Oct. 28, 2015
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
News from the general aviation industry
Sandia Aerospace Receives TSO Approval for SAI 340 Quattro
Sandia Aerospace, an AEA member company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, received TSO approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for the SAI 340 Quattro. The SAI 340 is a four-in-one unit that provides attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip in an electronic format. "We have delivered a tremendous number of features in the Quattro, especially considering it weighs just half a pound," said Dennis Schmidt, Sandia president. "It's an excellent safety-enhancing addition to a panel's traditional six-pack." According to the company, the Quattro can replace existing vacuum attitude instruments as a minor installation.
For backup, the Quattro has a small, rechargeable lithium battery that can operate for two hours of nominal time and 30 minutes minimal time.
Be Vigilant and Aware of Hotel Scams
Unauthorized travel companies may attempt to solicit housing to you or your company for the 2016 AEA International Convention & Trade Show. Many of these companies are not reputable, and their offers are deceptive and may put you at financial risk. These phony sites are especially hard to detect on mobile devices.
It has come to the AEA's attention that housing companies such as Exhibition Travel Management and Exhibitors Housing Services are claiming to have a relationship with the AEA and are offering discounted hotel rates for the AEA Convention. These companies and others like them are NOT in any way affiliated with the AEA or the Gaylord Palms and should not be used to make hotel reservations. Please be aware, there is only one, official, exclusive housing block for the AEA Convention, and that is directly through the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.
The hotel does not make phone calls to exhibitors or attendees encouraging you to book with them. The AEA room rate at the Gaylord Palms is $214. If you have received any other communication either via email or telephone, please delete it immediately and ignore any further requests.
Protect yourself and take advantage of the special AEA room rate by making your hotel accommodations via the link on the AEA Convention website.
Industry Commentary: Best Price -- But at What Price?
Joe Braddock, executive vice president of Southeast Aerospace, recently opined on his price-cutting concerns tempting the general aviation avionics industry. He wrote: "More and more, all of us in the aviation industry are seeing companies slashing prices to get business. When business gets slow or uncertain, it's a natural response. When supplies are high and demands are lower than normal, most companies do not have a choice but to do what is needed to keep cash coming in. Being the bottom-dollar price always seems like the easiest way to get people in the door. Besides the 'be careful what you ask for' aspect of being the bottom-dollar price leader, it is a trend that can ultimately create safety issues for the aviation industry. In most industries, when prices bottom out and companies get desperate to make sales, quality and integrity are soon to follow. To put it bluntly, aviation is not the industry for the bottom-dollar effect. Poor, lackluster maintenance and corner-cutting jeopardizes safety."
So what can aircraft operators do to make sure they receive a fair price for a quality part that is safe to install on an aircraft? Braddock offers some answers in Avionics News.
| Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities
Frequently Asked Questions ...
Does a component have to be "completely" disassembled as a function of overhaul? Learn the answer in Avionics News.
Back to Basics: Alterations
Deciding major or minor is the responsibility of the installer -- a responsibility that is challenging for legacy equipment and nearly impossible for new integrated technologies. According to Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs,
the regulations and guidance for determining major and minor are quite clear; however, industry still seems to have disagreements with the regulators on the topic. The most recent disagreement is a fairly common argument. Occasionally, an inspector will argue that the alteration isn't listed in the aircraft specifications; therefore, it must be major. Or the inspector argues the modification is not on part of the type design; therefore, it must be major. Both of these approaches are simply wrong, Peri wrote in this month's Avionics News. More...
| On the Radar
Upcoming AEA and industry events
Free Drug Program Manager Webinar: Nov. 2
Whether or not you are a new drug program manager or you just need a refresher, this free one-hour webinar from NATA Compliance Services will keep you
informed on up-to-date regulations and FAA inspection items, as well as the best-practiced approach to record keeping. The next free Webinar is set for Monday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.
AEA South Pacific Regional Meeting: Queenstown, New Zealand, Nov. 2-3
Regulatory officials from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia will speak at this event, which takes place at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown.
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition: Las Vegas, Nov. 17-19
The NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition will bring together 26,000 key aviation contacts from around the world, including current and prospective business aircraft owners, manufacturers and customers into one meeting place.
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
| The Connection
Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry
B. Coleman Aviation Takes on Big Projects
Since opening its doors just two years ago, B. Coleman Aviation's maintenance, repair and overhaul service center in West Palm Beach, Florida, has doubled its capacity, added dozens of aircraft to its certificate, and completed major installations for corporations and governments around the world. In June, the service center received DGAC approval as an authorized Mexican repair station. "In November 2013, B. Coleman Aviation purchased Flight Options' assets located at the West Palm Beach facility," said Steve Takacs, general manager for B. Coleman Aviation's MRO. "We totally refurbished the hangar spaces and brought in more technicians with broader experience. Our growth has been great. We're now fully staffed 24/7/365. We have rotating shifts with four well-trained crews. We work on aircraft, ranging from the Citation 500 through the Global Express." In addition to the MRO in southern Florida, B. Coleman Aviation operates a second location -- an FBO at Gary/Chicago International Airport, just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago. The FBO offers line service as well as aircraft management and charter services with individualized, boutique-level attention. Luxury amenities include a private conference room, complementary café, private theater and fitness center.
What's Working for CMD Flight Solutions?
Recently, CMD Flight Solutions of Richland, Michigan, announced FAA certification of AML STC ST03424CH for upgrade of Rockwell Collins TDR-94/94D transponders to ADS-B Out. The initial AML approval covers Part 25 aircraft that have Rockwell Collins GPS-4000S GPS receivers and TDR-94/94D transponders installed. Effectively, this STC covers the majority of aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 and 21 avionics. Without a doubt, agility, responsiveness and great communication are all working for CMD Flight Solutions.
| In the Classroom
Professional development opportunities
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft, Dec. 2-4
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. T
his newly created class will start with an overview of wiring basics but will quickly advance through the common practices involved in wiring.
Students will spend a significant portion of this course learning, hands-on, how to wire the G3X system.
Attendees also learn how to plan, install, interface and configure the G3X Touch screen system that includes a single display, air data, attitude and heading reference system, magnetometer, outside air temperature probe, engine indication system interface and autopilot integration. More...
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
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta recently announced the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for unmanned aircraft systems. The task force will be composed of 25 to 30 diverse representatives from the UAS and manned aviation industries, the federal government, and other stakeholders. The group will advise the Department on which aircraft should be exempt from registration due to a low safety risk, including toys and certain other small UAS. The task force also will explore options for a streamlined system that would make registration less burdensome for commercial UAS operators. Watch...
News from AEA member companies
manager of the company's Learning Center in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, the company announced that
Upset Prevention and Recovery training for the Gulfstream GV aircraft is now available at its Learning Center in Wilmington, Delaware. The company's Cessna Citation Mustang simulator received Level D qualification from the EASA and the ANAC.
L-3 AVIATION PRODUCTS announced that its Display Systems division signed a teaming agreement with Baanto International Ltd. The agreement establishes a relationship that will offer a family of high-performance multi-touch avionics displays to be marketed to military and commercial aircraft customers.
announced the G500 achieved several flight-test milestones, including surpassing more than 100 hours of flight. The accomplishments come just 12 months after Gulfstream announced the all-new G500 and G600 aircraft programs in an Oct. 14, 2014, ceremony at its Savannah headquarters. The company also announced it has approval from the FAA to install the soon-to-be required communication and surveillance system known as FANS 1/A+ on Gulfstream V aircraft.
an avionics upgrade program that modernizes Lockheed C-130H/L-382 Hercules aircraft to allow worldwide flight operations in both military and civil airspace utilizing commercially available equipment that not only provides state-of-the-art landing technology but also adds NextGen capabilities such as ADS-B that can be integrated with FMS for increased safety and reduced aircrew workload.
VECTOR AEROSPACE announced its support of the new PW100SMART range of service offerings introduced by Pratt & Whitney Canada for PW100 turboprop operators.
STANDARDAERO named RICK HERRERA field service representative for the Northwestern U.S., Alaska and Hawaii. It also named HENRY YOUNG field service representative for the Asia Pacific region. In addition, the company recently installed its first Gogo Business Aviation UCS-5000 smart router and media server on a Hawker 800XP aircraft.
JUPITER AVIONICS said that Air Medical Resource Group selected Jupiter Avionics to equip its fleet with various JA95 Audio controllers.
DUNCAN AVIATION announced that DOUG ALLEMAN and MIKE MIHCNOW have joined its senior management team. Alleman is vice president of customer service. Minchow, a member of the AEA board of directors, is vice president of sales. Duncan also added four new sales positions to its parts and rotables sales team in Lincoln, Nebraska. The four appointments included KEITH SCHELL, HANNAH BODENSTAB, LANCE TOPHOJ and JEFF JOHNSON. In addition, the company launched a newly designed website and announced an extension to its engine service authorizations designating the Lincoln, Nebraska, location as a Honeywell AS907 (HTF 7000) Series Minor Maintenance facility.
FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS said that ASHLEY KELLY and KYLE WILLIAMS rejoined the organization as inside sales manager and regional sales manager, respectively.
AVIONICA said the FAA approved the company's avCM, a fourth-generation cellular module designed for increased high-speed transmission of flight data.
COBHAM SATCOM began delivery of its AVIATOR 700D satellite communication systems, which will be implemented within multiple C-130J Super Hercules fleets around the world.
WEST STAR AVIATION was named a Gold Leader Award winner from the Colorado Governor's Environmental Leadership Program -- the highest level of recognition in ELP.
ROBOTIC SKIES President and CEO BRAD HAYDEN will moderate a forum during the NBAA Convention on Nov. 17 that will explore opportunities for small unmanned aircraft systems in business aviation.
KITCHENER AERO announced a recent addition of the full ALPHA product line to its helmet product line offerings.
SUN AVIATION received certification for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling. A joint program between the International Business Aviation Council and the National Air Transportation Association, the IS-BAH certification is a global code of best practices for the FBO and business aviation handling agent community. Sun Aviation is the second FBO in the U.S. to earn this distinction.
ELLIOTT AVIATION announced the launch of the 400E program, a full Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP refurbishment including Garmin G5000 avionics with a Lumatech LED master warning panel, Gogo Wi-Fi with Gogo Vision (on-demand movies), an exterior paint design and a completely redesigned, weight-saving interior.
HONEYWELL AEROSPACE employee BARBARA BROCKETT, vice president of engineering test services, was honored by The Society of Women Engineers with the Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award at the annual WE15 conference, for women in engineering and technology.
JEPPESEN said that Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently achieved paperless flight operations using Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro as its electronic flight bag solution.
GARMIN announced expanded availability of its obstacle database to now include Canada for select Garmin portables and certified avionics. According to Garmin, man-made structures such as towers that are greater than 200 feet AGL are included within this database. Additionally, an obstacle database tailored to helicopter operators includes man-made structures that are greater than 10 feet AGL.
STARPORT has partnered with Manion Aviation, a firm that will provide MRO service sales representation for StarPort's Part 145 repair station and modifications facility.
| 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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