Dec. 12, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Industry Executives Address Wichita Aero Club
AEA President and CEO Paula Derks served as a featured panelist at the Wichita Aero Club's On-Air Summit, Dec. 6, the club's premier business event that annually brings together leaders from the aviation industry to discuss critical issues. In addition to Derks, this year’s distinguished group of panelists included EAA President Jack Pelton; NBAA President Ed Bolen; GAMA President Pete Bunce; and AOPA Senior Vice President Tom Haines. Among the items discussed were the importance of integrating unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system, recent passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, and the continuous need to recruit and train technicians and pilots to address a labor shortage. Look for more coverage of this event in the January issue of Avionics NewsMore...
Early-bird Registration Ends Dec. 21 for AEA Convention in Palm Springs
An important deadline is approaching quickly! Avionics shop owners and lead technicians planning to attend the 62nd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Palm Springs are encouraged to register by Dec. 21 to take advantage of the early-bird rate. Attendees who register by the deadline will save $165 per person off the on-site registration fee. The event takes place March 25-28, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. While we don't know what the future of avionics will bring, the AEA Convention is the place to see it!

The AEA has contracted with three hotels for the 2019 convention: Renaissance Palm Springs; Hilton Palm Springs; and Hotel Zoso. Links to make a hotel reservation are available on the convention website. More...
AEA Scholarship Applications Available Online
The Aircraft Electronics Association will award more than 20 scholarships totaling more than $125,000 for the 2019-20 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.
The deadline to submit applications for the 2019-20 academic year is April 1, 2019. More...
Record-keeping Following a § 91.411 and § 91.413 Check
Which regulation must you comply with, § 43.9 or § 43.11, to approve for return to service an aircraft after performing an ATC transponder test and inspection required by § 91.413?

Learn the answer to this frequently asked question in this month's Avionics News. More...
Nominations Open for AEA Board of Directors Election
Applications are now open for AEA members interested in running for a position on the AEA board of directors. To apply, your company must be an AEA member in good standing, and you must complete an application form by Jan. 4, 2019. The applications are then reviewed by the AEA Trusteeship Committee, which then assembles a final slate of nominees for a vote before the full membership. The slate is assembled based on certain needs or areas of expertise that may be needed on the new board. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Cologne, Germany
Jan. 22-23, 2019
Online registration is now available through Jan. 16. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hyatt Regency Cologne. More...
Atlanta, Georgia
March 4-7, 2019
Find new products and business with 18,000 industry professionals. Over 1,000,000 square feet of space with 60+ aircraft on display. More...
International Women in Aviation Conference
Long Beach, California
March 14-16, 2019
Choose from a wide range of education sessions to expand your personal and professional development at the Long Beach Convention Center. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Palm Springs, California
March 25-28, 2019
Registration has opened for the 62nd 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 platform of choice for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to the marketplace in 2019. Aviation's technology experts will convene March 25-28, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Attendees must register by Dec. 21, 2018, to receive the early-bird discount price of $645 (AEA member rate) for a full convention registration. The early-bird promotion offers a $165 per person savings off the on-site registration fee. More...
JWG Travels the World to Help Children
For most people, traveling for work involves flying across the country to help customers or attend a convention from time to time. For Mario Mercier, founder and president of Journey with Grace International Ministry, it means traveling thousands of miles every year in the United States, Puerto Rico, Europe and Central Asia.

Mercier founded JWG in Russia in 2010 and later expanded it to the United States, establishing a new headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. The Christian outreach organization provides early vocational training in aircraft avionics and marine mechanics and operates four children shelters. Today, 12 employees and 48 volunteers support the ministry across the globe. More...
A Conversation With:
Mark Francetic of SoCal Jets Inc.
Headquartered in Van Nuys, California, SoCal Jets Inc. employs aircraft technicians and promotes a positive attitude that ensures company-wide success as it celebrates its 34th year in business. SoCal Jets Inc. services primarily Gulfstream, Challenger, Falcon, Hawker, Learjet and Citation aircraft. It also supports many aircraft in Mexico and is one of a handful of U.S. companies to receive certification from the Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics in Mexico. Recently, Avionics News spoke with Mark Francetic, business development manager, to learn more about his work and life outside the office. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
Avionics Installation and Integration Training
Jan. 14-16, 2019
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation Course and/or have a couple of 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/com/GPS, Garmin GTX 345 transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Testing & Inspection with ADS-B Implementation
Jan. 17, 2019
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
Jan. 18, 2019
Attendees will be introduced to the regulations, documentation, test equipment and maintenance practices associated with performing RVSM maintenance. This course assumes the attendee has good operating knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations 91.411 and 91.413.
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation
Feb. 18-20, 2019
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. 
Digital Databus Theory & Analysis Training
Feb. 21, 2019
As today’s modern airplanes become much more technologically advanced, so must the professionals that 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
ELLIOTT AVIATION received an STC for its PRIZM brand LED lighting and electronically dimmable Smart Vision Shades brand electronic window shades. The company is currently manufacturing products and will be available for approved dealers and aircraft manufacturers in early 2019 under the Elliott Technologies brand.

ASPEN AVIONICS received an STC for the Evolution E5 Dual Electronic Flight Instrument. The Evolution E5 can be sold directly to consumers by Aspen Avionics authorized dealers and aviation retailers. In addition, Sam Wallace was promoted to vice president of operations.

AIRPLUS MAINTENANCE GmbH announced its first completion of an ADS-B upgrade on a Phenom 300.
KANSAS STATE POLYTECHNIC's UAS flight and operations degree option is the first in the nation to introduce flying beyond visual line of sight into college curriculum. The campus has been granted a waiver from the FAA to perform this type of unmanned operation.

DUNCAN AVIATION announced that Nick Parsons has accepted the position of project manager at the Lincoln, Nebraska, facility.

LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES CORP. received a Transport Canada issued STC SA18-121 Issue 1 for its ENode engine data acquisition unit. The approval supports installation on DHC-6 Series 100, 200, and 300 aircraft, and is built to support engine trend monitoring, flight data monitoring, and fuel management programs. 
HONEYWELL signed a five-year agreement with Swissport International, the world’s largest airport ground service provider, to deploy the GoDirect Ground service across its global operation.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. announced that the ultralong-range Gulfstream G650ER has completed a record-breaking flight en route to the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association Show in Dubai. The aircraft bested the previous world speed record by one hour and 48 minutes. Gulfstream also appointed Timothy Wood regional sales manager for Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.
GARMIN received the 2018 Supplier of Excellence Award by Airbus Helicopters at the North American Supplier Conference in Grand Prairie, Texas.

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. received FAA Technical Standard Order authorization for the company’s new touchscreen EFIS Control Display Unit for the InSight Display System. The STC is expected in the first quarter of 2019.
FLIGHTSAFTEY INTERNATIONAL announced that Joe Ping, manager of aircraft maintenance, Global Integrated Services–Aviation, Cummins Inc., is the 4,000th aircraft maintenance technician to successfully complete the Master Technician training program. 

uAVIONIX received notice from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that its patent application for “Aircraft Navigation Light ADS-B Radio,” including the “Power Transcoder,” was accepted by the USPTO and will issue as Patent 10,156,627 on Dec. 18, 2018.
Looking for a Job in the Avionics Industry?
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the career listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA careers page 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 career 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? Looking for a new avionics technician or A&P mechanic? Want to buy or sell a business in the general aviation industry? Post these professional opportunities to a target-rich environment: the AEA's career listings website. For $200 a month, you can place a listing online AND receive a print advertisement in Avionics News for FREE! For more information, contact Lauren Garcia, AEA director of advertising, 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
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Phone: 816-347-8400
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