Sept. 11, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Launches New Jobs Board: Search the Latest Employment Opportunities in the Avionics Industry
Coinciding with the recent Labor Day holiday in the United States, the Aircraft Electronics Association introduced its new online jobs board at

The revamped jobs board allows job seekers to find current employment opportunities with the convenient ability to search by keyword, company name, geographic location and job type. In addition, AEA member companies may post available positions free of charge for 30 days. If the position remains unfilled, AEA members may resubmit the online posting at no cost. More...
AET Certification and Endorsement Exams Available for FREE at AEA Connect Conferences in Kansas City and Daytona Beach
All attendees at the upcoming AEA Connect Conferences in Kansas City (Oct. 2-3) and Daytona Beach (Nov. 4-5) will have the opportunity to take the Aircraft Electronics Technician certification and endorsement exams free of charge, a $175 value, courtesy of the AEA Educational Foundation.

Advance your career and industry knowledge by earning a certification provided by ASTM's National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT). These certifications demonstrate the knowledge base of the advanced aerospace technician and promote integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce.

The AET certificate and endorsements are industry-defined mechanisms to identify professionals who demonstrate their knowledge through testing and commit themselves to the aerospace industry. Associations and professionals across every industry use these certifications to recognize qualified and competent individuals. In fact, the FAA formally recognizes the AET certification as equivalent to formal training when showing eligibility for the issuance of a repairman certificate.  More...
2020 AEA Europe Connect Conference set for Jan. 23-24 in Cologne, Germany
Europe’s aviation’s technology experts will Connect with their industry peers at the 34th annual AEA Europe Connect Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Cologne, Germany, Jan. 23-24, 2020. Join us for the premier avionics event that connects shop owners, managers and lead technicians in Europe. Registration is now open to avionics professionals who want to attend and for companies to exhibit. More...
AEA to Distribute ASTM Standard F3361 to Attendees at Three Connect Conferences in U.S.
Upon publication of ASTM standard F3361, Classifying Alterations for In-Service Aircraft Under FAA Authority Oversight, the AEA recently petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration to recognize it as an acceptable means of compliance for the evaluation of alterations while making a determination of major or minor. As an FAA-recognized acceptable means of compliance, this document is essentially the same as if it was published as an advisory circular. The AEA will be conducting training on this new ASTM standard at each of the three AEA Connect Conferences in the United States. In addition, AEA repair station members attending the AEA Connect Conferences will receive a copy of this ASTM standard. This first Connect Conference takes place Sept. 23-24 in Reno, Nevada. More...
EASA Proposes Broad-Reaching Cybersecurity Regulations
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency recently published Notice of Proposed Amendment 2019-07, Management of Information Security Risks. According to the agency, the NPA’s intent is to efficiently contribute to the protection of the aviation system from cyberattacks and their consequences by ensuring that organizations and authorities involved in civil aviation activities are able to identify, protect from, detect, respond to and recover from those information security incidents that could potentially affect aviation safety. More...
Frequently Asked Questions
Can an aircraft component part be recorded as overhauled if it is not subjected to the disassembly, repair, assembly or testing? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. More...
Request Your FREE AEA Pilot’s Guide
For the past 17 years, the Aircraft Electronics Association has published the AEA Pilot’s Guide, 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.

Thousands of copies are distributed each year at several industry trade shows and to all AEA member companies at no charge. The 2019-20 edition is now available. Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy of the AEA Pilot’s Guide while supplies last. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
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. 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. More...
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 22-24, 2019
NBAA-BACE will bring together more than 23,000 attendees for the largest business aviation event in the world. If you are an aircraft owner or considering using an aircraft for business; flight department personnel; a manufacturer or service provider; or a student considering this career path, experience three exciting days in Las Vegas. 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...
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...
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. More...
New Avionics Service Center Opens on Gulf Coast
In March, after two decades of working for others, Dallas DeVilbiss, Johnny Wacker and John Theobald took the exciting but uncertain path of starting their own avionics service center. Located at Mobile Regional Airport, 13 miles from Alabama’s coastline, Coastal Winds Avionics provides avionics services for general aviation aircraft. While pursuing their Federal Aviation Administration repair station certificate, the gentlemen have been working with manufacturers to procure dealerships and outfit their shop with tooling and equipment.  More...
Upgrades, Acquisitions and More
The buzz at AirVenture Oshkosh wasn't just from planes overhead; AEA members caused plenty of buzz of their own with exciting product and partnership announcements. AEA members benefited from record attendance at the 2019 AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin, July 22-28. Approximately 642,000 aviation enthusiasts – a 6.8% increase from 2018 – surged to the exhibits to see and, most importantly, buy the many new avionics wares available, or soon to be, drawn by multiple announcements at the show. While most of the news involved new or improved avionics, some ownership news also promised to redraw the alignment of some of the companies serving the avionics market. Learn all about it in this month's Avionics News. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
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.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft
Oct. 28-30, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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.
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.
$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...
News from AEA Member Companies
StandardAero completed STC approval for installing Viasat Ku, Ka or KuKa SATCOM systems on Bombardier Global 5000/6000/GEX model business jets. StandardAero also acquired Safe Aviation Solutions (including Safe Fuel, Accel and B&E ACR), formerly the MRO services subsidiary of the B&E Group, which will continue to expand StandardAero’s Components, Helicopters & Accessories division and its portfolio of MRO and component repair services.  

Universal Avionics, an Elbit Systems Co., announced that John Benoit was appointed to director of strategic business development, where he joins Marc Bouliane and Robert Randall in the strategic business development team and will lead market development activities with OEMs (airframes and avionics), contribute to the development of robust product road maps, and foster partnerships to complement UA’s offering.

Duncan Aviation received FAA approval for an STC that will allow installation of SmartSky’s air-to-ground connectivity system for Challenger 601, 604, 605 and 650 aircraft. In addition, Rene Cardona, a longtime member of the company’s Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions team, recently earned recognition as an IADA-certified aircraft sales broker.  

Garmin announced the G1000H NXi integrated flight deck has received instrument flight rules certification.

Metrojet Ltd. named Dave Yip director of business development.

airplus Maintenance GmbH and Hensoldt agreed on the sale and distribution of civil aviation products. Based at Friedrichshafen Airport in Germany, airplus provides a wide variety of services to European and international customers.

Airbus Helicopters Inc. delivered to Metro Aviation Inc. the first EC145e produced at its U.S. assembly plant in Columbus, Mississippi. This aircraft delivery is part of an order for 25 that Metro placed in 2018, and the remaining aircraft will all be delivered out of Columbus.

Pro Star Aviation subsidiary Pro Star Precision Machining received parts manufacturer approval certificate number PQ10043NE from the FAA. This new approval will allow Pro Star Aviation to manufacture certified parts and kits to sell for use on OEM, special missions, commercial and government platforms. 
Southeast Aerospace named Justin Watson as its new director of engineering.

Astronics Corp. announced the availability of Sierra, the latest in portable in-flight entertainment. The company also announced the release of a new “extended range” version of the compact webFB Smart Aircraft Interface Device. Astronics also introduced a new cabin network platform, the Edge. 

Trig Avionics announced that James Ketchell has nearly completed the latest stage of his round-the-world Gyrocopter flight using the Trig TY91 radio and TT21 transponder to safely communicate and aviate across 27 time zones and 37,000 kilometers. 

Adams Aviation announced an industry first, as a homebuilt aircraft equipped with a Garmin G3X Touch System is now approved for IFR flight. Also, effective Sept. 1, the company became part of the Pattonair Group, the world’s largest independent aircraft parts supplier.

Wayman Aviation Academy has earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, certifying that Wayman Aviation Academy is following the best practices of the U.S. Department of Education.

FlightSafety International unmanned systems training now offers a specialized sUAS civil/government services remote pilot course.

West Star Aviation named Robert Wood as the new paint program assistant manager at the East Alton, Illinois, facility.

Banyan Air Service announced that the Art of Aircraft by Steven Greenwald Design will be exhibiting at the company's location at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport during Banyan’s 40th anniversary open house celebration, Sept. 14.

Satcom Direct received top honors in an annual product support survey by Aviation International News. SD has maintained its first-place position in the cabin electronics category for the past five years. The company also appointed John Tan as regional director for the Asia Pacific region.
Safe Flight Instrument Corp. promoted Matthew Greene to president. Since joining Safe Flight in 2004, he has undertaken increasing responsibilities in sales and marketing, contracts and leading program management, which has led to his most recent position as executive vice president. As president, he will report to the chairman and CEO, Randall Greene.

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument received an STC for A109/119 helicopters from Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), Brazil’s civil aviation authority.

Momentum Services Corp. was acquired by Precision Aviation Group Inc., a provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry. MSC is a global provider of repair services for LCD flat panel displays.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies will exhibit its installation solution for Electronically Steered Antenna technology at the 2019 APEX EXPO trade show in Los Angeles. In addition, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies signed a memorandum of understanding with Ball Aerospace to bring a new satellite communications antenna to the commercial aviation marketplace. 

D.L.S. Electronic Systems now performs gravel impact testing to several industry standards including those found in automotive, military, aviation and industrial applications.

uAvionix is offering free pingRX unmanned aircraft system ADS-B receivers to first responders and UAS service organizations participating in rescue and recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Dorian.

CCX Technologies announced its AP-250 Inline Cyber Security Appliance (AP-250) Development Kit. It plugs into development environments that allows developers to integrate cybersecurity into vehicles engaged in air, land, or sea missions.
Looking for a Job in the Avionics Industry?
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.