April 27, 2016
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
News from the general aviation industry
FAA Administrator to Keynote AEA Convention's Opening Session
The 59th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, which begins today in Orlando, Florida, is 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 2016. Wednesday's opening session keynote address will be given by FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta. The session begins at 8:30 a.m. EDT
The AEA Convention is the preeminent venue dedicated solely to the general aviation avionics industry. The event's primary focus is providing avionics professionals with educational and marketing opportunities between equipment manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations. The general aviation avionics community knows the AEA Convention is a must-attend gathering for growing their businesses, training their technicians and meeting with their dealer network.
Watch Live Coverage of the AEA Convention
Watch live, high-definition coverage by the Aero-News Network as more than 30 companies unveil new products and services on Wednesday, April 27, during the AEA Convention's Official Opening and New Product Introductions.
ANN's livestreaming coverage from Orlando continues from the AEA Exhibit Hall Thursday at 2 p.m. EDT, and again Friday at 11 a.m. EDT.
| Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities
Frequently Asked Questions in the U.S.
After initial approval, can applicable ADS-B Out systems be installed on aircraft not covered by that approval? Learn the answer in this month's
2015 General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey
The 38th 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 receives 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,
| On the Radar
Upcoming AEA and industry events
EAA AirVenture: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 25-31
For seven days from sunrise to well past sunset, Oshkosh is filled with dazzling displays of aerobatics, informative programs and hands-on workshops, diverse aircraft spanning all eras of flight, concerts and more
AEA Latin America Connect Conference: Bogota, Colombia, August 25-26
The annual AEA Latin America Connect Conference is a two-day event that personally connects general aviation industry professionals. Formerly known as the AEA Regional Meetings, the AEA Connect conferences have grown beyond simply receiving regulatory updates and technical training via a classroom-style lecture -- attendees are now more engaged than ever in the educational environment with interactive discussions and analysis. More...
| The Connection
Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry
Oceania Aviation Grows MRO, Launches MOD Program
When former tuna boat helicopter pilots Josh Camp and Jonathan Bowen started Oceania Aviation nearly 25 years ago at
Ardmore Airfield, outside of Auckland, New Zealand, they
focused on parts trading and aircraft sales for mo
stly Hughes/MD helicopters.
Recently, the company dramatically expanded its scope and capabilities by adding a major MRO facility, building a new, state-of-the-art turbine shop, and launching a new aircraft modifications program.
Following a series of strategic acquisitions,
operates a network of eight locations across New Zealand and in Brisbane, Australia, with
both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft operators coming in for
aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services as we
ll as component overhaul, blade and composite repair, Rolls-Royce 250-series turbine overhaul,
and aviation finance and leasing.
growth and acquisitions actually started several years ago with the help of a new business partner
| In the Classroom
Professional development opportunities
New FAA Course -- Applying Systems Safety Principles to Product Certification: May 17-19 and Aug. 16-18
The intent of this three-day course is to focus on how systems engineers should apply concepts of system safety principles to the products they will certify. It will expand the approach systems engineers can take to build safety into the products they certify in the context of applying the rules and considering other safety-related factors that supplement FAA regulations. Attendees will include systems engineers, flight test pilots, propulsion engineers, and human factors engineers in headquarters, directorates, and COs. It is offered two times in Oklahoma City with limited seating available to industry. Contact Madeline Kettler at 405-954-7890 for registration information. More...
Certified Repair Station Training Course: May 16-20
A weeklong course divided into training modules designed for startup repair stations as well as mature operations looking to improve their understanding of the regulations, perform internal audits and edit repair stations manuals. Who should attend?
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 for Experimental Aircraft Training Course: June 1-3
Presented by Pahan Ranasingha of Avionics Installations, 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.
| The Static
News from AEA member companies
introduced enhancements to Garmin Pilot for global operators with new update bringing free global VFR flight plan filing, additional overlays to profile view and more. The company also
received EASA approval of new high-end flight deck technologies, as well as Connext and VFR Manual Charts, which are now available for the GTN 650/750 touchscreen avionics.
chief operating officer;
vice president, air transportation sales; and
director of business aviation sales.
STANDARDAERO announced a strategic alliance with FDS Avionics Corp. to bring the next generation of in-flight entertainment to today's business aircraft market. The centerpiece of this collaboration is the do CAPSULE.
TRUENORTH AVIONICS said that BENDIXKING selected the company to develop the AeroWave Router, a minirouter/wireless access point for the BendixKing AeroWave 100 high-speed internet system.
JEPPESEN teamed with Bose Corp. to provide automatic audio warnings as part of its flight information solution for private pilots flying under visual flight rules -- Mobile FliteDeck VFR.
SPIRIT AERONAUTICS expanded its service authorizations to include maintenance for the Hawker 800 series (Hawker 800, 800XP and 850XP).
EAGLE CREEK AVIATION SERVICES received the AMT Diamond Award of Excellence from the FAA for participating in the Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards program. This is the fifth consecutive year that Eagle Creek Aviation Services has won this award.
DUNCAN AVIATION awarded 20 students with the Karen K. Duncan Scholarship. Each recipient receives up to $4,000 for a college education -- $1,000 per semester for up to two years. The company also recently completed a Supplemental Type Certification, which will upgrade existing Honeywell Primus radios in Hawker 800/800XP aircraft so they're ADS-B Out compliant.
FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL delivered an Airbus A350 XWB full flight simulator to the Airbus Training Center in Miami, Florida, the the second simulator FlightSafety has delivered to the Training Center.
PENTASTAR AVIATION partnered with SmartSky Networks to develop supplemental type certificates for Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft.
ESTERLINE's Korry Electronics will be showcasing its LED-illuminated 5/8-inch switch -- now produced in just three days at low prices - at the AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, April 27-30.
AVMAX said its engineering division has created ADS-B Out solutions for Dash 8 and CRJ aircraft. The solutions are Part 25 STC for Dash 8-100/200/300 and CRJ 100/200/700/900; both aircraft types are approved by Transport Canada Civil Aviation Administration and the FAA, with the EASA approval pending.
ACR ELECTRONICS announced
that its complete suite of ARTEX ELTs is now available for the first time at this year's AEA Convention in Orlando.
The ARTEX ELT suite is comprised of the ELT 345, ELT 1000, ELT 3000 and the ELT 3000HM.
FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS announced that Nebraska-based Trego-Dugan Aviation received AML STC approval for installation of a FreeFlight 1201 WAAS/GPS sensor and Garmin GTX330ES Mode S transponder in 460+ aircraft. FreeFlight Systems also announced that global aerospace, defense and transportation company Finmeccanica selected the FreeFlight RA-4500 radar altimeter as standard equipment for AW119 single-turbine light helicopters.
AVIONICA announced that Dubai-based flydubai has selected a suite of communications avionics that comprises Avionica's second-generation satellite communications system satLINK MAX, the integral miniature quick-access recorder (miniQAR), the 4G avCM module for wireless communications, the gatelink terminal Wi-Fi communications system, and the aviONS onboard server platform, with an integrated cabin Wi-Fi hotspot, for 11 Next-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft.
VECTOR AEROSPACE announced that its Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, facility is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
ELLIOTT AVIATION announced its STC certification on an ADS-B In and Out solution for the 2002 and newer, Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker 750, 800XP, 850XP and 900XP.
ASPEN AVIONICS received a supplemental type certificate for installation of its Evolution Backup Display.
MCMURDO announced a new 10-year standard warranty on its Kannad Integra Emergency Locator Transmitters.
GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. received approval from the FAA to offer a synthetic vision upgrade to GIV-SP aircraft equipped with PlaneDeck.
GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION successfully completed the initial phase of flight testing for its Gogo Biz 4G service, marking a significant milestone in the company's development of a new generation of connectivity and enhanced capabilities for business aviation.
| Mystery Make & Model
Guess the make and model -- enter for chance to win $100 Visa gift card
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?
All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing where one individual will be awarded a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace.
The winner will be announced in the next edition of AEA Wired. Email your answer...
| GA Caucus
Industry advocates on Capitol Hill
In 2009, General Aviation Caucuses were formed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to inform congressional members and staff about the importance of general aviation to the nation's economy and transportation system. Today, the House GA Caucus has grown to become one of the largest caucuses in the House of Representatives. A listing of current House and Senate GA Caucus members is available on the AEA website. More...
About the AEA
Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in 43 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
Lauren McFarland, director of marketing
The "AEA Wired" e-newsletter is published twice a month by the AEA.