||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.