Dec. 23, 2020
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Convention Moves to June 2021
The Aircraft Electronics Association has moved the dates of its 64th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show to June 22-25, 2021. The event will take place at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

"The health and well-being of attendees and exhibitors is our top priority," said AEA President and CEO Mike Adamson. "In consultation with hotel and health officials in Dallas, we have decided to move the event dates to allow more time for COVID-19 vaccinations and for the possibility of fewer travel restrictions. We will continue to work with our hotel partner to ensure that we can meet safely by following established protocols along with guidance from the CDC and local government."

All convention attendee registrations and exhibitor contracts previously transacted will be automatically moved to the new dates, and no further action is required. More...
Make Your Hotel Reservations for AEA Convention
With the dates of the AEA International Convention & Trade Show moving to June 22-25, attendees and exhibitors who made reservations at the Hilton Anatole in the AEA room block for mid-March should note that the hotel will close those reservations and refund deposits to the credit card used to make the reservation. This hotel policy is designed to help ensure the correct arrival and departure dates are secured for all attendees in June.

To make a reservation at the Hilton Anatole for the AEA Convention in June, click here.
Early-bird Registration Deadline for AEA Convention Extended to March 31
For those avionics professionals interested in attending the AEA Convention in June and have not yet registered, the deadline for early-bird registrations has been extended from Dec. 31, 2020, until March 31, 2021. The early-bird discounted price of $675 (AEA member rate) for a full convention attendee registration offers a $180 per person savings off the on-site registration fee.

If you haven't already registered, you can take advantage of the early-bird rate by clicking here.
New Zealand Proposed PBN Regulatory Framework Open for Comment
The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand has released a package of changes to the performance-based navigation regulatory framework for public consultation.

The purpose of these changes is to support New Zealand’s continued safe implementation of PBN in a way that minimizes the regulatory burden, provides flexibility to accommodate changes in technology, and is clear for the CAA and participants. To achieve this, the CAA is proposing several regulatory changes and associated guidance material that will create a modern, fit-for-purpose regulatory framework that enables the potential benefits of PBN to be achieved.

The CAA is seeking feedback and consultation closes 19 February 2021. More...
ADS-B Rule Signed with December 2022 Deadline for New Zealand
The minister of transport signed an updated civil aviation rule that will improve aviation safety in New Zealand’s controlled airspace.

Acting Director of Civil Aviation Shelley Turner said the rule, signed by Minister of Transport Hon Michael Wood on 13 December, requires all aircraft flying in controlled airspace to be equipped with ADS-B Out by 31 December 2022.

“The signing of this rule and confirmation of the 31 December 2022 implementation date is an important step for modernising New Zealand’s air traffic management system,” Turner said.
The one significant change between the final version of the rule signed by the minister and the initial proposal is the extension of the implementation date by one year." More...
When Will Drones Crawl, Walk, Run?
The Federal Aviation Administration is making steady progress on integrating unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system with demonstration projects, but the heavy lifting is just ahead to achieve large-scale use of commercial drones.

At the FAA’s fifth UAS Symposium, which took place in cooperation with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, several speakers mentioned the phrase “crawl, walk, run,” and surely the sector is not yet at the run stage. But whether the drone industry is in the walk stage of a toddler with limited radius or a more-mobile middle school student is in the eye of the beholder. And when will the commercial UAS sector run like athletes? In manned aviation, the management of high-density air traffic into New York City hub airports is like an Olympic sport. The FAA is obviously looking for the most-professional, safest and most-secure solutions to drone traffic so it can integrate with what is happening in the world of manned aircraft. The Olympics for drones may be out there, but how far is unclear. More...
AEA Scholarship Winner Takes off with FlyBoyz
At Sandusky City Airport 70 miles north of Detroit, Michigan, October evenings are already dipping into the 30s. The FlyBoyz Aviation crew is working late again.

“We have a busy schedule through the next several months with no foreseeable slowdown,” said Adam Ondrajka, who owns and operates FlyBoyz Aviation. The shop provides maintenance, repairs, inspections and avionics installations for small general aviation aircraft.

“This month, we’re installing an Electroair electronic ignition system on a Beechcraft Bonanza V35, a JPI EDM 900 primary system and a Garmin ADS-B transponder on a Piper Malibu, completely replacing a Cessna Skylane’s panel with Garmin G3X flight displays and an Avidyne IFD540 GPS/nav/comm, updating a Skylane with a basic IFR panel and some used Garmin avionics. We’re also hoping to finish a ground-up restoration on a Cessna 175 this winter, which will feature Dynon and Avidyne systems.” More...
Theory & Practice: ADS (more than) B
It’s the law. ADS-B is required now, everywhere transponders were required previously. There’s more to this than meets the eye. In the avionics classes I teach at Pennsylvania College of Technology, I refer to it as Automatic Dependent Surveillance, or ADS, because there is more going on than the broadcast. Over the last few years during the rush to equip aircraft with the new technology, technicians in schools and in the field are learning new things.

ADS offers several advantages over transponder-based secondary surveillance radar, which relies on a transponder in the aircraft. The original transponder would respond to air traffic control interrogations with a reply of a four-digit code, and possibly, pressure altitude. In the 1990s, Mode-S transponder (S for sequential) came into being and became a requirement for some but not all aircraft. Mode-S had an advantage over the original transponder system because it could report whether or not the aircraft was airborne and if the aircraft was flying. Moreover, it could report a speed range for the aircraft. Advanced Mode-S transponders could help airliner collision avoidance systems negotiate solutions to potential collision threats. All Mode-S transponders broadcast an electronic beacon called a squitter, which would transmit once per second. More...
Podcast: The Making of a Third-Generation Aviator
Mac and David Copeland share their family’s unique aviation history in this episode of AEA Amplified. Mac is following in big family footsteps as a third-generation pilot. He recently completed his first solo while attending college and working toward his private pilot certificate. His father, David, is the vice president of sales for Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. And his grandparents, John and Marilyn, operated an airport, one that felt more like home than the house. With links to Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, listen to the Copeland family’s incredible aviation story.

Subscribe to AEA Amplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Podbean or Spotify. More...
New Avionics Training Courses Now Available
The AEA recently opened online enrollment for several training classes scheduled over the next several months at its headquarters in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Six brand-new courses are being offered for the first time.

Class sizes are limited, and social distancing protocols are in place for all attendees. Interested parties are encouraged to register well in advance to reserve a seat. Scroll down further in this edition of AEA Wired to learn more. More...
AEA Scholarship Applications Now Available Online
The Aircraft Electronics Association will award 23 scholarships totaling more than $100,000 for the 2021-22 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, 2021. 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 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...
AEA Webinars – On Demand
Join more than 1,000 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

  • Transponder Testing
  • 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...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
International Women in Aviation Virtual Conference
March 11-12, 2021
WAI plans to deliver all the outstanding content of its trademark conference experience through education sessions, inspiring keynote speakers, virtual exhibit hall, personal and professional development seminars and workshops, as well as 2021 scholarship awards, Pioneer Hall of Fame induction celebration, and networking opportunities. 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...
Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo
Lakeland, Florida
April 13-18, 2021
The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is one of the world’s largest annual aviation events. Proceeds from these events provide funding for the Aerospace Center for Excellence. The SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In annually raises over $2 million for ACE, enabling the delivery of STEM-related and aerospace education programs and scholarships. More...
AERO Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen, Germany
April 21-24, 2021
After a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show will take place at the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Center. The show team at Lake Constance expects a large number of exhibitors. Important industry players such as Diamond, Tecnam, Piper, Junkers, Textron, and Rheinland Air Service (DAHER, Hondajet, Bell Partnership) have already confirmed their participation. More...
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Geneva, Switzerland
May 18-20, 2021
EBAA and NBAA are excited to welcome back the business aviation industry for EBACE2021. EBACE brings buyers and sellers together as Europe’s premiere event dedicated to showcasing business aviation products and services. A full slate of exhibiting companies have already confirmed their plans for participation in this year’s event. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Dallas, Texas
June 22-25, 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. Early-bird registration is available through March 31. More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
This month's featured product is a Collins 17L-8A VHF transmitter. However, with no correct submission, the $100 Visa gift card will carry over to January, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace. Therefore, the first person to submit the correct answer in next month's Mystery Make and Model challenge will win a $200 Visa gift card.

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
PFD Installation & Integration (12 seats remain)
Jan. 13-15, 2021
Lee's Summit, Missouri (New course!)
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 dual Garmin GI 275 primary flight displays.
Bench Basics 101 (13 seats remain)
Jan. 18-19, 2021
Lee's Summit, Missouri (New course!)
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Basic Wiring course and/or have a couple of years of basic avionics installation practice, familiar with basic soldering skills and are looking for experience in LRU bench testing and avionics flight line testing. ADS-B transponder systems, nav/ILS and VHF comms will be the focus of study. Technicians will fabricate a general-purpose test panel, a bench test harness, and a transponder test harness that they will use in the course.
NAV/COMM Equipment Service Training (13 seats remain)
Jan. 20, 2021
Lee's Summit, Missouri (New course!)
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Bench Basics 101 course and/or have a couple of years of basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in LRU bench testing and avionics flight line testing. NAV/ILS will be the focus of study.
Transponder Service Training (13 seats remain)
Jan. 21, 2021
Lee's Summit, Missouri (New course!)
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Bench Basics 101 course and/or have a couple of years of basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in LRU bench testing and avionics flight line testing. ADS-B transponder systems, NAV/ILS and VHF comms will be the focus of study.
Pitot-Static & Transponder Testing & Inspection with ADS-B Implementation (8 seats remain)
Jan. 22, 2021
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.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft (11 seats remain)
Jan. 27-29, 2021
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is targeted for the homebuilder or avionics technician who wants to learn about performing an avionics installation in an experimental aircraft. The class focuses on the Garmin G3X Touch system, and a simplified example harness is constructed as part of the hands-on portion of the class. While the G3X Touch system is the primary focus, 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 out a niche, this class has something for everyone.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (13 seats remain)
Feb. 1-3, 2021
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.
Basic Pitot-Static & Transponder Theory, Testing & Troubleshooting (14 seats remain)
Feb. 4-5, 2021
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 federal aviation regulation 91.411 and 91.413 checks.
Aircraft Maintenance Regulations (14 seats remain)
April 6-7, 2021
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 Program for Repair Stations (14 seats remain)
April 8-9, 2021
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Are you an EASA certified repair station? Did you know there is an internal audit requirement in your EASA supplement? Do you have foreign certifications that require an internal audit program? Is your FAA inspector asking you about an internal audit program during their surveillance? Do you want to enhance your basic quality control program with a proactive internal audit program? This course focuses on the basics of internal auditing and the development of an internal audit program, providing the tools and methods necessary to meet the international regulatory needs as well as the continuous improvement of the repair station.
Certified Repair Station Training (15 seats remain)
Aug. 9-13, 2021
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.
News from AEA Member Companies
Garmin received FAA supplemental type certification for the GFC 500 Autopilot in additional aircraft to include select Mooney M20 C through G models, and the Cessna 172RG. Garmin also announced that, a Garmin company, has integrated runway analysis service from AeroData, allowing pilots to calculate performance data while creating a flight plan through Garmin also announced upgrades to the GFC 600 digital autopilot including the addition of Smart Rudder Bias for select piston twin-engine aircraft. Garmin also announced new features now available for the GTN Xi Series of navigators including a Glide Range Ring that helps pilots visualize the estimated area an aircraft could reach in case engine power is lost.

Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems appointed Paul Moats to maintenance director with the company’s AOG division. Moats joined Stevens in early 2020 as a second shift supervisor at the Greenville, South Carolina, facility, co-located with the company headquarters. Prior to joining Stevens, he spent 26 years at Textron Aviation working Citations, Hawkers and other airframes in many positions including A&P mechanic, scheduler, AOG team lead and field service engineer.

Universal Avionics announced its Top Dealers of 2020 to be Scandinavian Avionics A/S for International Dealer of the Year and Field Aerospace for Americas' Dealer of the Year. Each year, UA recognizes two dealers out of several hundred in its authorized dealer network that have achieved outstanding sales performance for the year. Both companies' expertise and commitment to pursuing UA upgrades were instrumental in their successful performance in 2020.

Southeast Aerospace has been contracted to provide ALE-47 CMDS dispenser mounts to Agusta Westland for its new MH-139 helicopter project. The MH-139 is a new helicopter that is being used to replace the aging UH-1N helicopter for the United States Air Force. These parts are the primary mounting structure for the ALE-47 Airborne Countermeasures Dispensers.

Mid-Canada Mod Center announced that Norm Matheis has joined the company in a business development role. An avionics industry veteran, his focus is helping commercial, government and special mission aircraft operators future-proof their operations, enhance safety and achieve operational efficiencies through emerging avionics technologies.
Carlisle Interconnect Technologies received a patent for its third generation of ARINC 791/792 Adjustable Fittings for existing and emerging aerospace applications. The new patented fittings allow for installation performed using only basic hand tools. The ARINC 791/792 Adjustable Fittings do not require special fixtures or tools, shims, or match drilling.

The Gogo AVANCE L3 in-flight connectivity system is now installed and flying on more than 500 business aircraft. Also, Gogo expects to end 2020 with more business aviation air-to-ground subscribers than it had when the year began; Gogo entered 2020 with 5,669 ATG subscribers online and expects to end the year with more than 5,700 subscribers online.

L3Harris Technologies was selected by Textron Aviation as one of its customer-selected suppliers for flight data analysis services. L3Harris’ web-based solution delivers advanced analytics and trend analysis, which highlights key operational issues and provides actionable insights. This service will initially be available on all ARes II-equipped Cessna Citation CJ4 jets.
Peregrine and Lee Aerospace joined forces to deliver Aviation Clean Air system installation data and STCs for the Citation 560XL. The ACA pathogen disinfection technology eradicates the COVID-19 virus. Peregrine-developed STCs for the ACA system are also available for aftermarket installation in the Gulfstream G-IV and GIV-SP models, Falcon 50 and 900, in addition to the Bombardier CL600 series family. Peregrine also completed an FAA STC for installation of the Gogo AVANCE L3 airborne connectivity solution for the popular Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.

Innovative Solutions & Support announced its Cockpit/IP FPDS System Upgrade for Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft is now in operation on over 400 airplanes worldwide. According to the company, the significant shift in air carrier operations toward cargo movements has brought the need for more freight-configured aircraft to the marketplace.

ACR Electronics, in support of the aviation industry’s transition to 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters, is highlighting updates to the Canadian Aviation Regulations mandating the use of digital ELTs on board aircraft flying in Canada. The ARTEX ELT 345 is an upgrade solution following new industry requirements for aircraft to use digital ELTs.

The Satcom Direct Data Center achieved International Standard Organization 27001:2013 certification for its state-of-the-art data center. The 10,000-square-foot facility, located at the SD Melbourne, Florida, world headquarters, was assessed by BARR Advisory P.A. a cloud-based security and compliance solutions provider, specializing in cybersecurity and compliance for Software as a Service companies and awarded the certificate in early December.

Duncan Aviation expanded its burn testing lab at its facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. Duncan Aviation’s Engineering & Certification Services is also expanding its testing capabilities to include the NexGen or Sonic Burner test (also known as the FAR 25.853 (b) Fire-Blocking test). Duncan Aviation Engineering & Certification Services also revised two STCs; one for the Honeywell Flight Management System and the other for FANS. The revisions to the STCs allow Challenger 601, 604, 605 and 650 (CL-601-3A/R variant) owner/operators to upgrade their existing NZ-2010 FMS to version 6.1.1. Jason Thuman was named manager at the satellite shop in Kansas City, Missouri. Brent Hudecek joined the avionics sales team at the facility in Lincoln, Nebraska.

West Star Aviation introduced a new G450 A-Level Cabin Upgrade Bundle with a special limited time packaged price. The install includes a new Collins Aerospace Venue cabin management system along with an interior upgrade from West Star.

Honeywell updated features in its Honeywell Forge platform for business aviation flight departments to improve network monitoring and bolster security.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. delivered the first Gulfstream G600 certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency to an undisclosed customer based in Europe, further expanding the next-generation fleet around the world.

Metro Aviation company PAC International completed and delivered a new Bell 407GXi helicopter to the Virginia State Police.

Jet Aviation is celebrating 15 years of operation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

FlightSafety was selected by the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Central Operations to provide a MissionFit Flight Training Device for use in its Pilatus PC-12NG pilot training program.
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.
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