June 26, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Matt Zuccaro to Retire as HAI President
The Helicopter Association International's board of directors announced the impending retirement of Matthew Zuccaro, president and chief executive officer, effective June 30, 2020. This date coincides with HAI’s fiscal year and the installation of a new board of directors on July 1, 2020.

Zuccaro has led the association as president and CEO since Nov. 1, 2005. During an aviation career that has spanned more than 50 years, Zuccaro received initial helicopter flight training as a U.S. Army aviator, served with the 7/17 Air Calvary unit in Vietnam and held several executive and operations management positions with commercial, corporate, air tour, scheduled airline, and public-service helicopter operations.  More...
FlightAware: ADS-B Equipage Rates for Business Aircraft Rises to 73%
FlightAware updated its ADS-B equipage report to include data through May 2019. According to the latest report, 73% of turbine-powered business aircraft registered in the United States are now equipped in advance of the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration. The equipage rate is up from 71% from the April 2019 report.

The FlightAware report also includes a current breakdown of equipage by aircraft type. The company intends to update and publish the report monthly moving forward. To see the April report, click here. To see a graph online, click here.
2019-20 AEA Pilot’s Guide to be unveiled at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 22-28
Published annually by the Aircraft Electronics Association, the 2019-20 edition of the AEA Pilot’s Guide will be unveiled with free distribution at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin, July 22-28. AEA staff members will distribute thousands of complimentary copies to pilots and aircraft owners at the AEA’s AirVenture booth, No. 2035/2036 in Hangar B at Wittman Regional Airport.

This year marks the 17th annual edition of the AEA Pilot’s Guide, a consumer’s directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the ever-changing 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.

In addition to the initial distribution at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, thousands of copies of the AEA Pilot’s Guide will be distributed at several industry trade shows and to all AEA member companies at no charge. Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy of the AEA Pilot’s Guide at aeapilotsguide.net/request.asp while supplies last. More...
Drug Program Manager Webinar Set for July 1
Have you just been asked to take on the role of Drug Program Manager for your company? Are you a seasoned DPM, but have some lingering questions relating to your drug program? 

This one-hour session is set for Monday, July 1, at 11 a.m. EDT and provides important information that includes using the right testing forms, what is considered an accident under FAA guidelines, and documents you should keep available for an audit. More...
ADS-B Equipment Installations for Light Sport Aircraft
If you operate an S-LSA aircraft, what should you install? Owners of standard light sport aircraft do not need to use certified equipment, but any alteration to install ADS-B must be authorized by the aircraft manufacturer or a person authorized by the FAA (see AC 90-114A). LSA owners may alter their aircraft if they change their airworthiness certificate to an experimental certificate. 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...
Southern Air Group Fulfills Wish for Family Business
Opening an aircraft service center has been a lifelong goal for brothers Steve Givens and Cole Givens. At an early age, the two learned to love aviation from their mother, taking their first flight as babies and learning to fly and fix airplanes when they were just teenagers. 

“In the 1970s when our mom was just 16 years old, she started working at a local FBO,” Cole Givens said. “She fell in love with the atmosphere and ended up managing two main shops for 32 years. We loved the fact that we got to be at the airport every day. We grew up there. Steve and I talked about starting our own business since we were little kids. We just worked hard and saved until we were ready to do it.”

In July 2018, the brothers opened Southern Air Group at Covington Municipal Airport, 38 miles east of downtown Atlanta. They chose the airport because of its plentiful available space and its notable growth over the last 10 years, which included a recent runway expansion. 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. Approximately 7% of all general aviation 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
Congratulations to Tom Betzelt of AEM Corp., who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for submitting the correct answer in this month's Mystery Make and Model challenge featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired. The unit is an Aeronetics 421D.

Avionics technicians can put their "inside" knowledge to work in the next issue of AEA Wired. Stay tuned for the next Mystery Make and Model challenge! 
News from AEA Member Companies
Appareo announced the acquisition of Aerovie LLC, developer of the Aerovie electronic flight bag suite that includes AHRS and synthetic vision, VFR sectional, IFR low/high, and geo-referenced approach charts.

Aspen Avionics obtained FAA approval to install its E5 Electronic Flight Instrument into aircraft without a panel mount GPS. The E5 is the only flight display in Aspen’s product line approved with this installation configuration.

Universal Avionics introduced the next generation of FMS, the ClearVision Interactive-FMS. The i-FMS is a software-based FMS designed to be an end-supplier solution for flight management in an IMA infrastructure. Robert Randall was appointed to the newly created position of director of strategic business development. Bob Sanchez was appointed to the newly created position of director of government business development.

DAC International received an STC for installing an ADS-B Out system utilizing the Becker Avionics BXT6553 transponders into eligible Part 25 aircraft.

Southeast Aerospace was selected by a prime contractor to support a Department of Defense, Foreign Military Sale to integrate the AN/ALE-47 CMDS (Countermeasure Dispensing System) for a fleet of Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopters.

Garmin announced expanded engine monitoring capability on the G600 TXi/G500 TXi and Engine Indication System TXi flight displays to now include single-engine turboprop aircraft. Pratt & Whitney PT6A turboprop engine display compatibility is initially available for several aircraft models, including the Cessna 208/208B, Daher TBM 700/TBM 850 and the Piper PA46-310P/350P JetPROP. 
Clay Lacy Aviation was honored as a legacy recipient of the Friendly Flyer Award from Los Angeles World Airports, which recognizes jet operators with the highest levels of compliance with the Quiet Departure Program, Van Nuys Airport’s voluntary noise reduction initiative, over and above mandatory noise regulations.

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument has received an FAA STC for A109/119 helicopters. Customer shipments, available through Astronautics’ authorized dealer network, have begun.

Robotic Skies and Trumbull Unmanned announce a partnership to support Trumbull’s global UAS operations through the Robotic Skies service center network. Robotic Skies also was selected by Silent Falcon UAS Technologies to provide its customers access to a comprehensive UAS service and support package. Andy Osantowske was named director of operations. 

Constant Aviation was awarded the NATA Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Recognition Award for 2019, for the third consecutive year.

Butler Avionics announced Mexican Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil approval of the Butler National ADS-B compliance solution, FAA STC No. ST02455SE, for Learjet Model 31, 31A, 35 and 36 Series airplanes.
Avmax delivered one CRJ200 LR, MSN 7796 to Aruba Airlines. This is the first of two CRJ200 LRs going to the airline from Avmax.

Peregrine received STC ST00882DE from the FAA on May 29. The modification introduced by this STC replaces the existing MST 67A dual transponder system with the Becker Avionics BXT6553 transponders and installs a FreeFlight Systems 1203C WAAS GPS sensor to provide ADS-B Out position reporting capability through the transponder. Additionally, the FreeFlight Systems FDL-978-RX RANGR is installed as part of this system to allow for FIS-B to be received by the system.

Duncan Aviation announced a free connectivity webinar that will take place July 9 at 1 p.m. EDT. Given by Duncan Aviation Regional Avionics Sales Manager Michael Kussatz and Gogo Business Aviation Regional Sales Manager Andy Fernandes, Wi-Fi 101 will discuss Gogo systems and answer operator questions about in-flight connectivity. This summer, Duncan Aviation has welcomed a total of 37 production interns to its three full-service facilities in Lincoln, Nebraska; Battle Creek, Michigan; and Provo, Utah.

Honeywell received a supplemental type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration to upgrade Bombardier’s Learjet 40 and 45 with its Primus Elite Enhanced Features. 

Elliott Aviation has started its first Garmin G5000 installation on a Citation 560XL. The STC was issued June 7, 2019.
StandardAero signed an exclusive three-year maintenance services agreement with GKN Fokker Services, covering the provision of MRO support for turboprop engines. StandardAero also signed a multi-year agreement with Island Aviation Services Limited to provide support for the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-27 and PW123 turboprops.

L3 Technologies integrated its Commercial Aviation Solutions and Security & Detection Systems sectors to streamline its product and services portfolio. The company’s SDS and MacDonald Humfrey businesses are now part of L3 Commercial Aviation.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced its flagship Gulfstream G650ER as well as the Gulfstream G650, Gulfstream G550 and Gulfstream G450 now have FAA approval for
touchdown and rollout using an Enhanced Flight Vision System. Chris Edwards was recently appointed regional vice president of sales for Northern Europe. Alessandro Scarpellini was named regional vice president of sales for Southern Europe.

Cutter Aviation promoted Jon Lassak to chief pilot for the Charter and Flight Management Department based in Phoenix, Arizona.

CubCrafters opened a new dedicated customer completion center to accommodate growing demand for the company’s line of light-sport, experimental, and FAA-certified backcountry aircraft.
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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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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