Avionics Jock F. McTavish
Calgary, Canada
Daily Challenge.    A selection of poems written about work and the fascinating people I've worked with. Aviation holds a tradition of high standards: of safety, of engineering, of responsibility. Avionics is the convoluted workings of technologies old and new, that amplify human exchange. For although there is wonder in flying, the purpose of airplanes is to shrink distance and expand time.
Problem Solving - a review of the elements.    In 1994, this paper was put together for a night school program. It was an opportunity to examine many incipient notions about how we solve problems. I hope in the next few years to further examine these ideas in a book about avionics troubleshooting.
What is Avionics?     As electronics technology continues it's rapid evolution, and becomes more pervasive as an element in other engineering, avionics is becoming a regulatory anomoly. No longer distinct, it is losing its name. This historical review was given to the Western AME Association March 27, 2007. The left links are mht format for browser display - ugly but includes notes. Normal ppt link.
Common Sense in a World of Regulations.     A second invitation to the WAMEA Symposium resulted in this presentation. The best of human performance is when common sense and control are in balance, yet often one or the other is ascendant. Here I look at the incredible safety levels achieved in aviation, and why some of the experts say new thinking is needed to achieve better. Normal ppt link.
Transponders and Such - theory, troubles and tips.     This course is a familiarization course for Transponders, Air Data, & TCAS respecting 24 Month Testing and Recertifications. A sequence of visuals and notes from a powerpoint presentation converted to webpages. Prepared for Northwestern Ontario AME Conference, Thunder Bay, 2003.
Gyro Erection Limitations.     This paper discusses an undocumented behaviour of aircraft gyros and supplementary operational procedures for safe airborne operations. Occasionally these units exhibit "toppling" behaviours that are misunderstood to be a defect rather than limitations of design.