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Vacuum anchor technology I read with interest the article in the March 2008 issue page 32 about the “technology developed to protect mechanics and aircraft” by Tim Maroushek. Although I am concerned about the mechs’ safety, I am questioning...

Jim Sparks: I have not as yet found a one-stop complete source regarding installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting for aviation digital communications. Most computer protocol used in aircraft today has evolved from home and office networks. It has been my observation that most information regarding bus installation in the airframe is tribal knowledge and is passed on from one technician to another.

Check out the National Center for Aircraft Technician Training (NCATT), It has developed a standard for an Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification. Its website contains lesson plans which presents the fundamentals to understanding the workings of modern electronic systems.

One of the things my flight department has done is to contact our local A&P school and requested they develop a curriculum around the NCATT standard for our technicians. We bring their instructors in once or twice a week around our aircraft workload. Many community colleges also offer electronics/computer technology courses that may be a good starting point.

Several airframe manufacturers have produced in-depth standard practices for wiring and electronic components that is not easy reading but can be a good source to help with installation and some troubleshooting.

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