April 28, 2021
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Dallas: The B2B Show for Avionics Pros
The AEA International Convention & Trade Show is the premier marketplace of technologies for avionics industry manufacturers and their dealer networks. For more than six decades, the AEA is where technology experts meet.

Join us, June 22-25, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas!
Training, New Products, Networking and More…
The AEA Convention is the place to be to learn about the latest regulatory issues impacting your avionics business. A plethora of technical training workshops provide attendees with the latest in product information, troubleshooting tips, installation recommendations, answers to certification issues and more.

All OEM sessions are approved for credit toward the AEA's Avionics Training Excellence Award, as well as eligible for FAA IA renewal and the AMT Awards Program.

Click here to see the business and technical training sessions slated for Dallas.
Early-Bird Registration Ends Friday
Register and save $180 per person
If you haven't already registered to attend the AEA Convention in Dallas, please do so by Friday, April 30, to save $180 per person off the on-site fee.

Don't miss the most important gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. It is the place to be for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to market in 2021. Click here to register.

Does your company want to exhibit? Click here for an Exhibitor Prospectus.
Make Your Hotel Reservations for AEA Convention
The AEA does not work with any housing agencies to make hotel reservations on your behalf. We strongly suggest you work directly with the hotel when making your room reservations. The AEA's special room rate is available until June 1, 2021, or until the room block is full.

Hilton Anatole
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: 800-445-8667 (Group Code: AEC)
Room Rate: $219 per night

Registration Open for AEA Connect Conferences
The Aircraft Electronics Association unveiled the dates and locations for its 2021 AEA Connect Conferences in the United States. Online registration is available for both attendees and exhibitors. The annual AEA Connect Conferences are two-day events that personally connect general aviation industry professionals. The schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 29-30: AEA East (Orlando, Florida)
  • Oct. 27-28: AEA West (Reno, Nevada)

The AEA continues to monitor travel restrictions and guidance from authorities around the world and will make a determination whether Connect Conferences can take place in Europe, Canada, and South Pacific. More...
Small Texas Flight School Builds Community
In The Pattern
At the Denton Airport just north of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Sherman Gardner looks across the tarmac at a line of general aviation aircraft – small Cessnas, Pipers and a Bonanza A36 – parked outside his 5,000-square-foot hangar. He is amazed that what began as a flying hobby has grown into a bustling business and a thriving aviation community.

In 2018, Sherman and his brother, Darren Gardner, started In The Pattern, a Part 61 flight school, with just one aircraft. Today, they own and operate 12 aircraft and have a dozen full-time and part-time employees.

“The need is there; we’re blessed,” said Sherman Gardner, a certified flight instructor and a retired pastor who spent 32 years in the ministries. “We have a lot of students and a pretty good following in the metroplex area. We started with just one airplane, a 1964 Cherokee 180B. Darren wanted to learn to fly, and I just wanted to have an airplane. We had an opportunity to rent it at one point. It helped offset our cost. We’ve been doing it ever since. And today, we have an amazing team that works so well together. I’m so thankful.” More...
A Conversation With Mark Francetic of DAC International
Mark Francetic is incredibly passionate about flight data and cockpit recorders. He envisions next-generation recorders as not only informing accident investigations with exponentially more data but able to improve pilot training, predictive maintenance and flight safety.

During a nearly two-hour conversation last fall, the West Coast regional sales manager for DAC International energetically covered a lot of territory, from the four different types of recorders to Mexico’s and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s 2021 recorder mandates to what he sees as the exciting benefits offered by the next-generation airborne image recorders.

It seems Francetic is excited for good reason. The worldwide market for flight data recorders, cockpit voice recorders, towed pinger locators and distress radio beacons is expected to reach $168.8 billion by 2027, according to the September 2020 report by Global Industry Analysts Inc. More...
Universal Fountain of Youth
New avionics gives Canadian Citation 21st century InSight
In the 21st century, an aircraft’s age depends not on its date of manufacture but rather the operational relevance and reliability of its communication, navigation, surveillance, and related components and capabilities. When these essential components no longer perform their required tasks with unquestioned dependability, the aircraft is operationally obsolete.
There are fountains of youth for these aircraft: avionics shops. Consider these examples. The B-52 first flew in 1952, with the last of 744 aircraft rolling off Boeing’s production line in 1962. Since then, a continuing series of avionics upgrades will keep the airplane on active duty until 2045. The ubiquitous Cessna 172 first flew in 1955. Still in production today, many of the 44,000 are still flying in next-gen airspace. More...
New Drone Rules In Effect
Final rules became effective on April 21, 2021, for remotely identifying drones and allowing operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions.

“Drones can provide virtually limitless benefits, and these new rules will ensure these important operations can grow safely and securely,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “The FAA will continue to work closely with other Department of Transportation offices and stakeholders from across the drone community to take meaningful steps to integrate emerging technologies that safely support increased opportunities for more complex drone use.”

The Remote Identification rule provides for identifying drones in flight and the location of their control stations, reducing the risk of them interfering with other aircraft or posing a risk to people and property on the ground. The rule provides crucial information to our national security and law enforcement partners and other agencies charged with ensuring public safety. It applies to all drones that require FAA registration. More...
Dodging Avoidable Impacts
CFIT tools for the 21st century: portable and installed
How do all flights end? You know – what marks the end of a flight? By definition, a flight ends when it lands, be it an airport, prairie runway, lake or river for float planes and amphibs, or an out-landing somewhere.

There are solid reasons to pay attention, particularly when the landing coming up is not at a designated airport or other prepared runway. Sometimes, the flight ends under control, but barely.

First, let’s define controlled flight into terrain. CFIT is an event that occurs when an airworthy aircraft, under complete pilot control, is inadvertently flown into terrain, a body of water, or an obstacle.

Notice there’s no defining the conditions of that arrival unless the aircraft becomes involved in an accident. Then the status of the arrival comes into play with control the determinant factor: a flight terminated by loss-of-control in-flight, or LOC-IF; or one ended by CFIT. Learn more on this topic from Dave Higdon in this month's Avionics News. More...
Podcast: EDMO Earns a Golden Anniversary
In 2021, EDMO Distributors is celebrating the golden anniversary of its everyday embodiment of its motto, “Quality and Excellence, Whatever it Takes,” in serving the thousands of civilian, commercial, and military avionics shops with a multitude of products and components. Named the AEA Associate Member of the Year in 2020, EDMO now stocks more than 26,000 ready-to-ship parts from more than 300 manufacturers.

An AEA member company since 1977 with headquarters in Spokane Valley, Washington, EDMO President Mike Schmidt offers insight into the company’s organic growth during the last 50 years in this episode of AEA Amplified, sponsored by Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog Company. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Podbean or Spotify. More...
AEA Offers New Virtual Live Avionics Courses
With new virtual live training, the AEA brings the classroom to you. Save travel and hotel expenses, log in anywhere, and continue your professional development with these new online courses:

  • Aircraft Instrument Systems
  • Aviation Project Management - in partnership with GLOBALJET Services 
  • Digital Databus Theory & Analysis
  • ADS-B Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting

Also, in-person training at AEA Headquarters continues to expand with several new courses. Join us online or in the classroom for any or all of these upcoming training courses. Continue your professional development, network with other shops, and learn in a true hands-on environment. Health and safety protocols are in place, and class size is limited. Register in advance to reserve your seat. More...
2020 GA and Part 135 Activity Survey Underway
FAA survey measures safety, determines funding, and informs the impact of aviation on the economy
The Federal Aviation Administration’s 43rd annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is now underway, reporting on calendar year 2020. The GA Survey is the only source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft.

Data from this survey are used by governmental agencies and industry to:

  • Compute safety metrics, such as fatal accidents rates. 
  • Understand the impact of the GA industry on jobs, economic output, and investments in aviation infrastructure. 
  • Track the success of safety initiatives, including avionics recommendations. 
  • Determine funding for infrastructure and service needs.
  • Assess the impact of regulatory changes.

The FAA and industry need accurate data on a broad range of aircraft. Participation is voluntary, and everyone who is contacted is encouraged to respond to the survey so that all aviation activity is represented. If you have questions, contact Tetra Tech at 800-826-1797 or email infoaviationsurvey@tetratech.com.
Theory & Practice: Airborne Surveillance History
This story begins with the start of World War II and a movie review. German aircraft posed a terrible threat to England. In response, the British developed a method of using radio waves to detect an aircraft and determine its range. Radio detection and ranging became RADAR. Today, the acronym has become a word of its own. To get the general idea of how a British team overcame obstacles to make radar work, I recommend the film “Castles in the Sky.” The movie glosses over some of the technical details, but it does a good job of describing the challenges faced by the scientists.

Radar works by transmitting a powerful burst of energy and starting a timer. The energy will bounce back off an object and be received (detected) by a sensitive receiver. The time between the transmitted energy burst, or pulse, and the received pulse can be used to calculate range. Read this month's "Theory & Practice" column by Thomas Inman in Avionics News. More...
AEA Urges Action to Set Aside FCC’s Ligado Order
On the one-year anniversary of the Federal Communications Commission’s Ligado Order, the Aircraft Electronics Association joined a broad coalition of nearly 100 organizations urging President Joe Biden’s administration and Congress to work with the FCC to ultimately set aside the flawed Ligado Order that, if left in place, would upend decades of sound spectrum policy, negatively impact a significant cross-section of commercial, federal, and academic users who rely on the many different L-band satellite services, and threaten the safety of most Americans.

On April 22, 2021, multiple groups representing various constituencies across the American economy signed letters to President Biden and congressional leaders in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

Both letters stated, in part: “Although Ligado continues to attempt to convince policymakers that its proposed terrestrial service will not cause harmful interference and is somehow critical to American success in 5G, the executive branch and affected parties have repeatedly detailed the adverse economic, national security, and public safety impact of the proposed Ligado operations. As for Ligado’s 5G fallacy, NTIA concluded that ‘an inability to deploy terrestrial 5G or related services using the frequencies involved in the Ligado applications would not hold back the timely deployment of 5G’ across the U.S. Tellingly, Ligado’s spectrum is not internationally harmonized for 5G, nor is it part of any 5G standard.” More...
AEA and Industry Groups Support Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act
On April 2, the Aircraft Electronics Association and other aviation organizations urged the United States Congress to pass the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act.

In a letter sent to congressional leaders in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives, the industry groups noted that the “legislation is intended to ensure critical federal government leadership and coordination in support of the emerging Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector. The new and innovative AAM sector will use highly automated electric and vertical take-off and landing vehicles to facilitate new transportation options, create jobs and economic activity, advance environmental sustainability and new technologies, and support emergency preparedness and competitiveness. A recent study found that the market for AAM in the U.S. is estimated to reach $115 billion annually by 2035 and is expected to benefit urban, suburban, and rural communities.” More...
AERO: AEA's New Online Training Platform
The Aircraft Electronics Association’s new online training platform called AERO, short for the Aerospace Education Resource Online system, allows users to train at their own pace with the ability to pause and resume courses at their convenience. In addition, AERO operates like a personal learning management system with a history of training and the ability to print certificates from completed courses.

All previous online training from the AEA has been migrated to AERO and is available exclusively to AEA members at aea.net/aero with a member login and password. AEA AERO will continue to add content to help members accomplish their training goals. Members with questions about the new AERO online training system may contact Aaron Ward directly at aaronw@aea.net. More...
Request Your FREE AEA Pilot’s Guide
The AEA Pilot’s Guide is a consumer’s directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies. In addition to a complete directory of AEA-member government-certified repair stations, avionics manufacturers and distributors located in more than 40 countries, the publication features educational articles to help pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions. Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy while supplies last.

In addition, the AEA introduced its Pilot's Guide Showcase, an all-new digital stage highlighting everything from features and functions of the latest avionics equipment to the installation and service available from AEA member repair stations. Located at PilotsGuideShowcase.net and specifically designed for avionics consumers such as general aviation pilots and aircraft owners, the digital platform features product demonstrations, how-to videos, select tutorials via recorded flight demonstrations and spotlights AEA's network of technology experts.
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
EBACE Connect
Virtual Event
May 18-20, 2021
The European Business Aviation Association and National Business Aviation Association launched EBACE Connect – a new, virtual programming series that will bring together business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, flight department personnel, avionics firms, fractional providers, charter/lease companies and all manner of people involved in nearly every aspect of business aviation. You’ll hear the latest announcements coming directly from the industry, and learn how the European business aviation market is moving beyond COVID-19, the latest trends in sustainable materials and design and how companies are ensuring safety for new cutting-edge aircraft. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Dallas, Texas
June 22-25, 2021
Aviation's technology experts will convene for the 64th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. Avionics professionals will have access to more than 100 hours of technical training and professional development courses. Early-bird registration is available through April 30. More...
EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 26-Aug. 1, 2021
For seven days from sunrise to well past sunset, your Oshkosh day is filled with thrilling displays of aerobatics, informative programs and hands-on workshops, diverse aircraft spanning all eras of flight, evening programs, and much more. Fun for the whole family that you’ll find only in Oshkosh is waiting for you at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration! More...
AOPA Aviator Showcase
Manassas, Virginia
Aug. 27, 2021
This event is designed to connect pilots and aircraft owners with the aviation industry’s vast array of products, services, aircraft, and equipment. The one-day gathering features an exhibit hall with an aircraft sales display and technology-related seminars. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders in avionics and cockpit technology, flight planning, weather resources and aircraft manufacturing. More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Congratulations to Terry Markovich, who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for submitting the correct answer in this month's Mystery Make and Model challenge featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired. The unit is a Collins 334C-9A.

Avionics technicians can put their "inside" knowledge to work in the next issue of AEA Wired, so stay tuned for the next Mystery Make and Model challenge! All correct answers submitted throughout 2021 will be entered to win a random drawing for a $500 Visa gift card at the end of the year, also from Southeast Aerospace.
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Aviation Project Management
May 3, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (7 seats remain)
This four-hour course will give aviation project managers, technicians and support personnel a key advantage in their careers. This class will help strengthen and leverage the essential skills necessary for executing a successful project plan.
Aircraft Instrument Systems
May 11-12, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (6 seats remain)
This virtual course is designed for avionics technicians or apprentices who want to learn more about aircraft instrument systems and better understand their operation, installation considerations, and maintenance to become more-effective troubleshooters. From simple mechanical gauges to complex electrical and electronic systems, this course covers nearly every instrument system in an aircraft.
Primary Flight Display Installation & Integration
(New course: 9 seats remain)
May 17-19, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
Technicians will learn how to plan, install, interface, configure and check out an installation of a primary flight display, EHSI and GPS/Nav/Comm consisting of dual Garmin GI 275, a Garmin GTN 650 touch screen, and a Garmin GTX 345 transponder. This course is designed for technicians who have experience with avionics installation practices and are looking for more training integrating common general aviation installations.
Pitot-Static, Transponder, and ADS-B: Testing & Inspection (6 seats remain)
May 20, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder tests and inspections. 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.
IFR6000 & IFR4000 Operations (8 seats remain)
May 21, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate the IFR6000 to verify and maintain transponder, UAT, TCAS, and DME system and to operate the IFR4000 for ILS, VOR, COMMs and ELT.
ADS-B Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting
June 30, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (15 seats remain)
This course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel and installers of ADS-B systems. Approximately 7% of all general aviation ADS-B installations are non-compliant based on the FAA’s ADS-B Performance Monitoring System. This course focuses on the proper configuration and testing of ADS-B installations to ensure your installation meets the performance requirements and regulations. Also included are troubleshooting tips and tricks that will help you resolve the common problems found in ADS-B installations.
Digital Databus Theory & Analysis
July 6, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (14 seats remain)
As today’s modern airplanes become much more technologically advanced, so must the professionals who maintain them. The advanced avionics and instrumentation systems used in these aircraft rely on various forms of digital databus communication. Understanding digital databus theory is becoming more and more important for avionics technicians, and even A&P mechanics, to effectively test and troubleshoot these highly advanced aircraft systems.
Certified Repair Station Training (9 seats remain)
Aug. 9-13, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations. 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 should attend.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (15 seats remain)
Aug. 23-25, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for certificated repairmen, new avionics technicians, aviation maintenance technicians and recent graduates interested in improving or acquiring the skills necessary to perform avionics installations. 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.
Basic Pitot-Static & Transponder Theory, Testing & Troubleshooting (15 seats remain)
Aug. 26-27, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for entry-level avionics technicians or those looking for basic training on pitot-static and aircraft transponder systems. This two-day course covers the history and theory of operation of pitot-static instruments and transponders, as well as system setup, hands-on testing, and the troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks.
Bench Basics 101 (14 seats remain)
Sept. 13-14, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice, familiar with basic soldering skills and are looking for experience in LRU bench testing and avionics troubleshooting. Bench testing Nav, VHF comm and transponders will be the focus of study. Technicians will fabricate a general-purpose test panel that they will use in the course. Attendees will keep their fabricated test panel upon course completion.
Transponder Service Training (14 seats remain)
Sept. 15, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in transponder LRU bench testing, transponder flight line testing and aircraft troubleshooting. ADS-B transponders systems will be the focus of study. Attendees will keep their fabricated wire harness upon course completion.
Nav/Comm Equipment Service Training (14 seats remain)
Sept. 16, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in avionics flight line testing, LRU bench testing and aircraft troubleshooting. VOR, localizer, glideslope, marker beacon and VHF comms will be the focus of study.
News from AEA Member Companies
FreeFlight Systems received a technical standard order approval from the FAA for the FDC-500 ARINC-429 digital to analog converter. This TSO approval will allow the FDC-500 to meet the FAA aftermarket replacement requirements for an OEM aircraft part.

Garmin announced the TXi Essentials 2.0 eLearning course, a new pilot training opportunity that provides comprehensive instruction on fundamental operation of the TXi touchscreen flight display. Garmin also introduced the GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar that delivers an extensive weather threat analysis and depiction to the cockpit. The system reduces pilot workload by providing an automated clear representation of weather by using an enhanced color palette now offering 16 colors, 3D volumetric scanning, hail and lightning prediction, advanced ground clutter suppression, and optional predictive wind shear detection.

True Blue Power, the first company to receive FAA TSO certification for lithium-ion batteries, has added a 60 amp-hour lithium-ion battery to its Gen5 product line. The TB60 saves up to 50 pounds per battery, significantly reducing aircraft empty weight and increasing useful load.

Honeywell launched a new series of miniature inertial measurement units that are ruggedized to offer best-in-class accuracy along with the durability to survive high-shock environments. Roughly the size of a water bottle cap, the new HG1125 and HG1126 inertial measurement units are low-cost and serve both commercial and military applications.

Duncan Aviation added nine airframe and engine technicians to its AOG Rapid Response Teams during the first quarter of 2021, as more business aircraft operators seek to save time and expense by having smaller scheduled inspections or maintenance events in their hangars.

StandardAero’s Accessories Center of Excellence, located in Hialeah, Florida, was recently certified by Honeywell Aerospace to perform OEM-approved repairs on a broad number of helicopter and turboprop engine line replaceable units and accessories. The license agreement includes repairs for Rolls-Royce M250 and Pratt & Whitney PT6T helicopter fuel controls and governors. StandardAero also received the 2021 Top Shop Awards for ‘Best Engine Components Repair’ and ‘Best Engine Repair.’ Representatives from StandardAero were presented with the two awards during the MRO Americas event in Orlando, Florida. 

Gulf Coast Avionics has updated its website. Along with streamlining the entire online experience, GCA had taken cues from other leading e-commerce retailers to implement a variety of user enhancements. The company has invested heavily in the latest e-commerce platforms from two of online retailing’s most respected providers: NetSuite and Shopify.

Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems named Dwayne Chandler director of avionics sales. Chandler brings more than 30 years of hands-on avionics experience including avionics technician at Timco, avionics install crew chief and sales manager at Landmark Aviation, and most recently serving as avionics sales manager at Constant Aviation.
Astronics Corp. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics Test Systems, has approved Muirhead Avionics, a division of AMETEK MRO, as an approved service center for Astronics’ CTS 6000 series of communication test solutions. ATS has provided Muirhead with the CTS 6025 CSAR test set to ensure accurate and complete calibration services of the full range of communication test solutions in the CTS-6000 series. Astronics also announced its next-generation circuit card diagnostic and test system, the PinPoint 3-PXIe (P3-PXIe), which identifies failures down to the component level and can test a variety of mixed-signal products with the flexibility of PXIe.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies is offering vibration and mechanical shock testing. These services provide OEM insight into how a product will behave while in vibration environments found in helicopters, turboprop planes and more. In addition to performance, CarlisleIT’s vibration and shock testing helps OEMs evaluate conformance to a product’s specification requirements and determines resonate frequencies and behavior during sudden deceleration.

uAvionix Corp. and the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory announced a partnership to deploy SkyLine, uAvionix’s Managed Command and Control Platform, to support networked autonomous UAS operations at the NMSU PSL UAS Flight Test Site. The NMSU PSL is home to one of the seven FAA-designated UAS Flight Test Sites and hosts 15,000 square miles of airspace in southwestern New Mexico that permits UAS flights from the surface up to 10,000 MSL and above. uAvionix also was granted a new patent that aids safe and secure integration of UAS into national airspace systems. U.S. Patent 10,991,260, titled "Intelligent Non-Disruptive ADS-B Integration for UAS" provides the ability for UAS to take advantage of the safety benefits of ADS-B while minimizing spectrum utilization.

DPI Labs Inc. announced the availability of its new large-format 4K ultra-high definition, slim, ultra-lightweight, OLED displays for business and VVIP aircraft cabins.

Barfield Inc., a subsidiary of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance in the Americas, signed an agreement to become the exclusive distributor and warranty repair center for Falgayras’ Wiper Motors operated on the Airbus A220. Barfield also signed a partnership agreement with AERACCESS, a performance driven and innovative Surveillance Drone manufacturer, whose product range focuses on law enforcement, defense, facility security, and border enforcement solutions.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the Gulfstream G700 aircraft dedicated to testing the cabin experience has flown for the first time and now joins the five other test aircraft already in the steadily maturing certification program.

K-State Polytechnic will host the second annual UAS Virtual Academy for teens in high school (age 14-17). The UAS Virtual Academy provides high school students the ability to explore UAS, build foundational skills, receive mentorship and transition to the campus’s degree program and a future career.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance started a strategic education partnership with VIPER Transitions, a nonprofit organization on a mission to end veteran suicide by providing veterans with pre-employment training and outreach in the areas most plaguing veterans: homelessness, unemployment or underemployment, substance abuse, and an overall lack of support. The VIPER Aviation Maintenance Program is a pathway for veterans who desire a career in the field of aviation maintenance.
AEA Jobs Board Offers Free Resume Posting
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the job listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA jobs board 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 job listings and see what's on your horizon. Free resume posting is available. Are you up to the challenge? More...
Need to Post a Job? The AEA Works for You!
Is your business hiring? The AEA jobs board makes it easier for AEA members to find their next avionics technician, quality manager, inspector, sales representative or engineer.

AEA members may submit a free job posting after entering their username and password at AEA.net/Jobs. Member companies that optionally choose to upgrade their job posting for a premium will have preferred online placement and also will be published in the next edition of Avionics News. For more information about premium job listings, contact Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive, at rachelh@aea.net.
About the AEA
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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