Aug. 28, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Aviation's Technology Experts to Connect in Toronto, Sept. 9-10
There is only one week left to register for the AEA Canada Connect Conference at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. Attendees and exhibitors must complete the registration process by Sept. 4.

Technicians can get the latest technical information from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers; satisfy repair station training requirements; and learn about new products, their application, certification and installation. Connect with your regional sales and support representatives in the exhibit hall.

The regulatory update will be presented by Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, and Kevin Bruce, AEA Canada regulatory consultant. In addition, Ryan Hennigar, TCCA program manager for operational airworthiness, will address new ELT maintenance standards, TCCA authorizations for FAA 145 under the MIP, new AME credential, and new issue of AC 571-024 - Documentation for Parts - new matrix in the document. Representatives from Nav Canada also will provide important information to avionics professionals. More...
AEA offers Regulations of Maintenance course in San Diego, Sept. 19-20
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 course will cover the basics of the maintenance and modification regulations, but more importantly, it focuses on their integrated relationship with the business. More...
AEA to Distribute ASTM Standard F3361 to Attendees at Three Connect Conferences in U.S.
Upon publication of ASTM standard F3361, Classifying Alterations for In-Service Aircraft Under FAA Authority Oversight, the AEA recently petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration to recognize it as an acceptable means of compliance for the evaluation of alterations while making a determination of major or minor. As an FAA-recognized acceptable means of compliance, this document is essentially the same as if it was published as an advisory circular. The AEA will be conducting training on this new ASTM standard at each of the three AEA Connect Conferences in the United States. In addition, AEA repair station members attending the AEA Connect Conferences will receive a copy of this ASTM standard. This first Connect Conference takes place Sept. 23-24 in Reno, Nevada. More...
Transport Canada Updates Policy on Cannabis Use
With the legalization on the use of cannabis in Canada, the TCCA issued a policy statement indicating that no new regulation would be introduced on its use in aviation. CAR 602.03 already covered the prohibition on being impaired while acting as a crew member, and other regulations implied similar limitations. This policy statement has been updated to state that flight crew members and flight controllers may not use cannabis for at least 28 days before being on duty. 

The TCCA still does not plan to introduce new regulations on the use of cannabis. It felt that the current regulations and this policy are sufficient to ensure that impairment due to cannabis use is prevented.  More...
FlightAware: ADS-B Equipage Rates for Business Aircraft Rises to 79%
FlightAware updated its ADS-B equipage report to include data through July 2019. According to the latest report, 79% of turbine-powered business aircraft registered in the United States are now equipped in advance of the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration. The equipage rate is up from 77% from the June 2019 report and up from 64% at the end of 2018.

The FlightAware report also includes a current breakdown of equipage by aircraft type. The company intends to update and publish the report monthly moving forward. To see the July report, click here. To see a graph online, click here.
Europe: Embodiment of SMS Requirements Into Part-145 and Part-21 (NPA 2019-05)
This notice of proposed amendment proposes to consider the applicability of safety management systems to Part-145 approved maintenance organizations, as well as to production and design organizations that are approved in accordance with Subparts G and J of Part-21. Published on April 17, 2019, the comment period has been extended until Sept. 6, 2019. More...
Frequently Asked Questions
Can an aircraft operate in ADS-B airspace with degradation in Global Positioning System? Learn the answer in the August edition of Avionics News. More...
Request Your FREE AEA Pilot’s Guide
For the past 17 years, the Aircraft Electronics Association has published the AEA Pilot’s Guide, 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.

Thousands of copies are distributed each year at several industry trade shows and to all AEA member companies at no charge. The 2019-20 edition is now available. Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy of the AEA Pilot’s Guide while supplies last. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA Canada Connect Conference
Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 9-10, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 4. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites. More...
AEA U.S. West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Sept. 23-24, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 18. Hotel reservations should be made at the Nugget Casino Resort by Sept. 9. More...
AEA U.S. Central Connect Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 2-3, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 25. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Kansas City Airport by Sept. 10. More...
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 22-24, 2019
NBAA-BACE will bring together more than 23,000 attendees for the largest business aviation event in the world. If you are an aircraft owner or considering using an aircraft for business; flight department personnel; a manufacturer or service provider; or a student considering this career path, experience three exciting days in Las Vegas. More...
AEA U.S. East Connect Conference
Daytona Beach, Florida
Nov. 4-5, 2019
Online registration is available through Oct. 29. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront by Oct. 2. More...
AEA South Pacific Connect Conference
Adelaide, Australia
Nov. 18-19, 2019
Online registration is available through Nov. 8. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Adelaide Hotel by Oct. 17. More...
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Cologne, Germany
Jan. 23-24, 2020
Online registration is available through Jan. 17. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hyatt Regency Cologne. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Nashville, Tennessee
March 24-27, 2020
Aviation's technology experts will convene at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for the 63rd 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...
Avotek Takes Avionics Training Online
A recent decision by the Federal Aviation Administration coupled with the option of online training is making it easier to earn a repairman certificate in the United States. In April, Virginia-based Avotek started a new online course to help avionics technicians prepare to take the aircraft electronics technician certification exam.

The two-part, web-based course comes just months after the FAA decided that ASTM’s National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies AET certificate plus one NCATT avionics endorsement is equivalent to formal training for an FAA Part 65 repairman certificate. More...
Hands-on High School Introduction to Aviation Careers
Educators know that an effective way to interest students in science, technology, engineering and math is to introduce them through practical, hands-on lessons that bridge the intellectual shorelines of what they already know and what they want to learn. 

Aviation is a perfect industry for this effort because STEM subjects are the lifeblood of its daily activities, especially in the technical realms of avionics and maintenance. Educators also know that they cannot start building these bridges too early in a student’s life, which is why a number of high schools across the nation have established aviation STEM programs. Each of them is tailored to a school district’s individual needs and resources. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
The Regulations of Maintenance
Sept. 19-20, 2019
San Diego, California
Held in conjunction with the University of Kansas Aerospace Short Course Program
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.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft
Oct. 28-30, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for the aircraft technician or homebuilder who is looking for guidance in completing an installation on an experimental aircraft with the popular Garmin G3X Touch large format flight display system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche in this ever-expanding market, this class has something for everyone.
Certified Repair Station Training
Dec. 9-13, 2019
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. It will include a complete review of the FAA guidance and policy regarding the procedures to assure a repair station is operating within the criteria of its manuals.
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Congratulations to Michael O'Leary with Elliott Aviation, 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 KX-150B.

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! 
News from AEA Member Companies
KADEX Aero Supply named Colin Mann the regional sales manager at the Calgary location.

Dallas Avionics will distribute the Freedom line of communications test equipment from Astronics. The new agreement makes Dallas Avionics an authorized distributor of the entire Freedom line for the U.S. federal government market. 

Banyan Air Service will host a customer appreciation open house Sept. 14, 2019, at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

Elliott Aviation announced that the FAA has certified the STC for Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics’ MD302 Standby Attitude Module as part of its Garmin G5000 avionics upgrade in the Citation Excel and XLS. The STC also allows for installation of the unit in Primus 1000 equipped Citation Excel and XLS aircraft. 
West Star Aviation is now authorized to service and repair Meggitt Securaplane Technologies Main Ship 9750W Pure Lead batteries at its full-service Alton, Illinois. The 9750 battery is available for most Citation models. West Star Aviation also named Jeremy Turnbough as the new paint program manager at the East Alton, Illinois, facility and Rusty Gardner as the new avionics install manager.

Millennium International Avionics hired Doug Miller as a new senior software engineer.

AeroLEDs announce that the SunSpot 36 and 46 series of landing and taxi lights are EASA certified for Part 23 aircraft listed on its AML-STC.
Duncan Aviation is now offering nondestructive testing mobile services for aircraft operators. Duncan's satellite avionics shop in Dallas, Texas, has moved to a new, state-of-the-art facility at Love Field.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has established a contract for a Gulfstream G550. The aircraft will support NOAA’s weather forecasting and research programs. Gulfstream also expanded its MRO operations at Wisconsin’s Appleton International Airport with the opening of a newly built aircraft maintenance facility.
FlightSafety International signed an agreement with Kenya Airways and Jambojet to install a full flight simulator for the De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 aircraft in Kenya. FlightSafety also now offers an Advanced Rejected Takeoff Go/No-Go Recurrent course for pilots who fly the Gulfstream G550 aircraft. Daniel Greenhill joined FlightSafety Unmanned Systems Training as director of sales.

Boeing is offering a new navigation service to enhance efficient flight deck operations for pilots. Jeppesen Tailored Charts for Avionics is being introduced initially with Honeywell Primus Epic INAV avionics systems for tailored chart customers operating Embraer E2 commercial aircraft.
Looking for a Job in the Avionics Industry?
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...
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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.
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