On June 19, the Federal Aviation Administration published its 2013 update to the NextGen Implementation Plan, and it includes an entire section devoted to general aviation for the first time. Updated annually, the NextGen Implementation Plan is the FAA's primary outreach document explaining how NextGen is transforming the National Airspace System. In addition, the update is available as a downloadable e-book, easily accessible on mobile and tablet devices as well as desktop computers, and as a full-layout PDF. To download the latest copy of the FAA NextGen Implementation Plan, visit www.faa.gov/nextgen/implementation
In cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Aircraft Electronics Association is currently hosting a two-day workshop predicated on a discussion for a "case for safety" for general aviation aircraft retrofit avionics. More than 45 industry and regulatory officials are gathered in the Dan Derby Center for Professional Development at the AEA's international headquarters in Lee's Summit, Mo., to take part in the workshop.
Some of the important discussion topics for the workshop include:
- Breaking the cost barrier to avionics certification.
- Validation procedures for approved model lists under the bilateral aviation safety agreements between the U.S. and Europe, as well as Canada.
- Alternate means of compliance to 23.1309.
- Where are the true hidden costs of certification/MOC for avionics (EFIS, ADS-B, etc.)?
- What role production approval plays in the cost equation, and how Part 21 production (PMA) can be scaled for GA retrofit.
- The role industry standards can play in setting acceptable global standards, and alleviating legal liability for authorities who allow industry to use them for aviation products.
- Situation for retrofit avionics, from light GA to adding utility to the older commuter aircraft.
- Scalability of MOC for HIRF, lightning, software to reduce cost/complexity of avionics certification.
The AEA Regional Meetings offer a forum to see, hear and learn about all the new technology on the market, network with industry peers and discover best practices for the aviation repair station industry. Attendees and exhibitors gather for two to three days of regulatory and technical seminars, business management sessions and exhibits.
Nov. 7-8 - Kansas City, Mo.
Nov. 6 - Fast Trak Training (additional fee)
by Bruce Baxter, AEA South Pacific Regulatory Consultant"February 2017 is the deadline for the ADS-B mandate requiring all general aviation aircraft operating in instrument flight rules in Australia to be fitted with GNSS-based ADS-B equipment. This is the opportunity Australia has waited for, yet it's not taking advantage of it." Click here to read more of "What is Australia Waiting For?" in the May issue of Avionics News.
Pilot's Guide to Avionics
Distribution Begins in July at EAA AirVenture
The AEA's 2013-14 edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics debuts during EAA AirVenture, July 29-Aug. 4, in Oshkosh, Wis. Pick up your free copy of the Pilot's Guide at the AEA's AirVenture booth, No. 2035/36, Hangar B.
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