Nov. 25, 2015
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News from the general aviation industry
Sandel Avionics Unveils Sandel Avilon
Sandel Avionics of Vista, California, introduced a new product during the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas. The Avilon is a retrofit flight deck serving King Air owners. Avilon is intended to redefine how modern cockpit avionics are designed, built, sold and installed. Avilon offers commercial, corporate fleet, and owner-operated King Airs a guaranteed fly-away price of $175,000. Designed from the ground up to enhance safety, affordability, and installation efficiency, Avilon arrives assembled from the factory as an integrated panel replacement. "From the company's inception, Sandel has a history of introducing groundbreaking technologies that defy industry conventions," said Gerry Block, president and CEO of Sandel Avionics. "Avilon continues that tradition by filling the need for an advanced turboprop flight deck retrofit solution that makes sense."
UAS Registration Task Force Submits Report to FAA Administrator
Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration chartered the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee to provide recommendations to the FAA "on registration requirements and process for small UAS, including those used for commercial purposes, and all model aircraft." The task force submitted its final report to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta last week.
Opinion: The Space-based Future of ADS-B
Barry Aylward of Canadian-based Kitchener Aero recently weighed in on the topic of space-based ADS-B in the most recent issue of Avionics. News. According to Aylward, "It is becoming increasingly clear that the future of ADS-B will be space-based -- satellite monitoring as opposed to a massive installed ground network. In fact, I suggest that we have likely seen the last big ADS-B ground infrastructure play in the world ... There is a strong possibility that virtually every GA aircraft currently being equipped for compliance with the FAA mandate will not be compliant with future Canadian and other international ADS-B mandates! Consider this for a minute: We could be dealing with a second round of ADS-B equipage for international mandates just as the sun sets on the U.S. mandate -- and with a lot of unhappy customers!"
| Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities
FAA Publishes Guidance on MAG 5
The Federal Aviation Administration has published Notice N 8900.336 addressing the U.S./EU Maintenance Annex Guidance, Change 5 requirements for the FAA Form 8130-3 from production approval holder. On Sept. 9, 2015, the MAG, Change 5, was signed. Generally, FAA-certificated air agencies holding EASA certification must comply with the requirements of a revision within 90 days of the effective date (implementation date Dec. 8, 2015). Change 5 of the MAG introduced a change to Section B, Appendix 1. The amendment to that section reinforces (and in many cases, established) the requirement that U.S.-based repair stations receive FAA Form 8130-3 for all new parts that will be installed in articles for which a dual release is to be issued.
| On the Radar
Upcoming AEA and industry events
AEA Connect Europe: Cologne, Germany, Jan. 26-27
The city of Cologne, Germany, will serve as the host site for the AEA Connect Europe conference on Jan. 26-27, 2016.
Formerly known as the AEA Regional Meetings, AEA Connect is a two-day conference where repair stations, manufacturers, regulators and educators come together to do business. The event offers a networking venue with regulatory and technical training sessions and an exhibit hall filled with the latest avionics technologies and services
AEA International Convention & Trade Show: Orlando, Florida, April 27-30
The 59th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show 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. An early-bird registration special is now available. More...
| The Connection
Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry
Testing the Market: Jupiter Avionics Offers the DO-160 Gauntlet
To earn certification from an aviation authority such as the Federal Aviation Administration, Transport Canada or the European Aviation Safety Agency, avionics equipment must run the environmental gauntlet prescribed by RTCA DO-160, Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment. When it was first published in 1975, according to Scott Moore, project manager and environmental testing manager at Jupiter Avionics, DO-160 specified the order in which the tests must be conducted. The test item had to endure the shock and vibration tests before it began the humidity evaluation, "the idea being that the preceding tests made the test unit more susceptible to the one that followed," he said.
Avionica Masters Data
Flight data provides critical information for airlines and many business aircraft operators. By monitoring flight data over time, technicians can see trends and anomalies and make adjustments that improve an aircraft's safety and efficiency. Since 1999, Avionica in Miami, Florida, has been making tools to help operators capture and transfer their flight data. Avionica's engineers design and build miniaturized flight data collection and transmission equipment for commercial, business and rotor aircraft. The company's flight data quick access recorders are installed on more than 7,000 aircraft, mostly airliners and business jets with some helicopters.
| In the Classroom
Professional development opportunities
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation: Dec. 7-9
This course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel, A&P mechanics, and others interested in improving or acquiring the skills necessary to perform avionics installations in general aviation aircraft. 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. It is FAA-accepted for 26 hours toward IA renewal training. More...
ADS-B Broadcast Surveillance--from Capstone to the 2020 Mandate: Dec. 10
This 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. It is designed to provide the student with history, theory of operation, basic implementation, configuration, certification and compliance testing of surveillance systems. More...
| The Raw Feed
Industry buzz on social media
News from PS Engineering
Thanks to the production efforts of the Aero-News Network, YouTube viewers can now watch ANN's coverage of the 2015 AEA Convention in Dallas, which took place April 8-11. Here's a look back at a new product announcement from Peter Campbell of PS Engineering. Watch...
News from AEA member companies
made several announcements: It recently received two Supplier of the Year awards from Embraer at the 2015 Embraer Suppliers Conference in Brazil in the following categories: Material Support to Operations, and Electro - Electrical Systems ... Garmin also announced availability and the addition of several business aircraft to a comprehensive aircraft model list, which are eligible for ADS-B solutions through select members of the Garmin authorized dealer network ... Garmin and Pratt & Whitney Canada announced new incentives to provide King Air aircraft owners and operators savings on the G1000 Integrated Flight Deck and qualifying P&WC engine upgrades ... Garmin completed several major milestones toward the certification of the G5000 in the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft.
UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP.
's new Touch CDU app for the Flight Management System Trainer desktop software is now available ... the company unveiled the UniLink Desktop Training Software for Future Air Navigation System (FANS) environment familiarization ... Universal Avionics also introduced Software Control Number 31.0, for the UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU) ... and, Universal Avionics named Field Aviation as its 2015 Top Dealer North America, and Scandinavian Avionics A/S as its 2015 Top Dealer International.
announced the Early Advantage program for buyers of its AeroVue integrated flight deck for Beechcraft King Air 200 aircraft. The Early Advantage program is intended to offer promotional pricing for a limited time to customers who order AeroVue. BendixKing said it is now shipping the next-generation BendixKing AeroWave 100 in-flight connectivity solution with an Active Low Gain Antenna. Finally, BendixKing and Blackhawk Modifications will promote theAeroVue integrated flight deck for Beechcraft King Air 200 aircraft.
received FAA certification for its ADS-B integrated solution that interfaces Aspen's Evolution primary and multifunction displays with L-3's Lynx NGT-9000 and NGT-2500 Systems.
L-3 AVIATION PRODUCTS
and THOMAS GLOBAL SYSTEMS (Thomas Global) signed an alliance agreement to cooperate in the development of certain CRT-to-LCD display upgrade products that eliminate CRT-related maintenance costs, downtime and obsolescence issues, while providing a cost-effective growth path for cockpit upgrades.
received model list expansion for the CAS 67B TCAS II Version 7.1 STC. Approval of Peregrine's TCAS II 7.1 STC was extended to several more Part 25 aircraft models. The STC may now be utilized to implement an approved upgrade of the BendixKing CAS 67 system on many legacy Gulfstream, Falcon, Hawker, Challenger and Learjet aircraft models.
joined forces with
UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP.
to offer new avionics upgrade incentives; the limited-time offer is available for Learjet 45, Learjet 60, Astra SPX and Gulfstream G100 aircraft operators. In addition, StandardAero
Business Aviation said it's experiencing an increasing and stronger demand from operators seeking to comply with various and upcoming FAA mandates.
TRUE BLUE POWER lithium-ion batteries entered service on R1 Airlines, becoming the first commercial operator to utilize an aircraft equipped with True Blue Power lithium-ion main aircraft batteries in revenue service. The on-demand charter service, which is an Avmax managed company, installed the battery on a Bombardier DHC-8-100 (Dash 8) aircraft after True Blue Power and Avmax received a Part 25 STC from Transport Canada for installation of the True Blue Power TB44 lithium-ion battery on Bombardier DHC-8 100/200/300 series aircraft. True Blue Power and Avmax have applied for FAA bilateral acceptance of the same STC for use on U.S.-based aircraft. The company also announced the receipt of a TCCA Part 23 STC for installation of the True Blue Power TB17 (17 amp-hour) lithium-ion aircraft battery on the Beechcraft A36 Bonanza.
renewed its agreement with Rolls Royce to continue its authorized service center designation on the AE 3007 engine line at all three of its locations. In addition, the company was awarded an eight aircraft Wi-Fi installation project by Georgia Jet, and it launched a new redesigned website.
' BA-440 system was certified by Dassault Aircraft Services for ADS-B Out DO-260B on Falcon 900C/900EX, Falcon 2000/2000EX, and Falcon 50/50EX aircraft. In addition, the BA-440 system was certified by Flying Colours on the ADS-B Out DO-260B STC for CL-604 and CL-605 aircraft.
' Pro Line Fusion
integrated avionics system played a key role in the successful first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, which took place Nov. 10 in Toyoyama-cho, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. It also introduced new Corporate Aircraft Service Program offerings that provide aircraft customers with more flexibility for maintenance and service. And, in a move to address the growing demand for abundant, easy-to-load onboard entertainment and information, Rockwell Collins introduced Stage content service--an airworthy, subscription-based media streaming solution for corporate and private aircraft. In addition, the FAA selected Rockwell Collins' ARINCDirect flight planning, flight scheduling, international trip support, aircraft data link, safety management and flight tracking services to support flight operations for its fleet of 32 specially-equipped flight inspection aircraft.
ROSEN AVIATION was selected by GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE to provide a series of high-definition displays and cabin control equipment for the aircraft manufacturer's new G500 and G600 aircraft.
JEPPESEN introduced new features for Mobile FliteDeck version 2.7 to enhance situational awareness and provide data for both IFR and VFR flying conditions. A new VFR theme provides general and business aviation pilots with the ability to switch between IFR and VFR data on the real time, data-driven en route map. The ability to import route information and third-party flight planning data is now available, and the iPad-based electronic flight bag solution is also compliant with the iOS 9 operating system.
ANODYNE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING CORP.'s MCP02 Master Caution Panel system, which was designed for the S-61/Sea King series of helicopters, passed all DO-160G environmental qualification tests, and has successfully completed ground and flight tests. In collaboration with Coulson Aircrane Ltd., the various test reports and supporting data are being compiled for final STC submission to Transport Canada within the next few weeks.
AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED and U.K.-based operator and support organization, Specialist Aviation Services Ltd., announced that the company has obtained CAA approval for the use of White Phosphor night vision goggles on the MD 902 Explorer.
LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES said that DUNCAN AVIATION is building the first STC for Latitude's DL150 Satellite Data Unit. The DL150 STC will be added to Duncan's Challenger 601 FANS 1/A+ STC program.
HONEYWELL released its 24th annual Global Business Aviation Outlook, which forecasts up to 9,200 new business jet deliveries worth $270 billion from 2015 to 2025, with a 3 to 5 percent reduction over the value noted in the 2014 forecast. This annual outlook reflects topical operator concerns but also identifies longer-cycle trends that Honeywell uses in its own product decision process. Honeywell also signed an agreement to acquire the privately-held, onboard communications routing software and satellite communications airtime provider -- Satcom1; revenues for 2015 are expected to be approximately $25 million, and the transaction is expected to close by the end of 2015. And, Honeywell announced new software upgrades for its integrated Primus Epic cockpit system, which will give pilots the information they need to make safer and more efficient routing decisions.
DUNCAN AVIATION and HONEYWELL AEROSPACE joined forces to offer an ADS-B solution for Citation 560 / 560XL and the Hawker 800A / 800XP aircraft equipped with Honeywell's Primus radio system.
was named by BendixKing as the
exclusive launch partner supporting certification, installation and service work on the company's new AeroVue integrated flight deck offering for the Citation product line.
IAE LTD. was
appointed a Cessna Caravan & Propeller Aircraft Authorized Service Facility at its Cranfield (EGTC) base. The additional capability highlights IAE Ltd.'s continuing commitment to the Cessna fleet, and will provide significant benefits to U.K.- and European-based Caravan and propeller aircraft operators.
FLIGHT DISPLAY SYSTEMS made several announcements at NBAA: it redesigned the user interface of the Smart Cabin CMS control modules; the new interface is designed to give users a more streamlined experience ... FDS announced do 360, a subscription-based entertainment solution for private air travel. do 360 is part of the do EXPERIENCE, allowing VIP passengers to do it all in flight ... FDS announced the do CAPSULE, the core of the do EXPERIENCE, a full spectrum of in-flight entertainment options including DRM compliant movies, music, photos, business productivity, moving map, and more ... FDS introduced a new Low-profile DVD Player for business and private jets ... the company announced the EDGE SERIES HD, a new line of ultra-thin, full high-definition displays for business and private jets ... it also launched two new EDGE SERIES 4K ultra-thin, lightweight high-definition displays.
GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP.'s all-new Gulfstream G500 made its first cross-country trip for the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas. The company also revealed a redesigned full-size Gulfstream G600 mock-up that maximizes space, convenience, comfort and capabilities. In addition, a second and third Gulfstream G500 aircraft (T2 and T3) joined the flight test campaign with successful completion of initial flights.
ELLIOTT AVIATION announced it is nearing STC certification on an ADS-B In and Out solution for the Hawker 750, 800XP, 850 and 900XP for installation of a Garmin ADS-B solution. The company also announced the sale of its 200th Garmin G1000. The retrofit will take place in a King Air B200 owned and operated by Teton Aviation out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The system is scheduled to install in March 2016.
COMLUX AMERICA obtained the required top-of-the-line qualifications to offer complete maintenance and repair services to ACJ, BBJ and Bombardier Business Aircraft customers.
FLYING COLOURS CORP. was named a Bombardier authorized service facility for Global 5000 and Global 6000 business aircraft.
ASTRONICS CORP., through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Astronics Max-Viz, announced that its newest Enhanced Vision System, the Max-Viz 1400, has been installed on five Beechcraft King Air aircraft for the Southeastern section of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. In addition, Astronics introduced AeroShield low drag radome and composite adapter plate products for VVIP aircraft.
VECTOR AEROSPACE signed an engine services agreement with PNG Air, formerly known as Airlines of PNG, based out of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The company also recently celebrated 15 years of providing Mobile Repair Team support to fixed-wing operators through its Engine Services - Atlantic team.
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS & SUPPORT said its Air Data and Heading Reference System replaces DG/VG's, AHRS and air data computers in a single, compact, lightweight unit ... the company also introduced its Future Generation Flight Deck featuring its PT6 Autothrottle (patent pending) for retrofit in the PC-12 ... it also said that its RNP/LPV Navigator is designed to allow for RNP operations without having to modify the existing FMS in older aircraft, which saves many operators from performing costly FMS and MMR upgrades.
GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION announced several items during the NBAA Convention: it announced cockpit app support for the ATG 1000 connectivity system ... it also announced automatic, in-hangar content updates for Gogo Vision; and it launched expanded cockpit and datalink services.
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY's polytechnic campus has set a new precedent in the unmanned aircraft systems industry, becoming the first entity in the U.S. to receive approval from the FAA to provide UAS commercial flight training to both students and outside companies.
SMARTSKY NETWORKS said that AeroAntenna Technology is developing, supplying and supporting antennas for use in the SmartSky 4G LTE-based air-to-ground network being rolled out in the continental U.S. next year.
SATCOM DIRECT changed its brand identity to SD to better represent its expanded offerings beyond satellite communications solutions. SD also announced Flight Logs, the first automatic flight logs solution that automates the tracking of aircraft movement events, keeping every member of the flight team in sync with the aircraft.
AVIONICA and flight data monitoring and analysis provider Ergoss of France were selected by Jet Aviation Flight Services as the company's preferred global provider for flight operational quality assurance data services. Also, Avionica announced an agreement for Constant Aviation to be the first dealer and installation center of all Avionica products, including flight data management services, flight operational quality assurance data, and Safety Certified SATCOM products in the business aviation segment. In addition, Avionica announced it has renewed its agreement with Gulfstream Aerospace to provide the avRDC data concentrator as factory standard equipment on the G650 through 2022 with an extension for as long as the aircraft is produced.
EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY unveiled the design of a cornerstone building for a new research park. It also selected the AUSTRO ENGINE jet-fuel piston engine-powered Diamond Aircraft DA42-VI to provide multiengine training at its Daytona Beach campus.
FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL introduced its new master aviator certification program ... it also was selected by the Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Unit to provide training for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 ... the company announced the start of training using its new interchangeable Bell Helicopter 212/412EP simulator, which was recently qualified to Level D by the FAA ... and the company added NextGen Communication/Navigation course to its expansive series of eLearning courses.
ROBOTIC SKIES was named by Sensurion Aerospace as its global field maintenance provider for its unmanned aircraft systems products.
ESTERLINE CMC ELECTRONICS said it will achieve an important milestone with the production of its 1,000th SureSight Integrated Sensor System by the end of 2015.
JET AVIATION ST. LOUIS installed the first Future Airspace Navigation System in a Bombardier Challenger 604 after completing and receiving FAA approval for an STC.
COBHAM SATCOM's AVIATOR 700D satellite communication system was certified for use on the Dassault Falcon 900A/B and 900C/EX aircraft. In addition,
Cobham SATCOM said that the first call has been made using its AVIATOR 200S system over Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband satellite communications service.
HONDA AIRCRAFT COMPANY has completed all function and reliability test conditions and is concluding F&R flights for the HondaJet.
MID-CANADA MOD CENTER named DAVE HUME sales and marketing manager. It also announced the completion and delivery of another new STC -- a CL604 FANS upgrade.
| 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.
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