Nov. 28, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Worldwide Avionics Sales Up 15.5 Percent Over Last Year
The Aircraft Electronics Association recently announced its third-quarter 2018 Avionics Market Report. In the first nine months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $2,001,676,685.92 or more than $2 billion as reported by the participating companies. The figure represented a 15.5 percent increase in year-over-year sales compared to the first nine months of 2017 amount of $1,732,915,016.06.

Sales during the third-quarter months of July, August and September in 2018 were $679,774,995.03, a 15.6 percent increase compared to the 2017 third-quarter sales of $587,941,517. Year-to-date, both the retrofit and forward-fit markets have seen double-digit increases in sales compared to the first nine months of 2017. The forward-fit market was up 16.6 percent compared to a year ago, while the retrofit market has increased 14.7 percent. More...
Early-bird Registration Available Through Dec. 21 for AEA Convention in Palm Springs
Avionics shop owners and lead technicians planning to attend the 62nd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Palm Springs are encouraged to register by Dec. 21 to take advantage of the early-bird rate. Attendees who register by the deadline will save $165 per person off the on-site registration fee. The event takes place March 25-28, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. While we don't know what the future of avionics will bring, the AEA Convention is the place to see it!

The AEA has contracted with three hotels for the 2019 convention: Renaissance Palm Springs; Hilton Palm Springs; and Hotel Zoso. Links to make a hotel reservation are available on the convention website. 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...
EASA Publishes NPA on CS-STAN
The European Aviation Safety Agency has published its proposed regular update of the certification specifications for standard changes & standard repairs (CS-STAN) -- Issue 3. Comments must be received on or before Dec. 11, 2018. Repair stations are encouraged to review the Notice of Proposed Amendment for complete information and submit comments. The CS-STAN will be covered in full during the regulatory program at the upcoming AEA Connect Conference scheduled for Jan. 22-23, 2019, in Cologne.  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...
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...
Productivity and Profits:
WBParts Express Makes It Easy
WBParts Express is on a mission to help avionics shops be more productive and profitable. In 2017, an aha moment led Jerome Pepin, chief executive officer, and Jaramey Ham, business development manager, to create a unique combination of hardware and software to keep technicians focused and on task. To ensure their new system worked, they launched an empirical study with the help of Fitbit Inc. to put it to the test.

Creating software and hardware systems designed for aircraft technicians isn’t typical of parts distributors like WBParts Express, which opened in 2016 to focus on general aviation businesses. The company is a division of WBParts, a privately-owned distributor in Palm Bay, Florida, that serves prime aerospace and defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and General Dynamics. More...
Aviation Aces:
Randy Lervold of Dynon Avionics
Although Randy Lervold spent much of his career working in consumer electronics, aviation was never far away. And now, as vice president of marketing and sales for Dynon, Lervold hopes to position the company for major growth.

Lervold is originally from Seattle, although he has lived in other parts of the country over the span of his career. “I spent most of my career in consumer electronics, but it slowly segued into an aviation,” he said. In his early 30s, he worked for a consumer electronics company that owned corporate aircraft where he got to fly right seat occasionally. Lervold struck up a relationship with the company pilot about how the aircraft worked and all about the air traffic control system. That pilot became his first aviation mentor and urged him to start flight training, so he did.  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
DUNCAN AVIATION has resumed modifying the Rockwell Collins TDR-94/TDR-94D at its Lincoln, Nebraska, facility. The company's Aircraft Sales & Acquisitions team now has available for purchase a unique aeromedical Hawker 800XP jet that can be used for medical repatriation or evacuation services. Also, the company has three Citation Excel and Citation XLS operators who have committed to the Garmin G5000 Flight Deck Upgrade.

GARMIN received FAA supplemental type certification in several aircraft models for the GFC 500 and GFC 600 autopilots. New aircraft models approved for the GFC 500 autopilot include: Cessna 210 models: 210K, T210K, 210L, T210L, 210M, T210M, 210N, T210N. New aircraft models approved for the GFC 600 autopilot include: Cessna 208B (cargo pod-equipped only). Garmin also announced expanded pilot training opportunities for 2019 to include additional classes throughout the United States and more instructor-led courses.

GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION’s AVANCE L5 in-flight broadband connectivity system received STCs across a full complement of Gulfstream airframes, including: G650/650ER; G600; G550/GV/SP; G450/GIV/SP; and G280.
FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL launched MissionFit, a new advanced technology interactive training system, and introduced its new Evolution 360 direct-view dome display.

SATCOM DIRECT was appointed a Level 1 Value Added Reseller for Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX service, the in-flight connectivity solution. The Level 1 VAR status means that SD can now provide the ultra-high-speed data service directly to the business aviation community.

ABILENE AERO and LUBBOCK AERO successfully completed an International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling registration.

ASTRONAUTICS CORPORATION OF AMERICA founder and chairman emeritus, Nathaniel “Nate” Zelazo, passed away Nov. 22 in Milwaukee at the age of 100.
CUTTER AVIATION has taken delivery of its 20th HondaJet business jet.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. President Mark Burns will be among the 2018 recipients of the National Aeronautic Association’s Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award.

TRIG AVIONICS' Aerobatic Team pilots Richard Grace and Dave Puleston landed their yellow Pitts aircraft for the last time, and both pilots remain committed to working with Trig Avionics under a new venture -- Ultimate Warbird Flights. 
WEST STAR AVIATION highlighted the new Paint and Maintenance Hangars at the Chattanooga facility Open House, Nov. 7, attended by customers, vendors and employees. West Star Aviation also acquired Flite Components, an FAA/EASA Part 145 repair station and named Steve Goede general manager of the Chattanooga facility. Jeff Yeager was promoted to program manager, landing gear/accessory program at the Grand Junction facility.

BARFIELD signed a multi-year components maintenance agreement with Ecuadorian-based airline TAME.

ESTERLINE Simulation Visual Systems announced the market introduction of its new rear-projection dome displays for fast-jet training at I/ITSEC.
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 Lauren Garcia, AEA director of advertising, 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.
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