June 12, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Recognizes Members for Training Commitment
The Aircraft Electronics Association announced the recipients of the annual Avionics Training Excellence Award, which recognizes AEA member companies for their total commitment to continued education as evidenced by participation in AEA-approved training. Over 50 member companies received the 2018 AEA Avionics Training Excellence Award.

AEA President and CEO Mike Adamson said these AEA-certified repair station members train beyond the Federal Aviation Administration requirements and are committed to professional development for their technicians.

"These companies have demonstrated a commitment to continuing education and the professional development of their technicians," Adamson said. "As a market leader in avionics training, the association's high-quality, cost-effective regulatory and technical training has helped AEA member technicians around the world meet their training needs year after year." More...
New Avionics Products Unveiled in Palm Springs
At the 62nd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, which took place March 25-28, 2019, in Palm Springs, California, 28 companies took the time and effort to brief their colleagues, peers and competition on their latest offerings. From ways to meet specialized audio, video and data communication challenges, to lightweight radios and new ways to comply with looming equipment requirements, and to test and support equipment, there was something for everyone.

The annual New Products Introductions, held on the first day of each year's show, is characterized by rapid-fire presentations, well-produced multimedia and detailed descriptions of the companies' newest offerings. If you couldn't attend this year's event, here is a summary of each company's presentation, as compiled by Jeb Burnside of Avionics News. More...
TCCA CARAC Plenary Session 2019
The Transport Canada Civil Aviation played host to the 18th CARAC Plenary session in Ottawa, April 24-25. The purpose of the plenary session was to report on past accomplishments and present to CARAC members the current plans for regulatory development. It also was an opportunity for the TCCA to have discussions around emerging issues or other items that may need feedback from industry to move forward effectively. During this session, the TCCA laid out the regulatory plan through 2022.  More...
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find guidance for the installation of antennas on Part 25 aircraft? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 22-28, 2019
Experience the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts. From unique, historic aircraft to world-class daily air shows, you don’t want to miss the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. The AEA will be distributing free copies this year's AEA Pilot's Guide in Hangar B, booth 2035/2036.  More...
AEA Technology Incubator
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Aug. 28, 2019
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. Due to space limitations, attending companies are limited to two participants. 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...
AEA U.S. West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Sept. 23-24, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 18. Hotel reservations should be made at the Nugget Casino Resort by Sept. 9. More...
AEA U.S. Central Connect Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 2-3, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 25. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Kansas City Airport by Sept. 10. More...
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 22-24, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 25. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Kansas City Airport by Sept. 10. More...
AEA U.S. East Connect Conference
Daytona Beach, Florida
Nov. 4-5, 2019
Online registration is available through Oct. 29. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront by Oct. 2. More...
AEA South Pacific Connect Conference
Adelaide, Australia
Nov. 18-19, 2019
Online registration is available through Nov. 8. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Adelaide Hotel by Oct. 17. More...
Edmonds Aviation Finds Ways to Expand
In northeast Arkansas, a father-son team works side by side on Beechcraft Bonanzas and King Airs, Premiers and Cessna Citations. With every turn of a wrench, David Edmonds passes along insight gleaned from his years at Dassault Falcon, Boeing, Northrup Grumman and Saudi Arabian Airlines. 

The licensed A&P and IA inspector opened Edmonds Aviation in 2001 in Batesville, Arkansas, and a few years later moved it to nearby Newport. His son, Jonathan Edmonds, has been by his side along the way learning about aircraft maintenance from an early age. After graduating from Arkansas State University in 2015, Jonathan joined his father in the company, bringing big ideas for growing the business. Almost immediately, the younger Edmonds began looking into moving the shop to a larger, busier airport and adding new capabilities. More...
Kent Career Technical Center Offers Aviation Maintenance and Electronics Programs to High School Students in Michigan
Avionics News recently spoke with Nick Brown, aviation electronics instructor at Kent Career Technical Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to learn how the institution is educating the next generation of avionics technicians. 

According to Brown, "Kent Career Technical Center is part of the Kent County school system in Michigan. Our programs are offered to 11th and 12th grade students who are interested in an aviation maintenance career. Students come to our campus for two hours a day. The aviation center is located at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan. KCTC currently offers two aviation-related programs: aviation maintenance and aviation electronics. Because we are a high school, we are only allowed students from Kent County to enroll in our program." More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation
Aug. 5-7, 2019
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.
ADS-B 2.0 Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting
Aug. 8, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This updated version of the “ADS-B: All the Ins and Outs” course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel and installers of ADS-B systems. More than 10% of all ADS-B installations are non-compliant based on the FAA’s ADS-B Performance Monitoring System. This course focuses on the proper configuration and testing of ADS-B installations to ensure your installation meets the performance requirements and regulations. Also included are troubleshooting tips and tricks that will help you resolve the common problems found in ADS-B installations.
Digital Databus Theory & Analysis Training
Aug. 9, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
As today’s modern airplanes become much more technologically advanced, so must the professionals who 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.
Avionics Installation and Integration Training
Aug. 19-21, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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 touch screen nav/comm/GPS, Garmin GTX 345 transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static & Transponder Testing and Inspection with ADS-B Implementation
Aug. 22, 2019
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 to meet the mandate.
RVSM Maintenance
Aug. 23, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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.
The Regulations of Maintenance
Sept. 19-20, 2019
San Diego, California
Held in conjunction with the University of Kansas Aerospace Short Course Program
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.
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Attention avionics technicians! How well do you think you know your avionics inside and out? New and old? Then put your knowledge to work.

What is the product make and model shown in this image?

One individual who submits the correct answer will be randomly awarded a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, and the winner will be announced in the next edition of AEA Wired.

In addition, each award recipient in 2019 will be entered to win a random drawing for a $500 Visa gift card at the end of the year, also from Southeast Aerospace. Email your answer...
News from AEA Member Companies
Boeing announced its investment in Robotic Skies, a services provider that connects manufacturers and operators of commercial unmanned aircraft systems with a global network of more than 170 civil aviation authority-certified repair stations.

Constant Aviation received certification from the Brazilian ANAC that grants approval for the company to provide maintenance services and non-destructive testing specialized service to an array of airframe and engine models registered in Brazil. Constant Aviation also announced the successful delivery of its 15th Bombardier Challenger 300 7500-cycle inspection event.

West Star Aviation has been granted "No-Program Notification Letter Projects" on FMS, CVR, FANS, IRIDIUM DLU and Conquest RVSM. Under its ODA, this authorization allows projects at all four main locations to be completed without submittal of a program notification letter. West Star Aviation also announced that Kenneth Rivers was named the new satellite manager at the Scottsdale, Arizona, location. 

JetSupport and Scandinavian Avionics signed a strategic partnership agreement, complementing the existing cooperation agreement from 2016. The main objective is to further expand the avionics business opportunities for both companies, as well as all associated MRO activities. JetSupport also provided the first European G5000 retrofits on Citation Excel and XLS.

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp., in partnership with Adams Aviation, announced the selection of the MCP01 next-generation master caution panel by the Austrian Air Force.
StandardAero appointed Roger Ross president of the company’s airlines and fleets division.

Cutter Aviation announced the expansion of its Piper Aircraft sales territory to include the states of Arizona and New Mexico.

ARTEX announced new assistance for customers who want to replace their legacy ARTEX 121.5/243 MHz ELT. By upgrading to a new ARTEX 406 MHz ELT, the monitored frequency will alert search and rescue authorities who can respond in an emergency.

Gogo Business Aviation announced plans to build a 5G network for aviation. The new air-to-ground network will be designed for use on business aviation aircraft, commercial regional jets, and smaller mainline jets operating within the contiguous United States and Canada. Gogo expects the network to be available for business and commercial aviation in 2021.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the establishment of the Dan D. Nale Engineering Scholarship Endowment Fund for students who are pursuing degrees in civil, mechanical, electrical or aerospace engineering. Gulfstream also announced its interior and industrial design teams earned International Yacht & Aviation Awards for the third consecutive year.

ACI Jet announced that Bombardier has approved the company as its newest authorized service facility. 
Southeast Aerospace received Transport Canada and Colombia Aeronautica Civil (UAEAC) aviation approval of its ADS-B Part 25 AML STC.

Garmin received FAA supplemental type certification for the GFC 600 autopilot in the Cessna 208/208B (with and without floats). Garmin also announced several new enhancements and the addition of new features within the GTN 650/750 series touchscreen navigators. With the latest software update and a compatible ADS-B In receiver, pilots can now view new FIS-B weather products on the GTN. Garmin also received EASA approval for the G500H TXi, the next-generation touchscreen flight displays for helicopters.

FlightSafety International announced that Patricia Arundell-Lampe has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer. FlightSafety also announced that its new Embraer E-Jets E2 training program has been approved by the FAA, EASA, and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil.

ALTO Aviation announced the launch of its newly redesigned website.

Astronics Corp. announced the release of the new ME1000 family of mPCIe avionics interface cards for embedded aerospace applications.

Satcom Direct completed the Bravo phase of expansion of its SD Data Center. The second stage of a four-part expansion has doubled the existing footprint to 10,000 square feet at the Melbourne, Florida, headquarters.
Duncan Aviation recently delivered its first paint project from its new, state-of-the-art paint hangar at its full-service facility in Provo, Utah. Luke Swager has transitioned to manager of customer service for Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Michigan, location. Duncan Aviation's facility in Battle Creek, Michigan, has installed an ALTO Cadence Cabin Management System and speaker system in a Challenger 604. Scott Stoki was named the new engine overhaul manager in Lincoln, Nebraska. John Petersen has accepted the position of regional manager for the Northwest region of the United States.

SmartSky Networks initiated the final site completion phase of its next generation air-to-ground network for business and commercial aviation, launching later in 2019. 

Astronautics received FAA TSO authorization for its AFI4700 RoadRunner electronic flight instrument, available for retrofit on helicopters and airplanes.

Metro Aviation announced that the EASA issued a U.S. approval certificate as a Part-145 maintenance organization. 

REBTECH announced the night vision lighting modification of two Bell 412HPs for the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing of the Philippines Air Force.
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.
Aircraft Electronics Association
3570 NE Ralph Powell Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Phone: 816-347-8400
Fax: 816-347-8405
Email:  info@aea.net
Web:  aea.net  
Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive
Phone: 816-366-5109
Email:  rachelh@aea.net

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