ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Revolution In Avionics.

Updated on August 13, 2009

Airlines Avionics Institute presented the Volare Award to Gus Kyriakos, the youngest recipient ever of the Award. Gus Kyriakos had more than 35 years of experience in the avionics industry and the term "impossible" used to be a personal challenge for him.

He was offered the challenge of implementing a new approach to Glass Cockpit design using Micro-machined Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) so that the operation of the mechanical gyroscopes in small air-crafts were mimicked electronically. With MEMS, it was possible to have a flat panel display on which features like moving maps, traffic and weather information could be added to improve safety factors.

Gus Kyriakos also understood software and mechanical issues though he was an in-the-trenches engineer and he loved hardware design. His ability lay in diagnosing the design problem in isolation as well as in the backdrop of the whole system. Prior to taking up this job, he successfully developed Traffic - Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and this device was responsible for saving countless lives.

As soon as he took up the above job, he started building a team of hardware and software engineers. After updating the project road-map, they plunged into the job of getting the embryonic product to function properly. Being a hard core leader, he had the reputation of being called "a hard charger". He also earned the reputation of being able to break any software within five minutes.

Though the team led by him tried their best to come out with the required solutions, the constraint was the totally different operating environment in a small aircraft in contrast to that in a large airliner.

Some of the problems faced by Gus and his team were that some of the air-crafts had flight instruments on the right side of the cockpit, the absence of air conditioning in most of the small air-crafts thus allowing temperature reach very high levels and the different approaches adopted by autopilot manufacturers towards interfacing issues. Each approach had to be studied and addressed which was time-consuming.

They also had to have a battery back-up to control the airplane even if there was a total power failure. The battery should also have the capacity to work in the potentially high temperatures.

After solving these issues, the team started revising the software code again and again until they were satisfied that it was 100% fit for the purpose it was intended.

Kyriakos then applied his expertise in packaging to house the electronics without relocating the OEM instrument panel on the aircraft which was a remarkable feat.

Then came the task of obtaining authorization documents called Technical Standard Orders (T.S.O.) from the Federal Aviation Administration. Designs were explained and corrections were effected wherever suggested to get the acceptance by that Department.

Thus the product called EFD 1000 came into being to revolutionize the industry of Avionics. It was Gus Kyriakos' leadership and knowledge and also the labour of his team of engineers that made this revolutionary concept turn into reality.

Read these articles also.

Success within your reach.

Traits of successful people.

 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      skymaster 

      7 years ago

      Backup batteries can`t help much because if you loose the battery you lose the radios(god help you inside an atz).

      Also the old good pitostatic system with analog gauges will never fail you as a backup. If you have space on your panel get them in.

    • John Janiszewski profile image

      John Janiszewski 

      7 years ago from Flushing, Michigan

      The battery backup is indeed useful in my avionic systems. An electrical failure is a scary situation for any pilot.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)