADI, Artificial Horizon
    • Altimeter
    • Radio-altimeter
    • ASI - Air Speed Indicator
    • Variometer
    • Turn indicator with inclinometer
    • Angle of attack indicator and G-metr
    • Machmeter
  • Engine instruments
    • EICAS
    • Cylinder Head Temperature
    • Speed of rotation (propeler, N1, N2, ...)
    • Engine Inlet Air Pressure
    • Exhaust gas temperature
    • Oil Pressure
    • Oil Temperature
    • EPR
    • Fuel Level
    • Torque Indicator
    • Fuel Pressure
    • Fuel Flow
    • Engine Vibration
    • ITT
  • ....
    • Outside Air Temperature

Terms of subject accomplishments

Creditation will be granted in case of successful accomplishments of following requirements :

  • Laboratory exercises attendance
  • Lectures attendance
  • Presentation of laboratory measurements (more than 60 %)
  • Successful presentation of the first part of the individual project (more than 60 %)
  • Successful presentation of the final version of the individual project (more than 60 %)

Student have to hand over individual assignment and present all data before deadlines


ECTS degree A B C D E F
Points 100-90 89-80 79-70 69-60 59-50 < 50
Numbering 1,0 1,5 2 2,5 3 4
Czech mark výborně velmi dobře dobře uspokojivě dostatečně nedostatečně
English mark excellent very good good satisfactory sufficient Failed


B (very good) 1.2.2009,
Jan Novák

Pavel Pačes - 10.2.2011