May 23, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
FAA Accepts ASTM Standards for Part 23 Compliance
On May 11, 2018, the FAA published a "Notification of Availability" with a request for comments. This notice announced the availability of 63 Means of Compliance based on 30 published ASTM International consensus standards developed by ASTM Committee F44 on General Aviation Aircraft. 

A total of 46 of these accepted MOCs consist of ASTM consensus standards as published, with the remaining 17 MOCs comprised of a combination of ASTM standards and FAA changes. FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell finds these MOCs to be an acceptable means, but not the only means, of showing compliance to the applicable regulations in Part 23, amendment 23-64, for normal category airplanes. Repair Stations are encouraged to review the "Notification of availability" for the complete information. Comments must be received on or before July 10, 2018. More...
Proposed House Bill Aims to Address Aviation Technician Shortage in U.S.
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers, led by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), recently introduced H.R. 5701 to establish an aviation maintenance workforce development pilot program. In addition to Graves, Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) and Rep. Brenda Lawrence, (D-Mich.) introduced the legislation that is designed to encourage more men and women to pursue careers in aviation.

The House bill would create a new program administered by the Federal Aviation Administration to provide grants of up to $500,000 to support aviation maintenance workforce development activities. The legislation incentivizes local collaboration by requiring that grant applications be jointly submitted by a business or labor organization, school and governmental entity. The House bill is similar to a Senate bill (S. 2506), but the House version includes high schools as educational institutions eligible to participate in a grant application. More...
New Avionics News App for Android Devices Now Available
Attention Android users! Avionics News recently launched an app for Android devices, allowing thousands of Android customers across the globe to view current and archived issues of the AEA's monthly magazine. While Avionics News has produced an app for iOS devices since October 2012 and a web-based version since November 2011, the new Avionics News app for Android users is a welcome addition to the magazine's circulation and will no doubt increase the number of readers. More...
Installation and Inspection Procedures for ELTs and Receivers
As a reminder, the FAA updated Advisory Circular 91-44A, Installation and Inspection Procedures for Emergency Locator Transmitters and Receivers, with Change 1 on Feb. 1, 2018. This revision to the AC includes the procedures for 406 MHz ELTs and should be reviewed by anyone installing, inspecting or maintaining an ELT. 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 survey is conducted on behalf of the FAA by Tetra Tech, an independent research firm, and all survey responses are confidential. Tetra Tech would like to hear from everyone who received an invitation to complete the survey to prepare accurate statistics on aviation activity. 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 To see survey results from previous years, click here.
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
Geneva, Switzerland
May 29-31, 2018
The 2018 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition will take place at Geneva’s magnificent Palexpo. Thousands of business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, flight department personnel and all manner of people involved in nearly every aspect of business aviation will meet to conduct business and make buying decisions for the year ahead.  More...
Global Connected Aircraft Summit
San Diego, California
June 4-6, 2018
The Global Connected Aircraft Summit brings together the world’s largest airlines and companies from across the aerospace and avionics industries to assess market lessons, potential demand and best practices in global connected solutions for the passenger, airline efficiency, and cutting-edge services.  More...
ASTM F46 Aerospace Personnel Meeting
Lee's Summit, Missouri
June 6-7, 2018
Join fellow AEA members and industry subject-matter experts in defining the knowledge and skill requirements for avionics technicians. All ASTM committee meetings are open to ASTM members and non-members. Advance registration is required.  More...
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...
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...
MISix Expands its Canadian Footprint
Vince Scott, co-founder and president of Midland Instruments, is making big moves these days, from expanding capabilities to relocating and adding facilities to renaming and rebranding his company. Now known as MISix Aviation Services, the aircraft service center maintains a wide variety of general aviation and commercial aircraft.

“We’re an approved maintenance organization for aircraft, avionics, components and instruments,” Scott said. “Today, we’re working on a fleet of King Airs. Tomorrow, it’s a fleet of 757s. We have the flexibility to send a mobile repair team to a customer’s hangar and work on their aircraft on location or go to other provinces to rescue airplanes and bring them home.”  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.
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
NOLAN AVIONICS INC., a Part 145 repair station, is for immediate sale and is one of the oldest Garmin dealerships. Due to family illness, the current ownership is looking for the right buyer to take over or purchase this well-established avionics shop. Nolan Avionics is strategically located in an affordable airport, KDUA Durant Eaker Field. The Texoma region offers extraordinary advantages for the new owners: low operating costs, experienced labor pool, and a decades-old, established customer base. Serious inquiries should contact Mike Koval at 580-380-0064 or email

LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES CORP. announced that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in Savannah, Georgia, has finalized STC certification of the Latitude DL150 Satellite Data Unit for Gulfstream G450 and G550 series aircraft.

METRO AVIATION company PAC International recently delivered three refurbished Airbus EC135P2+ helicopters to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s AirCare Program. Metro Aviation recently became the air operator for the 3-base program. In addition, Metro Aviation recently delivered a completed EC145e to Hartford Hospital LIFE STAR, a critical care program based in Hartford, Connecticut.

CUTTER AVIATION named Andy Wilson to the Pilatus regional sales management position in Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Josh Kovac was named to the Pilatus regional sales management position in Texas and Colorado. Cutter promoted Mark Wilson to the newly created position of Pilatus program director.

GARMIN added new features to the Garmin Pilot application for Apple mobile devices. Garmin Pilot 9.3 incorporates several new weather enhancements that aid in identifying storm cell movement and icing levels, as well as airspace alerting.

AVMAX recently leased one Dash 8-Q202 msn 454 to Avioandes S.A. of Ecuador. It also leased one Canadair CRJ200 LR “PF” (Package Freighter) msn 7118 to Silverstone Air Services Ltd. Kenya.

CMD FLIGHT SOLUTIONS received Transport Canada approval on two more of its ADS-B Out AML STCs. CMD's ADS-B Out AML STC for Part 23 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins TDR-94/94D transponders and Part 25 aircraft equipped with the Honeywell Primus II Radio Suite now have Transport Canada approval.
NEXAIR AVIONICS appointed Brian Wolfe as the new avionics sales manager. He has been with NexAir for more than three years.

Comant Industries, part of COBHAM ANTENNA SYSTEMS, awarded Tim Gump and the entire EDMO DISTRIBUTORS team an award showing Comant’s appreciation for the hard work surrounding their efforts opening a new EDMO distribution branch in Tennessee. The new distribution branch will allow a wider range of customers to access the larger range of Comant products.

DUNCAN AVIATION announced that Dave Thompson has accepted the position as team leader for the first dedicated Falcon team at the company’s facility in Provo, Utah. Duncan Aviation also announced its partnership with SmartSky Networks, as SmartSky launches its new 4G LTE-based in-flight connectivity network. Working with SmartSky Networks, Duncan Aviation’s Engineering & Certification department helped develop the first STC for a Cessna Citation Excel. 

SOUTHEAST AEROSPACE named Ron Symonette senior program manager.

STANDARDAERO signed an agreement with Beijing Reignwood Star General Aviation Company Ltd. to provide support to its fleet of Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 engines powering the company’s Bell 407GX, 206L4, 206B3 and Robinson R66 helicopters.

FLYING COLOURS CORP. received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency for ADS-B Out installation on Bombardier Challenger 300 aircraft.
ELLIOTT AVIATION named Jason Henson as avionics manager of its Des Moines location.

COBHAM announced a new FANS upgrade solution for business jets. Chicago Jet Group will add the Cobham AVIATOR 300D and Avionica avWiFi to its F900 STC package to bring SB-S connectivity for the cockpit and cabin.

HONEYWELL is collaborating with AT&T to deploy IoT technology to Honeywell’s Connected Freight and Connected Aircraft solutions.

OK3 AIR recently completed a Garmin touchscreen glass cockpit upgrade to a legacy Pilatus PC-12/45. The full panel upgrade includes Garmin's full-screen G600 TXi electronic flight display and the GTN 750 series integrated touchscreen avionics system.

ESTERLINE Simulation Visual Systems was awarded multiple contracts from L3 Technologies for continued support of the USAF F-16 Mission Training Center program. Esterline has been supporting the program since 2012.

ACSS, an L3 and Thales Company, announced that American Airlines will equip its fleet of Airbus A321 aircraft with the ACSS SafeRoute ADS-B In suite of software applications as well as supporting Traffic Collision Avoidance System processors and displays.

VIH AEROSPACE has qualified and renewed its customer service facility agreement with Bell Helicopters effective May 1.
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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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3570 NE Ralph Powell Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Phone: 816-347-8400
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