On January 27, 2012 the Avionics Technology (AVT) department had an exposure trip at Mt. Majic, Minglanilla, Cebu. Spearheaded by department head Engr. Rene S. Pono, the trip was conceived for the pioneering first and second year students of the AVT225(Radio Navigation Aids-Equipment and Systems) class to plumb the workings of the Remote Control Air Ground (RCAG) and Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) alternately. Engr. Primitivo Aldivino P. Bedia, facility-in-charge of the Mt. Majic station, and Engr. Danilo F. Lara, ANS Specialist, discuss the workings of the equipment. RCAG, an unmanned Very High Frequency (VHF) or Ultra High Frequency (UHF) transmitter/receiver facility, is used to expand Air Route Traffic Conrol Center (ARTCC) air and ground communications and facilitate pilots and controllers. Meanwhile, MSSR uses the Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) to measure time interval between transmission and reception of radio pulses and correlating the angular orientation of the radiated antenna beam(s) in azimuth (a magnetic heading) and provide information on range and elevation of object in the path of the transmitted pulses. Engr. Pono together with the other Avionics instructors: Engr. Ian Leonado and Engr. Voltaire Ordonez , looks forward to more exposure and hand-on activities in the near future.
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