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Aviation Electronic Technicians Behind the Scene

Humans have been fascinated with flying ever since Wilbur and Orville Wright first took flight in 1903. The ability to step foot in to a grounded airplane and moments later be hovering above land was an unimaginable feat conquered by the brothers Wright, and one that seems so miniscule now due to the amount of flying done each day.

People often tend to glamorize the field of aviation, only bringing to mind the pilots in their pristine uniforms as they click and check all of the lights, gadgets and gizmos in the cockpit before take-off. Even though pilots are an integral part of getting the plane off the ground, there are other men and women who perform vital tasks in making sure everything with the flight runs smoothly. It is these technicians who often fly under the radar, and it is their chosen profession that serves as the subject of Helen Ginger’s newest addition to TSTC Publishing’s TechCareers series, Avionics.

Avionics, a word coined in the 1970s formed from “aviation electronics,” is a growing occupational field with a projected employment increase of 8 percent by 2016. Aviation electronic technicians or, AETs for short, are highly trained individuals whose jobs are to make sure the plane stays in the air, arrives and departs on schedule, maintains clear and constant communication with personnel on the ground and overall, steers clear from harm.

The book gives detailed explanations of everything from starting salary to what employers are looking for when hiring an AET. The way the book is set up is extremely easy for the reader to navigate, equipped with a brief overview and proceeding chapters on aviation technician careers, education and certification and any additional information and resources.

Before browsing through this highly informative resource, I had little if any knowledge at all of this technical career choice. I knew someone had to know how to maintain the equipment, but had no idea it was its own job title. As I continued to read about the job duties of an AET, I realized how crucial their role in aviation really is. After all, an airplane can’t get off the ground without being powered, and I’m sure many people have nervously gazed into a cockpit before take-off with fingers crossed, hoping every button will perform as it should. Thanks to the professionals who have chosen avionics as a career path, the field is flying high.

There are also several industry publications for the field of avionics, which I find highly interesting. Publications can’t function unless its editors and creators know their time, hard work and most important of all, their money isn’t wasted. This means there is no way a publication can survive without a mass audience. Industry publications such as the Aviation Business Journal, Aviation for Women, Avionics Magazine and Avionics News exist because they have a high number of people in the industry to inform, including the growing number of AETs.

We place a lot of trust into the hands of the men and women who train to be avionics technicians. Whether we know it or not, it is up to them to troubleshoot, service and repair the thousands of airplanes that get us from point A to B on a daily basis. For a visual understanding of avionics, watch this video and be sure and check out the industry publications websites.

–Audrey

Visit the industry publication sites:

Aviation Business Journal
http://www.nata.aero/web/page/811/sectionid/553/pagelevel/1/tertiary.aspx

Aviation for Women

http://www.wai.org/

Avionics Magazine
http://www.aviationtoday.com/av/

Avionics News
http://www.aea.net/avionicsnews/

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