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Avionics Technician TrainingMastery Of Three Technologies Will Keep You In High Demand
By Kyle Garrett
Avionics technician training is rapidly becoming an essential component of aircraft maintenance. Even the smallest and simplest aircraft these days have avionics that surpass those of airliners in the past. With a large market of retrofit avionics available, even the oldest aircraft are starting to require attention from a qualified avionics technician. With a continuing trend of technological advancement, modern aircraft maintenance has become more and more dependent on avionics technicians, who have become a prized asset at any aircraft maintenance shop.
Modern aviation is effectively run on GPS. New technologies are on the horizon that harness GPS data to provide more accurate locations to air traffic controllers and even other aircraft. Even the most basic panel these days usually has some type of GPS component, even if it is only a mount for a portable GPS. Unfortunately in spite of all this technological advancement, GPS units still break and some one still has to install and maintain them. Without a qualified avionics technician to handle the dirty work, nobody would be able to use any of these new widgets.
Autopilots are also trickling down the chain, with some modern jets replacing a required second pilot with an autopilot and even trainers sporting sophisticated autopilots. The autopilot is becoming a fixture in a lot of aircraft, so much so that some pilots wouldn't think of travelling without one. The good news, or bad depending on your perspective, is that autopilots are something an avionics technician will need to maintain and avionics technician training will equip you to install and service them.
Glass cockpits are one of the hottest trends in all of aviation. Even the military is upgrading some of their largest and oldest aircraft to glass cockpits. Even new Cessna 172s or Piper Archers, simple training aircraft, are coming out of the factory with some of the latest glass panel avionics. Unlike older avionics, which were typically more self-contained, new glass cockpits are fully integrated and, even a simple upgrade will require a trained avionics technician.
While they may seem simple on the surface, mastering these three technologies as an avionics technician will put you in high demand as advanced avionics are rapidly becoming common place in even simple aircraft. After completing avionics technician training, you will be able to maintain, install, and service the devices that pilots and air traffic controllers rely on everyday. Not only will this make you a required component of a safe aviation industry, but it will also provide you a stable and lucrative career.