Sept. 27, 2017
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News from the general aviation industry
AEA East Connect Conference in Jacksonville Rescheduled for Dec. 4-5
Goin' to Kansas City to Connect? Free NCATT AET Testing Available to Attendees
The AEA East Connect Conference in Jacksonville was postponed in mid-September due to the destruction throughout Florida caused by Hurricane Irma.
Thanks to the recovery efforts of the staff at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, the AEA East Connect Conference has been rescheduled for Dec. 4-5.
All attendees and exhibitors who previously registered to attend do NOT need to re-register -- you are still registered for this two-day event now set for Dec. 4-5, and no further action is required.
However, you will need to make a new hotel reservation with the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
All attendees at the AEA Central Connect Conference in Kansas City, Oct. 26-27, will have the opportunity to take NCATT AET certification exams free of charge, courtesy of the AEA Educational Foundation. This two-day event is set for the Hilton Kansas City Airport.
Register one attendee at full price and every full registrant from the same company after that is HALF PRICE!
This special offer is available for advance registration only and will not be available with on-site registration. On-site fees are higher. Hotel reservations must be made by Oct. 5 to secure the special AEA room rate. More...
Congress Toils with FAA Extension: Current Funding Expires Sept. 30
With only a few days remaining before current funding for the Federal Aviation Administration expires, congressional leaders continue to play politics on Capitol Hill. On Monday, Sept. 25, Democrats in the House of Representatives blocked an effort by Republicans that would have given the FAA a six-month extension. According to a report from
Top Democrats announced plans to vote against the six-month extension earlier in the day, citing opposition to unrelated Republican add-ons dealing with flood insurance, tax credits for victims of recent hurricanes and expiring health care programs.
The bill failed 245-171. The fast-track process used to consider the bill requires two-thirds support of members for passage.
House Republicans are expected to bring up the bill again under a rule -- which requires only a simple majority for passage -- later this week.
| Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities
Frequently Asked Questions in the United States
Would the installation of a TSO emergency locator transmitter in a small airplane using the methods, techniques and practices contained in AC 43.13-2B constitute a major alteration? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News.
What's in a Name? How to Avoid an ADS-B Call Sign Mismatch
ADS-B is the principal workhorse behind the Federal Aviation Administration's new GPS-based surveillance system that aims to improve aircraft separation standards and provide better safety to pilots and passengers. This more accurate system naturally requires more precise data including the aircraft's identification. The aircraft's identification can be the aircraft name (approved call sign) or FAA registration number. A large number of operational inconsistencies with ADS-B Out so far result from a naming problem, or call sign mismatch. This issue occurs any time the aircraft identification listed in a flight plan does not exactly match the ADS-B transmitted identification.
Having these two IDs match might seem simple, but in real-world aviation operations, naming conventions aren't always as straightforward as you would expect. It is important to be aware and fully understand these issues.
| On the Radar
Upcoming AEA and industry events
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 10-12, 2017
Join 27,000 industry professionals for three days. Ranked as the sixth-largest trade show in the United States, this event brings together current and prospective aircraft owners, manufacturers and customers into one meeting place. More...
AEA U.S. Central Connect Conference:
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 26-27, 2017
Attendees must register in advance by Oct. 19, and hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Kansas City Airport no later than Oct. 5. More...
AEA South Pacific Connect Conference:
Nov. 8-9, 2017
Attendees must register in advance by Oct. 30, and hotel reservations should be made at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns.
AEA U.S. East Connect Conference (RESCHEDULED):
Dec. 4-5, 2017
Attendees must register in advance by Nov. 29, and hotel reservations should be made at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront no later than Nov. 13.
| The Connection
Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry
Tara Creel-Cesena of Cutter Aviation
Unlike other aviation industry executives, Tara Creel-Cesena never planned for a career in aviation. No one in her family worked in aviation; no one she knew was a pilot. She grew up in Phoenix, and her first job in aviation was at Mesa Airlines as an AOG purchasing agent
. In May 2017, she was named Cutter Aviation's general manager at Deer Valley.
| In the Classroom
Professional development opportunities
Basic Aircraft Electrical Training Course:
Oct. 16-17, 2017
Presented by Pahan Ranasingha of Avionics Installations, this course is designed for the avionics technician, aircraft maintenance technician or homebuilder who wants to improve their understanding of aircraft electrical systems and electricity. It will provide an overview of the fundamentals of electricity and their practical application in aircraft. From currents and calculations to schematics and systems troubleshooting, this two-day course is the perfect primer for an entry-level technician or the skilled homebuilder ready to tackle avionics installation.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft:
Oct. 18-20, 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 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 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 will also learn how to plan, install, interface and configure the G3X Touch screen system, which includes a single display, air data, attitude and heading reference system, magnetometer, outside air temperature probe, engine indication system interface and autopilot integration. More...
| Avionics Careers
Job postings, career resources and scholarships
Looking for a Job in the Avionics Industry?
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the career listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA careers page provides informational links on how to get AET certified, an avionics technician job summary and wage review, along with scholarship opportunities within the industry. Search the AEA's career listings and see what's on your horizon. Are you up to the challenge? More...
Need to Post a Job? The AEA Works for You!
Is your business hiring? Looking for a new avionics technician or A&P mechanic? Want to buy or sell a business in the general aviation industry? Post these professional opportunities to a target-rich environment: the AEA's career listings website.
For $200 a month, you can place a listing online AND receive a print advertisement in Avionics News for FREE! For more information, contact Lauren McFarland, AEA director of advertising, at email@example.com.
News from AEA member companies
GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION
announced a global high-speed satellite connectivity service using Gogo's existing Ku-band satellite network. It is the same high-capacity satellite network that is currently providing bandwidth for Gogo's commercial airline partners and is flying on more than 550 commercial aircraft across 10 airlines globally. The service is expected to be available in the second half of 2018.
UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. received EASA supplemental type certification No. 10063034 for a UniLink UL-801 Aeronautical Telecommunications Network Baseline 1 upgrade on a Bombardier CL-600-2B16 (601-3A Variant) to comply with the Feb. 5, 2020, European Data Link Services mandate. ESTC was awarded to Avionics Integration & Engineering Corp. AG and marks the first European DLS-capable approval for the Universal Avionics UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit.
THOMAS GLOBAL confirmed long-term supply arrangements with Toshiba, the OEM of cathode ray tubes for use in avionic cockpit display units.
DUNCAN AVIATION named JEFF BEAUDETTE to the modifications and completions sales team in Lincoln, Nebraska.
GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. appointed three regional sales managers at locations in the U.S. and Latin America: KIRSTEN KRUEGER (Western U.S.); PEDRO F. RUIZ (Latin America and Florida); and LUIZ CEZAR VIEIRA ALVES (Brazil). The company also marked the five-year anniversary of the Gulfstream G650's type certification by the FAA.
vice president of sales and
director of completions/modifications sales.
sold one Fokker F50
msn 20243 ex Flugfelag Islands EHF to Buffair Services Ltd., Kenya.
Avmax also took delivery of the second batch of six aircraft of a 27 Dash 8-100 aircraft purchase deal from Piedmont Airlines with delivery stream through the first quarter of 2018. The company also sold one Dash 8-103 msn 501 to Wideroe, Norway.
ROCKWELL COLLINS performed a series of demonstrations for prime U.S. Department of Defense contractors and government research laboratories to showcase a new, compact directional communication link that can block out jamming and send signals 10 times farther than omnidirectional systems. It also was named the top supplier for the Airbus Support Award in the category of Systems and Equipment, Cabin and Propulsion.
HONEYWELL released its latest flight planning application for the Connected Aircraft, GoDirect Flight Bag Pro, to business aviation pilots. It also increased real-time, 24/7 technical support for GoDirect Cabin Connectivity customers at the GoDirect Service Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
SOCAL JETS was named an authorized dealer of Satcom Direct global connectivity solutions, Astronics AeroSat Connectivity Solutions, and BendixKing innovative and intuitive avionics. In addition, the first Universal Insight installation performed by an independent MRO will be installed in a Citation VII in December 2017 at SoCal Jets' Van Nuys, California, facility.
CLAY LACY AVIATION awarded flight training scholarships to two Orange Coast College aviation science students during a ceremony at John Wayne Airport on Sept. 18.
STANDARDAERO announced that Associated Air Center, the company's Large Transport Category VIP Completions Center, will cease operations and close its Dallas Love Field facilities at the end of this year.
CARPENTER AVIONICS announced that its founder, ROBERT L. "BOB" CARPENTER, has been selected for enshrinement in the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame at its next annual Gala event, Oct. 28, 2017, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
METRO AVIATION delivered an EC155 to Penn State Health. The new Life Lion is a previously owned corporate aircraft that was purchased from Malaysia.
AERO DYNAMIX was awarded a sole source contract from the U.S. Navy to provide an STC for the TH-57 aircraft NVG modification that has been delivered to CNATRA for installation on numerous aircraft.
D.L.S. ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS will be one of 14 laboratories receiving the 2017 American Council of Independent Laboratories Customer Quality Service Award, Oct. 2-5, in Portland, Oregon.
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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