Nov. 13, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
ADS-B: Beyond the Deadline
It’s now November 2019, which means it’s a great bet that if you dropped by any Avionics Procrastinators Anonymous meeting, it would be loaded with aircraft owners waiting until the last tick of December to equip their airplanes with ADS-B Out avionics to meet the Jan. 1, 2020, mandate. 

Trying to get an installation slot at a qualified shop before Federal Aviation Administration’s deadline is harder than scoring patron passes to Sunday at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. It just isn’t going to happen, which is bad news for aircraft owners and good news for avionics shops. 

“Over the past 18 months, we’ve been busier and booked further out than we’ve ever been," said Dewey Conroy, vice president, and chief operating officer at Pacific Coast Avionics. “We have more installers on staff than ever, and we're still booked out into next February. For many reasons, it's obvious the whole ADS-B program is going to last well into next year." More...
Blending Vision Systems: The Best of Three Views
In the past three decades, technologies to help pilots see in the dark, in clouds and rain progressed from our two eyeballs to radar and enhanced vision systems that detect the heat signatures of objects, and the latest, synthetic vision systems, or SVS.

Unlike radar, neither EVS nor SVS require interpretation skills, showing a model of the real world presented to the flight crew in a way that is rapidly assimilated because it is easy to understand.

Today, the advance highly anticipated by those lacking one of the pioneering systems of those technologies are known colloquially as a blended vision system and formally as an integrated enhanced and synthetic vision system, or IESVS, also known as combined vision system. 
CVS blends the imagery of EVS sensors with the image generated by SVS, for display of a complete image on a cockpit screen or head-up display. More...
Initial and Recurrent Training
Many of us deal with the repair station training program on a regular basis, and the one common element is that few people understand the regulatory requirements for a training program, much less implement them correctly.

There are two critically important elements to the regulations. Yes, we know, or should know that a repair station must have and use an employee training program approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. We also know that the training program must consist of initial and recurrent training. (§145.163(a)) 

Initial is an easy element to understand. Recurrent is the one area that is mostly misunderstood. Recurrent training is not refresher training as it is commonly understood. Recurrent training may include refresher training, but recurrent training is not synonymous with refresher training.  More...
Aviation's Technology Experts to Connect, Nov. 18-19, in Adelaide, Australia
The AEA plays host to its sixth and final Connect Conference of the year, Nov. 18-19, in Adelaide, Australia. Aviation’s technology experts will gather for the AEA South Pacific Connect Conference at the Hilton Adelaide Hotel. Join us for the premier avionics event that connects shop owners, managers and lead technicians in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific region. Advance registration has closed, but on-site registration will be available to avionics professionals. More...
Early-bird Registration Open Through Dec. 31 for AEA Convention in Nashville
Registration has opened for the 63rd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. It is the place to be for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to market in 2020. The event takes place March 24-27, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Attendees must register by Dec. 31, 2019, to receive the early-bird discount price of $675 (AEA member rate) for a full convention registration. The early-bird promotion offers a $180 per person savings off the on-site registration fee. The attendee full registration package includes: four days of seminars and technical training sessions; exhibit hall entrance for two full days with lunch; and networking with manufacturing and distributors. More...
AEA Scholarship Applications Now Available
The Aircraft Electronics Association will award more than 20 scholarships totaling more than $100,000 for the 2020-21 school year to students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies.

Since its inception, the AEA scholarship program has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships. Numerous awards are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $35,000 each. Scholarship applications are available online, and the deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2020. More...
Request Your FREE AEA Pilot’s Guide
The AEA Pilot’s Guide is a consumer’s directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies. In addition to a complete directory of AEA-member government-certified repair stations, avionics manufacturers and distributors located in more than 40 countries, the publication features educational articles to help pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions. Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy while supplies last. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA South Pacific Connect Conference
Adelaide, Australia
Nov. 18-19, 2019
On-site registration will be available, and hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Adelaide Hotel. More...
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Cologne, Germany
Jan. 23-24, 2020
Online registration is available through Jan. 17. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hyatt Regency Cologne. More...
Anaheim, California
Jan. 27-30, 2020
Looking for your next aircraft, vendor, mentor, job, or professional development or employment opportunity? You’ll find them all in Anaheim. This event includes hundreds of education courses with 18,000 industry professionals and 700 exhibitors. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Nashville, Tennessee
March 24-27, 2020
Aviation's technology experts will convene at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for the 63rd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. Avionics professionals will have access to more than 100 hours of technical training and professional development courses. Early-bird registration will save attendees $180 per person off the on-site fee and is available through Dec. 31. More...
Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo
Lakeland, Florida
March 31-April 5, 2020
The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, an aviation tradition for the past 45 years, will have a name change for its 2020 event. The largest fundraising event for the Aerospace Center for Excellence will be renamed the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo to reflect the mission to engage, educate and accelerate the next generation of aerospace professionals.  More...
Aero Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen, Germany
April 1-4, 2020
Join more than 600 exhibitors from 35 countries, 33,000 visitors and 600 journalists from all over the world for AERO Friedrichshafen. At Lake Constance, numerous companies will be displaying their latest products and innovations, covering the whole industry from ultralights and gliders to business jets, helicopters and electric aircraft as well as avionics and maintenance.  More...
Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE)
Shanghai, China
April 21-23, 2020
ABACE brings together thousands of business aviation leaders, entrepreneurs and other purchase decision-makers. In partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority and co-hosted by the National Business Aviation Association and the Asian Business Aviation Association, ABACE takes place at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre. More...
Australia's Eastern State Avionics Travels to Rural Customers
Virtually every week, Dean Mackey drives some four hours north, from Leumeah, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, to the small town of Scone. Known for breeding thoroughbred racehorses, Scone is where Mackey spends Wednesday through Friday rewiring another type of thoroughbred – a Spitfire, two of them, in fact.

The Royal Air Force flew the iconic single-seat fighter aircraft during World War II. One even starred in the 1969 movie “The Battle of Britain,” according to Mackey, and once belonged to the late Texan Wilson “Connie” Edwards, a lead stunt pilot for the movie, a warbird enthusiast and wealthy businessman. More...
Garmin's G3X Receives Certification: Its Options Cover Many Bases
From the day Garmin first unveiled its advanced G3X system for experimental aircraft, many pilots of certificated aircraft envied this new option available to builders and operators of experimental, amateur-built aircraft.

But Garmin’s history with avionics for the EAB segment prompted many of the envious to exercise some patience. They harbored expectations that the avionics giant would follow a familiar path: launching an EAB product and letting builders fulfill their panel ambitions while simultaneously working toward approval for the same systems in type-certificated aircraft.

That patience paid off. Four years after introducing the G3X Touch in March 2014, Garmin announced Federal Aviation Administration approval for the G3X Touch family for certificated aircraft in March 2019 during the new product introductions session at the AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Palm Springs, California. The approved model list encompassed nearly 500 piston-single general-aviation aircraft. More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Attention avionics technicians! How well do you think you know your avionics inside and out? New and old? Then put your knowledge to work.

What is the product make and model shown in this image?

The first individual who submits the correct answer will be awarded a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, and the winner will be announced in the next edition of AEA Wired.

In addition, each award recipient in 2019 will be entered to win a random drawing for a $500 Visa gift card at the end of the year, also from Southeast Aerospace. Email your answer...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
Certified Repair Station Training
Dec. 9-13, 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. 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 should attend. This program will review the regulations applicable to a U.S.-certificated repair station engaged in maintenance, preventive maintenance and alterations of U.S.-registered aircraft, components or accessories. It will include a complete review of the FAA guidance and policy regarding the procedures to assure a repair station is operating within the criteria of its manuals.
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation
(This course is sold-out!)
Dec. 9-11, 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan
This course is designed for certificated repairmen, new avionics technicians and aviation maintenance technicians interested in improving or acquiring the skills necessary to perform avionics installations. It takes place at the Kent Career Tech Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and 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. 
Basic Pitot-Static and Transponder Theory, Testing and Troubleshooting
(This course is sold-out!)
Dec. 12-13, 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan
This course is designed for entry-level avionics technicians or those looking for basic training on pitot-static and aircraft transponder systems. This two-day course takes place at the Kent Career Tech Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and covers the history and theory of operation of pitot-static instruments and transponders, as well as system setup, hands-on testing, and the troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks. Equipment from DFW Instruments and Laversab will be used in the course.
Avionics Installation and Integration Training
Jan. 27-29, 2020
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 touchscreen nav/comm/GPS, Garmin GTX 345 transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Testing and Inspection with ADS-B Implementation
Jan. 30, 2020
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 and IFR6000 Operations
Jan. 31, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Attendees will be introduced to the regulations, documentation, test equipment and maintenance practices associated with performing RVSM maintenance for aircraft. This course assumes the attendee has good operating knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations 91.411, 91.413 and 91.227 paragraph (d). This course also is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate the IFR6000 to verify and maintain transponder, UAT, TCAS and DME systems.
News from AEA Member Companies
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics named Damon Rugg as its newest sales and customer service representative. With more than 12 years of experience in the aviation industry, he will focus on providing quality support, innovative solutions and advanced product knowledge to customers. 

PS Engineering's user interface for the new PAR200B audio panel/radio has been overhauled using a brilliant OLED display and three soft keys that makes functionality access easier. The company added IntelliAudio, USAF patented technology that provides true dimensional sound.

Banyan Air Service earned the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling Stage 1 accreditation.

DAC International and CMC Electronics announced FAA approval of their latest ADS-B Out STC for aircraft equipped with Honeywell’s Primus II avionics suite. 

Duncan Aviation announced that Dave Coleman recently earned recognition as an IADA-certified aircraft sales broker.

Clay Lacy Aviation added a 16-passenger, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650ER, a 16-passenger, long-range and fuel-efficient Dassault Falcon 7X tri-jet and the East Coast’s first Pilatus PC-24 midsize jet for charter to its northeastern U.S. fleet. 
Elliott Aviation hired David Fenton as chief administrative and financial officer at its headquarters in Moline, Illinois. He replaces Jeff Hyland, who served as CFO for the last 28 years. Elliott Aviation also delivered three Garmin G5000 equipped Citation Excel/XLS aircraft in the past month.

Aero Dynamix received Transport Canada validation and STC No. SH19-42 for the Night Vision Compatible Lighting Modifications on the Bell 505 platform.

Astronics Corp. is launching a new family of flexible, compact, 64-bit avionics I/O computing platforms for problem-solving and tech insertion in areas such as mission computing, distributed control and avionics data conversion.

Satcom Direct was named Most Innovative Company of the year at the Icons of Aviation Awards 2019, Nov. 2, in Hong Kong. 

West Star Aviation announced its first Aft Canted Bulkhead Modification for a Citation 680 at the East Alton, Illinois, facility. This modification can be performed at any of the three, full-service West Star Aviation Textron Aviation Inc. authorized independent service facilities. West Star Aviation also was granted STC approval to install the Falcon 2000 baggage modification. West Star Aviation also announced that the Perryville location was recently awarded its FAA repair station air agency certificate.
Thomas Global Systems achieved a significant milestone with receipt of FAA STC approval for its TFD-7000 Series plug-and-play LCD flight displays for Boeing 737 CRT-equipped aircraft. It is the first FAA-approved retrofit of its kind for Boeing 737-3/4/500 aircraft.

Garmin received FAA supplemental type certification for the GFC 500 autopilot in additional models of the Piper PA-28 and select models of the Piper PA-32.

FlightSafety International now offers EASA-qualified initial and recurrent training for Gulfstream G500 aircraft operators at its Learning Center in Savannah, Georgia. FlightSafety also introduced FlightSmart, a new, fully integrated training tool developed in conjunction with IBM.

Precision Aviation Group received an award from Airbus Helicopters for achieving 100% on-target quality performance, recognizing the company’s performance in support of Airbus Helicopters’ AS350, UH-72A, EC-135 and EC-145 platforms. 

L3Harris Technologies was selected to provide 40 WESCAM MX-15 electro-optical, infrared imaging systems by the U.K. Ministry of Defence.
Airbus Helicopters Inc. showcased its emergency medical rotorcraft at the Air Medical Transport Conference in early November in Atlanta, Georgia.

United Rotorcraft a division of Air Methods selected Becker Avionics’ ADS-B transponder, the BXT6500 and digital audio ICS, the DVCS6100 for a Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk completion currently underway for a public safety operator. 

Becker Avionics announced that the LA County Fire Department Air Operations selected the company's ADS-B transponder, the BXT6500 series for retrofitting the existing fleet of helicopters.  

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. will exhibit three business jets at the Dubai Airshow, Nov. 17-21: the Gulfstream G650ER, the newly-in-service Gulfstream G600 and the high-tech Gulfstream G500.

Astronautics Corporation of America is providing Air France upgraded electronic flight bags on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft.  

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has hired its first executive director of aviation strategy, Lindsey Dreiling, to help position the school as a global leader in the aviation industry.

The Wings of Hope Soaring to New Heights Endowment Campaign recently received a $1 million gift from the William R. Orthwein, Jr. and Laura Rand Orthwein Foundation, growing the endowment to nearly $8 million and moving it closer to its $10 million phase-one goal.
AEA Opens the Door to Your Future:
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the job listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA jobs board 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 job 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? The AEA jobs board makes it easier for AEA members to find their next avionics technician, quality manager, inspector, sales representative or engineer. 

AEA members may submit a free job posting after entering their username and password at Member companies that optionally choose to upgrade their job posting for a premium will have preferred online placement and also will be published in the next edition of Avionics News. For more information about premium job listings, 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.