Air Data and Air Data Systems

  • R. P. G. Collinson


Air data systems provide accurate information on quantities such as pressure altitude, vertical speed, calibrated airspeed, true airspeed, Mach number, static air temperature and air density ratio. This information is essential for the pilot to fly the aircraft safely and is also required by a number of key avionic subsystems which enable the pilot to carry out the mission. It is thus one of the key avionic systems in its own right and forms part of the essential core of avionic sub systems required in all modern aircraft, civil or military.


Mach Number Impact Pressure Tropopause Height Flight Control System Avionic System 
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Further reading

  1. British Standard 2G199:1984, Tables relating altitudes airspeed and mach numbers for use in aeronautical instrument design and calibration.Google Scholar
  2. Dommasch, D.D., Sherby, S.S., Connolly, T.F. Airplane aerodynamics: Pitman 1967Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. P. G. Collinson
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  1. 1.Formerly of GEC-Marconi Avionics Ltd. (now part of BAE SYSTEMS)Rochester, KentUK

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