SDR-OMNI Operations Training

This half-day course is designed to provide avionics technicians with the knowledge and skills required to operate and configure the TIC SDR-OMNI All-in-One Avionics Test Set.

Presented by:
Kevin Orach, Tel-Instrument Electronics Business Development Manager & Zane Cersovsky, Tel-Instrument Electronics Senior Software Engineer

Course Objective:

To provide the students with an overview and understanding of all the features and functions of the SDR-OMNI test set.   Several features and functions will be demonstrated with live avionics units.  This will include:

  • Familiarization with all hardware and accessories provided
  • Overview of SDR-OMNI menu structure and setup parameters
  • Remote operation via phone or tablet using SDR-OMNI wi-fi hotspot
  • Transponder testing:       (using Garmin GTX-345)
    • Execution of automated FAA Part 43 Appendix F required test
      • Creation, storage, and printing of test report
    • FAR 91.411/413 correspondence testing of altimeter system vs. transponder reported altitude
    • Manual transponder troubleshooting techniques
  • ADS-B OUT testing per FAR 91.227 and AC20-165B  (using Garmin GTX-345)
    • 1090 MHz Mode S ADS-B OUT
    • 978 MHz UAT ADS-B OUT
    • Air mode vs. Ground mode
    • 91.227 report generation
  • ADS-B IN testing – both 1090 MHz and 978 MHz  (using uAvionix Echo UAT)
    • Traffic scenario creation
  • FIS-B testing   (using Echo UAT)
    • NEXRAD radar pattern generation
    • METAR generation
  • ACAS/TCAS testing
    • Scenario Setup
    • Mode C target vs. Mode S target
    • TCAS testing techniques
  • VOR/ILS testing
    • Setup
    • ILS testing:   Localizer, Glideslope, and Marker Beacon components
    • VOR testing:   Bearing
    • ILS/VOR testing techniques
      • ILS and/or VOR receiver sensitivity testing
      • Audio ident tone testing
      • Modulation On/Off – Flag testing
      • Autopilot coupling testing by sweeping
  • DME testing   -  (using KN-62 DME)
  • COMM radio testing
    • Aircraft radio receiver testing – sensitivity
    • Aircraft radio transmitter testing – power, frequency
    • Use of tone vs. voice
    • COMM radio testing techniques
  • ELT testing   (using Artex C406-N ELT)
    • 406 MHz burst
    • 121.5 MHz / 243 MHz frequency, power, and audio detection
    • Report generation
  • Audio / ICS system testing
    • Audio tone injection and reception
    • Audio distortion measurement
  • VSWR / Distance to Fault Testing (using cable + antenna fixture)
    • RF FDR basics (frequency domain reflectometry)
    • VSWR / DTF troubleshooting techniques
  • Cable Insertion Loss measurement
  • Retrieval and printing of stored test reports
  • Performing software updates to the SDR-OMNI

The instructors will provide detailed training in the areas of required FAA testing – transponders, ADS-B OUT, and ELTs.  In addition, test strategies and techniques will be covered that will allow avionics technicians to efficiently test and troubleshoot common avionics problems using the SDR-OMNI test set.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Understanding of basic general aviation avionics systems – transponders, VOR/ILS/DME, communications radios, ELTs

Course Goals:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate understanding and proficiency in the following:

  • Testing and troubleshooting of mandated FAA tests for transponder, ADS-B OUT, and ELT
  • Operation of full range of test capability of the TIC SDR-OMNI
AEA Member $249 | Non-Member $349