June 13, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
FAA Administrator Discusses ADS-B Mandate and Shop Capacity with AEA
Aircraft Electronics Association President Paula Derks recently met with the Federal Aviation Administration’s acting Administrator, Dan Elwell. Derks was accompanied by AEA Chairman of the Board David Loso, along with Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs.

Discussion topics during the meeting included the upcoming ADS-B mandate and shop capacity to perform the thousands of installations still needed to meet the Jan. 1, 2020, mandate. Administrator Elwell stated again that the mandate will stick; there will be no extensions. The Part 23 rewrite also was discussed and how it is contributing to the streamlining of certifying new avionics products.

Peri stressed the need for the FAA to encourage and support its avionics safety inspectors to attend training events offered by the AEA in an effort to educate and inform the inspectors about advancing technologies. More...
AEA Recognizes Members for Training Commitment
The AEA 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. Nearly 50 member companies received the 2017 AEA Avionics Training Excellence Award. 

Mike Adamson, AEA vice president of member programs and education, said these AEA-certified repair station members train beyond the FAA requirements and are committed to professional development for their technicians.  More...
Where Will You Connect with Avionics Industry Professionals in 2018?
Save the dates for the 2018 AEA Connect Conferences in the United States, Canada and the South Pacific. Avionics repair stations, manufacturers, regulators and educators show an increasing desire to come together, network and personally conduct serious business -- they want to connect in person. This is the place to satisfy annual training requirements and keep up to date with all the regulatory changes and the latest product developments from a variety of manufacturers. All dates and locations have been announced, and advance registration is now open for each event. More...
Frequently Asked Questions: ADS-B
Are ADS-B Out installations a major alteration? As of today, all ADS-B Out installations are to be treated as if they were major alterations regardless of installation complexity. Learn more about this topic in this month's Avionics News. More...
AEA Hosts ASTM F46 Aerospace Committee Meeting
The Aircraft Electronics Association played host to the ASTM International F46 Aerospace Committee at its headquarters, June 6-7, in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Several industry and subject-matter experts gathered to help define the knowledge and skill requirements for avionics technicians. AEA Vice President Mike Adamson represents the association and serves as an executive officer on this committee.

The F46 Aerospace Committee was formed in 2014. The workscope includes the development and maintenance of internationally accepted standards and guidance materials for aerospace personnel education, qualification, testing, certification requirements, and continued education concurrent with technological advancement. More...
2017 GA and Part 135 Activity Survey Cleared for Takeoff
The 40th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is now underway. It is the Federal Aviation Administration's primary source of information about the size and activity of the general aviation and on-demand Part 135 fleet. The GA Survey is a scientific sample of aircraft from the Civil Aviation Registry. If you have questions, please contact Tetra Tech at 800-826-1797 or email infoaviationsurvey@tetratech.com. To see survey results from previous years, click here.
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
Manufacturer's Quarterly Risk-based Certification Update
Lee's Summit, Missouri
July 11, 2018
The aviation industry has seen unprecedented growth in new products leveraging risk-based design and production acceptance through NORSEE, commercial parts, and PMA. To ensure that the entire aviation sector can benefit from these dynamic changes, the FAA agreed to conduct a quarterly update on its risk-based initiatives in design, certification and production approvals. This forum is primarily a web-based meeting. The AEA will offer limited face-to-face opportunities at its international headquarters in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, to meet with FAA personnel, primarily from the agency’s Kansas City office. There is no fee to attend this event; however, you must register. Web-based access information will be emailed to the registrants. More...
RTCA SC-228 Minimum Performance Standards for UAS Plenary Session
Renton, Washington
July 12, 2018
SC-228 was established May 20, 2013, and is working to develop the Minimum Operational Performance Standards for DAA equipment and a Command and Control Data Link MOPS establishing L-Band and C-Band solutions. The initial phase of standards development focused on civil UAS equipped to operate into Class A airspace under IFR flight rules. Attendance is open to the interested public but limited to space availability. More...
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 23-29, 2018
Experience the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts. From unique, historic aircraft to world-class daily air shows, don’t miss the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. The AEA will distribute free copies of this year's Pilot's Guide to hundreds of aircraft owners and pilots at booth No. 2035/2036 in Hangar B.  More...
AEA Technology Incubator
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Aug. 16, 2018
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...
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...
New Sensor Technology Fuels Momentum for CiES
New fuel sensing technology is saving lives and driving sales at CiES. The Bend, Oregon-based company designs, develops and manufactures aviation fuel level sensors for OEMs, MROs and aircraft owner-operators. Unlike traditional sensors that measure fuel with the sensing unit in the fuel, CiES’ magnetic field sensing does so without touching the fuel, making it a safer option.

“It’s a simple system that can be retrofitted with no electronics in the tank whatsoever,” said Scott Philiben, founder and president of CiES. “After TWA 800, the FAA came down quite hard on fuel tank sensors, prohibiting any sort of stray arcs and sparks. It issued an advisory circular that, on the face of it, only applied to Part 25 aircraft, but the FAA and the manufacturers are now applying it to Part 23 aircraft.” More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development
Certified Repair Station Training (in Las Vegas)
June 25-29, 2018
For the first time, this weeklong course will take place at an AEA member location in Las Vegas, Nevada. 702 Helicopters, a past participant in the AEA's CRS training, has graciously offered its facility to host a course for startup repair stations as well as mature operators looking to improve their understanding of the regulations, perform internal audits or edit their current repair stations manuals. Registration closes Friday, June 15.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft
July 18-20, 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.
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation
Aug. 6-8, 2018
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 (NEW)
Aug. 9, 2018
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 percent 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.
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.
Avionics Installation and Integration Training
Aug. 20-22, 2018
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Basic Wiring and 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 33ES remote transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification Training with ADS-B Implementation Session
Aug. 23, 2018
Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder certification testing. 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. 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
GARMIN received European Aviation Safety Agency approval of the G5000 integrated flight deck for the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft. Garmin also introduced the G3000H integrated flight deck to the Part 27 VFR/IFR turbine helicopter market.

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. announced it is continuing to see a strong interest in SBAS-FMS upgrades as NextGen and SESAR initiatives ramp up. The company saw a 40 percent growth in SBAS-FMS upgrades from Quarter 1 to Quarter 4 in 2017. AIEC Switzerland’s program to install a Universal Avionics AHS-525 Attitude Heading Reference System on at least two Learjet 35 aircraft is now underway. Universal Avionics authorized dealer, Flightstar Corp., is nearing completion of its Learjet 40 and 45 STC for ATN B1 CPDLC. Universal Avionics announced FAA and EASA sign-off for Chicago Jet Group's amendment of its AML-STC to include the ATN B1 Module for the UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit.

L3 AVIATION PRODUCTS and ASPEN AVIONICS are collaborating to provide aircraft owners with information on an alternative to meet the NextGen 2020 ADS-B mandate via a webinar scheduled for June 20.

INTERCONTINENTAL JET SERVICE CORP. received STC approval for a Pro Line 21 upgrade for Piaggio P180 Avanti II Aircraft. The upgrade includes SBAS, LPV, and ADS-B with full fault monitoring capabilities and compliance. 

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP.'s Gulfstream G600 made its European debut alongside the G500 at EBACE in Geneva in late May. The Gulfstream G500 is nearing completion of function and reliability testing, which will mark the end of the flying required for FAA type certification later this summer. Gulfstream also renamed Product Support, its maintenance and support organization, Customer Support.

ROBOTIC SKIES was selected by Iris Automation as an aftermarket installation and field maintenance partner for its line of avionics products designed for unmanned aircraft systems.

KENT INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT's Kent Career Technical Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, announced that 17 students recently passed the NCATT Aircraft Electronics Technician certification exam. In addition to the AET, these high school students have gained experience in performing avionics installations, as well as testing and troubleshooting avionics systems in preparation for entry-level positions in Part 145 avionics shops.

AVMAX recently purchased one Boeing B737-39E QC msn 25159 from Parsa S.A. (Air Panama). Avmax also purchased one Dash 8-Q402 msn 4262 from Cloud Investment Partners LLLP, which will be added to the company's growing lease portfolio of 178 aircraft.

ACR ELECTRONICS confirmed that Drew Marine U.K. Holdings Ltd. has acquired Flight Data Systems Pty. Ltd., a provider of flight data recorders, ground support equipment, and electronics manufacturing for the global aviation industry. Flight Data Systems will report into ACR Electronics Inc., a Drew Marine operating unit.

BECKER AVIONICS received the Platinum Premier Supplier Award from Rockwell Collins, the highest performance honor for a Rockwell Collins supplier.
DUNCAN AVIATION has invested in the test equipment and documentation required to facilitate repairs and overhauls for the Rockwell Collins Weather Radar System RTA 84X/85X (receiver/transmitter/antenna). Rebekah Williams and Leah Lenardic joined the company’s aircraft sales and acquisitions team. Duncan Aviation also announced that its engineering and certification department has completed six full-equipment STCs for Gogo Business Aviation’s AVANCE L5 in-flight internet and Wi-Fi system.

STANDARDAERO announced that, during the next 12 to 18 months, the company will be restructuring its primary Canadian MRO facilities to create three different Centers of Excellence specifically for supporting helicopter airframe/component MRO services, helicopter engine MRO services and turboprop engine MRO services at it facilities located in Langley, B.C.; Winnipeg, M.B.; and Summerside P.E.I., respectively. It also recently achieved its 20th install since the Gogo AVANCE L5 system was released in 2017. 

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL promoted Nancy Ritter to manager of the Learning Center in Orlando, Florida, and named Pete Nily manager of the FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. FlightSafety also announced the ongoing expansion of its EASA Phased Recurrent Training program. The company also is building a simulator for the King Air 200 aircraft equipped with a Garmin G1000 NXi Integrated Flight Deck. Hector Zarate was named interim president, replacing Ron Ladnier who will retire at the end of June.

SATCOM DIRECT opened its fourth European office at EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg.

DALLAS AVIONICS is now taking preorders on the soon-to-be-certified uAvionix skyBeacon.

ROCKWELL COLLINS and Comlux signed a general terms agreement in which Rockwell Collins will provide its VIP customers with a comprehensive product portfolio. Switzerland-based AMAC Aerospace selected a full suite of Rockwell Collins’ cabin products for the world’s first Airbus ACJ320neo VIP aircraft. Rockwell Collins received an FAA STC for its Pro Line 21 airspace modernization package on Beechcraft Premier I/IA light business jets. 

ASTRONAUTICS CORPORATION OF AMERICA has begun shipping its upgraded electronic flight bag system to Boeing for all future production 787 Dreamliner airplanes. 

GENESYS AEROSYSTEMS earned FAA STC approval of the S-TEC 3100 on the Cessna 177, and will begin shipping this month. 

DAC INTERNATIONAL INC., a subsidiary of Aero Precision Holdings LP, announced that its GDC64 Tablet Aircraft Interface Unit has been approved as part of an FAA STC. 

ADAMS AVIATION announced that Manuel Queiroz will be joining the company on its stand A1 at the U.K.'s Festival of Aviation, Aero Expo UK, at Wycombe Air Park, June 14-16.

MID-CANADA MOD CENTER and KITCHENER AERO AVIONICS announced a new common and single brand: MC2.

METRO AVIATION recently completed a 2017 H145 for Avera Careflight in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This is the second aircraft Metro has completed for the program at its completion center in Shreveport, Louisiana.
THOMMEN AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT LTD. entered into a dealer agreement with Southeast Aerospace, as Southeast Aerospace becomes one of the selected THOMMEN premium partners in North America, providing customized, modification, integration and support solutions for its air data computers, digital altimeters, digital clocks and air data displays.

CONSTANT AVIATION completed its first Honeywell JetWave MCS-8000 Ka-band Satcom installation on a Bombardier Global Express aircraft.

THOMAS GLOBAL SYSTEMS announced that its TFD-8601 FAA AML-STC has been expanded to include a range of Pro Line II-equipped Gulfstream, Bombardier, Beechcraft and Dassault aircraft.

SMARTSKY NETWORKS announced that Nancy Walker has joined the company in the newly created role of chief commercial officer.

JEPPESEN signed a new agreement with GlobalJet to provide it with Jeppesen Operator and JetPlanner Pro digital operations management solutions. Jeppesen also announced an agreement with Jet Association, which will integrate Jeppesen Solver technology to simplify the task of managing flight and crew scheduling across its operations. Jeppesen also unveiled a new enhancement for Jeppesen International Trip Planning customers by now offering Personal Assistant, a mobile app solution to access their trip briefing information and other resources.

GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION announced that Embraer completed its first retrofit of a Lineage 1000E business jet with Gogo AVANCE SCS Elite. Embraer also announced the recent delivery of its first new production Legacy 450 business jet with the Gogo AVANCE L5. Iridium Communications Inc. announced Gogo as the newest value-added manufacturer for Iridium Certus aviation terminals.

FIELD AVIATION was awarded a contract, through an open tender process, to upgrade the flight deck on the Swedish Coast Guard’s (Kustbevakningen) three Dash 8 aircraft.

FLYING COLOURS CORP. completed the industry’s first Bombardier Challenger 650 medevac interior.

CUBCRAFTERS announced that Patrick Horgan, the company's executive in charge of operations and product development, has been named president. 

WEST STAR AVIATION is expanding its hiring efforts by attending several additional job fairs for aviation professionals at colleges and military recruiting events. The company is seeking to fill more than 50 aircraft maintenance technician roles with various skill levels from recent graduates to lead technicians.

SOCAL JETS announced that Mark Francetic has joined the sales team.

ROBOTIC SKIES is partnering with K2 Unmanned Systems to provide a new dynamic to the drone industry, one where UAV owners will have rapid, local access to sUAS product support, both in the shop as well as field service technicians who can repair the unit in the field.  
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... 
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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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