Feb. 13, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Supports Proposed Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019
The Aircraft Electronics Association is one of 40 aviation groups that support U.S. congressional passage of the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019 (H.R. 1108), which would authorize the Federal Aviation Administration to draw from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund in the event of a government shutdown.

On. Feb. 12, a broad coalition of aviation associations sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, along with the chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation. More...
AEA Convention Registration Deadline is March 1
Advance registrations for the 62nd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show are now being accepted. The deadline to make an advance registration and save $85 per person off the on-site registration fee is March 1.

The AEA Convention is 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. The event takes place March 25-28, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  More...
AEA Co-hosts Avionics Forum with Aeronáutica Civil in Bogota
Nearly 200 avionics professionals gathered Feb. 8, 2019, at the headquarters of Aeronáutica Civil in Bogota, Colombia, for a one-day session focused on the Colombian ADS-B mandate, as well as a full agenda of related topics. The program was moderated by Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs. Several avionics manufacturers attended and displayed their products and presented brief product information sessions. 

A highlight of the forum was the announcement that after years of working with Aeronáutica Civil, the AEA has negotiated a simplified approval of United States/FAA avionics STCs to help Colombia meet its approaching ADS-B deadline. Working to finalize this process, the AEA will be working directly with the avionics manufacturers to streamline these validations. More...
Request Your Free Copy of the AEA Pilot's Guide
This year marks the 16th annual edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide, a consumer's directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the wonderful world of avionics technologies.

The publication helps pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions and locate nearly 1,300 AEA member companies in more than 40 countries, including government-certified repair stations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. It also includes the manufacturers and distributors of these products, as well as technical schools and universities, engineers and consultants for the industry. Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy while supplies last. More...
Extension of Expiring Maintenance Organizations Approvals Issued by EASA and FAA
The U.S. federal government partial shutdown that ended Jan. 25 affected the aviation system for several days. During the shutdown, several maintenance organisation approvals issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency and by the FAA under the EU-U.S. Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement were coming due for renewal in both the United States and in EU member states.

To minimize the impact of the shutdown on those maintenance organizations, the FAA and EASA agreed on pragmatic solutions while ensuring uncompromised level of safety. In particular, the FAA called back to work a significant number of safety inspectors to ensure continuous oversight of the organization. More...
New e-Learning course: EASA’s new Basic Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2018/1139)
Last September, the new Regulation for the EASA and the European aviation system (EASA’s “Basic Regulation” -- Regulation (EU) 2018/1139) entered into force. To support the aviation community in this transition, the EASA has designed a dedicated online e-learning course and is offering it free-of-charge to aviation authorities, industry and other interested stakeholders. The two-hour course offers a comprehensive overview of all the main features, focusing on the changes introduced by the new Regulation. Furthermore, it covers all technical areas (operations, flight crew training, ATM/ANS, aerodromes, airworthiness, etc.), subdivided into dedicated modules. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
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 March 1, 2019. More...
Sun 'n Fun International Fly-in Expo
Lakeland, FL
April 2-7, 2019
A six-day event on 2,200 acres offers jet teams, aerospace exhibits, educational forums, aircraft static displays, and daily air shows. More...
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 by Aug. 7. More...
New Hampshire Helicopters Wins with Avionics, Maintenance 
For helicopter operators in the tiny Granite State, New Hampshire Helicopters offers a trusted source for both rotorcraft avionics and maintenance in one place. In 2003, Port City Air acquired New Hampshire Helicopters and moved the helicopter service center to Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. Merging the organizations brought fixed- and rotary-wing maintenance and avionics capabilities to one location and set the stage for significant growth.

The founder of New Hampshire Helicopters, a helicopter pilot and enthusiast, started the repair facility in 1984 to help defray maintenance costs on his personal helicopter. The shop expanded over time to serve other operators and different types of rotorcraft. More...
Indian Hills Community College Prepares Students for Avionics Careers
Avionics News recently spoke with Richard (Dan) Brauhn II, professor of aviation maintenance and avionics at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, to learn how the institution is meeting the need to educate the next generation of avionics technicians. 

Learn more about this AEA academic member in the February issue of Avionics News. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
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.
IFR6000 Operations Training Course
April 26, 2019
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 systems. In-depth training will be provided for testing of ADS-B transponder systems with airborne equipment.
Certified Repair Station Training Course
June 3-7, 2019
This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations. It is for 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
KADEX AERO SUPPLY was appointed a Canadian distributor for Raisbeck Engineering products.

GARMIN announced the availability of the GPS 3000, a high-integrity GPS position sensor that seamlessly interfaces to existing avionics to help meet ADS-B Out requirements. Garmin also announced the certification and availability of the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade for the Cessna Citation Mustang.

TRUE BLUE POWER’s long-life batteries and MID-CONTINENT INSTRUMENTS AND AVIONICS' 2-inch Standby Attitude Module are standard equipment on the highly-anticipated P2012 Traveller, a new, high-wing aircraft that recently received EASA type certification.

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS announced that Tal Golan has been appointed to the newly created position of rotorcraft business development manager.

FLYING COLOURS CORP. has taken up residence in its fifth hangar at the Spirit of St. Louis airport. The company also is celebrating 30 years of successful MRO and interiors operations.

DUNCAN AVIATION announced that Tim Kelly, regional avionics sales manager, is transitioning to the company’s new regional sales manager for the Great Lakes region. In addition, an 18-year veteran of the company, Adam Beach, has accepted the position of sales representative for the paint and interior sales team at its new Provo, Utah, facility. Shane Heier was named the RRT Assistant Manager-West Coast, focusing on AOG and scheduled engine calls for the western regions of the United States.

EXECUTIVE AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE of Phoenix, Arizona, recently completed a 48- and 96-month inspection on an Embraer Legacy 600 managed by Swift Aircraft Management. EAM also installed ADS-B on the aircraft.

FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS announced the formation of the company’s Sapphire Elite recognition program, honoring the 10 highest-performing partnerships per calendar year. The company’s network of avionics professionals is comprised of 650+ Part 145 certified repair stations with locations that span the globe. In addition, John Reid and Clifton Williams have joined the organization as regional sales manager and technical sales support specialist, respectively.

GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION announced that its most robust and highest-performing system – Gogo AVANCE L5 – has been installed and is now flying on 500 business jets. It took only 16 months to achieve the milestone from the date of the first installation.

ELLIOTT AVIATION announced its 15th signed preorder for the Citation Excel/XLS Garmin G5000, leading the industry in sales.
AIRPLUS MAINTENANCE GmbH named Roberto Sifuentes its new avionics and OEM sales manager.

SOUTHEAST AEROSPACE partnered with PEREGRINE and Air Methods (as the ODA) to provide a panel- and remote-mount fully integrated ADS-B solution for a variety of Part 29 airframes. Southeast Aerospace also won an exclusive contract to provide the Department of Justice with airborne imaging systems.

ALTO AVIATION introduced its new 2019 Cabin Management System upgrade programs exclusively designed for the legacy Gulfstream GIV and GV aircraft.

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS INC., based in Grand Prairie, Texas, is celebrating 50 years of sales and support for U.S. helicopter operators. In addition, Airbus Helicopters and Helisim broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art helicopter pilot and maintenance crew training center.

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL announced that Daniel MacLellan will jointly lead a company-wide transformation team as senior vice president. Ed Koharik was promoted to vice president. Dann Runik was promoted to senior vice president, operations. Jim Wheeler was promoted to general manager, visual systems. Michelle Dodson was promoted to assistant manager of the Wichita East Learning Center. The company also will deliver unmanned aircraft systems practical flight training in conjunction with Praxis Aerospace Concepts Inc.

COLLINS AEROSPACE's latest ARINCDirect mobile app, AD Mini, is now available for both Apple and Android users.

SOUTH AVIONICS TRAINING CENTER was recognized by JSfirm.com as its newest partner in its job distribution network.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. announced the opening of its new sales office in Vienna and new sales team appointments in Europe. The company also received a 2019 Business Intelligence Group Innovation Award for the advanced technology introduced on the high-performing Gulfstream G500.

SATCOM DIRECT announced that the Transport Canada Civil Aviation authority has awarded Skyservice Business Aviation an STC for installation of the Satcom Direct Data Link Unit upgrade on the Learjet 45 type.

SMARTSKY NETWORKS announces the closing of a total of $104 million in funding, including $75 million in debt commitments from funds managed by the Global Credit team at BlackRock and equity investments by private equity firms Tiger Infrastructure, WP Global, Platform Partners, and Meritage Investors. The funds will be used in the ongoing rollout of SmartSky’s nationwide air-to-ground network.

ASTRONAUTICS CORPORATION OF AMERICA is relocating its Milwaukee-area facilities to 135 West Forest Hill Avenue in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Astronautics plans to move its corporate headquarters by the fall of 2019, followed by its other Milwaukee-area facilities in the coming years.
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 Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive, at rachelh@aea.net
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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