Dec. 11, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
FAA Says ADS-B Out Avionics Equipage Tops 100,000 Aircraft in U.S.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the number of total aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out avionics reached 111,400 as of Dec. 1, 2019. The number of general aviation fixed-wing equipped aircraft now totals 79,214.

The agency has been updating current equipage levels on its website on a monthly basis leading up to its deadline of New Year's Day. Only 20 days remain before the mandate arrives for aircraft to be equipped. More...
FlightAware: ADS-B Equipage Rates for Business Aircraft Rises to 88%
FlightAware updated its ADS-B equipage report to include data through November 2019. According to the latest report, 88% of turbine-powered business aircraft registered in the United States are now equipped in advance of the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline mandated by the FAA. The equipage rate is up from 85% from the October 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 latest report, click here. To see a graph online, click here.
Early-bird Registration Open Through Dec. 31 for AEA Convention in Nashville
Registration is open 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. It is the place to be for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to market in 2020. The event takes place March 24-27, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Attendees must register by Dec. 31, 2019, to receive the early-bird discount price of $675 (AEA member rate) for a full convention registration. The early-bird promotion offers a $180 per person savings off the on-site registration fee. The attendee full registration package includes: four days of seminars and technical training sessions; exhibit hall entrance for two full days with lunch; and networking with manufacturing and distributors. More...
2019 AEA Rate and Labor Survey Results Now Available to AEA Members
The optimistic business outlook continues for AEA certified repair station members, as shop and labor rates increased from the previous year across all regions surveyed. According to the latest AEA Rate and Labor Survey results, two-thirds of the shops in the United States expect growth in the next 12 months and only a handful say it will remain the same.

The annual AEA Rate and Labor Survey reports shop and labor rates by region, along with employee benefit/compensation package information, a profile of technician experience, regional employment demand and a business outlook perspective. The quick-glance layout allows repair station owners and managers to easily compare their businesses to others in their regions of operation. AEA members can download the survey results with a member login. More...
Legal Interpretation Regarding Manufacturer’s Recommended Time Between Overhaul
Question: Is a turbine-engine manufacturer's recommended time between overhaul in an engine maintenance manual mandatory for an aircraft operated under 14 CFR Part 91?

Answer: No, unless it is in the applicable FAA-approved airworthiness limitations section or is required by an airworthiness directive or other FAA regulation. Learn more about this frequently asked question in this month's Avionics News. More...
2020 AEA Europe Connect Conference set for Jan. 23-24 in Cologne, Germany
Europe’s aviation’s technology experts will Connect with their industry peers at the 34th annual AEA Europe Connect Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Cologne, Germany, Jan. 23-24, 2020. Join us for the premier avionics event that connects shop owners, managers and lead technicians in Europe. Registration is now open to avionics professionals who want to attend and for companies to exhibit.

Get the latest technical information from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers, and satisfy repair station training requirements. Learn about new products, their application, certification and installation. From selling to installation, configuration and certification testing, the AEA Connect Conference is where aviation's technology experts gather to answer your questions. And with an exhibit hall filled with the latest avionics technologies and services, attendees have the opportunity to see, touch and feel new products and visit face-to-face with the OEMs. More...
Garmin's Autoland: Lifesaver Technology
Garmin's Autoland provides an emergency landing function for an aircraft without a healthy pilot as it spends the time between activation and touchdown performing the same series of steps a human pilot would employ.

Garmin's blending of existing avionics technologies and custom software into a new and lifesaving system is unlike anything flying. And now it's expected to be certified soon in the single-engine Piper M600. In addition, Cirrus Aircraft is working on certification for its SF50 Vision Jet with hopes of making certification official by the first half of 2020. More...
AEA Scholarship Applications Now Available
The Aircraft Electronics Association will award more than 20 scholarships totaling more than $100,000 for the 2020-21 school year to students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies.

Since its inception, the AEA scholarship program has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships. Numerous awards are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $35,000 each. Scholarship applications are available online, and the deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2020. 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...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
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...
Anaheim, California
Jan. 27-30, 2020
Looking for your next aircraft, vendor, mentor, job, or professional development or employment opportunity? You’ll find them all in Anaheim. This event includes hundreds of education courses with 18,000 industry professionals and 700 exhibitors. 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. Early-bird registration will save attendees $180 per person off the on-site fee and is available through Dec. 31. More...
Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo
Lakeland, Florida
March 31-April 5, 2020
The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, an aviation tradition for the past 45 years, will have a name change for its 2020 event. The largest fundraising event for the Aerospace Center for Excellence will be renamed the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo to reflect the mission to engage, educate and accelerate the next generation of aerospace professionals.  More...
Aero Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen, Germany
April 1-4, 2020
Join more than 600 exhibitors from 35 countries, 33,000 visitors and 600 journalists from all over the world for AERO Friedrichshafen. At Lake Constance, numerous companies will be displaying their latest products and innovations, covering the whole industry from ultralights and gliders to business jets, helicopters and electric aircraft as well as avionics and maintenance.  More...
Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE)
Shanghai, China
April 21-23, 2020
ABACE brings together thousands of business aviation leaders, entrepreneurs and other purchase decision-makers. In partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority and co-hosted by the National Business Aviation Association and the Asian Business Aviation Association, ABACE takes place at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre. More...
Ottawa Avionics Fills Region’s Need for Expertise 
Early in his career, avionics technician Jarrah Elhalabi honed his skills in the farthest reaches of northern Canada. In Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, the communities are remote, oftentimes unreachable by road. Polar and subarctic climates can nudge temperatures down to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
“You’re the only person around for thousands of miles, and you have to get really good, really quick,” said Elhalabi, who serviced Twin Otters, Cessna Caravans, Dash 7 and Dash 8 turboprops and Learjets in the region. More...
Free AMI: Software from WBParts Express is Free for Avionics Shops to Use
What if there was a new software application that could let you handle everything you need to run your shop, from submitting quotes to opening jobs, checking current airworthiness directives from the Federal Aviation Administration, to tracking time, invoicing and a lot more. And what if it was simple enough to do it all from your smartphone? 

You’d want it, and you’d probably be willing to pay a tidy sum to get it. As well you should. Now, what if I told you that same super app is available right now and is 100% free to get and use – no strings attached? You'd say: How do I get it? Well, it’s as simple to get as it is to use. More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Attention avionics technicians! How well do you think you know your avionics inside and out? New and old? Then put your knowledge to work.

What is the product make and model shown in this image?

The first individual who submits the correct answer will be awarded a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, and the winner will be announced in the next edition of AEA Wired.

In addition, each award recipient in 2019 will be entered to win a random drawing for a $500 Visa gift card at the end of the year, also from Southeast Aerospace. Email your answer...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
Avionics Installation and Integration Training
Jan. 27-29, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation Course and/or have a couple years of basic avionics installation practice and are looking for more experience integrating common general aviation installations. Technicians will learn how to plan, install, interface, configure and check out an installation consisting of a Garmin GTN 650 touchscreen nav/comm/GPS, Garmin GTX 345 transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Testing and Inspection with ADS-B Implementation
Jan. 30, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder tests and inspections. This full-day course offers hands-on training, including a regulatory review and an explanation of the proper administrative procedures for completing these critical certifications. With so many questions surrounding ADS-B, this course will provide the answers and what you need to know to meet the mandate.
RVSM Maintenance and IFR6000 Operations
Jan. 31, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Attendees will be introduced to the regulations, documentation, test equipment and maintenance practices associated with performing RVSM maintenance for aircraft. This course assumes the attendee has good operating knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations 91.411, 91.413 and 91.227 paragraph (d). This course also 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 systems.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft
Feb. 17-19, 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
Garmin announced certification of the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade for Embraer’s Phenom 100 business jets equipped with the Prodigy Flight Deck.

DAC International Inc. announced the compatibility of the DAC International GDC64 with Foreflight Mobile.

Elliott Aviation announced its remote-mount, Garmin-based ADS-B solution has now been installed in more than 600 business aircraft. 

Genesys Aerosystems announced that Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., an aerospace company in India, achieved clearance from Indian certification agencies and delivered Do 228 aircraft equipped with the Genesys Aerosystems glass cockpit upgrade less than 13 months from contract award.

Satcom Direct's manager of aviation tax and financial reporting solutions, Ryan DeMoor, has stepped into the role of NBAA Tax Committee Secretary. 

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. delivered the 400th aircraft from the record-breaking, ultralong-range Gulfstream G650 family to a customer. The extended-range Gulfstream G650ER will be based in the U.S. The company also has moved its European customer support parts distribution center from the London area to near Amsterdam.

McCreery Aviation was awarded a Stage 2 International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling registration designation after successfully completing a comprehensive safety audit.

Clay Lacy Aviation is performing 10-year inspections for Embraer Phenom aircraft at the company’s Embraer authorized service centers at Van Nuys Airport and McClellan-Palomar Airport near San Diego. Phenom 100 aircraft manufactured in 2009 must complete their 120-month (10-year) inspection by the end of this year. 
Astronics Corp. introduced the ATS-3100 Vector Signal Transceiver-based Radio Solution, a turnkey, consolidated radio test platform for field testing of military tactical, land mobile and avionics radios. 

Southeast Aerospace was granted an FAA PMA to manufacture and distribute complex harnesses required for the Garmin G5000 installations.

Duncan Aviation recently delivered two aircraft with interior elements that were created with hydrographic printing. The Gulfstream 150 and Challenger 300 are the first aircraft to receive countertops that were created with hydrographic technology, a new finish option recently implemented by Duncan Aviation interior experts.

uAvionix announced FAA qualification for the Vehicle Tracking Unit (VTU-20) ADS-B transmitter for airport surface management. The company's tailBeacon was accepted by the FAA for installation on rotorcraft, with no further updates or changes required.

StandardAero and Thales announced a signed teaming agreement formalizing a mutual commitment for developing and certifying an advanced autopilot system for the light helicopter market. The system will initially be certified for installation on the Airbus Helicopters AS350 platform.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies announced its membership in the Independent Aircraft Modifiers Alliance. 

Avmax announced the sale of one Dash 8-103 msn 540 to Wideroe, Norway.

Metrojet Ltd. welcomed Captain Kobus Swart as director of flight operations effective Dec. 2, 2019. The company also announced that its MRO in Hong Kong has supported its first 4C maintenance check on a Gulfstream G650ER earlier this year.

Barfield Inc. appointed Gilles Mercier as senior vice president of operations at its Doral facilities. 
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 advertising executive
Phone: 816-366-5109

The "AEA Wired" e-newsletter is published twice a month by the AEA.