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An analysis of the skills and knowledge required to maintain advanced avionics systems on the flight line to provide a basis for evaluating existing training methods and career structure. Since this information was not available from Air Force sources, the authors devised a unique data-gathering procedure. By debriefing maintenance teams as they came off the job, the authors were able to describe in detail the flow of specific job steps. Analysis of these data revealed the importance for job performance of knowledge of the way components of specific avionics systems are tied together (system integration) and the unimportance of knowledge of electronic principles. Thus, training should stress system integration and be specific to particular models of aircraft. These conclusions provided the basis for evaluation and redesign of training. See also R-1894 and R-2049.

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