Shuster Withdraws Last-minute ATC Amendment in FAA Funding Bill
Yesterday, a broad coalition of general aviation industry groups issued a call to action to contact congressional members to defeat a last-minute manager's amendment to H.R. 4, which was proposed by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) on Monday, April 23. The original H.R. 4 bill is designed to provide long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, but Section 5 of Shuster's amendment would have established a chief operating officer to run ATC who would report directly to the secretary of transportation, rather than the FAA administrator. The amendment also proposed a 13-member Aerospace Management Advisory Council to "function as the primary advisory resource for management, policy, spending, and regulatory matters under the jurisdiction of the Chief Operating Officer." According to AOPA, Shuster has withdrawn his manager's amendment, paving the way for H.R. 4 to move forward.
FAA and Industry Rotorcraft Forum Set for May 22-23 in Fort Worth
The next FAA and Industry Rotorcraft Forum will take place May 22-23, at the Tarrant County College Alliance Corporate Training Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Attendees will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the certification and installation of new avionics technologies in the rotorcraft market. The aim of the forum is to open the lines of communication between industry and the FAA's Rotorcraft Directorate. Co-hosted by the Aircraft Electronics Association and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, this event is a continuation and follow-up on the previous forums that have occurred in recent years.
Certified Repair Station Training Course Available in Las Vegas, June 25-29
For the first time, the Aircraft Electronics Association will take its ever-popular Certified Repair Station Training Course on the road to Las Vegas. 702 Helicopters, an AEA member company and a past participant in this course, has graciously offered its facility to host a training for startup repair stations as well as mature operators looking to improve their understanding of the regulations, perform internal audits or edit their current repair stations manuals.
The event is set for June 25-29 and is ideal for current quality managers, technicians, mechanics, and repairmen who are involved in the management of a repair station as well as individuals looking to establish a 14 CFR Part 145 repair station. Advance registration is now available online.
AEA Convention Presentations Now Available to Members
Many of the regulatory and technical presentations made during the 61st annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, March 26-29 in Las Vegas, are available online.
AEA members must use their member login to access this information.
AEA Technology Incubator Forum Set for Aug. 16; Demystifying the FAA for Entrepreneurs
Are you an inventor always coming up with something new; the vendor marketing the next great invention; the customer who designed a solution but doesn’t know the next step? The AEA Technology Incubator is designed to demystify the path forward to producing parts for certified aircraft with a focus on producing these parts under the FAA oversight. The AEA Technology Incubator will include presentations and discussions focused on understanding the FAA regulatory structure, as well as the Part 23 and production regulations, guidance and policies. In addition, the forum will offer ample opportunity to interact with the association staff, FAA personnel and other attendees. Space is limited for this event, and applications are being accepted online.
2017 GA and Part 135 Activity Survey Cleared for Takeoff
The 40th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is now underway. It is the Federal Aviation Administration's primary source of information about the size and activity of the general aviation and on-demand Part 135 fleet. The survey is conducted on behalf of the FAA by Tetra Tech, an independent research firm, and all survey responses are confidential. Tetra Tech would like to hear from everyone who received an invitation to complete the survey to prepare accurate statistics on aviation activity. The GA Survey is a scientific sample of aircraft from the Civil Aviation Registry. If you have questions, please contact Tetra Tech at 800-826-1797 or email
email@example.com. To see survey results from previous years,
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
April 30-May 3, 2018
An intersection of cutting-edge innovation and real-world applications, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings all things unmanned into sharp focus. Join more than 8,500 industry leaders and forward-thinking users from both the defense and commercial sectors to learn the latest on policy, business use cases and technology applications.
May 29-31, 2018
The 2018 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition will take place at Geneva’s magnificent Palexpo. Thousands of business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, flight department personnel and all manner of people involved in nearly every aspect of business aviation will meet to conduct business and make buying decisions for the year ahead.
Global Connected Aircraft Summit
San Diego, California
June 4-6, 2018
The Global Connected Aircraft Summit brings together the world’s largest airlines and companies from across the aerospace and avionics industries to assess market lessons, potential demand and best practices in global connected solutions for the passenger, airline efficiency, and cutting-edge services.
AEA Canada Connect Conference
Sept. 6-7, 2018
As an avionics professional, you understand the true value of connecting with your industry peers, so join us at the AEA Canada Connect Conference at the Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel. It's the premier avionics event that connects the avionics industry in Canada this year. Online registration is now available through Aug. 27, and hotel reservations must be made by Aug. 4.
B&S Aircraft Focuses on Solving Customers' Needs
At B&S Aircraft, Tim Fidler is always searching for new opportunities to grow the component repair business. He spends much of his time meeting customers face-to-face, trying to discover their pain points and uncover what’s driving the market. Previously family-owned and -operated, B&S Aircraft started in 1965 to support the repair needs of Cessna Aircraft and, soon after, Beechcraft. Throughout the years, the Wichita, Kansas-based company expanded, supporting additional aircraft OEMs such as Pilatus, Piper and Mooney.
Avionics Training and Professional Development
Certified Repair Station Training in Las Vegas
June 25-29, 2018
For the first time, this weeklong course will take place at an AEA member location in Las Vegas, Nevada. 702 Helicopters, a past participant in the AEA's CRS training, has graciously offered its facility to host a course for startup repair stations as well as mature operators looking to improve their understanding of the regulations, perform internal audits or edit their current repair stations manuals.
Avionics Installation and Integration Training
Aug. 20-22, 2018
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation Course and/or have a couple of years of basic avionics installation practice and are looking for more experience integrating common general aviation installations. Technicians will learn how to plan, install, interface, configure and check out an installation consisting of a Garmin GTN 650 touchscreen nav/com/GPS, Garmin GTX 33ES remote transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification Training with ADS-B Implementation Session
Aug. 23, 2018
Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder certification testing. This full-day course offers hands-on training, including a regulatory review and an explanation of the proper administrative procedures for completing these critical certifications. With so many questions surrounding ADS-B, this course will provide the answers and what you need to know to meet the mandate.
Aug. 24, 2018
Attendees will be introduced to the regulations, documentation, test equipment and maintenance practices associated with performing RVSM maintenance. This course assumes the attendee has good operating knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations 91.411 and 91.413.
News from AEA Member Companies
AVIONICA announced that in collaboration with L2 Aviation, the company has earned AML-STC from the FAA for miniQAR (Quick Access Recorder) and avCM (Cellular Module). The new AML-STC is for Part 23 aircraft.
DUNCAN AVIATION completed installation of the newly released Gogo AVANCE L3 Wi-Fi system in a Citation 560XLS in January. Duncan Aviation also announced the growth of its Alliance Program into Mexico with a Duncan Aviation Alliance agreement signed by Aerolineas Ejecutivas, a service provider in the country.
uAVIONIX announced it is releasing a newer, less-expensive, and extensible version of its CAP1391 SkyEcho Electronic Conspicuity ADS-B In and Out solution for United Kingdom VFR aircraft.
GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. recently delivered its 100th aircraft featuring the global high-speed Wi-Fi system known as Jet ConneX. Gulfstream also announced plans to build a new service center at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in response to its growing customer fleet’s needs for maintenance and service. The service center is expected to open in the second quarter of 2019 and create about 200 jobs.
ESTERLINE announced that its Platteville-based AVISTA operation has been awarded Platinum Premier status in the Rockwell Collins Trusted Supplier Program.
TRIG AVIONICS is offering two spring promotions. The Trig TY96A stack VHF radio list price of the TY96A is $1,895, but for a limited period Trig is offering a $100 discount. In addition, for $2,899, Trig’s ADS-B kit features the TT22 compact transponder, the latest TN72 X GPS
position source (certified to TSO-C199) and the matching TA70 GPS antenna. Customers will save $130 with the bundle.
HONDA AIRCRAFT CO. announced that HondaJet China will expand its operations at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport’s FBO complex.
COMPONENT CONTROL announced an expanded partnership with Oracle. Component Control will now be authorized to resell Oracle as a Gold OPN partner.
ACSS announced the selection by Boeing of its surveillance systems for the ecoDemonstrator aircraft, a FedEx Express-operated 777 Freighter being flight tested in 2018 with 100 percent biofuel.
COMLUX announced that Comlux Completion, its completion and service center in Indianapolis, appointed
John Fleeman as the new head of maintenance. Comlux also was awarded a Wi-Fi STC ST04290CH on the Bombardier CL300 Series aircraft for the Gogo AVANCE L5 system.
DEVICE TECHNOLOGIES INC. announced the opening of its Hamburg, Germany, office to further expand and develop the European market.
SATCOM DIRECT celebrated the opening of its new Asia Pacific office April 10, accompanied by dancing dragons, traditional Hong Kong fare, and an elite gathering of Asian business jet operators.
CARPENTER AVIONICS received FAA STC approval of the Big Sky MVP STC digital engine display upgrade for Cessna Conquest II/441-series turboprop aircraft. This is the first commercially available digital engine system upgrade certified for this aircraft model and the first commercially available STC for a twin turboprop aircraft application of the Electronics International MVP-50T system.
MILLENNIUM INTERNATIONAL finalized the completion of a 1,050-square-foot Class 100 clean room as an expansion of its existing 9,500-square-foot- facility in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Millennium now has the increased capability to perform full tab bonding and repair, bonded glass repair and replacement, filter glass, polarizer and diffuser repair and replacement, and complete LCD repair.
JEPPESEN signed a three-year agreement with Jiangsu Jet to provide the China-based business aviation operator with Jeppesen Operator, an online business aviation platform. Jeppesen also announced with ForeFlight that interactive Jeppesen European visual flight rules information will be available within the ForeFlight Mobile iOS-based app for general and business aviation flying. Jeppesen and Blackshape also will extend their cooperation through a long-term agreement.
BENDIXKING introduced xVue Touch, a primary flight display for experimental aircraft. Available now, the new cockpit technology provides builders and pilots with a touchscreen flight display and represents a major milestone for the company as its first product specifically launched for experimental category aircraft. In addition, AeroVue Touch, the latest primary flight display from BendixKing, is now available for preorder with STC documents expected to be submitted to the FAA in July 2018.
COBHAM AEROSPACE COMMUNICATIONS was awarded the contract to supply Boeing with advanced FliteLine communication and navigation radios for retrofit on more than 450 Northrop T-38C military trainer aircraft operated by the U.S. Air Force. The first FliteLine delivery is expected in 2018 by Cobham, and the program is scheduled to conclude in 2020.
ADAMS AVIATION is now a stocking distributor for Sensenich Propeller Manufacturing Co. Inc., supporting the full range of its aluminum aircraft propellers. Adams Aviation also recently had a reception for almost 100 luminaries from airframe and equipment manufacturers from Europe and North America as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. Adams Aviation also is now a stocking distributor for the original all-urethane aircraft covering system by Superflite.
FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL promoted
Joe Warakomski to chief information officer. The company also announced an upgrade to the flight deck of its simulator used for Bombardier Dash 8 300 aircraft training.
FIELD AVIATION was selected by FlightSafety International to provide its EFI-890R Flight Deck Modernization program for one of the company’s simulators for the Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft.
LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES CORP. received EASA STC on Bombardier’s Dash-8 model aircraft for all Latitude SkyNode SATCOM models, including the latest Safety Services Voice TSO’d S200-012 ATS system.
MADISON CAPITAL named
Travis Teal vice president and national sales manager.
Marc Drobny president of the Business Aviation division. It also recently signed a new, three-year maintenance, repair and overhaul agreement to provide support for 17 Honeywell 36-150RJ auxiliary power units equipping Air Georgian’s fleet of CRJ100/200 aircraft. StandardAero also is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its appointment by GE Aviation as a T700 authorized maintenance, repair and overhaul provider at this year’s Army Aviation Association of America Summit.
ROCKWELL COLLINS announced that Mexico-based ALE Service Center has completed the first installation of Rockwell Collins’ Venue high-definition cabin management and entertainment system in Latin America. The project, completed at the service center’s facility in Toluca, also included the first non-U.S. installation of Stage on demand total content delivery solution.
THOMMEN AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT AG announced the recent completion of its state-of-the-art ISO class 5 cleanroom and display manufacturing line at the company’s headquarters in Muttenz, Switzerland.
CLAY LACY AVIATION hosted an open house and lunch, April 4, to celebrate the opening of the company’s 65,000-square-foot aircraft maintenance facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Oxford, Connecticut.
AVMAX recently leased one Dash 8-Q315 msn 414 to Air Niugini Limited, which is the National Airline of Papua New Guinea. This joins one other Dash 8 leased by Avmax to Air Niugini.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT completed its 10th installation of Gogo’s AVANCE L5 broadband Air-to-Ground in-flight Wi-Fi system, with several more aircraft under contract.
AIRBUS HELICOPTERS delivered a new Airbus H145 to San Diego Gas & Electric, a major Southern California public utility company, which has put the aircraft to use supporting its vast electric transmission and distribution network.
SOUTHEAST AEROSPACE is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The company has expanded its services from a routine avionics provider to a leading aerospace solutions company.
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