The intent of RVSM is to enable more aircraft to utilize the most preferable and most efficient tracks while accomplishing their missions. This is done in much the same way as a highway department accommodates increased traffic without pour- ing more concrete. They take the existing lanes of traffic and make them narrower along additional lanes to be added in the existing paved area.
Avionics Technology So It’s Been 20 Years T The evolution of avionics and the industry R eminiscing has never been one of my With virtually all the aircraft types cer- greatest joys. In fact, for me, most tificated within the last 20 years it becomes of it involves waking up at some increasingly more difficult to distinguish unusual hour only to venture back to the where the airframe stops and avionics begin. airport to check if in fact I did safety that Almost all of us in an aircraft maintenance connector, read the squawk correctly, or role have come to the realization that com- comply with all the required tests. So what puter technology is in fact not a passing fad exactly is noteworthy in the world of avion- but another reality of the job. The concept of By Jim Sparks ics over the past two decades? self-diagnostics has still not been fully com- One of the most obvious changes has prehended by many of our colleagues and the been the gradual evolution of mechanics thought of “Fly by Wire” evolving into busi- into technicians. In the eyes of many this ness aviation as well as general aviation has change is nothing more than a play on been inconceivable. words. The implication in my view is that our industry has now realized our profes- Education and training sion involves significantly more than just Perhaps the biggest challenge our indus- mechanical knowledge and aptitude. try faces is keeping the knowledge level of technicians in line with technologi- cal advancements. Another reality is that aircraft of today can not be New Hawkeye Video Borescopes learned in the same way as those manufactured prior to the 1980s. e visual inspection vi Fully portable v $7, $7 …starting at $7,995! One of the most obvious changes has been the gradual evolution ✔ 2 and 4-Way Articulation of mechanics into technicians. ✔ Video and Still Image Capture The implication in my view is that ✔ 4 and 6 mm Diameters, our industry has now realized our Up to 6 Meter Lengths profession involves significantly ✔ Simple & Easy to Use more than just mechanical knowl- edge and aptitude. Many initiatives are underway through the efforts of several pro- fessional organizations to improve the aviation maintenance profession
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