Feb. 22, 2017
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
News from the general aviation industry
First AEA Connect Conference of 2017 set for Amsterdam, April 10-11
The Hilton Amsterdam in The Netherlands will be the site of the first of six AEA Connect Conference hosted by the Aircraft Electronics Association in 2017. The 31st annual AEA Europe Connect Conference will take place April 10-11, and advance registration is now available. During the two-day event, the AEA and the European Aviation Safety Agency will discuss key regulatory changes affecting European maintenance organizations.
The AEA's annual regulatory session will take place on Monday, April 10. After a significant amount of EASA activity with the AEA's involvement in late 2016, this session will provide and update on the release of the performance-based CS-23 (parallels and harmonizes with the FAA Part 23). There will also be a discussion and update on Standard Changes, requirements of the 8.33 mandate and an update on EASA's review and update to parts 66 and 147. This session will also include an updated review of the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements affecting European members. More...
Helicopter Accident Rate Declines for Third Straight Year in U.S.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the helicopter accident rate in the United States, along with the fatal helicopter accident rate, declined for the third consecutive year. In 2016, there were 106 helicopter accidents, including 17 fatal accidents, which is a 12 percent decline compared to 2015 and a 27 percent decrease compared to 2013.
"The FAA and the helicopter industry have worked together to educate the civil helicopter community about safe practices, to drive these improved results," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "The FAA and the industry also are taking an active role in advancing safety through new technology, collaborative policy changes and proactive outreach." More...
2017 National General Aviation Award Recipients Announced
For more than 50 years, the FAA and the General Aviation Awards program has honored industry professionals for their contributions to general aviation. The following individuals will be honored in July at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin:
CHARLES ORVILLE GENSLER
of Parker, Colorado (Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year);
BRIAN JOHN CARPENTER
of Corning, California (Aviation Technician of the Year); and
MARK ALAN DUCORSKY
of Lakeland, Florida (FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year). To nominate an industry professional,
| Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities
Industry Coalition to FAA:
Rectify Issue Created by Commercial Parts Definition
In Early February, the Aircraft Electronics Association participated with an industry coalition to request rectification by the Federal Aviation Administration of an issue created by the definition of commercial parts. Under the U.S. regulatory framework, commercial parts do not require a production approval and, therefore, are not usually accompanied by an FAA Form 8130-3. This unique application creates challenges with the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements, especially with Europe. T
o read the joint letter sent to the FAA from the industry coalition, click here.
| On the Radar
Upcoming AEA and industry events
Women in Aviation Conference
March 2-4, 2017
The 28th annual event takes place at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. More...
March 6-9, 2017
More than 20,000 industry professionals will gather in Dallas, Texas, for the world's largest helicopter trade show and exposition.
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
March 13-16, 2017
Don't miss the biggest training week in the avionics industry. This year marks the 60th annual AEA Convention and takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. Advance registration has closed, but on-site registration will be available at the New Orleans Convention Center.
AEA Europe Connect Conference
April 10-11, 2017
The first AEA Connect Conference of the year takes place at the Hilton Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Avionics repair stations, manufacturers, regulators and educators gather for two full days of networking and professional development, and an exhibit hall will showcase the latest avionics technologies and services. More...
| The Connection
Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry
Beyond Expectations: 702 Helicopters adds Part 145 repair station
When Brian Lorenz started 702 Helicopters 10 years ago, he never imagined it would grow beyond a small operation intended to help pay for his Robinson R22 and the flight training he needed to fly it. Today, Lorenz, who owns the
Las Vegas Airport
-based business with his wife, Bianca, operates a fleet of seven Robinson helicopters and two Cessna 172 aircraft for flight training and air tours over the Las Vegas Strip and
Red Rock Canyon.
The couple recently received a
Part 135 certificate, which will allow them to expand into charter operations, but
they are most excited about adding the
Part 145 repair station.
Until now, most maintenance performed was for the company's own fleet. The repair station allows
702 Helicopters to expand its r
otorcraft and fixed-wing maintenance capabilities to outside customers
| In the Classroom
Professional development opportunities
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft:
May 3-5, 2017
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 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. More...
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation:
May 15-17, 2017
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. More...
ADS-B Broadcast Surveillance ... All the Ins and Outs:
May 18, 2017
course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel. It will describe and define ADS-B systems and the FAA's guidance and specifications on both ground stations and airborne equipment. More...
Digital Databus Theory and Analysis Training:
May 19, 2017
As today's modern airplanes become much more technologically advanced, so must the professionals who 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. More...
Certified Repair Station Training:
July 10-14, 2017
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 the repair station manual. More...
| The Static
News from AEA member companies
announced it is working with GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION to develop supplemental type certificates for Gogo's new 4G service and Wi-Fi equipment
. In addition, Duncan Aviation announced that RON SIEBER joined the company as a member of its Bombardier airframe service sales team.
AERO DYNAMIX received Transport Canada Civil Aviation validation approval for the Sikorsky S-76D Night Vision Lighting Modification.
SHADIN AVIONICS announced the completion and receipt of STCs for the installation of a RemoteFlo Fuel Flow System on the Robinson R66 helicopter and Rolls-Royce RR300 engine.
JEPPESEN introduced Jeppesen Aviator, a new pilot resource suite that unites essential electronic flight bag resources into an all-in-one app for mobile iOS and Windows devices.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT completed its third Dassault Falcon 7X 1C inspection complete with a provisional Gogo Biz 4G system installed. The company is teaming with Gogo Business Aviation for completion of an STC for installation of Gogo Biz 4G on all versions of the Falcon 2000 model aircraft.
GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. announced that the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER received type certificate validation from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The company's Gulfstream G280 aircraft recently set another speed record in Africa, flying from Windhoek, Namibia, in the southern part of the continent to Dakar, Senegal, on the west coast. The flight took 7 hours and 38 minutes.
HELITRAK announced PMA certification to accompany the AML STC of the Collective Pull Down line of products. On Oct. 13, 2016, HeliTrak received the AML STC SR02506SE from the FAA.
AVMAX recently purchased one Bombardier Challenger 850 msn 8051 from V&M Aviation Ltd., BVI. This CL850 was subsequently leased to Air X Charter Ltd., Malta. Avmax recently dry leased one CRJ-200PF msn 7207 to MCS AeroCarga, Mexico, the fourth CRJ-200PF leased by Avmax to MCS AeroCarga.
| 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...
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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