Feb. 27, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Convention Advance Registration Deadline is Friday, March 1
To save $85 per person off the on-site registration fee, register in advance by Friday, March 1.  The 62nd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show 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 Unveils 2018 Year-end Avionics Market Report
The Aircraft Electronics Association released its 2018 year-end Avionics Market Report, and total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales for 2018 amounted to $2,728,657,109, or more than $2.7 billion as reported by the participating companies. Of the more than $2.7 billion in sales in 2018, 57 percent came from the retrofit market, while forward-fit sales amounted to 43 percent of sales.

According to the companies that separated their total sales figures between North America (U.S. and Canada) and other international markets, 77.7 percent of the 2018 sales volume occurred in North America (U.S. and Canada), while 22.3 percent took place in other international markets. 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...
Transport Canada Civil Aviation and the ADS-B Mandate
In August 2017, Nav Canada published a term of reference to develop its report on "Canadian ADS-B Out Performance Requirement Mandate." The stated purpose was to initiate a study to deliberate an ADS-B requirement for Canada. It was communicated by several entities that this report would then be submitted to the TCCA for review and final determination of what the ADS-B mandate would be. The study was to be submitted to the TCCA in the summer of 2018. More...
Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand Proposes Revision to AC 43-14
The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand has proposed a revision to AC 43-14, Standard Design Changes: Acceptable Technical Data. The advisory circular contains guidance and information about standards, practices, and procedures that the director has found to be an acceptable means of compliance with the associated rules and legislation. The Aircraft Electronics Association encourages members to read, review and comment on the proposed changes to this advisory circular. The focus of comments should be (1) errors contained within the AC and (2) any potential additional avionics systems that should be included in future revisions. 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
Aviation's technology experts will convene March 25-28, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Attendees must register by March 1, 2019, to save $85 per person off the on-site rate.

The sold-out exhibit hall will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26-27. Avionics professionals will have access to more than 100 hours of technical training and professional development courses. 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...
A Conversation With Brian Lorenz of 702 Helicopters
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, 702 Helicopters provides maintenance and flight training for both rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. The company also conducts helicopter sightseeing tours of Las Vegas and surrounding scenic areas.

Recently, Avionics News spoke with Brian Lorenz to learn more about his life at work and away from the airport.  More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
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
Genesys Aerosystems received supplemental type certificate and technical standard order for an IFR version of its HeliSAS.

Astronics Corp. announced that an amended STC has been approved for the Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System. Offered by Astronics' wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz and obtained in cooperation with AVIO dg in Calgary Canada, the STC covers multiple Textron and Leonardo Helicopter models, including AW109 and AW119 aircraft. In addition, Astronics has closed the previously announced sale of the intellectual property and certain assets associated with its semiconductor test product line to Advantest Corp.

FreeFlight Systems announced that the Avail Performance Package is now shipping and available for installation. The package recently received FAA STC and AML certification.

Cutter Aviation announced the appointment of James Boswell as manager of charter sales in the Charter and Flight Management Department based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Satcom Direct entered a formal arrangement with Rolls-Royce to deliver business aviation engine utilization data directly to the OEM via the SD Pro Operating System, using the SD FlightLogs post-flight data recording module.

Garmin commemorated the 25th anniversary of the GPS 155 TSO – the aviation industry’s first FAA TSO-C129 approach approved IFR GPS receiver.

Apex Aviation is now authorized to conduct repair and maintenance activities on aircraft registered in Mexico. Effective Dec. 6, 2018, the Mexican Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil issued Approved Maintenance Organization Validation Certificate Number CO-192/18 to Apex Aviation in Henderson, Nevada.

ALTO Aviation announced the appointment of Patrick Bloodworth as the company’s senior sales manager, joining the ALTO Sales & Customer Support team.

KADEX Aero Supply announced it is now an official Canadian distributor for the Seqinus Aerospace brand.
Collins Aerospace recognized seven employees as the company’s Engineers of the Year. The Engineer of the Year awards celebrate the innovative thinking and outstanding technical expertise of the company’s top engineers and highlights the significant impact their efforts have had on the company, the aerospace industry and the engineering profession in general.

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. announced that the Bombardier Aerospace G7500—one of the newest and most advanced corporate aircraft—is taking to the skies with AEM’s LSA100 cabin PA amplifier on board. AEM also was selected by Sikorsky to support three design and manufacture projects for unique interface boxes needed by the OEM for upgrades on their commercial helicopters.

West Star Aviation announced that its Chattanooga facility has been named an authorized service center for Embraer Lineage 1000 and 1000E.

FlightSafety International announced that Clinton Strong has been promoted to manager of the company’s new Unmanned Systems Training Centers in Wichita, Kansas, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Duncan Aviation announced that Andy Richards, a 22-year veteran of the company, has been named the new executive vice president and chief operating officer of its full-service facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. Marika Brack has joined the avionics installations sales team at its full-service facility in Lincoln, Nebraska. In addition, Duncan Aviation’s Engineering & Certification Services department created a searchable database of the STCs the company has developed and has available for sale.

L3 Technologies and Saudi Arabian Military Industries signed a memorandum of understanding to explore opportunities for collaboration within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on projects related to the electro-optical/infrared and special mission systems markets.

Flightcell International Ltd. announced that the Flightcell DZMx, the all-in-one installed solution for global voice, data, messaging and tracking, has been enhanced with a new smart device app.

uAvionix launched its nationwide mobile installer network, known as Qualified Installers, along with an invitation for avionics repair shops and mechanics to join the growing network of uAvionix service professionals.

Gulfstream Aerospace has expanded its senior leadership team. Colin Miller was promoted to senior vice president, Innovation, Engineering and Flight. Greg Collett was promoted to senior vice president, Manufacturing and Completions.

Airplus Maintenance GmbH recently hosted a networking meeting of German and Swiss TBM owners to understand the expectations and requirements of TBM owners and pilots.

Robotic Skies has partnered with Australian UAV manufacturer Carbonix, giving Carbonix customers access to a worldwide network of more than 150 certified repair stations across 35 countries.
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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