Aug. 12, 2020
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Worldwide Avionics Sales Exceed $1.1 Billion in First Half of Year
The Aircraft Electronics Association recently unveiled the second-quarter 2020 Avionics Market Report. In the first six months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $1,151,137,731.73, or more than $1.1 billion as reported by the participating companies.

The figure represented a 23.6% decrease in total sales compared to the first six months of 2019. During the second-quarter months of April, May and June, sales decreased 37.3% compared to the same time frame one year ago.

"Realizing a substantial decrease in worldwide avionics sales during the second quarter was the expectation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic," said AEA President and CEO Mike Adamson. "The economic impact of the disease has been significant, and the business and general aviation electronics industry is not immune to the crisis. However, I remain optimistic that our industry will be poised for recovery as our shops and manufacturers continue their essential operations, legislators continue to address key employment initiatives, and our industry amplifies the immense value of business and general aviation as an economic catalyst.” More...
AEA Webinars – On Demand
Join more than 850 AEA members who have already streamed or downloaded these free regulatory webinars to help train their staff or continue their own professional development. Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, brings his vast years of experience and expertise to conduct a series of regulatory webinars essential to repair station and business operations.

In addition to providing relevant content, these courses include direct questions from the audience answered in real time. If you are looking to stay up-to-speed, AEA members may login with their member password to watch these sessions on your desktop or mobile device at

  • Aircraft Wiring Inspections
  • Change Management
  • Root Cause Analysis 
  • Managing Risk 
  • Repair Station Contract Maintenance 
  • Human Factors in Maintenance 
  • Flight Data Recorders and the Mexican Mandate 
  • ASTM's Compass 
  • The Ins & Outs of Drug & Alcohol Program Management 
  • Classifying Alterations for In-service Aircraft 
  • AEA Safety Management System 
  • Part 145: How to Implement and manage a Repair Station Capability List 
  • Beyond ADS-B Installations: Continued Airworthiness 
  • FAA Drug & Alcohol Inspection Items: Be Prepared for Your Next Audit 
  • Part 43: The Business of Aircraft Maintenance More...
AEA to ReConnect with Members in Naples, Florida
The AEA recently announced the organization's plans to conduct its East Connect Conference in Naples, Florida, Sept. 23-24.

As an industry built on relationships, the AEA is excited to be able to ReConnect members this fall. The host hotel for the conference, the Naples Grande, has gone to great lengths to ensure events can be conducted as safely and effectively as possible. It has provided large meeting rooms with socially distanced seating, thoroughly sanitized common areas, and a complete list of preventive measures it is following to protect guests as well as its own staff. Details on the hotel’s safety and well-being promise can be found here:

The AEA has spent the summer safely conducting training at its headquarters facility and is taking that experience and following the local and state guidelines at each location to bring valuable in-person training to members. As cities have reopened over the summer, we have all learned the precautions needed to protect ourselves and others when gathering. If we adhere to the guidelines, conferences can take place as well. We hope you will join us. More...
Broward College adds Next-Gen Avionics Training
This fall, avionics students studying at Broward College will enjoy even more robust training resources as the community college continues to expand its footing in avionics. The new additions include a modern avionics lab and advanced training equipment along with a recently expanded avionics program. 

Located north of Miami at its south campus location, the college’s brand-new 12,000-square-foot hangar features an avionics test lab, avionics equipment and tooling in addition to workshops for other aviation-related programs. 

Students will gain experience on larger aircraft with the new Airbus Competence Trainer software, simulation software that provides avionics and technical maintenance training on the Airbus A-320. Typically available to commercial airlines only, Airbus recently opened the software to educational institutions to increase workforce readiness. By summer, Broward College was one of only three schools in the United States to purchase it. More...
Aviators Opine on Ligado
In a July 27 opinion piece published in Aviation Week Network, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, retired Adm. Thad Allen, and Dr. Brad Parkinson shared their views regarding the dangers of the Federal Communications Commission's approval of Ligado Networks' terrestrial transmitters on frequencies that include GPS.

In the article, they wrote: "Their transmitters would be 2 billion times more powerful than the GPS signals for a GPS user—equivalent to trying to hear a whisper with 100 jets taking off. Of particular concern is the impact on aviation (including UAVs, helicopters, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, terrain avoidance and warning systems and commercial aircraft communications/air traffic control). This degradation could markedly increase the risk of midair collisions and controlled flight into terrain."

On June 3, the Aircraft Electronics Association and a group of 69 aviation organizations wrote to Marlene H. Dortch, secretary of the Federal Communications Commission, in support of a petition for stay filed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The petition to the FCC was filed May 22, and it opposed the FCC’s April 20 order of approval for Ligado Networks’ proposed high-speed broadband cellular network operating near frequency bands currently used by GPS and satellite communications networks. The petition noted a variety of concerns with the FCC’s April 20 order of approval for the nationwide 5G cellular service, including Ligado’s failure to sufficiently demonstrate its ability to not interfere with other frequencies. It also questioned the FCC’s approval without conducting a public review of the draft order. 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. More...
AEA's New Pilot's Guide Showcase Spotlights the Latest Avionics Innovations for Consumers
In addition to unveiling the 2020-21 edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide, 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 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. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
FAA UAS Symposium
Virtual Event
Aug. 18-19, 2020
The FAA and AUVSI will host the 5th annual FAA UAS Symposium virtually instead of in-person in Baltimore. The event was originally scheduled for June 16-18. Episode I took place July 8-9 with a focus on UTM and international UAS integration. Episode II will take place August 18-19 with a focus on updates to the Integration Pilot Program and public safety operations. More...
AEA U.S. East Connect Conference
Naples, Florida
Sept. 23-24, 2020
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Naples Grande Hotel. Advance registration is open through Sept. 18 for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. More...
AEA U.S. Central Connect Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 19-20, 2020
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Hilton Kansas City Airport. Advance registration is open through Oct. 14 for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. More...
AEA U.S. West Connect Conference
Irvine, California
Oct. 27-28, 2020
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Hilton Irvine Hotel. Advance registration is open through Oct. 22 for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. More...
AEA Canada Connect Conference
Calgary, Alberta
Nov. 9-10, 2020
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel. Advance registration is open through Nov. 4 for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Attention avionics technicians! How well do you think you know your avionics inside and out? New and old? Then put your knowledge to work.

What is the product make and model shown in this image?

The first individual who submits the correct answer will be awarded a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, and the winner will be announced in the next edition of AEA Wired.

In addition, each award recipient in 2020 will be entered to win a random drawing for a $500 Visa gift card at the end of the year, also from Southeast Aerospace. Email your answer...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
NEW courses and more training just added!
NEW! Bench Basics and Flight Line Troubleshooting
(2 seats remain)
Aug. 17-19, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Basic Wiring course and/or have a couple of years of basic avionics installation practice, familiar with basic soldering skills and are looking for experience in LRU bench testing and avionics flight line testing. ADS-B transponder systems, nav/ILS and VHF comms will be the focus of study. Technicians will fabricate a general-purpose test panel, a bench test harness, and a transponder test harness that they will use in the course. Attendees will keep their fabricated test panel and harness projects.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Testing and Inspection with ADS-B Implementation (sold-out)
Aug. 20, 2020
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 and IFR4000 Operations (3 seats remain)
Aug. 21, 2020
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.
NEW! Aircraft Instrument Systems (15 seats remain)
Sept. 28-29, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This 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.
Basic Pitot-Static & Transponder Theory, Testing & Troubleshooting (14 seats remain)
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2020
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.
IFR6000 and IFR4000 Operations (15 seats remain)
Oct. 2, 2020
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.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft (15 seats remain)
Oct. 7-9, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for the homebuilder or avionics technician who is looking for guidance in completing an avionics installation on an experimental aircraft. While the Garmin G3X Touch system is used as an example in the course, the wiring principles and general guidance can be applied to any experimental avionics system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche, this class has something for everyone.
The Regulations of Maintenance (15 seats remain)
Oct. 15-16, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Understanding the regulations of the repair station is only part of the equation. Like pieces of a puzzle, each regulation is needed to fit together in order to fully view the repair station’s requirements. Understanding the regulatory relationship between the business (Part 145); the maintenance it performs (Part 43); the parts it uses (Part 21); as well as the needs of customers (Part 91) are essential to provide regulatory compliant services in aviation maintenance. This session will cover the basics of the maintenance and modification regulations, but more importantly, it focuses on their integrated relationship with the business.
Developing an Internal Audit for Repair Station (15 seats remain)
Oct. 22-23, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course focuses on the basics of internal auditing, providing the tools and methods necessary to meet the international regulatory needs as well as the continuous improvement of the repair station. Many regulatory authorities require a repair station to perform internal audits and require their auditors to be trained.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (14 seats remain)
Nov. 2-4, 2020
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.
ADS-B Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting (14 seats remain)
Nov. 5, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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 Training (15 seats remain)
Nov. 6, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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 (12 seats remain)
Dec. 7-11, 2020
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. This program will review the regulations applicable to a U.S.-certificated repair station engaged in maintenance, preventive maintenance and alterations of U.S.-registered aircraft, components or accessories.
News from AEA Member Companies
Aspen Avionics entered into an agreement in principle to become a member of the AIRO Group of companies. Under this agreement, Aspen Avionics will continue to operate as it does presently; continuing to support the general aviation market segment. 

Garmin announced EASA and FAA certification of Autoland in the Daher TBM 940. The Garmin Autoland system is available as part of the G3000 integrated flight deck and is capable of taking control and landing the aircraft without human intervention in the event the pilot is unable to fly. 

Astronautics Corporation of America, in partnership with Rotorcraft Services Group, announced that RSG has received FAA STC SR01048DE for Astronautics’ AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument on Bell 412/412EP/412HP/412SP/212 helicopters. STC validations from EASA, TCCA, and Agencia Federal de Aviación Civil are expected soon.

Duncan Aviation announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has endorsed its new Powerplant Apprenticeship program, and eight full-time technicians will begin their 24-month apprenticeships this month. Duncan Aviation also extended free in-flight entertainment subscription services to one year with all Gogo AVANCE L5 installations. Susie Corn has accepted the position of regional sales manager for the South Central United States.

Latitude Technologies announced that its Operational Loads Monitoring System and Air Tanker Information System for aerial firefighting aircraft have been selected as factory OEM options on Viking Air Limited's CL-415EAF Enhanced Aerial Firefighter amphibious aircraft. 

Robotic Skies is partnering with Skyports to develop a UAS maintenance program for drone delivery and beyond. Skyports is conducting medical drone deliveries to assist the NHS in Scotland in the battle against COVID-19. Also, Barfield Inc., a subsidiary of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance in the Americas, is now a Robotic Skies authorized repair station for unmanned aircraft component repair at its Louisville, Kentucky, facility.  

Southeast Aerospace received Brazilian validation (ANAC) approval of both its ADS-B Part 25 and Part 29 approved model list supplement type certificates.

West Star Aviation named Timothy Spihlman chief financial officer. West Star also named Bob Fairfield as the new Northeast regional sales manager.

Precision Support Services announced the completion of multiple remote Guimbal Cabri Annuals. Precision completed the remote maintenance on two Cabri G2s with its team of personnel in the states of Texas and California.

Cutter Aviation announced the addition of a dedicated Mobile Response Unit to assist aircraft on the ground in the vicinity of its headquarters located at Phoenix Sky Harbor.

Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems' Greenville, South Carolina, facility successfully completed a multiday surveillance audit with zero nonconformances. This audit marks a four-year anniversary of Stevens’ registration commitment to the AS9110 and ISO9001 Quality Management System standards.

ACR Electronics announced its ARTEX ELT 345 emergency locator transmitter is now FAA approved with multiple antenna and remote switch options. Now approved with a 15-inch antenna and a new two-wire slim-line remote switch, the ELT 345 is available in three different retrofit configurations featuring flexible options that allow for easier and less-expensive installations on experimental and general aviation aircraft.

Peregrine completed a supplemental type certificate, ST00895DE, installing the Garmin G700 TXi Avionics Suite in the Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia series aircraft. 

uAvionix announced the release of pingRX Pro, a new Detect and Avoid ADS-B receiver for professional unmanned aircraft systems. pingRX Pro detects private and commercial aircraft operating on 978 MHz and 1090 MHz. The received aircraft identity, position, and altitude are visualized on a moving map in real-time.

Honeywell and Vertical Aerospace signed a letter of intent naming Honeywell as the supplier for flight deck technologies for its demonstrator aircraft program. Honeywell is also using its Blockchain to fully integrate aircraft record generation and parts data.
Innovative Solutions & Support was awarded FAA supplemental type certification for its ThrustSense Autothrottle system for the Beechcraft King Air 300 series turboprops equipped with the Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics. The ThrustSense system will also be standard equipment on the newly announced King Air 360 upon entry into service. 

Avotek-Online is working to help AMT schools with online classes. Based on the latest ATEC survey, nearly three out of four AMT schools are working to move toward online learning. Schools may purchase access to each subject individually, according to the subject area in Part 147 being presented.

Wysong Enterprises completed the conversion of an Eagle Copter 407 HP from a VIP transport aircraft to a firefighting aircraft for Helicopter Express.

Astronics Corp. reported financial results for the three and six months ended June 27, 2020. Financial results reflect the divestiture of the Test Systems’ semiconductor business on Feb. 13, 2019, and the acquisitions of Freedom Communications Technologies, acquired in July 2019, and the primary operating subsidiaries of Diagnosys Test Systems Limited, acquired in October 2019. Second quarter revenue was $123.7 million with a net loss of $23.6 million. Astronics also announced a recent successful test flight employing its Ku-band tail-mounted antenna technology for the Collins Aerospace KuSAT-2000 SATCOM terminal for the LuxStream business jet connectivity solution.

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. unveiled plans for a new state-of-the-art facility to meet growing demand, despite COVID-19 challenges. Following a record year of increased sales and expanded capabilities in the research, development and manufacture of specialty aviation solutions, the 11-year-old avionics company has outgrown its facility and is completing designs for a new 40,000-square-foot home in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Philadelphia campus will award veteran students, eligible for Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) benefits at the 100% coverage level, a grant that will cover any out-of-pocket tuition costs after their VA benefits and any Pell grants have been applied as long as they do not participate in the federal Title IV Loan programs. The grant is only offered at AIM’s Philadelphia campus. 

Air Plains Services announced the addition of Alpha Systems AOA products as an authorized dealer, offering the company’s full line of stand-alone angle-of-attack systems for a variety of general aviation aircraft, including most Cessna piston models. Air Plains Services also is offering the newly certified Lycoming Electronic Ignition System for its Lycoming 180 hp engines. The Lycoming EIS is a drop-in replacement for one mag, requires no maintenance through TBO and provides precise starts every time. 

L2 Aviation announced that Mode-5 ADS-B upgrades for the U.S. Air Force KC-10 “Extender” Aerial Refueling Tanker Fleet have been completed.

THOMMEN AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT Ltd. introduced an improvement in customer care to its growing global customer network, a technical publications download area on its website. Any current THOMMEN customer or official THOMMEN service center can now apply for an account and download the installation and operation manuals.

FlightSafety International announced that AFWERX selected FlightSmart to participate in the Accelerating Pilots to Combat-Ready Aviators Challenge 2020. FlightSmart was chosen from among more than 200 entrants.  

L3Harris Technologies’ new cockpit voice and data recorder, SRVIVR25 CVDR, has received the FAA Technical Standard Order certification. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and other regulatory bodies also recognize the FAA certification. 

Metro Aviation delivered the first of two EC145e aircraft to HealthNet. HealthNet Aeromedical Services, a statewide hospital-based program headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia, is adding an IFR-equipped Airbus EC145e to its fleet. This is the 11th HealthNet interior completed by Metro Aviation.

Pentastar Aviation's Robert Rufli, vice president of flight operations and director of operations, was elected chairman of the Air Charter Safety Foundation.

StandardAero announced the launch of a new business unit to support business aviation operators with comprehensive Engine Trading Solutions with multiple, affordable options to help extend lifecycles for legacy aircraft.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the all-new Gulfstream G700 flight-test program is making progress with a number of accomplishments in testing and performance. The G700 has flown more than 100 test flights, recently completed company flutter testing and expanded the flight envelope at both high and low speeds. The aircraft also flew beyond its maximum operating speed and cruise altitude, reaching Mach 0.99 and an altitude of 54,000 feet/16,459 meters. Murtaza Hassan was named general manager of the St. Louis facility. Gulfstream also recently opened a hub dedicated to worldwide aircraft parts distribution in Atlanta.
AEA Opens the Door to Your Future:
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. 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 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
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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