Aug. 26, 2020
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Jobs Board Adds New Feature; Now Accepts Resumes From Job Seekers!
Individuals interested in pursuing a career within the general aviation electronics industry have a new resource to find employment at As a newly added feature to the AEA jobs board, job seekers can now post a professional resume at no cost. Individuals seeking employment opportunities within the avionics industry are encouraged to use this tool to promote their skills and experience to AEA member companies, thus making it seamless for job seekers and prospective employers to connect with one another.

Job seekers do not need to be affiliated with an AEA member company to post a resume. Visit to search the latest employment opportunities in the avionics industry and/or publish your resume.

After being launched nearly a year ago in September 2019 as a member benefit, the AEA jobs board allows job seekers to find current employment opportunities with the convenient ability to search by keyword, company name, geographic location and job type. Since the inception of the jobs board, AEA members have submitted hundreds of job postings for free. More...
AEA Announces Scholarship Winners for 2020-21
The Aircraft Electronics Association’s Educational Foundation recently announced the names of the individuals who were awarded scholarships worth more than $100,000 for the 2020-21 academic year. The scholarship recipients are students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies.

Individuals interested in one or more of these scholarships may download an application after Oct. 1, 2020, by visiting The deadline to submit applications for the 2021-22 academic year is April 1, 2021. More...
COVID-19’s Impact on Aviation Maintenance and Avionics Training Programs
The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced aircraft/avionics maintenance training institutions of all sizes to relearn how they deliver the best educational experience possible to their students in and out of the classroom. And that may not be a bad thing. 

Learn more from author Dale Smith in this month's edition of Avionics News. More...
FAA to Host Virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference
Registration is now open for the Federal Aviation Administration’s first virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, which will take place Oct. 27-29 to explore ways to reduce the national and international helicopter accident rate.

Leaders from the FAA's Aircraft Certification and Flight Standards Services will open the conference, followed by programs for the entire helicopter community. The first day will include presentations about coping with the aftermath of a helicopter accident, the consequences of failing to follow procedures, the impact of drones, and the benefits of safety management systems.
The next two days will focus on maintenance and operations. On Oct. 28, mechanics will receive programming designed by experts from Schweizer, Bell, Airbus, and Robinson helicopter companies. On Oct. 29, programming for pilots will include topics regarding human factors, helicopter safety ratings, accident prevention and investigations.

The conference is directed at rotorcraft pilots, mechanics, operators, small company owners, government regulators and industry executives from the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and many other locations. The event will offer Inspection Authorization and FAA AMT and WINGS credits. More...
LeTourneau University Offers Degree in UAS Operations, Maintenance 
As firefighters, businesses, utilities, research organizations, governments and military forces rely more and more on unmanned aircraft systems, demand is growing for experts who can pilot and maintain the systems. In the fall of 2015, LeTourneau University, a Christian polytechnic school in Longview, Texas, answered the call. 

The East Texas university added associate and bachelor’s degree programs in unmanned aircraft systems – specifically remotely piloted aircraft systems with operations, maintenance and electronics concentrations.

“The UAS industry is realizing the need for quality, practical training,” said Ruedi Schubarth, assistant professor of applied aviation science and program coordinator for the school’s unmanned aircraft systems. “We offer a number of unique aviation programs that combine UAS and AMT coursework with electrical engineering technology and computer science courses.” More...
AEA to ReConnect with Members in Naples, Florida
The AEA recently announced the organization's plans to conduct its East Connect Conference in Naples, Florida, Sept. 23-24.

As an industry built on relationships, the AEA is excited to be able to ReConnect members this fall. The host hotel for the conference, the Naples Grande, has gone to great lengths to ensure events can be conducted as safely and effectively as possible. It has provided large meeting rooms with socially distanced seating, thoroughly sanitized common areas, and a complete list of preventive measures it is following to protect guests as well as its own staff. Details on the hotel’s safety and well-being promise can be found here:

The AEA has spent the summer safely conducting training at its headquarters facility and is taking that experience and following the local and state guidelines at each location to bring valuable in-person training to members. As cities have reopened over the summer, we have all learned the precautions needed to protect ourselves and others when gathering. If we adhere to the guidelines, conferences can take place as well. We hope you will join us. More...
AEA Webinars – On Demand
Join more than 850 AEA members who have already streamed or downloaded these free regulatory webinars to help train their staff or continue their own professional development. Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, brings his vast years of experience and expertise to conduct a series of regulatory webinars essential to repair station and business operations.

In addition to providing relevant content, these courses include direct questions from the audience answered in real time. If you are looking to stay up-to-speed, AEA members may login with their member password to watch these sessions on your desktop or mobile device at

  • Aircraft Wiring Inspections
  • Change Management
  • Root Cause Analysis 
  • Managing Risk 
  • Repair Station Contract Maintenance 
  • Human Factors in Maintenance 
  • Flight Data Recorders and the Mexican Mandate 
  • ASTM's Compass 
  • The Ins & Outs of Drug & Alcohol Program Management 
  • Classifying Alterations for In-service Aircraft 
  • AEA Safety Management System 
  • Part 145: How to Implement and manage a Repair Station Capability List 
  • Beyond ADS-B Installations: Continued Airworthiness 
  • FAA Drug & Alcohol Inspection Items: Be Prepared for Your Next Audit 
  • Part 43: The Business of Aircraft Maintenance More...
Request Your FREE AEA Pilot’s Guide
The AEA Pilot’s Guide is a consumer’s directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies. In addition to a complete directory of AEA-member government-certified repair stations, avionics manufacturers and distributors located in more than 40 countries, the publication features educational articles to help pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions. Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy while supplies last. More...
AEA's New Pilot's Guide Showcase Spotlights the Latest Avionics Innovations for Consumers
In addition to unveiling the 2020-21 edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide, the AEA introduced its Pilot's Guide Showcase, an all-new digital stage highlighting everything from features and functions of the latest avionics equipment to the installation and service available from AEA member repair stations.

Located at and specifically designed for avionics consumers such as general aviation pilots and aircraft owners, the digital platform features product demonstrations, how-to videos, select tutorials via recorded flight demonstrations and spotlights AEA's network of technology experts. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA U.S. East Connect Conference
Naples, Florida
Sept. 23-24, 2020
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Naples Grande Hotel. Advance registration is open through Sept. 18 for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. More...
AEA U.S. Central Connect Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 19-20, 2020
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Hilton Kansas City Airport. Advance registration is open through Oct. 14 for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. More...
FAA International Rotorcraft Safety Conference
Virtual Event
Oct. 27-29, 2020
Registration is open for the FAA's first virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference to explore ways to reduce the national and international helicopter accident rate. Leaders from the FAA's Aircraft Certification and Flight Standards Services will open the conference, followed by programs for the entire helicopter community. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Dallas, Texas
March 15-18, 2021
Aviation's technology experts will convene for the 64th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. Avionics professionals will have access to more than 100 hours of technical training and professional development courses. More...
New Orleans, Louisiana
March 22-25, 2021
Looking for your next aircraft, vendor, mentor, job, or professional development or employment opportunity? You’ll find them all in New Orleans with endless networking and hundreds of education courses with 18,000 industry professionals and 700 exhibitors. More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Congratulations to Cesar Camacho of Gulf Coast Avionics, who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for being the first person to submit the correct answer in this month's Mystery Make and Model challenge featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired. The unit is a KA-98.

Avionics technicians can put their "inside" knowledge to work in the next issue of AEA Wired. Stay tuned for the next Mystery Make and Model challenge!
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
NEW courses and more training just added!
NEW! Aircraft Instrument Systems (13 seats remain)
Sept. 28-29, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for avionics technicians or apprentices who want to learn more about aircraft instrument systems and better understand their operation, installation considerations, and maintenance to become more effective troubleshooters. From simple mechanical gauges to complex electrical and electronic systems, this course covers nearly every instrument system in an aircraft.
Basic Pitot-Static & Transponder Theory, Testing & Troubleshooting (12 seats remain)
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for entry-level avionics technicians or those looking for basic training on pitot-static and aircraft transponder systems. This two-day course covers the history and theory of operation of pitot-static instruments and transponders, as well as system setup, hands-on testing, and the troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks.
IFR6000 and IFR4000 Operations (14 seats remain)
Oct. 2, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate the IFR6000 to verify and maintain transponder, UAT, TCAS, and DME system, and to operate the IFR4000 for ILS, VOR, COMMs and ELT.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft (14 seats remain)
Oct. 7-9, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for the homebuilder or avionics technician who is looking for guidance in completing an avionics installation on an experimental aircraft. While the Garmin G3X Touch system is used as an example in the course, the wiring principles and general guidance can be applied to any experimental avionics system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche, this class has something for everyone.
The Regulations of Maintenance (14 seats remain)
Oct. 15-16, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Understanding the regulations of the repair station is only part of the equation. Like pieces of a puzzle, each regulation is needed to fit together in order to fully view the repair station’s requirements. Understanding the regulatory relationship between the business (Part 145); the maintenance it performs (Part 43); the parts it uses (Part 21); as well as the needs of customers (Part 91) are essential to provide regulatory compliant services in aviation maintenance. This session will cover the basics of the maintenance and modification regulations, but more importantly, it focuses on their integrated relationship with the business.
Developing an Internal Audit for Repair Station (15 seats remain)
Oct. 22-23, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course focuses on the basics of internal auditing, providing the tools and methods necessary to meet the international regulatory needs as well as the continuous improvement of the repair station. Many regulatory authorities require a repair station to perform internal audits and require their auditors to be trained.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (11 seats remain)
Nov. 2-4, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for certificated repairmen, new avionics technicians, aviation maintenance technicians and recent graduates interested in improving or acquiring the skills necessary to perform avionics installations. This three-day seminar employs in-depth theory and hands-on lab exercises to immerse the attendee in the best practices used to plan, manage, and install a general aviation avionics panel.
ADS-B Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting (13 seats remain)
Nov. 5, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel and installers of ADS-B systems. Approximately 7% of all general aviation ADS-B installations are non-compliant based on the FAA’s ADS-B Performance Monitoring System. This course focuses on the proper configuration and testing of ADS-B installations to ensure your installation meets the performance requirements and regulations. Also included are troubleshooting tips and tricks that will help you resolve the common problems found in ADS-B installations.
Digital Databus Theory & Analysis Training (14 seats remain)
Nov. 6, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
As today’s modern airplanes become much more technologically advanced, so must the professionals who maintain them. The advanced avionics and instrumentation systems used in these aircraft rely on various forms of digital databus communication. Understanding digital databus theory is becoming more and more important for avionics technicians, and even A&P mechanics, to effectively test and troubleshoot these highly advanced aircraft systems.
Certified Repair Station Training (9 seats remain)
Dec. 7-11, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations. Current quality managers, technicians, mechanics, and repairmen who are involved in the management of a repair station as well as individuals looking to establish a 14 CFR Part 145 repair station should attend. This program will review the regulations applicable to a U.S.-certificated repair station engaged in maintenance, preventive maintenance and alterations of U.S.-registered aircraft, components or accessories.
News from AEA Member Companies
Duncan Aviation recently transformed a 32-year-old Falcon 900B into a personalized business jet that met the customer’s business and personal expectations. Duncan Aviation also completed an industry-first STC for the Aviation Clean Air ionization system for a Global aircraft. This STC is available now for the Bombardier Global Express, Express XRS, 5000, 5500, and 6000.

Garmin announced FAA certification and availability of the G1000 NXi upgrade for G1000-equipped Piper Meridian aircraft. The G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade is available immediately for these aircraft through select Garmin dealers and features several new enhancements such as SurfaceWatch, visual approaches, geographical map overlay within the HSI and more. Garmin also added enhancements to the G5000 integrated flight deck upgrade in the Citation Excel and Citation XLS. New software-enabled features include stabilized approach monitoring, steep approach certification and reactive windshear detection, as well as optional takeoff and landing data calculations.

Satcom Direct and MySky announced a strategic alliance enabling seamless access to real-time data for private aviation.

ALTO Aviation announced a new milestone: ALTO Cadence Switch Series solution has been installed in over 100 business jets.

DAC International, a subsidiary of Aero Precision Holdings LP, will now be operating as “DAC International, Inc. an ALL CLEAR Company.” In March 2020, Aero Precision acquired Kellstrom Defense since the acquisition efforts have been made to integrate the two companies' eight locations and four business segments and the portfolio of companies, including DAC International. In order to streamline operational efficiencies, DAC will relocate from its Austin, Texas, campus to Chatsworth, California, where the additional engineered products group is located.

Western Jet Aviation is paving the way for Collins Aerospace’s new LuxStream connectivity service to provide the fastest speeds available on multiple Gulfstream aircraft. Western Jet Aviation, based in Van Nuys, California, and Collins Aerospace anticipate the first STC from the FAA next month to install the KuSAT-2000 SATCOM terminal on the G450. The G350, GV and G550 aircraft will follow shortly behind, with their STCs slated to be complete before the end of the year.

CubCrafters announced that the first new EASA certified CC19 XCub has now shipped for Europe from the company's headquarters in Yakima, Washington. The aircraft, to be placed on the United Kingdom registry as G-OBTO, is the first EASA-certified aircraft to be approved with Garmin’s G3X Touch glass panel avionics suite.
Astronics Corp. signed Gap Wireless as its new Canadian distributor for the company’s FREEDOM branded line of Land Mobile Radio test products. Astronics acquired the FREEDOM line of communications system analyzers in July 2019, which falls under the Test solutions group.

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus' Applied Aviation Research Center received a new waiver from the FAA that permits K-State Polytechnic to fly unmanned aircraft beyond visual line of sight in all Class G airspace nationwide.

Constant Aviation’s Bombardier Challenger 604 flight deck upgrade has achieved a significant international milestone. Transport Canada Civil Aviation has validated the STC for the flight deck upgrade, which replaces the Challenger 604’s factory-installed CRT displays with a package of high-resolution Pro Line Fusion touchscreens from Collins Aerospace. With this validation, Constant Aviation is approved to install the upgrade on Canadian-registered aircraft. It is also the first step toward further international growth for the program, which is on track to be validated by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency later this year.

Pro Star Aviation announced a partnership with Elliott Technologies as a new distributor for Prizm Lighting Technologies, expanding its offerings for the business jet market.

L2 Aviation appointed Michael Sullivan as the company’s chief financial officer.

West Star Aviation promoted Lisa Hall to be the new global program manager at its Grand Junction, Colorado, facility. West Star also named Luke Williams as the new corporate controller.

Metro Aviation announced that MedForce Aeromedical Transport is the newest air medical service to join the Metro family. Founded in 2000, the Quad City helicopter emergency service has provided transport in and around Eastern Iowa, West-Central Illinois, and portions of Northeast Missouri. Metro Aviation will provide aviation services for the program’s two bases located in Colona, Illinois, and West Burlington, Iowa.   

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced an additional enhancement to its Gulfstream Cabin Experience, further investing in customer health through plasma ionization. The air purification system, which complements Gulfstream’s already 100% fresh-air environment, has proven in lab tests to kill pathogens and allergens, according to the company. Gulfstream also received approval from the FAA for installation of a high-speed, dual internet system on Gulfstream G650 and Gulfstream G650ER aircraft. Gulfstream also announced the official opening of a new company-owned service center at Palm Beach International Airport.

Aviation Suppliers Association's board of directors appointed Rob Taylor, chief technical officer for Carlyle Aviation Partners, to the board.
AEA Opens the Door to Your Future:
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the job listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA jobs board provides informational links on how to get AET certified, an avionics technician job summary and wage review, along with scholarship opportunities within the industry. Search the AEA's job listings and see what's on your horizon. Are you up to the challenge? More...
Need to Post a Job? The AEA Works for You!
Is your business hiring? The AEA jobs board makes it easier for AEA members to find their next avionics technician, quality manager, inspector, sales representative or engineer.

AEA members may submit a free job posting after entering their username and password at Member companies that optionally choose to upgrade their job posting for a premium will have preferred online placement and also will be published in the next edition of Avionics News. For more information about premium job listings, contact Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive, at
About the AEA
Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in more than 40 countries, including government-certified international repair stations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. The AEA membership also includes manufacturers of avionics equipment, instrument repair facilities, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, engineers and educational institutions.
Aircraft Electronics Association
3570 NE Ralph Powell Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Phone: 816-347-8400
Fax: 816-347-8405
Rachel Hill, AEA director of advertising
Phone: 816-366-5109

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