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Aircraft Electronics Association - AEA Wired
Aug. 26, 2015
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
The Current 
News from the general aviation industry
AEA Repair Station Members: Take 2015 Rate & Labor Survey by Sept. 4
Would you like to know what the competition is charging for their avionics service and installation? Are shops increasing rates? Are they increasing wages? What is driving business in 2015? AEA member repair shops can find out by completing the 2015 AEA Rate and Labor Survey no later than Sept. 4. All information is kept confidential; respond with confidence and give your company the edge. The online survey only takes a few minutes to complete. Your company must be an AEA member in good standing to participate, and only one survey may be submitted per AEA member company. Go to www.aea.net/survey, and select the appropriate survey for your region. More...

Industry White Paper Outlines Strategy to Reduce Fatal Helicopter Accidents
An association and industry white paper was recently published that outlines a strategy to reduce fatal helicopter accidents by facilitating instrument flight rule operations in lieu of visual flight rules when conditions do not support safe flight under VFR. It also details a proposal to facilitate an economically viable IFR certification plan for single-engine helicopters. The white paper was prepared by the Aircraft Electronics Association; Helicopter Association International; American Helicopter Society International; and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.   More... 

The View From Washington
Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, asked the following question in this month's Avionics News: How many times has an avionics shop's first impression set the tone for a tense working relationship with an FAA inspector? According to Peri, when a new inspector comes in like a storm trooper, defend from making judgements based on a first impression. Remember, the inspector's first impression of you may show your warts -- take the high road and listen! Listen from the inspector's perspective. Translate 'I don't like your manual' to 'we need to look at your business to ensure it meets the regulations.' More... 

Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities

Frequently Asked Questions on ADS-B
Why are portable ADS-B devices not allowed? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News.  More... 

Policy to Discontinue the World Aeronautical Chart
On June 23, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration announced its decision to discontinue providing the World Aeronautical Chart series. According to the FAA, technological advances in aviation navigation capabilities and charting products have made the World Aeronautical Chart series largely obsolete. Charting customers have shifted toward digital chart products. The World Aeronautical Charts are a derivative product from a more-detailed Sectional Aeronautical Chart series. With aviators using the more-detailed large-scale Sectional Aeronautical Charts and the digital versions in the moving map technology found in modern electronic flight bag systems, the World Aeronautical Charts are no longer needed. The discontinuance of this low-demand product allows the FAA to apply those resources to continue to modernize charting for safe and efficient navigation. More...
On the Radar 
Upcoming AEA and industry events

Register Now Button AEA U.S. Central Regional Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, Sept. 10-11
The first of three AEA Regional Meetings in the U.S. takes place in the Show-Me state at the Embassy Suites at KCI Hotel. Registrations may be made in advance online until Sept. 2. A s pecial regulatory training course will take place with a  review of the EASA supplement for U.S.-based FAA repair stations that either hold an EASA Part 145 certificate or are interested in expanding business to include an EASA Part 145 certificate. Also, keep up with the latest product developments from these manufacturers: Aspen Avionics; Avidyne; Avionica; Cobham AvComm; Duncan Aviation; Garmin; Genesys Aerosystems; Gogo Business Aviation; L-3 Aviation Products; Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics; and Universal Avionics Systems Corp.  More...

Register Now
AEA U.S. West Regional Meeting, Reno, Nevada, Sept. 21-22
The Nugget Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada, plays host to the AEA U.S. West Regional Meeting. Registrations may be made in advance online until Sept. 16. A special regulatory training course will take place in Reno with a review of the airworthiness regulations with an emphasis on the responsibilities and privileges contained within the regulations.  More... 

New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Career Expo, Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 24
The New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Career Expo will take place Thursday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Mexico Air National Guard hangar, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The New Mexico Air National Guard has partnered with the New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association to host this event to provide middle school through college-age participants an opportunity to meet and engage with today's leaders of New Mexico's aviation and aerospace industry. More... 

Register Now Button AEA Canada Regional Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Oct. 1-2
The Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites plays host to this annual event. Registrations may be made in advance online until Sept. 24. The event includes a review of the U.S./Canada Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement and doing business across the North American border. Please note that Aug. 31 is the deadline to make a hotel reservation. More...

The Connection
Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry

Liberty University Combines Learning with Business
At Liberty University, students wanting to be an aircraft technician or aviation maintenance manager have a unique learning opportunity -- working in a real-world FAA-certified repair station. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University's School of Aeronautics offers a Bachelor of Science in aeronautics with concentrations in commercial, military, global emphasis (mission work) and unmanned aerial systems; a Bachelor of Science in maintenance management; and an associate degree in aviation maintenance. The university owns and operates an FBO at the Lynchburg Airport as a stand-alone, for-profit business. Called Freedom Aviation, the FBO gives students a peek inside the aviation maintenance industry.  More...  

PS Engineering Introduces New Products, Celebrates 30 Years of Business
In late May, PS Engineering introduced new products to the marketplace, part of the company's year-long celebration marking 30 years in the avionics business. In 1985, two young engineers went to work in a basement to solve a problem; conversations in a small airplane cockpit are uncomfortable at best, impossible at worst. Eric Persson, and Mark Scheuer, the P and S in PS engineering, sketched some circuits, connected some parts, and ultimately started a business called PS Engineering.  More...

In the Classroom 
Professional development opportunities

Certified Repair Station Training Course, Nov. 9-13
A weeklong course divided into training modules designed for startup repair stations as well as mature operations looking to improve their understanding of the regulations, perform internal audits and edit repair stations manuals. Who should attend? 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. Class size is limited and is expected to sell out, so register now to reserve a seat. More... 

Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft, Dec. 2-4
This course is designed for the aircraft technician or homebuilder who is looking for guidance in completing an installation on an experimental aircraft with the popular Garmin G3X Touch large format flight display system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche in this ever-expanding market, this class has something for everyone. T his newly created class will start with an overview of wiring basics but will quickly advance through the common practices involved in wiring.  Students will spend a significant portion of this course learning, hands-on, how to wire the G3X system.  Attendees also learn how to plan, install, interface and configure the G3X Touch screen system that includes a single display, air data, attitude and heading reference system, magnetometer, outside air temperature probe, engine indication system interface and autopilot integration. More...

The Raw Feed

Industry buzz on social media



Industry Insight: Andy Davis of Trig Avionics

Thanks to the production efforts of the Aero-News Network, YouTube viewers can now watch ANN's coverage of the 2015 AEA Convention in Dallas, which took place April 8-11. Here's a look back at Tom Patton's in-depth interview with ANDY DAVIS, chief executive officer for Trig Avionics. More... 


The Static
News from AEA member companies

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL  and Embraer announced that the Legacy 650 simulator located at the Paris-Le Bourget Learning Center has been qualified to Level D by the EASA and the FAA; the company also said that its second Gulfstream G280 aircraft simulator has been qualified to Level D by the FAA. In addition, FlightSafety International selected Aeroglobo to provide Pratt & Whitney Canada Engine training in Brazil, and also said that MICHAEL BURGER was promoted to assistant manager of the company's Learning Center in Teterboro, New Jersey. Finally, FlightSafety International and the West Virginia University Institute of Technology announced an exclusive aviation management degree program partnership. 

DAC INTERNATIONAL, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, reached a distribution agreement with NDT Systems Inc., an industry leader in the design, manufacturing and selling of high-quality, advanced ultrasonic testing equipment to the non-destructive testing marketplace. DAC International will represent the NDT Systems products in the U.S., Belgium, Brazil, Germany and The Netherlands.

ALTO AVIATION expanded its line of premium cabin entertainment systems by adding new fully integrated high-end custom audio/video solutions for business aviation. The company entered into an agreement with Innovative Advantage to use its AVDS nodes as an integral part of the ALTO audio/video solution. The company also named STEVE LORD senior technical sales manager.

GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION entered into a multi-faceted partnership with NASCAR champion BRAD KESELOWSKI

REBTECH said that CRAIG ALLISON was named director of sales and marketing and will be based at the company's headquarters in Bedford, Texas.

BANYAN AIR SERVICE promoted JESSICA SMALLACOMBE to people relations generalist from people relations coordinator. She will manage Banyan's benefits, health and wellness, compliance initiatives and recruitment strategies. In addition, Banyan named ARLISA JERNIGAN director of people relations. The company also named ANDY JORAN as a sales manager for HondaJet Southeast.

AVIONICS INSTRUMENTS ELECTRONICS announced the first installation of the L-3 Modular Airborne Data Recorder/Acquisition System Single-LRU in the DHC-6-300 Twin Otter. The FA5300 series records up to 2,048 words-per second for a minimum of 25 hours and has the capability to record four channels of high-quality audio for up to two hours. 

COMLUX AMERICA completed its ninth VIP interior completion on an Airbus ACJ320 aircraft. 

ROCKWELL COLLINS unveiled ARINC UrgentLink, the first national disaster communications network for public safety that enables first responders, public health, public safety and critical industry officials to communicate with each other when traditional networks are damaged or destroyed. 

JET AVIATION ST. LOUIS recently performed maintenance on three Embraer Lineage business jets at the same time -- a first for the aviation service center. All three Lineages are based in North America, but represent different owners. 

DUNCAN AVIATION said it will no longer charge AOG fees for aircraft parts and exchange orders, including parts shipped directly from Rockwell Collins or Honeywell.

TRIG AVIONICS' ADS-B STC for the TT22 transponder is now available. The associated STC covers 576 aircraft types and allows a range of compliant GPS devices to be used. 

PRO STAR AVIATION purchased HL Tooling LLC, a precision machining company previously located in Northwood, New Hampshire. The new entity -- Pro Star Precision Machining -- is now located in a newly renovated 14,000-square-foot facility based at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Londonderry, New Hampshire. 

WESTERN AIRCRAFT, a Greenwich AeroGroup company located in Boise, Idaho, introduced AUSTIN SHONTZ as vice president and general manager. 

STANDARDAERO signed an agreement with SmartSky Networks to certify and install SmartSky's industry-first, airborne 4G LTE-based, high-speed wireless internet solution for a variety of business aircraft. 

ACR ELECTRONICS' emergency locator transmitter was selected by Southwest Airlines for installation on its Boeing 737MAX aircraft. 

SATCOM DIRECT reached an agreement to acquire Airbus DS SatCom Government Inc. ASGI is a government satellite communications business unit of Airbus Defense and Space for the U.S. market and will operate as a subsidiary of Satcom Direct Communications of Satellite Beach, Florida. In addition, Satcom Direct said it has become the first business aviation communication provider to provision and validate its services over Inmarsat's new Ka-band network. Expected to be available by the end of 2015, Jet ConneX will provide customers fast satellite data rates in business aviation, enhanced by Satcom Direct value-added services. 

ANODYNE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING CORP.'s new 900W Loud Speaker System was installed and certified by AgustaWestland on the AW139 helicopter. 

CONSTANT AVIATION completed its 30th 96-month inspection on the Embraer Legacy 600. 

AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED obtained EASA STC approval on the Bell 206 series and 407 helicopters to modify existing aircraft for night vision capability. 

DALLAS AVIONICS entered into a dealership agreement with Live Wire for its American-made FaultChaser product. 

OSHINO LAMPS AMERICA relocated its U.S. office from Long Island, New York, to Waukesha, Wisconsin.

SPIRIT AERONAUTICS recently fulfilled the requirements to expand its FAA-approved Capabilities List to include additional engine service ratings for turbine powered (jet) engines. 

B. COLEMAN AVIATION recently completed installations of numerous GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION ATG-5000 and Aviator 200/300/350 systems on multiple airframe types, including a Gulfstream IV, Falcon 200 and Global Express.

GA Caucus

Industry advocates on Capitol Hill


In 2009, General Aviation Caucuses were formed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to inform congressional members and staff about the importance of general aviation to the nation's economy and transportation system. Today, the House GA Caucus has grown to become one of the largest caucuses in the House of Representatives. A listing of current House and Senate GA Caucus members is available on the AEA website. More...


Aircraft Electronics Association
About the AEA
Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in 43 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
Email: info@aea.net
Web: aea.net 
Lauren McFarland, director of marketing
Phone: 816-347-8400
Email: laurenm@aea.net

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