Aug. 24, 2022
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Worldwide Avionics Sales Exceed $1.3 Billion in First Half of Year
The Aircraft Electronics Association recently published its second-quarter 2022 Avionics Market Report. In the first six months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $1,343,242,561.43, or more than $1.3 billion as reported by the participating companies.

Second-quarter sales increased 11.7% sequentially from the first quarter of 2022, marking the eighth consecutive quarter of increasing sales. During the second-quarter months of April, May and June, sales increased 19.9% compared to the same time frame one year ago.

The figure represented a 15.8% increase in total sales compared to the first six months of 2021, which was driven by a 35.6% increase in forward-fit sales compared to the same time frame one year ago. The more than $373 million in forward-fit sales marks the second-largest quarterly sales total in that category in the report's history, just shy of the more than $376 million reported in the second quarter of 2019. More...
Aviation's Technology Experts to Connect in Kansas City, Sept. 8-9
Hotel reservations due Friday, Aug. 26
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. These two-day events allow technicians and business owners the opportunity to learn industry best practices; connect with regional sales and product support representatives; satisfy training requirements; see the latest products and services; and receive important updates on the most current regulatory news affecting their business.

The AEA Central Connect Conference is set for Sept. 8-9, at the Hilton Kansas City Airport. Advance registration is open for both attendees and exhibitors. The deadline to make a hotel reservation in the AEA room block is Friday, Aug. 26. More...
Podcast: Let’s Talk All Things Avionics With Garmin’s Phil Straub
Phil Straub, Garmin executive vice president and managing director for aviation, discusses a variety of important topics impacting the avionics industry and the company’s dealer network in this episode of AEA Amplified.

Sponsored by Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog Company, AEA Amplified is a podcast for aviation’s technology experts. Learn more about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies from industry professionals and aviation enthusiasts. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Podbean or Spotify. Listen...
Ask the Industry Poll Results
Which AEA Connect Conference will you attend this year?
Here are the results of the poll question from the Aug. 10 edition of AEA Wired:

  • 26.3% – Kansas City, Missouri (September 8-9)
  • 20.2% – Reno, Nevada (October 5-6)
  • 18.2% – Toronto, Ontario (August 25-26)
  • 14.1% – Munich, Germany (September 19-20)
  • 12.1% – Tampa, Florida (November 2-3)
  • 9.1% – Sunshine Coast, Australia (November 17-18)
Florida Aerospace Training Center:
Lifting communities through avionics training
At Florida Aerospace Training Center in Tampa, Florida, Ivelisse Rivera and Amaudy Torres are tackling big goals. They’re working to train a critically needed workforce for an industry desperate to attract the next generation of avionics technicians while also giving hope and opportunities to underrepresented communities.

Their diverse students – from the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Africa, men and women, and often from low-income households – learn about electronics and how to use tools and test equipment, and receive hands-on training with installing, troubleshooting and repairing electronics and avionics systems. More...
Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) Certification & Endorsements Exams
Test for FREE at AEA Connect Conferences in U.S.
Advance your career and industry knowledge by earning a certification provided by ASTM International. These certifications demonstrate the knowledge base of the advanced aerospace technician and promote integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce.

Repair stations and aviation maintenance professionals across the industry use these certifications to recognize qualified and competent individuals. The FAA formally recognizes the AET certification as equivalent to formal training when showing eligibility for the issuance of a repairman certificate. Exams are free for all those in attendance at the three AEA Connect Conferences in the United States, courtesy of the AEA Educational Foundation. More...
AEA and AEROTEAM Training Solutions to Collaborate on Training
The AEA is collaborating with one of its members, AEROTEAM Training Solutions, to further promote safety by making high-quality training available to the global aviation community. AEROTEAM Training Solutions was founded in 2004 and offers training to fill the gap between competence and performance. Its courses enhance the non-technical skills of maintenance, flight crew and cabin crew, and provide employees with a better tool to solve complicated and/or dangerous tasks in a safe and efficient way.

Located in Billund, Denmark, AEROTEAM Training Solutions is an EASA part-147 approved training organization, and uses a variety of technologies and approaches, including classroom instruction, online and computer-based training and in-house-developed learning games, to ensure training is fun, efficient and, most importantly, sticks with participants long after the program ends. More...
Meet the AEA Board of Directors
Chris Bergman of Columbia Air Services
AEA members recently elected Chris Bergman to the association's board of directors. Bringing more than 30 years of experience in aviation to his new board position, Bergman serves as avionics manager at Columbia Air Services in Groton, Connecticut.

Columbia Air Services is part of a privately owned and operated network of aircraft service centers supporting general and business aviation in the Northeast. Bergman, who joined the company in 1993, oversees the day-to-day operations of the avionics shop, from basic instrument installations to full glass panel retrofits.

Bergman has earned ASTM’s aircraft electronics technician certification with a dependent navigation systems endorsement. He’s also a private pilot with a multiengine rating and has logged some 700 flight hours. More...
Billionaires Behind Commercial Space
The three main players in commercial space operations today are all billionaires. The Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson rivalry has done wonders for improving America’s access to space and putting government and private astronauts in orbit with advanced American know-how and technology. The trio may operate private companies, but they bring many national security benefits to the United States by providing access to space with a variety of new, cutting-edge, American-made rockets. More...
Conversation With Melissa Raddatz of Pro Star Aviation
Full of energy and drive, Melissa Raddatz is all-in all the time, a trait that began at a young age growing up in Minnesota. She served three years as a U.S. Air Force ROTC cadet, earned an airframe and powerplant license, an associate degree in aircraft electronics and bachelor’s degrees in two entirely different fields – speech communication and aviation management.

“I attended the A&P program at Fox Valley Tech in Oshkosh, Wisconsin,” said Raddatz, who was one of the first students to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s aviation management program. “I wanted to expand my knowledge beyond what I had learned in the technical setting. It wasn’t until I was out working in the field that I actually added the bachelor’s degree in aviation management.” More...
CAA NZ Publishes Notice of Requirement (NTC 91.258) Regarding ADS-B Systems
The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand has published Revision 3 to Notice of Requirement (NTC 91.258) regarding Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast systems. The draft revision 3 to CAA Notice NTC 91.258 was issued for the primary purpose to allow glider maintenance engineers authorized under Part 149 by a gliding organization (glider engineers) to install ADS-B systems on gliders only.

With minor edits, the proposed draft notice was accepted and finalized in Notice of Requirement (NTC 91.258) ADS-B systems Revision 3. For more detailed information, review the Summary of Public Submissions and the Revision 3 to NTC 91.258.
New Courses at AEA AERO
Sessions from AEA Convention in New Orleans now available
The AEA’s online training platform called AERO, short for the Aerospace Education Resource Online system, allows users to train at their own pace and operates like a personal learning management system. A dozen new courses that took place at this year's AEA Convention in New Orleans are now available, including OEM technical sessions; Troubleshooting Antennas & Transmission Lines; Marketing Beyond the Runway; How to Succeed in Business (Aviation) Without Really Trying; Clarity is Magnetic -- A Discussion in Leadership & Personal Development; and Airplanes or Marketing: It’s All About the LIFT.

Convention attendees may access the sessions recorded at AEA New Orleans for free, and those AEA members who could not attend the convention may purchase them. Training content is exclusive to AEA members at with a member login and password. AEA AERO will continue to add and update 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.netMore...
Request Your FREE AEA Pilot's Guide
Published annually by the Aircraft Electronics Association, the 2022-23 edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide was recently unveiled. This year marks the 20th annual edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide, a consumer's directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies. The publication helps pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions and locate nearly 1,300 AEA member companies in more than 40 countries, including government-certified repair stations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. It also includes the manufacturers and distributors of these products, as well as technical schools and universities, engineers and consultants for the industry.

Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy of the AEA Pilot's Guide at while supplies last. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA Canada Connect Conference
Toronto, Ontario
Aug. 25-26, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites. More...
AEA Central Connect Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Sept. 8-9, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Hilton Kansas City Airport. More...
AOPA Hangout
Spokane, Washington
September 9-10, 2022
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will bring pilots together for its revamped aviation fly-ins, which are now called Hangouts to better capture the spirit of these new events. The first Hangout is set for Felts Field Airport. Stroll through aircraft displays, chat with aviation vendors, and connect with like-minded individuals while enjoying food trucks, live music, and entertainment. More...
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Munich, Germany
Sept. 19-20, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Hilton Munich Airport. More...
AEA West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Oct. 5-6, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Grand Sierra Resort. More...
ASTM Autonomy in Aviation Symposium
New Orleans, Louisiana
Oct. 18, 2022
Registration is open for ASTM International’s third annual Autonomy in Aviation Symposium, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The event is sponsored by ASTM’s autonomy design and operations in aviation administrative committee (AC377). ASTM AC377 promotes collaboration among a variety of aviation stakeholders aimed at improving safety and efficiency in aviation. The theme of this year’s symposium is Autonomy for Good. More...
NBAA-Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Orlando, Florida
Oct. 18-20, 2022
Join over 23,000 industry professionals for the most important three days of business aviation, with 1,000 exhibitors, two aircraft displays – one inside the exhibit hall and the other outside at Orlando Executive Airport, and more than 50 education opportunities. More...
AEA East Connect Conference
Tampa, Florida
Nov. 2-3, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport - Westshore. More...
AEA South Pacific Connect Conference
Sunshine Coast, Australia
Nov. 17-18, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort. More...
AOPA Aviator Showcase
Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 17-18, 2022
The Aviator Showcase at Fort Worth Alliance Airport will feature an exhibit hall, aircraft display, and educational seminars presented by event sponsors. For pilots looking to upgrade or still searching for the perfect aircraft, local services such as paint shops, avionics manufacturers, and aircraft detailers will be on hand to help. Attendees can also talk to aviation finance professionals, insurers, and dealers about purchasing an aircraft. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Avionics Testing Fundamentals (Sold-Out)
Sept. 12-13, 2022
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 at course completion.
Transponder Service Training (5 seats remain)
Sept. 14, 2022
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 at course completion.
NAV/COMM Equipment Service Training (3 seats remain)
Sept. 15, 2022
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.
Pitot-Static, Transponder, and ADS-B: Testing & Inspection (Sold-Out)
Sept. 16, 2022
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.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (Sold-Out)
Sept. 26-28, 2022
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 (17 seats remain)
Sept. 29-30, 2022
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. The 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.
AVX-10K & IFR6000/4000 Operations Training (14 seats remain)
Oct. 13-14, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This day-and-a-half course is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate and configure IFR6000 and IFR4000 to verify and maintain transponder, UAT, TCAS, DME, ILS, VOR, Comms and ELT. Plus a complete review all features and benefits of the AVX-10K Flight Line Test Set with emphasis on testing transponder (Mode S and ADS-B In/Out), UAT, TCAS and DME.
Aircraft Instrument Systems (11 seats remain)
Oct. 18-19, 2022
Virtual-Live Course
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.
ADS-B Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting (12 seats remain)
Oct. 25, 2022
Virtual-Live Course
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 (14 seats remain)
Oct. 26, 2022
Virtual-Live Course
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.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft (11 seats remain)
Oct. 26-28, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is targeted for the homebuilder or avionics technician who wants to learn about performing an avionics installation in an experimental aircraft. The class focuses on the Garmin G3X Touch system, and a simplified example harness is constructed as part of the hands-on portion of the class. While the G3X Touch system is the primary focus, 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.
Certified Repair Station Training (19 seats remain)
Jan. 9-13, 2023
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 plan to attend.
News from AEA Member Companies
West Star Aviation's Travis Reed was recognized for AMT’s 40 Under 40 Award. He is currently the quality control inspector at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, location.

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. CEO Brian Wall will retire effective Aug. 19, 2022. Wall will continue to serve AEM in a consulting role for the next 12 months and has joined the board of Structural Monitoring Systems PLC. Effective Aug. 22, 2022, Taylor Wylie will become general manager.

Duncan Aviation showcased a Citation VII that was purchased through its aircraft sales and acquisition team and immediately taken to the full-service facility in Battle Creek, Michigan, to receive new paint, full interior refurbishment, Universal Insight Flight Deck install, Gogo AVANCE L3, and USB Power Ports. Also, Kody Keller, assistant manager of interior/completions accepted the position of manager of interiors at Battle Creek.

ALTO Aviation introduced a new Cadence direct replacement/upgrade program to solve passenger control obsolescence in retrofit Falcon 900B, older Gulfstream GIV, and other aftermarket aircraft equipped with non-serviceable Baker DECU switch panels.

Cutter Aviation appointed Melanie Teal as client relationship manager.

Clay Lacy Aviation broke ground on a $20 million, 11-acre FBO and MRO development at Waterbury-Oxford Airport; it is one of the largest private investments in the Connecticut Airport Authority’s general aviation airport system and will create over 600 jobs.

FreeFlight Systems announced that the RA-6500 and RA-5500 TERRAIN series radar altimeters have received TSO certification from the FAA.

StandardAero’s regional turbine center in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, received new authorizations from both Argentina and Chile aviation authorities to perform OEM-approved aircraft engine MRO services for operators of aircraft registered in those two countries.

Pro Star Aviation increased its team of technicians to meet the high demand for business aviation maintenance and installations. New maintenance technicians are Sean Bresnahan, Joseph Daley and Danielle Vezina; structural technician Andrew Hixson; and installation technician Eric Lantigua.

Air Plains Services is now offering the new Trig TX56 and TX57 stack nav/comm unit.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. appointed two new regional sales managers for customer support, Laura Casey and John Miller.

Pilot John International, formerly Carolina GSE, announced the completion of its aircraft equipment distribution and service center expansion in New Bern, North Carolina. It also announced a new distributor partnership with MyGoFlight; Pilot John customers can now purchase top-rated pilot supplies from MyGoFlight. Pilot John International also will attend the Air Carriers Purchasing Conference, Aug. 27-30, in San Diego, California.
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...
Are You Hiring? 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.
Aircraft Electronics Association
3570 NE Ralph Powell Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Phone: 816-347-8400
Fax: 816-347-8405
Rachel Hill, AEA director of advertising
Phone: 816-366-5109

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