June 27, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Pat Napolitano Honored with Memorial Scholarship through the AEA Educational Foundation
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, an AEA member company located in Wichita, Kansas, is honoring the memory of Pat Napolitano – pilot, A&P Mechanic and friend, by funding the establishment of the Pat Napolitano Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Technicians. Through this scholarship that will be administered by the Aircraft Electronics Association Educational Foundation, Napolitano’s legacy will inspire a new generation of aviators.

Napolitano, fleet support representative and Staggerwing pilot for Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, passed away in an airplane accident May 25, 2018. Having been with the company for more than 15 years, Napolitano was a respected employee and member of the aviation community. With more than 30 years of experience and over 4,500 hours of flight time, his passion for aircraft maintenance and flying was apparent to anyone who had the opportunity to meet him. More...
Paula Derks Announces Retirement Transition; Search for Next AEA President and CEO underway
During her annual State of the Association address at the 61st annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas on March 26, Paula Derks announced her intention to retire as president of the Aircraft Electronics Association effective May 2019. Soon after Derks’ retirement announcement, AEA Chairman David Loso, along with AEA Vice Chairman Garry Joyce, formed a search committee to consider qualified candidates. The search committee, which includes former chairmen of the AEA board, has developed a job description for the position of president and chief executive officer.

The process is now actively underway to identify candidates to lead the association, and the search committee expects to recommend a slate of finalists to the board of directors during the fall board meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, which is set for early October 2018.  More...
New 401(k) Option for AEA Members
The AEA has partnered with Marsh & McLennan Agency, a member company headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, to offer retirement plan consulting services to all AEA member companies located in the United States. Marsh & McLennan is the AEA’s endorsed 401(k) partner.

MMA OneRetirement is a comprehensive, affordable retirement plan to help AEA members remove barriers in offering a quality retirement plan solution to their employees. The MMA OneRetirement team performs 99 percent of the administrative duties required for a company to offer a retirement to their employees. This removes the administrative burden from company employees and executives so they can focus on running their business. Because MMA OneRetirement is built on an aggregated model, participating companies gain the advantages of economies of scale in pricing. More...
Choosing Equipment with Changeable Call Signs
Should the operator purchase an ADS-B transmitter that allows them to enter a call sign? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. More...
FAA Responds to AEA Request for Legal Interpretation
Because of the confusion related to deferring repair or replacement of inoperable equipment, the Aircraft Electronics Association recently asked the Federal Aviation Administration for clarification.

As clarified by the FAA, inoperable instruments and equipment deferred under the specific provision of 14 CFR 91.213 (d) may be deferred indefinitely, provided the equipment and its affect on airworthiness is inspected at each required inspection. 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...
West Star Aviation's Expansions Keep Coming
West Star Aviation is shining brightly these days. A flurry of new acquisitions and expansions are helping to grow the aviation MRO quickly. Purchased in 2015, the expanding FAA repair station at the Chattanooga Airport in Tennessee brings West Star Aviation’s 70 years of aviation experience to the Southeast. It’s among the company’s biggest investments. 

Earlier this year, the Chattanooga repair station signed on as an authorized Embraer service center. In March, steel frames offered a glimpse at what’s to come by year-end – a new 48,380-square-foot paint facility and a new 90,600-square-foot maintenance hangar. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development
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
GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION reached its second milestone for Gogo AVANCE L5 with the 200th aircraft taking flight with the new system installed. To date, more than 400 AVANCE L5 systems have shipped and there are hundreds of additional systems on back order and scheduled to be delivered in 2018, according to the company.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. recently enhanced its On-the-Job Training Laboratory with two additional aircraft structures: an all-new Gulfstream G600 fuselage, main entry door and wing, and a Gulfstream G650 fuselage, door, interior and wing.

CONSTANT AVIATION was awarded the 2018 NATA Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Recognition Award, which recognizes aviation maintenance organizations that encourage and support aviation maintenance technician training.

APPAREO received FAA approval of an expanded approved model list for the company’s Stratus ADS-B Out transponders. In addition to the previous STCs for popular Cessna, Piper and Mooney models, the AML-STC now includes Cirrus, Diamond and AeroSedan.

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY POLYTECHNIC CAMPUS is expanding its program options with a new offering for individuals interested in cybersecurity of unmanned aircraft systems.

DUNCAN AVIATION named Tim Kelly the new regional avionics sales manager to help support customers in the eastern United States. Mina Perry joined the company’s human resources team and will be working out of the Provo, Utah, office.

CLAY LACY AVIATION opened a new office at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York.
RECTRIX MRO completed a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Advanced upgrade installation for a customer’s Bombardier Challenger 300 with a flawless operational check flight following the aircraft’s release.

WEST STAR AVIATION launched a maintenance event portal for its customers as the latest tool to stay connected while their aircraft is in work.

TRIG AVIONICS announced plans to open a new European office in the Netherlands to enhance its sales and support activities. The new location will be in the city of Amersfoort, in the province of Utrecht.

BECKER AVIONICS announced that Arista Aviation has installed the Becker Digital Voice Communication System 6100 Digital Audio System into one of its UH-60A demonstration medium lift helicopters. 

GARMIN announced a tandem cockpit experience to be unveiled at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow, July 16-20, at the Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom. Garmin’s business aviation, air transport and defense markets will be showcasing commercial-off-the-shelf scalable integrated flight displays, stand-alone avionics and flight technologies.

HERITAGE AVIATION recently conducted a company-wide safety stand-down aimed at creating greater customer value by placing a focus on safety. The one-day event included guest speakers from the Giles Group and Aviation Business Strategies Group.

STANDARDAERO announced the attainment of EASA certification for its retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank system for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters.
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 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.
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  
Lauren McFarland, director of advertising
Phone: 816-347-8400
Email:  laurenm@aea.net

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