March 22, 2017
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
News from the general aviation industry
GA Associations Reiterate ATC Concerns; Request Sufficient Time to Review and Debate Bill
With the need to authorize the Federal Aviation Administration before Sept. 30 of this year,
a host of general aviation association leaders joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring "real and long-standing concerns" regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding air traffic control.
The AEA, along with 15 other aviation organizations, cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of "a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system, based on systems in other parts of the world.
"The general aviation community has very real and long-standing concerns, which include but are not limited to user fees," the letter states. "These concerns are based on our operating experiences in these foreign systems and the impact they have had on general aviation."
The letters were signed by the Air Care Alliance, Aircraft Electronics Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Citation Jet Pilots, Commemorative Air Force, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Helicopter Association International, International Council of Air Shows, National Agricultural Aviation Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Air Transportation Association, National Business Aviation Association, Recreational Aviation Foundation, U.S. Parachute Association and Veterans Airlift Command.
The letters were sent to House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chair Bill Shuster (R-9-PA), Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-4-OR), T&I Aviation Subcommittee Chair Frank LoBiondo (R-2-NJ) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-2-WA), as well as Senate Commerce Committee Chair John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Aviation Subcommittee Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA).
AEA Convention Rewind
More than 1,600 avionics professionals converged last week at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans for the 60th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show
. The four-day event is the largest gathering of avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. Attendees received more than 75 hours of regulatory, technical and business management training and professional development, all approved for credit toward the AEA's Avionics Training Excellence Award, as well as accepted for FAA IA renewal and the AMT Awards Program. In addition, 28 companies used the event as the platform to introduce new products and services to the market. Greg Vail of Flightstar Corp. was named the AEA Member of the Year, and Appareo received the AEA Associate Member of the Year award. The convention's opening session and new product introductions are available to watch in their entirety on YouTube, courtesy of the Aero-News Network. Watch...
| Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities
The Simplicity of Major and Minor
In this month's Avionics News, Ric Peri wrote about the simplicity of major and minor. According to Peri: "During the Aircraft Electronics Association's Repair Station Training Course in January, a course that is offered semiannually by the association, the students got around to discussing alterations and the issue of major or minor. In general, the evaluation of major and minor is hugely simple. It doesn't warrant the effort put into it, and more importantly, it doesn't warrant the 'cost' associated with it." More...
Frequently Asked Questions: ADS-B
What is the proper settings for the International Civil Aviation Organization 24-bit address? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. More...
| On the Radar
Upcoming AEA and industry events
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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...
July 24-30, 2017
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. More...
| The Connection
Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry
Managing Upsets: Flight Research Ensures Pilots are Ready for Anything
In the skies above the Mojave Desert, an Aermacchi MB-326 Impala climbs rapidly to flight level 200, reaching its 400-knot cruising speed. The pilot throttles back, banks hard and relieves the back pressure on the yoke. The rudder pedals vibrate and the controls go mushy. A warning chimes as the aircraft slips into a spin. The pilot has just seconds to react.
It happens all year long as accomplished pilots train for upset recognition and recovery under the guidance of Flight Research's expert instructors. The heart-racing maneuvers help ready pilots for real-world flying emergencies
| 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
ANODYNE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING CORP.
announced the launch of a development and qualification program for the MCP06 Master Caution Panel for the B412EP helicopter.
The MCP06 will be a drop-in replacement for the current OEM product, but will be lighter and consume less power due to the LED lighting sources, according to the company. AEM also announced that its Loud Speaker System products will carry an industry-first, three-year warranty.
FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS and BECKER AVIONICS have partnered to offer an ADS-B solution for business and commercial class aircraft. By combining the Becker Avionics BXT6513 Mode S transponder with FreeFlight Systems 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor, and RANGR-RX ADS-B Receiver, these remote-mounted solutions will provide turbo prop and turbo jet business aircraft a way to equip with ADS-B In and Out for the upcoming January 2020 mandate.
VECTOR AEROSPACE signed a two-year engine support contract with the Comando Generale della Guardia di Finanza (Italian Financial Police). The company also launched Vector Global Services, a new team dedicated to meeting the broad aircraft management, design services and technical support needs of fleet operators around the world. It also signed a two-year engine support contract with the Comando Generale della Guardia di Finanza (Italian Financial Police). In addition, company engineer KATIE GRAY won the U.K. Technician of the Year award. The company also entered into an exclusive agreement with Field Air to provide Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine services.
GENESYS AEROSYSTEMS announced that any customers who purchase a new S-TEC 2100 Digital Flight Control System through June 30, 2017, will also receive a free Lynx NGT-9000 touchscreen 1090ES/ADS-B transponder.
SAFE FLIGHT INSTRUMENT CORP. of White Plains, New York, was chosen by FlightSafety International to provide its SCc Angle of Attack Indexer system for the FlightSafety Academy Piper aircraft training fleet in Vero Beach, Florida.
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS & SUPPORT announced a settlement of its lawsuit with Delta Air Lines related to Delta's October 2014 termination of a contract for IS&S to develop and install new cockpit displays and an upgraded flight management system with RNP, RTA, and GPS capabilities on Delta's fleet of McDonnell Douglas 88 and 90 aircraft. Under the terms of the settlement, Delta will pay IS&S $7.75 million.
L3 AVIATION PRODUCTS announced that the Lynx NGT-9000 was selected by Westwind Helicopters as the ADS-B solution for its Bell 407 transport helicopters operating onshore and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico to support oil and gas operations. Installations of the Lynx units are underway, ahead of the 2020 ADS-B mandate. In addition, the Westwind rotorcraft fleet includes the Bell 206, Sikorsky 76 and MD 500, which will all be equipped with the Lynx NGT-9000+ active traffic option.
is offering a promotional upgrade program to provide ADS-B Out capability for operators currently equipped with Honeywell Primus II Radio suites. The promotional upgrade program was created for operators of Citation II (Model 550), Citation III/VI/VII (Model 650), Citation V, Ultra, Encore, Excel (Model 560), and Hawker 700/800/800XP aircraft so that they meet the FAA's requirements for ADS-B Out before Jan. 1, 2020. Honeywell Aerospace also announced the creation of the Premier Channel Partner Program, which begins a new era in establishing relationships with maintenance, repair and overhaul providers to better support Honeywell's business aviation customers around the globe.
SPIRIT AERONAUTICS and Global Aerospace Design Corp. are partnering to provide both commercial and business Boeing 737 operators with ADS-B capabilities.
FLAMINGTO AIR's Airline Ground Schools is working with the United States Forestry Service to aid in recruiting Avionics Electronics Technicians to work for the organization.
DUNCAN AVIATION named NATE DARLINGTON paint department manager at its Battle Creek, Michigan, facility. It also named JASON BURHOOP project manager for the location in Lincoln, Nebraska.
JETTECH announced that Flight Safety International selected its Garmin touchscreen GTN 650/750 GPS/NAV/COM modification to update its Citation 550 full motion simulator. JETTECH also announced approval for an FAA STC covering Garmin touchscreen GTN 650/750 GPS/NAV/COM installations on Cessna CJ models 525/525A/525B equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 and FGC-3000 Digital Flight Control System.
ROBOTIC SKIES was chosen by uAvionix Corp. as an installation and field maintenance partner for its line of avionics products designed for commercial drone aircraft. As part of the agreement, Robotic Skies will provide sales, installations, and ongoing field support for uAvionix customers through its global network of aircraft service centers.
LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES introduced the new SkyNode S200-012 ATS Safety Services satcom system at the AEA Convention in New Orleans.
AVMAX sold its ADS-B Out solutions to three major airlines. These solutions are Part 25 STCs for Dash 8-100/200/300 and CRJ 100/200/700/900; both aircraft types are approved by the TCCA, the FAA and the EASA.
SATCOM DIRECT and Astronics AeroSat agreed to sell the FliteStream T-Series tail mount connectivity system through SD's global dealer network. The FlitetStream T-Series solution employs the Panasonic Avionics global communications network to enable business jet passengers to watch live television and use the internet simultaneously through a single antenna.
APPAREO introduced Stratus Power, a new TSO-certified dual USB Standard-A charging port, at the AEA Convention in New Orleans.
ALTO AVIATION introduced the New Cadence Switch System, a series of fit compatible switch panels that allows customizable panel dimensions and functionality through discrete logic and no software, at the AEA Convention in New Orleans.
SOUTHEAST AEROSPACE received the FAA's Gold Award of Excellence. The Aviation Maintenance Technicians awards program was developed by the FAA to encourage technicians and employers to receive or promote initial and recurring maintenance training.
GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. announced its Gulfstream G550 aircraft has been selected to launch medevac services in Beijing. The Gulfstream aircraft will be outfitted with top-of-the-line medevac equipment in support of the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center.
CMD FLIGHT SOLUTIONS announced FAA approval on a Flight ID enhancement for the Collins TDR-94/94D Transponder. CMD and SHADIN AVIONICS worked together to add the ADS-B Out Flight ID Adapter to solve the Flight ID problem.
AVIDYNE teamed with Master Instructor Gary Reeves and PilotSafety.org to host a comprehensive two-day hands-on Mastery Training Course on Avidyne's IFD440/540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems. The training, limited to 20 pilots, will take place at the Hilton Rialto Place hotel in Melbourne, Florida, March 31 and April 1, 2017.
announced the start of the only factory-authorized Gulfstream G650 training program located close to operators in Europe, the Middle East, and surrounding regions.
The training is provided using the fifth Gulfstream G650 simulator built by FlightSafety. It is installed at the company's Learning Center located at the Farnborough airport in the United Kingdom and is now qualified to Level D by the FAA and EASA.
| Mystery Make & Model
Guess the make and model -- enter for chance to win $100 Visa gift card
Congratulations to Terry Markovich of TrueNorth Avionics, who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for knowing the correct product make and model featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired.
The correct answer was a
Bendix PPI-1P Radar Indicator
Avionics technicians can put their "inside" knowledge to work in the next issue of AEA Wired. Stay tuned for the next Mystery Make & Model challenge!
| 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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