AEA Connect Conferences Resume in Calgary, September 6-7: Where Will You Connect in 2018?
Registration is now open to individuals wanting to attend and for companies to exhibit at upcoming AEA Connect Conferences at a location near you. The 2018 AEA Connect Conferences are two-day events that personally connect general aviation industry professionals, avionics repair stations, manufacturers, regulators and educators. The first AEA Connect Conference takes place in Calgary, Alberta, Sept. 6-7. Advance registration is now closed for this event, but on-site registration will be available.
The AEA Connect Conference is the place for avionics professionals to satisfy annual training requirements and keep up to date with all the regulatory changes and the latest product developments from a variety of manufacturers. With an exhibit hall filled with the latest avionics technologies and services, attendees have the opportunity to see, touch and feel new products and visit face-to-face with the OEMs.
Avionics Salaries: Get the Full Picture!
Labor Day, Sept. 3, is the deadline for AEA members to participate in the annual AEA Rate and Labor Survey. If you don't know what a competitive wage is, how can you expect to attract qualified talent? Participating companies will be the first to see the results. The AEA Rate and Labor Survey collects industry data from members and gives you the full report, which means you get more details for better business decisions. The online survey only takes a few minutes to complete. Your company must be an AEA member in good standing, and only one survey may be submitted per AEA member company.
FAA Tracks Current ADS-B Equipage Levels
With only 16 months remaining for aircraft owners to meet the FAA's ADS-B Out mandate by Jan. 1, 2020, in the United States, the agency is updating the fleet's equipage levels on its website. As of Aug. 1, 2018, 44,058 general aviation fixed-wing aircraft in the U.S. have been equipped.
Overall, a total of 61,101 aircraft have been equipped to date. To see the FAA's report on equipage levels,
Brexit and AEA's Membership: Surviving Under the Latest Guidance
How will Brexit affect the typical Aircraft Electronics Association repair station member? Although the full details are not yet known, the prima facie thoughts have been published by the European Commission, and these thoughts could reflect future problems for some AEA members. In summary, U.K.-originated EASA Form 1 will be considered invalid in the European Union (and for installation on EU-registered aircraft) after Brexit. To learn more about this topic from Jason Dickstein's article in this month's
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA Canada Connect Conference
Sept. 6-7, 2018
As an avionics professional, you understand the true value of connecting with your industry peers, so join us at the AEA Canada Connect Conference at the Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel. It's the premier avionics event that connects the avionics industry in Canada this year. Advance registration has closed, but on-site registration will be available.
AEA U.S. East Connect Conference
Sept. 12-13, 2018
Online registration is now available through Sept. 5. Hotel reservations should be made at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport-Westshore.
AEA U.S. West Connect Conference
Sept. 24-25, 2018
Online registration is now available through Sept. 18, and hotel reservations at the Grand Sierra Resort must be made by Aug. 25.
AEA U.S. Central Connect Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 3-4, 2018
Online registration is now available through Sept. 25, and hotel reservations at the Hilton Kansas City Airport must be made by Sept. 12.
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Oct. 16-18, 2018
Join more than 25,000 industry professionals for the third-largest trade show in the United States. The three-day event brings together current and prospective aircraft owners, manufacturers and customers into one meeting place.
International Rotorcraft Safety Conference
Oct. 23-25, 2018
The Federal Aviation Administration will host the 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas. The conference will feature presentations and seminars in an effort to reduce the national helicopter accident rate, particularly among small operators.
AEA U.S. South Pacific Connect Conference
Gold Coast, Australia
Nov. 5-6, 2018
Online registration is now available through Oct. 26, and hotel reservations at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Hotel must be made by Oct. 5.
New Zealand's NMIT Creates World-ready Graduates
New Zealand’s South Island is renowned for its beautiful landscapes – a mix of mountains and valleys, forests and glaciers. The pace is slower here than on the North Island where about half the country’s population lives near the bustling, multicultural city of Auckland.
At the top end of this quiet island, students study aviation maintenance at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Located on New Zealand Air Force Base Woodbourne, the government-owned school offers several aviation-focused programs, including a two-year certificate in aeronautical engineering.
Avionics Training and Professional Development
Pitot-Static and Transponder Training Theory & Practice
Sept. 20-21, 2018
For the entry-level technician or those looking for basic training to learn how to perform pitot-static and transponder certifications. This course is recommended as a prerequisite to AEA’s Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification course. This two-day course provides the attendee with the history, theory of operation, system setup, hands-on testing and troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks. The latest equipment from DFW Instruments and Laversab will be used in the course.
Basic Aircraft Electrical
Oct. 22-23, 2018
This course is designed for the avionics technician, aircraft maintenance technician or homebuilder who wants to improve their understanding of aircraft electrical systems and electricity. It will provide an overview of the fundamentals of electricity and their practical application in aircraft. From currents and calculations to schematics and systems troubleshooting, this two-day course is the perfect primer for an entry-level technician or the skilled homebuilder ready to tackle avionics installation.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft
Oct. 24-26, 2018
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.
Certified Repair Station Training
Dec. 3-7, 2018
This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations. It is for current quality managers, technicians, mechanics, and repairmen who are involved in the management of a repair station, as well as individuals looking to establish a 14 CFR Part 145 repair station.
News from AEA Member Companies
FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL unveiled a new PT6 engine familiarization training program for pilots, which will be offered in Botucato, Brazil; Montreal, Canada; and at other FlightSafety locations in the near future. FlightSafety International also was awarded Bell TH-57 Aircrew Training Services and Boeing C-17 Aircrew Training System contracts. In addition, FlightSafety International and HAITE Aviation Safety and Training Pte. Ltd. signed an agreement for the purchase of a full flight simulator for the Airbus A320 aircraft.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, was signed as an Embraer Executive Jets Authorized Service Center for the full maintenance support of Phenom 100/300 and Legacy 450/500 aircraft and line maintenance for Legacy 600 and 650 aircraft.
EPPS AVIATION completed a dual TXi installation in a P-180 Avanti Piaggio. The complete package included dual Garmin GTN 750 GPS/Nav/Comm/MFDs, dual Garmin ADS-B transponders, Garmin GDL 69 XM Receiver, Garmin GWX 70 Weather Radar and a Garmin 35C Remote Audio Processor.
SATCOM DIRECT Brazil, the regional headquarters for business aviation connectivity, software and hardware provider SD, appointed São Paulo-based Avionics Services as the first SD hardware dealer and installer in Latin America during LABACE 2018. Satcom Direct also is participating “virtually” in Australia’s most challenging aviation competition – The Classic Safari Company Outback Air Race time-trial.
BANYAN AIR SERVICE completed its first installation of a Gogo AVANCE L5 system on a Bombardier Challenger 300. The project involved the removal of the interior, installation of the L5 system, re-installation of the interior and the final touch-up paint.
DUNCAN AVIATION was recently named a Héroux-Devtek Distributor, one of only five worldwide. In addition, Duncan Aviation’s market research team found that although the FAA’s deadline for upgrading business aviation aircraft to ADS-B is only 16 months away, 52 percent of the aircraft in the industry have yet to comply, and roughly 14,000 business jets still need the mandated upgrades.
SOCAL JETS has positioned the company to help the business aviation industry complete ADS-B Out installations in only three days. This new solution will significantly cut down lead-time and guarantee parts availability, according to the company.
HONEYWELL is expanding its internal engineering and product testing services to commercial and military aerospace manufacturers at 24 locations around the globe.
ADAMS AVIATION is now the exclusive stocking distributor for the Compact Line by
BECKER AVIONICS. Adams Aviation also will have Garmin’s European G3X team, complete with demo panels of the latest in avionics, on its stand again at this year's Light Aircraft Association Rally, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2.
uAVIONIX and FLARM Technology announced a partnership to collaborate on electronic conspicuity and detect-and-avoid solutions for manned and unmanned aircraft.
MID-CANADA MOD CENTER President
Bill Arsenault announced the completion of another company first – this one involving an extensive cockpit update and redesign to a “classic” of the industry – the Boeing 737-200. The project was completed earlier this summer, and the aircraft returned to service with a specialized Canadian-based charter and cargo operator.
ASTRONICS CORP. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics PGA, was selected by AMAC Aerospace to provide VIP entertainment and cabin management systems for a widebody interior completion on a Boeing 747-8i VIP jet.
AIRPLUS MAINTENANCE GmbH has been successfully audited by the Russian Aviation Authority and has now been approved for the maintenance of Russian-registered aircraft.
CONSTANT AVIATION was recognized by ERC as one of Northeast Ohio’s 99 best places to work, the sixth time Constant Aviation has received the NorthCoast 99 award.
CUTTER AVIATION promoted
Kyle Turner to client relationship manager supporting Pilatus Aircraft clients and named
Evan York as the charter sales and aircraft acquisitions representative for Cutter Aviation’s Charter & Flight Management Department.
GARMIN acquired FltPlan, an electronic flight planning, scheduling and trip support services provider, widely known for its FltPlan.com web portal and FltPlan Go mobile application.
Looking for a Job in the Avionics Industry?
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the career listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA careers page 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 career listings and see what's on your horizon. Are you up to the challenge?
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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.