July 31, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Technology Incubator set for Aug. 16: Demystifying the FAA for Entrepreneurs
Are you an inventor always coming up with something new; the vendor marketing the next great invention; the customer who designed a solution but doesn’t know the next step? The AEA Technology Incubator is designed to demystify the path forward to producing parts for certified aircraft with a focus on producing these parts under the FAA oversight. It will include presentations and discussions focused on understanding the FAA regulatory structure, as well as the Part 23 and production regulations, guidance and policies.  More...
Senators Introduce Securing and Revitalizing Aviation Act of 2018
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) recently introduced the Securing and Revitalizing Aviation Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation would create the Aircraft Pilot Education Program to support the education of aircraft pilots and the aviation pilot workforce by encouraging the creation and delivery of aviation curriculum to high school students.

“Across the aviation industry, we are facing an unfortunate reality—too few young Americans are starting careers in the field,” Inhofe said. “This bill will empower the next generation of needed pilots by giving young Americans access to quality aviation curriculum such as ground school—a critical first step for most careers in aviation." More...
Where will you Connect with Avionics Professionals in 2018?
Registration is now open to individuals wanting to attend and for companies to exhibit at any of the five upcoming AEA Connect Conferences scheduled in the United States, Canada and Australia. The 2018 AEA Connect Conferences are two-day events that personally connect general aviation industry professionals, avionics repair stations, manufacturers, regulators and educators. 
This is the place to satisfy your annual training requirements and keep up to date with all the regulatory changes and the latest product developments from a variety of manufacturers. 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...
False Alerts on 406 MHz ELTs
The Federal Aviation Administration recently published information for operators on the subject of false alerts on 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters. This InFO provides awareness to aircraft operators and pilots on the problem of ELT false alerts. It also provides recommendations and additional information for the prevention of false alerts. In 2017, ELTs generated 8,786 false alerts in the United States. The majority of 406 MHz
ELT false alerts occur during testing and maintenance. Aircraft operators and pilots should familiarize themselves with the information contained in this InFO. More...
AEA Latin America Newsletter Available
The AEA recently published its quarterly newsletter for member companies in the Latin America region. Published in Spanish and designed exclusively for avionics professionals in Latin America, click here to read the second-quarter 2018 edition.
FAQ: Configuration of ICAO 24-bit Address
For the past few years, the FAA’s headquarters office has been attending AEA events and providing outreach on ADS-B Out installations. The AEA is continuing that outreach by focusing on some of the more-common error messages the FAA is receiving from the ADS-B performance monitors.

Remember, the ICAO address should be configured at the time of installation, change in ownership or when the registration changes. Although there is no regulatory requirement for biennial checks of the ADS-B Out system, it is always a good idea to check the ADS-B Out system outputs during the biennial § 91.413 ATC transponder tests, especially if you know the aircraft has recently changed ownership. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA Canada Connect Conference
Calgary, Alberta
Sept. 6-7, 2018
As an avionics professional, you understand the true value of connecting with your industry peers, so join us at the AEA Canada Connect Conference at the Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel. It's the premier avionics event that connects the avionics industry in Canada this year. Online registration is now available through Aug. 27, and hotel reservations must be made by Aug. 4. More...
AEA U.S. East Connect Conference
Tampa, Florida
Sept. 12-13, 2018
Online registration is now available through Sept. 5, and hotel reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport-Westshore must be made by Aug. 12. More...
AEA U.S. West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Sept. 24-25, 2018
Online registration is now available through Sept. 18, and hotel reservations at the Grand Sierra Resort must be made by Aug. 25. More...
AEA U.S. Central Connect Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 3-4, 2018
Online registration is now available through Sept. 25, and hotel reservations at the Hilton Kansas City Airport must be made by Sept. 12. More...
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Orlando, Florida
Oct. 16-18, 2018
Join more than 25,000 industry professionals for the third-largest trade show in the United States. The three-day event brings together current and prospective aircraft owners, manufacturers and customers into one meeting place. More...
International Rotorcraft Safety Conference
Hurst, Texas
Oct. 23-25, 2018
The Federal Aviation Administration will host the 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas. The conference will feature presentations and seminars in an effort to reduce the national helicopter accident rate, particularly among small operators. More...
AEA U.S. South Pacific Connect Conference
Gold Coast, Australia
Nov. 5-6, 2018
Online registration is now available through Oct. 26, and hotel reservations at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Hotel must be made by Oct. 5. More...
Benton Air Center Caters to Vintage Aircraft
At Benton Air Center in Redding, California, avionics technician Glenn Bennett climbs atop a North American T-6 Texan and points out the Trig Avionics TY92 VHF comm radios. He recently installed the dual-control radios along with an ADS-B transponder on the restored low-wing Warbird.

“Trig makes a good product where a single radio can be controlled from two different locations,” he explained. “It’s great for tandem aircraft like the T-6 and a lot of the RVs.”

The FAA repair station specializes in servicing single- and twin-engine piston aircraft, including Warbirds and vintage airplanes. The maintenance shop handles annual and prebuy inspections as well as pitot-static and transponder checks.  More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development
IFR 6000 Operations Training Course
Aug. 10, 2018
This course is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate the IFR 6000 to verify and maintain Transponder, UAT, TCAS, and DME systems.
RVSM Maintenance
Aug. 24, 2018
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.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Training Theory & Practice
Sept. 20-21, 2018
For the entry-level technician or those looking for basic training to learn how to perform pitot-static and transponder certifications. This course is recommended as a prerequisite to AEA’s Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification course. This two-day course provides the attendee with the history, theory of operation, system setup, hands-on testing and troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks. The latest equipment from DFW Instruments and Laversab will be used in the course.
Basic Aircraft Electrical
Oct. 22-23, 2018
This course is designed for the avionics technician, aircraft maintenance technician or homebuilder who wants to improve their understanding of aircraft electrical systems and electricity. It will provide an overview of the fundamentals of electricity and their practical application in aircraft. From currents and calculations to schematics and systems troubleshooting, this two-day course is the perfect primer for an entry-level technician or the skilled homebuilder ready to tackle avionics installation.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft
Oct. 24-26, 2018
This course is designed for the aircraft technician or homebuilder who is looking for guidance in completing an installation on an experimental aircraft with the popular Garmin G3X Touch large format flight display system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche in this ever-expanding market, this class has something for everyone.
Certified Repair Station Training
Dec. 3-7, 2018
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
CONSTANT AVIATION named Scott LaFleur senior sales manager for Constant Aviation Rotable Exchange division.

ASPEN AVIONICS introduced the Evolution MAX series of primary flight and multifunction displays. With redesigned electronics and new glass, the Evolution MAX series displays offers a bolder and brighter display with higher reliability and several customer-requested functions such as font and window enlargement and increased processing speeds. Additionally, with the installation of a dual unit system comprised of the EFD1000 Pro MAX and the Evolution MFD1000 MAX, owners can eliminate vacuum system backup indicators. The company also is in the final stages of receiving FAA approval for the Evolution E5 Dual Electronic Flight Instrument.

APPAREO released a new addition to its Stratus family of avionics. Stratus 3 is the latest model in the line of ADS-B receivers first introduced in 2012. The company exhibited Stratus 3 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Appareo also announced a software addition to the Stratus family. Stratus Horizon Pro is a free iOS application that displays a backup AHRS, delivers firmware updates to Stratus receivers, offers Radio Playback, and will soon include Radio Transcription.

GARMIN is adding more capability, more configuration options and offering greater integration throughout the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, as well as the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots. Additionally, the G5 electronic flight instrument for certificated aircraft is being approved for use as a standby instrument when paired with the G500 TXi or G500 flight displays. Garmin also announced continued progress in aircraft approvals for the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots.

DYNON introduced the D3, the latest edition of its Pocket Panel EFIS, and the DRX, a portable, dual-band ADS-B traffic and weather receiver.

AVIDYNE CORP. received FAA STC approval of dual hybrid-touchscreen IFD550/540 Series FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems, for installation in Cessna CitationJet 525 and 525A models with Collins Pro Line 21 and the FGC-3000 Digital Flight Control System. Avidyne also is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

BENDIXKING signed an agreement with Aloong Aircraft (Jingmen) Co. Ltd. to install its latest primary flight display and autopilot on Aloong’s Model 44 Angel aircraft in Asia and Africa. The updated cockpit technologies, including touch displays, synthetic vision and a digital autopilot, will help reduce pilot workload and increase passenger safety. Also, the BendixKing AeroVue Touch primary flight display will be ready for pilots and operators to purchase in fourth quarter of 2018.

L3 COMMERCIAL AVIATION announced a new software upgrade that provides performance, startup and compatibility enhancements for the ADS-B Transponder and Display System. The upgrade, named Release 3.2, will be available starting August 2018 for Lynx NGT-9000 operators. Current Lynx operators can visit their installation centers for the upgrade, which is free of charge and will be standard software in all new systems.

DALLAS AVIONICS announced that the long-anticipated push-to-talk solution for emergency responders is now available. The new push to talk solution pairs the Latitude Technologies SkyNode S200-P12 and the Technisonic Industries TDFM 9100 to create the system.

ASTRONICS announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics PGA, was awarded a contract to provide its next-generation seat motion and lighting systems for Jamco’s new Venture seat program. Astronics PGA also entered into a long-term contract for potential future seat projects.

JETSUPPORT is now certified for the aviation standard for quality management systems, AS9110C (technically equivalent to EN 9110:2016 and SJAC 9110:B).
SAFE FLIGHT INSTRUMENT CORP. of White Plains, New York, announced that its heads-up Angle of Attack Indexer System is now standard equipment on the Quest Kodiak 100 Series II.

DUNCAN AVIATION installed an industry-first Rosen Aviation Media Input Panel in a Falcon 2000. Duncan Aviation also opened an aircraft sales office in Phoenix, Arizona. Bryan Davis accepted the position of manager of the Dallas, Texas, satellite avionics facilities.

SOUTHEAST AEROSPACE received DGAC Validation for its ADS-B Part 25 AML-STC. which will provide its Mexican customers with the ability to install a flexible ADS-B solution to meet the FAA's 2020 mandate.

STANDARDAERO recently signed an exclusive five-year time-and-material contract with Air Tanzania to provide maintenance and engineering services for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A engines powering the flag carrier’s fleet of three Q400 regional turboprops. StandardAero also inducted its first Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engine at the company’s Maryville, Tennessee, facility and its first Rolls-Royce T56-427 engine at its San Antonio, Texas, facility.

SOCAL JETS was named an authorized L-3 Avionics Systems dealer.

ROCKWELL COLLINS announced that the new Bombardier Global 5500 and 6500 are the business aviation launch application of the Rockwell Collins combined vision system, which merges infrared enhanced vision and synthetic vision system imagery into a single conformal view. Rockwell Collins also announced that its ADS-B Out Part 25 AML-STC has been certified by the FAA. Iridium Communications Inc. and Rockwell Collins signed an agreement to make Rockwell Collins the newest service provider for Iridium Certus satellite solutions over the Iridium NEXT network.

ASTRONAUTICS completed its multifunction display system software update for customer SENER and Babcock MCS España on the Spanish Navy’s AB-212 fleet. Astronautics also completed an LPV software update to electronic flight instruments the company originally designed and manufactured for Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group for the Austrian Air Force’s C-130 aircraft. 

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL was selected by Delta Air Lines to provide flight training to the company’s employees through the Delta Propel Pilot Career Path Program. FlightSafety also announced that Francisco Roberto Gonzalez Calvo, David Thatcher, and Darren Fleming are the first pilots who fly Dassault Falcon aircraft to become FlightSafety Master Aviators.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. announced the Gulfstream G500 received both its type certification and production certificate from the FAA. In addition, Gulfstream announced the Gulfstream G500 recently wrapped up its world tour after flying nearly 130,000 nautical miles/240,760 kilometers. Gulfstream also announced the U.S. Air Force has awarded the company a contract to provide contractor logistics support services for the Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard C-20 and C-37 fleets.
SEND SOLUTIONS, the manufacturer of Airtext, an Iridium aviation text messaging product, announced the introduction of AirtextLT, a smaller, lighter, and lower cost texting product that is portable.

GENESYS AEROSYSTEMS earned FAA STC approval of the S-TEC 3100 on the Piper PA-32. It also announced a partnership with Gary Reeves of PilotSafety.org to provide training materials for S-TEC autopilots.

DAC INTERNATIONAL INC. has successfully interfaced the GDC64 with FreeFlight Systems’ RANGR series units to allow presentation of ADS-B traffic, weather and other information on an iPad using FreeFlight Systems’ ADS-B View App currently available for download on iTunes.

AVMAX recently purchased one Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft MSN 8060. This aircraft has been placed on lease with Air X Charter Ltd in Malta. Avmax also purchased one Boeing B777-200ER msn 28529 from Inishcorky Leasing Limited, Ireland. The aircraft has now been placed on lease to Med-View Airline PLC, Nigeria. 

ESTERLINE Avionics Systems announced the new CMA-6024 GPS precision aircraft approach sensor from CMC Electronics that supports both satellite-based augmentation systems and ground-based augmentation systems. In addition, Esterline Avionics Systems and PMV Engineering announced that PMV Engineering has obtained EASA approval for the upgrade of the older-generation GPSSU by CMC’s CMA-5024 GLSSU on the A320 family of aircraft.

FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS announced that the company’s 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor is approved for installation with Rockwell Collins’ latest TDR-94/94D transponder variant. The company also launched its new website with enhanced features. FreeFlight Systems' 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor was selected to provide ADS-B position source information as a part of an upcoming ADS-B modification and compliance program for the U.S. Air Force HH-60G helicopter fleet.

AVIATION SUPPLIERS ASSOCIATION announced that John Gattasse, managing strategic programs in the Americas for Satair, has been appointed to the ASA board of directors.

JEPPESEN announced a new agreement with the Aeroclub de Reus of Spain, providing a new version of Boeing eAcademy training services to enhance the flying club’s ability to train a new generation of general aviation pilots. Jeppesen also announced new capabilities developed with Garmin, allowing wireless updates of Jeppesen data for general aviation pilots flying with compatible Garmin avionics. The new capability allows pilots to be more efficient since it eliminates the need for manual, PC-driven data card updates.

COBHAM confirmed that Shenzhen Airlines has selected the AVIATOR 300D system for its entire Airbus A320 fleet. Cobham also revealed details of a five-year $40 million deal to deliver its AVIATOR 700D systems for integration in the C-130J Super Hercules fleets as part of the Block 8.1 upgrade program.

FLYING COLOURS CORP. is installing Gogo AVANCE L3 air-to-ground connectivity systems in two Bombardier Challenger aircraft, a CL604 and CL605. The installation of the small form, fully integrated AVANCE L3 in-flight connectivity and entertainment solution represents a first for Flying Colours, which has already installed several of the AVANCE L5 systems.

FIELD AVIATION was awarded a second contract to supply its Flight Deck Modernization, P880 Weather Radar Upgrade and Air Operable Door STC kits for the second Dash 8 aircraft to join the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights aerial demonstration team. The first Dash 8 Series 300 aircraft joined the fleet in 2017 and had these Field Aviation STCs installed.
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 McFarland, AEA director of advertising, at laurenm@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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