Module Description

Module: Avionics for safety-critical Systems


Avionics of Safty Critical SystemsLecture2Winter Semester
Avionics of Safty Critical SystemsRecitation Section (small)1Winter Semester
Avionics of Safty Critical SystemsPractical Course1Winter Semester

Module Responsibility:

Dr. Martin Halle

Admission Requirements:


Recommended Previous Knowledge:

Basic knowledge in:

  • Mathematics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Informatics

Educational Objectives:

Professional Competence

Theoretical Knowledge

Students can:

  • describe the most important principles and components of safety-critical avionics
  • denote processes and standards of safety-critical software development
  • depict the principles of Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA)
  • can compare hardware and bus systems used in avionics
  • assess the difficulties of developing a safety-critical avionics system correctly

Students can …

  • operate real-time hardware and simulations
  • program A653 applications
  • plan avionics architectures up to a certain extend
  • create test scripts and assess test results

Personal Competence

Social Competence

Students can:

  • jointly develop solutions in inhomogeneous teams
  • exchange information formally with other teams 
  • present development results in a convenient way

Students can:

  • understand the requirements for an avionics system
  • autonomously derive concepts for systems based on safety-critical avionics

ECTS-Credit Points Module:



Oral exam

Workload in Hours:

Independent Study Time: 124, Study Time in Lecture: 56

Course: Avionics of Safty Critical Systems


Martin Halle




Winter Semester


Avionics are all kinds off flight electronics. Today there is no aircraft system function without avionics, and avionics are one main source of innovation in aerospace industry. Since many system functions are highly safety critical, the development of avionics hardware and software underlies mandatory constraints, technics, and processes. It is inevitable for system developers and computer engineers in aerospace industry to understand and master these. This lecture teaches the risks and techniques of developing safety critical hardware and software; major avionics components; integration; and test with a practical orientation. A focus is on Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA). The lecture is accompanied by a mandatory and laboratory exercises.


  1. Introduction and Fundamentals
  2. History and Flight Control
  3. Concepts and Redundancy
  4. Digital Computers
  5. Interfaces and Signals
  6. Busses
  7. Networks
  8. Aircraft Cockpit
  9. Software Development
  10. Model-based Development
  11. Integrated Modular Avionics I
  12. Integrated Modular Avionics II


  • Moir, I.; Seabridge, A. & Jukes, M., Civil Avionics Systems Civil Avionics Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2013
  • Spitzer, C. R. Spitzer, Digital Avionics Handbook, CRC Press, 2007
  • FAA, Advanced Avionics Handbook U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration, 2009
  • Moir, I. & Seabridge, A. Aircraft Systems, Wiley, 2008, 3