Basics Of Aircraft Instrumentation Systems

Monday, October 23rd

Bruce Johnson, Aircraft Instrumentation Division Chief Engineer, NAWCD

Course Description

This course will cover a wide variety of topics related to Aircraft Instrumentation. Data, Acquisition, Telemetry, Instrumentation System Block Diagram, Standards, Data Requirements, Transducers Specifications, Video, Avionics Busses (e.g. 1553, ARINC-429, Ethernet etc.), Using Requirements to Configure an Analog Data Channel, Creating a PCM Map to Obtain a Sample Rate, Telemetry Bandwidth, Record Time, GPS, Audio, Telemetry Attributes Transfer Standard (TMATS), and Measurement Uncertainty – Interpreting the Results. This is a great introduction for new hires or a refresher for current employees.

About Bruce

Over the past 37 years Mr. Johnson has served the Navy in several capacities: Avionics technician (6 years U.S. Navy active duty), Instrumentation Engineer, Flight Controls Engineer, Flight Test Engineer, and Systems Engineer. Education, BS Electrical Engineering, and MS Systems Engineering.  Currently serving as the Chief Engineer for the Aircraft Instrumentation Division. The division is the principle center of expertise in the design, development, integration, calibration, operation, and maintenance of airborne and ground based data acquisition system hardware and software.   In this capacity, Mr. Johnson provides technical oversight/direction and operational policy to over 200 employees. Responsible for 100+ instrumented aircraft and multiple development efforts in support of NAWCAD’s flight test mission. Mr. Johnson has provided technical leadership for the following programs: F/A-18, F-35, V-22, KC-130, CH-53K, H-1, MH-60, E-2, C-2, MQ-25, MQ-8, MQ-4, P-8, and the C-27. Mr. Johnson represented NAWCAD as the Range Commanders’ Council (RCC) technical representative for developing standards with the other DOD ranges. Mr. Johnson has three grown children and resides in Valley Lee, MD with his wife.