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Understanding the Science of Avionics
Guest Author: Uly Siregar (Ester Skiera)
What is avionics all about? Not everyone is familiar with the term and some might guess that it’s something to do with airplanes. There’s no question that science is a definite behind avionics. In fact, avionics is the electronic systems used on aircrafts. For example, how do you land a plane in the dark or in bad weather? Avionics is the answer.
The City of Cottonwood Airport and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University held a Festival event to learn more about avionics. Visitors learned about and heard the explanation of why a plane can fly, or what does an Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) really do. We’ve all met people who are scared to fly or, perhaps you are one of them. This event featured avionics so that it outlined what makes flying one of the safest transportations. Yes, this, plus robotics were featured as part of The Science of Avionics at the Cottonwood Airport & Embry-Riddle University on March 25th.
The event was part of the week-long Verde Valley SciTech Festival involving several area cities, towns, schools, colleges and universities and local businesses. “Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and North-Aire Aviation in collaboration with the City of Cottonwood Airport displayed some of their training planes,” states Jesus “Rudy” Rodriguez, administrative services general manager, City of Cottonwood.
There was a lot to see. The Science of Avionics answered the public’s curiosity. “The pilots of the planes were available to show the public how the avionics assist in keeping them safe and secure in the air. Local pilots were also available to explain the technology that goes into the airport’s new Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) that was recently installed at the location,” Rodriguez states. This system can also be accessed by going to http://www.digiwx-cottonwood.com/
The Science of Avionics was an event for young adults (16-21) involving a workshop and discussions. But all ages were invited.
The Science of Avionics was part of Verde Valley SciTech Festival. The free event took place on March 25, 2014, at Cottonwood Municipal Airport.