May 22, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Technology Incubator Set for Aug. 28
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?

For years, the Aircraft Electronics Association has helped startup manufacturers navigate the complex world of aviation regulations through on-demand, one-off requests. As these requests have grown in frequency, the AEA has strategically developed a structured forum to offer greater assistance to these startup companies. To achieve the goals of the AEA Technology Incubator, the association has organized a one-day event scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28, at its international headquarters in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

The goals of the AEA Technology Incubator are simple and straightforward:
  • Encourage new technologies.
  • Encourage the promotion of safety-enhancing technologies.
  • Facilitate and encourage the communications between new aviation entrants and the FAA.

Due to space limitations, attending companies are limited to two participants. Applications are being accepted online at
Worldwide Avionics Sales Exceed $724 Million in First Three Months of 2019
The AEA recently published its first-quarter 2019 Avionics Market Report. In the first three months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $724,168,387.64, or more than $724 million as reported by the participating companies. The figure represented a 13.2% increase in total sales compared to the first-quarter 2018 amount of $639,796,979, or more than $639 million.

"While it is likely that ADS-B installations in the United States are a contributing factor to the increase in year-over-year sales as we get closer to the FAA's equipage deadline, those are fairly straight-forward installations," said AEA President and CEO Mike Adamson. "Our member repair stations report that they are also doing an increasing number of full-panel retrofits. Installations of new electronic flight displays, digital autopilots, engine monitor systems, in-flight connectivity and other technologies are keeping the shops extremely busy, and the ongoing work has helped drive an increase in year-over-year sales for nine-straight quarters." More...
FAA Makes Clear Statement on Non-compliant Aircraft
On April 1, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration published its policy for authorizations to operators of aircraft that are not equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out equipment. To review the policy statement, click here.

In the FAA's statement, the agency makes it clear that any operator who operates a non-equipped aircraft in ADS-B Out airspace without obtaining a preflight authorization in accordance with § 91.225(g)(2) will be presumed to have violated the regulations. More...
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally raised while talking about ADS-B installations, are you required to have the test equipment? Learn the answer in this month's edition of 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...
Enrollment on the Rise in Reedley College’s Aviation Maintenance Program
Avionics News recently spoke with David Richey, aviation maintenance instructor at Reedley College in Reedley, California, to learn how the institution is educating the next generation of avionics technicians. The Reedley College aviation maintenance program was first certified in 1948, making it the third aviation maintenance school certified in the United States.

"Our avionics and electronic training programs have gradually increased over the past 20 years," Richey said. "We don’t have accurate records from the early years, but it is estimated that during the last 60 years our program has graduated over 1,200 new aircraft maintenance technicians." More...
AKKI Combines Owner’s Business Expertise and Love of Flying
At Turweston Aerodrome in rural England, pilots waiting on their aircraft maintenance service enjoy conversation and toasties at the Flight Deck Café. Between bites, they pass the time swapping tales of splendid flights and near misses. Fields of solar panels line up in perfect rows at the end of the runway. Horses and cows graze nearby while high-performance race cars roar to life in the distance on the British Grand Prix. All around, storied villages offer gentle reminders of Medieval trade routes, castles and chapels.

Across the tarmac, technicians at AKKI Aviation Services repair a distressed Piper PA-28 Cherokee. It lay unattended in a field for seven years ensuring the need for a complete renovation. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
Pitot-Static & Transponder Testing and Inspection with ADS-B Implementation
May 31, 2019 -- 9 days away!
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.
Certified Repair Station Training Course
June 3-7, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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.
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
Congratulations to Bill Stone of Garmin, who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for giving the best answer in this month's Mystery Make and Model challenge featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired

According to Stone, “The Mystery Make and Model in AEA Wired, May 8, is a BendixKing KFM 985. This was produced in BK’s Land Mobile division in Lawrence, Kansas, which was later sold off to RELM. The KFM 985 was essentially a pair of BK handy-talkies (VHF, UHF or downbanded UHF, any combination) inside a common dzus-mount housing sharing a common keyboard, with circuitry for interface to aircraft power and aircraft audio systems.”

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
PIC Wire & Cable was honored as a recipient of the 2019 Wisconsin Governor's Export Achievement Award at the 55th annual Wisconsin International Trade Conference. The award recognizes Wisconsin businesses that have achieved measurable export growth or implemented creative export strategies. 

Gogo Business Aviation announced that Pilatus has selected Gogo Business Aviation’s latest in-flight connectivity technology, Gogo AVANCE L3, as a factory option on new production PC-12 NG aircraft. In addition, Gogo Business Aviation and ForeFlight have partnered to bring new GPS location information and altitude to the ForeFlight Mobile iOS-based application for business aviation. Also, Gogo Business Aviation will install a third 2Ku system on an Airbus A319 business jet operated by K5-Aviation, a leading operator of ACJ aircraft. 

Garmin received FAA supplemental type certification for the GFC 500 autopilot in the Mooney M20 and 36/A36 Bonanza. Garmin also announced a series of aviation webinars through June 2019, ranging from Garmin Pilot tips and tricks, cost-effective autopilot upgrades to low-cost avionics solutions.

Avidyne received an FAA STC for R10.2.3.1 software for the IFD Series. Among the new features and product improvements included with R10.2.3.1 is Avidyne’s GPS Legacy Avionics Support option, which allows the IFD Series to interface with existing Pro Line 21 EFIS systems to provide flight director and autopilot coupling of SBAS/LPV approaches, while eliminating the need for more costly OEM display hardware and software upgrades. In addition, Avidyne received an FAA Parts Manufacturing Authorization approval for its new SkyTrax100B ADS-B Receiver. 

StandardAero was selected by Air Niugini to provide Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123 engine MRO services in support of the Dash 8 regional turboprops operated by its subsidiary Link PNG.
Flying Colours Corp. appointed Paul Dunford to the newly created role of managing director, international operations and named Andrew Pearce as its first European sales manager.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. appointed Mark Bates general manager of its Palm Beach, Florida, site at Palm Beach International Airport. Gulfstream also announced the Gulfstream G550 recently established a new city-pair speed record, connecting Shanghai with Seattle in 10 hours and 29 minutes, bringing the number of records the jet has earned to 55. Gulfstream also announced the Gulfstream G650 and flagship Gulfstream G650ER have been certified for steep approach by the FAA, allowing the ultralong-range aircraft to access more airports worldwide.

Collins Aerospace improved the flight experience for customers of Stage on demand for business aviation aircraft, which was enhanced to include both wireless and wired options for entertainment, information and business, and for the first time has been installed factory-direct on a new aircraft. In addition, Collins Aerospace announced that Cessna Citation CJ3s registered in Europe can now have the advanced capabilities of Pro Line Fusion avionics, which was recently certified by the EASA. Collins Aerospace Systems also launched its next-generation Evolution seat, which combines commercial first-class seating with executive aircraft seating. 
Barfield Inc., a subsidiary of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, signed an agreement to continue providing repair service and warranty support for the full range of ECA Group Emergency Locator Transmitters in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. 

Elliott Aviation announced its 50th signed Garmin G5000 retrofit, which was for a 2000 model year Citation Excel.

Clay Lacy Aviation expanded its nationwide charter fleet with a 12-passenger Dassault Falcon 7X, featuring a new interior and global high-speed streaming Wi-Fi, and a 12-passenger Dassault Falcon 900EX EASy, also with a fresh interior, domestic high-speed Wi-Fi, and custom 3M thermal-acoustic sound insulation.

Banyan Air Service announced the completion of an installation of a Gogo AVANCE L3 Wi-Fi system in a HondaJet Elite; the first install of its kind in the country. 

CubCrafters received notification from the FAA that its National Kit Evaluation Team had completed its evaluation of CubCrafters’ Carbon Cub EX-3 amateur-built aircraft kit. This means the FAA has reviewed and approved the Carbon Cub EX-3, and the aircraft has been added to the list of amateur-built aircraft kits that satisfy the majority build requirement (commonly referred to as the 51% rule) on the FAA website.
Universal Avionics, an Elbit Systems Company, is supplying authorized dealer, Gestair MRO, with its EFI-890R Advanced Flight Display to be installed in five Falcon 900B aircraft. 

FlightSafety International announced that David Davenport will now lead the company as president and CEO. He most recently served as co-CEO and president, Commercial. Ray Johns, who previously served as co-CEO, will continue as president, Government and Manufacturing. FlightSafety also announced that it will offer a specialized London City airport steep approach operations training program for Gulfstream G650 pilots.

Satcom Direct noted a year-on-year increase of attempted cybersecurity attacks on business aviation aircraft subscribed to the multi-layered SD Threat Monitoring service. According to the company, 81% of the nearly 600 subscribed aircraft have experienced a cyber event that has been thwarted by the SD service. 

Adams Aviation announced that it will become a distributor for Gogo Business Aviation’s connectivity products designed for lights jets and turboprops in Europe. 

Boeing announced agreements with business aviation companies Jet Aviation and HK Bellawings Jet for its advanced Jeppesen Operator and Jeppesen JetPlanner Pro digital solutions.
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
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
Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive
Phone: 816-366-5109

The "AEA Wired" e-newsletter is published twice a month by the AEA.