Nov. 14, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Scholarship Applications Available Online
The Aircraft Electronics Association will award more than 20 scholarships totaling more than $125,000 for the 2019-20 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.
The deadline to submit applications for the 2019-20 academic year is April 1, 2019. More...
Nominations Open for AEA Board of Directors Election
Applications are now open for AEA members interested in running for a position on the AEA board of directors. To apply, your company must be an AEA member in good standing, and you must complete an application form by Jan. 4, 2019. The applications are then reviewed by the AEA Trusteeship Committee, which then assembles a final slate of nominees for a vote before the full membership. The slate is assembled based on certain needs or areas of expertise that may be needed on the new board. More...
AEA Europe Connect Conference set for Jan. 22-23 in Cologne, Germany
Aviation’s technology experts will Connect with their industry peers at the 33rd annual AEA Europe Connect Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Cologne, Germany, Jan. 22-23. Registration is now open to individuals wanting to attend and for companies to exhibit. Attendees must register in advance by Jan. 16. Join us for two days of OEM training, exhibits, regulatory updates and networking! More...
Transport Airplane Fuel Tank and System Lightning Protection
The Federal Aviation Administration is amending certain airworthiness regulations for transport category airplanes regarding lightning protection of fuel systems. This rule applies to applications for new type certificates, and applications for amended or supplemental type certificates on significant product-level change projects in which § 25.954, ‘‘Fuel system lightning protection,’’ is applicable to the changed area. More...
ADS-B and Privacy: Not all Datalinks are Created Equal
In the December issue of Avionics News, Pete Ring of FreeFlight Systems opines that privacy, by definition, is the quality or state of being free from company or observation. Privacy is something most of us value – especially in this digital age where information about us is so readily available and searchable to anyone with internet connectivity. The privacy implications are clear: As we fly, we are telling the world who we are and where we are. But do the advantages of improved airspace utilization and increased safety have to come at the expense of your privacy? Contrary to popular belief, the answer is no, they don’t. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Cologne, Germany
Jan. 22-23, 2019
Online registration is now available through Jan. 16. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hyatt Regency Cologne. More...
Atlanta, Georgia
March 4-7, 2019
Find new products and business with 18,000 industry professionals. Over 1,000,000 square feet of space with 60+ aircraft on display. More...
International Women in Aviation Conference
Long Beach, California
March 14-16, 2019
Choose from a wide range of education sessions to expand your personal and professional development at the Long Beach Convention Center. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Palm Springs, California
March 25-28, 2019
Registration has opened for the 62nd 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 platform of choice for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to the marketplace in 2019. Aviation's technology experts will convene March 25-28, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Attendees must register by Dec. 21, 2018, to receive the early-bird discount price of $645 (AEA member rate) for a full convention registration. The early-bird promotion offers a $165 per person savings off the on-site registration fee. More...
Michiana Aircraft Service Doubles Space, Staff
At the busy South Bend International Airport in Indiana, Michiana Aircraft Service’s technicians now have a lot more room to serve operators of small and mid-sized general aviation aircraft. The FAA Part 145 repair station recently completed a major expansion and renovation project that increased its space from one hangar with 8,000 square feet to two hangars with a combined total of 20,000 square feet.

Along with the additional hangar, the renovation included a new customer lounge, new office area, high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the facility, and an expanded parts room with twice as much space.  More...
A Conversation With David Sorbello of Ezell Avionics 
Based at Stephens County Airport in Breckenridge, Texas, Ezell Avionics completes installs, repairs and certification of transponders and altimeters. The company performs bench repairs on most Honeywell, Garmin and Collins avionics. Further, Ezell installations and repairs include units from Avidyne, S-Tec, PS Engineering, Aspen and others. Recently, Avionics News spoke with the company’s avionics manager, David Sorbello, to learn more about his work and life outside the shop.  More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
IFR 6000 Operations Training
Nov. 30, 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.
Certified Repair Station Training
Dec. 3-7, 2018
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.
Avionics Installation and Integration Training
Jan. 14-16, 2019
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Basic Wiring & 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 345 transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Testing & Inspection with ADS-B Implementation
Jan. 17, 2019
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
Jan. 18, 2019
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.
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation
Feb. 18-20, 2019
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. 
Digital Databus Theory & Analysis Training
Feb. 21, 2019
As today’s modern airplanes become much more technologically advanced, so must the professionals that 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
ACI Jet announced the successful completion of its installation of Honeywell’s JetWave Ka-band internet hardware, with additional hardware, services and an Inmarsat Jet ConneX data plan, provided by Rockwell Collins. The work was completed on one of its managed Bombardier Challenger 604 business jets.

AVIONICA Vice President of Engineering Simone Drakes is a recipient of this year’s “40 Under 40” award from Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine. Also, Avionica announced that vice president of sales, Anthony Rios, was promoted to chief operating officer. 

GARMIN announced that it has sold more than 200 million of its GPS navigation and wearable technology products to customers around the world pursuing their passions throughout the automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor markets Garmin serves. Garmin also received FAA supplemental type certification for the GFC 500 autopilot for select Beechcraft Bonanza and Debonair aircraft and announced the addition of several aviation webinars through the end of the year.

AVIDYNE announced that German-based airplus Maintenance GmbH has received an STC from the EASA for installation of the Avidyne IFD5XX/4XX series of GPS-based flight management systems in 200-, 300- and 400-series Robin aircraft.

COBHAM AEROSPACE CONNECTIVITY was chosen as a partner by Scientific Research Corp. to upgrade ADS-B Out capabilities for the U.S. government’s T-6A trainer fleet.
STANDARDAERO was selected as the U.S. Navy's primary engine depot for support of the CFM56-7 engines used on the P-8A aircraft. Also, StandardAero Component Services recently celebrated and dedicated the company’s 30,000-square-foot expansion of its component repair facility, located in Miami, Florida.

DUNCAN AVIATION’s satellite avionics shops in Denver, Colorado, and Austin and Dallas, Texas, recently received certification from Mexico’s Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), which is the civil aviation authority for Mexico. In addition, Duncan's Provo location recently welcomed its new customer service manager, Russ Haugen.

ROBOTIC SKIES was selected by Alpha Unmanned Systems to develop and implement a global support plan for its current and future commercial UAVs, currently featuring the Alpha 800 unmanned helicopter.

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL announced that the Embraer E-170 aircraft simulator it built for S7 Airlines of Russia has received EASA qualification. Also, FlightSafety International was selected by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division to design and manufacture flight training devices for the AH-I Z and the UH-1Y.

DEVICE TECHNOLOGIES INC. announced the availability of a new ADS-B Wire Protection Install Kit that includes its FAA-approved snap-on Spring-Fast M22529/2 grommet. Device Technologies is partnering with EDMO for sale of its Wire Protection Install Kit.
KADEX AERO SUPPLY is now distributing Donaldson filters and Tanis preheat systems.

PITTSBURGH INSTITUTE OF AERONAUTICS will host a career fair Nov. 14, 2018 at its Hagerstown campus, and 25 employers will attend and conduct interviews on-site, exploring consideration of all students set to graduate in January and May 2019.

HONEYWELL completed testing of its new safety technology to prevent runway accidents and collisions. Designed for commercial and business jets, it was developed under the European Sky Air Traffic Research program with partners including Airbus, Dassault and Eurocontrol.

SATCOM DIRECT is taking its Gulfstream GIV on a circumnavigation of the globe to showcase the power of the new connectivity offering to the international business aviation community. A team of SD executives, including COO Chris Moore, will spend just under 10 days flying the aircraft into leading business aviation destinations to demonstrate the full SD Xperience.
BECKER is expanding its market reach by appointing DAC INTERNATIONAL as a distributor of the Becker BXT family of Mode S transponders.

THOMMEN AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT LTD. announced that its new AVLight X Multipurpose Aviation Flashlight is now available for sale from DAC INTERNATIONAL. Also, Thommen and California-based MRO and FBO provider Circle Air Group announced the selection of Thommen’s AC32 Digital Air Data Computer for the upgrade of a full fleet of F-5 fighter aircraft.  

APPAREO's Vision 1000 Flight Data Monitoring System was selected by AirSprint Private Aviation for its Cessna Citation CJ fleet of aircraft. The agreement is for two systems initially, with options for 10 additional units. Also, Appareo received FAA approval of an AML for the Stratus ADS-B Out transponders. The AML-STC for Stratus ES/ESG now includes 219 aircraft, including Cessna, Piper, and Mooney models, as well as Cirrus SR20 and SR22, Beechcraft 33, 35, 36, and Diamond DA20 and DA40.

GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION’s latest connectivity solution for light jets – Gogo AVANCE L3 – was selected by Airshare for installation across its entire fleet of Embraer Phenom 100 aircraft. 
BARFIELD is now the distributor of Utah-based manufacturer, Universal Synaptics.

SPORTY'S, which sponsors the annual AEA Convention, released the 2019 editions of its Learn to Fly and Instrument Rating courses.

GENESYS AEROSYSTEMS earned FAA STC approval of the S-TEC 3100 on the Cessna 210A through J models, P210N and P210R. EASA certification has been applied for and is expected in the coming weeks.

TRIG AVIONICS opened its new European office in Amersfoort in the Netherlands. This location will host a European sales, support and manufacturing operation. 

ACR ELECTRONICS INC. confirmed that parent company Drew Marine UK Holdings Ltd. acquired LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES CORP., a provider of flight data monitoring, flight following, satellite data link and voice communications equipment and services.

EAGLE AVIATION announced its first Tamarack Active Winglet demonstration day which took place Nov. 13 at Eagle’s facility at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, South Carolina.
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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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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