Dec. 26, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Early-bird Registration Ends Dec. 31 for AEA Convention in Nashville
Less than one week remains to take advantage of early-bird registration for the 63rd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the largest 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 2020. The event takes place March 24-27, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Attendees must register by Dec. 31, 2019, to receive the early-bird discount price of $675 (AEA member rate) for a full convention registration. The early-bird promotion offers a $180 per person savings off the on-site registration fee. The attendee full registration package includes: four days of seminars and technical training sessions; exhibit hall entrance for two full days with lunch; and networking with manufacturing and distributors. More...
ADS-B Deadline Arrives in Five Days
It may be the holiday season, but many AEA member repair stations are busy with work to equip thousands of aircraft with ADS-B Out avionics to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration's deadline of New Year's Day.

By Jan. 1, 2020, aircraft must be equipped with ADS-B Out to fly in most controlled airspace. For all the details about the FAA's equipage mandate, visit the Equip ADS-B website. More...
ADS-B Apogee: 2019 AEA Rate & Labor Survey Looks Beyond a Very Good Year
Since the Federal Aviation Administration announced its requirement, ADS-B has been on a business trajectory whose apogee is the mandated deadline of Jan. 1, 2020. Installation demands increased with the deadline’s proximity, so it was no surprise when not one avionics repair station responding to last year’s Aircraft Electronics Association Rate & Labor Survey expected their business to decline in 2019.  More...
Be Careful What You Wish For
For those who attended the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in October, you certainly noticed the unmanned aircraft systems and urban air mobility exhibits and conversations. The one element most concerning to me was the cry for the worldwide civil aviation authorities (including the International Civil Aviation Organization) to hurry up and regulate this new industry. Be careful what you wish for. More...
2020 AEA Europe Connect Conference set for Jan. 23-24 in Cologne, Germany
Europe’s aviation’s technology experts will Connect with their industry peers at the 34th annual AEA Europe Connect Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Cologne, Germany, Jan. 23-24, 2020. Join us for the premier avionics event that connects shop owners, managers and lead technicians in Europe. Registration is now open to avionics professionals who want to attend and for companies to exhibit.

Get the latest technical information from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers, and satisfy repair station training requirements. Learn about new products, their application, certification and installation. From selling to installation, configuration and certification testing, the AEA Connect Conference is where aviation's technology experts gather to answer your questions. And 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. More...
AEA Scholarship Applications Now Available
The Aircraft Electronics Association will award more than 20 scholarships totaling more than $100,000 for the 2020-21 school year to students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies.

Since its inception, the AEA scholarship program has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships. Numerous awards are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $35,000 each. Scholarship applications are available online, and the deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2020. 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...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Cologne, Germany
Jan. 23-24, 2020
Online registration is available through Jan. 17. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hyatt Regency Cologne. More...
Anaheim, California
Jan. 27-30, 2020
Looking for your next aircraft, vendor, mentor, job, or professional development or employment opportunity? You’ll find them all in Anaheim. This event includes hundreds of education courses with 18,000 industry professionals and 700 exhibitors. More...
International Women in Aviation Conference
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
March 5-7, 2020
The 31st annual event takes place at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Participants gain extensive networking opportunities and a diverse schedule of educational sessions and social activities. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Nashville, Tennessee
March 24-27, 2020
Aviation's technology experts will convene at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for the 63rd 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 will save attendees $180 per person off the on-site fee and is available through Dec. 31. More...
Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo
Lakeland, Florida
March 31-April 5, 2020
The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, an aviation tradition for the past 45 years, will have a name change for its 2020 event. The largest fundraising event for the Aerospace Center for Excellence will be renamed the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo to reflect the mission to engage, educate and accelerate the next generation of aerospace professionals.  More...
Aero Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen, Germany
April 1-4, 2020
Join more than 600 exhibitors from 35 countries, 33,000 visitors and 600 journalists from all over the world for AERO Friedrichshafen. At Lake Constance, numerous companies will be displaying their latest products and innovations, covering the whole industry from ultralights and gliders to business jets, helicopters and electric aircraft as well as avionics and maintenance.  More...
Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE)
Shanghai, China
April 21-23, 2020
ABACE brings together thousands of business aviation leaders, entrepreneurs and other purchase decision-makers. In partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority and co-hosted by the National Business Aviation Association and the Asian Business Aviation Association, ABACE takes place at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre. More...
Boston, Massachusetts
May 4-7, 2020
At the world’s largest event for unmanned and autonomous systems, explore today’s proven capabilities and tomorrow’s advancements through hands-on exhibits and interactive demos. More...
TQ Aircraft Electronics Takes the Long View in North America
While the German leadership team at TQ Aircraft Electronics hopes to capture a sizeable portion of North America’s general aviation avionics market, they’re not in a hurry to do so. They’re taking time to learn the local market before diving in too deep, too fast. It’s a strategy that takes patience for sure, but just might pay a healthy dividend in the decades to come.

“Just as in the beginning of our company, we are starting out small,” said Frank Denk, president and chief executive officer of TQ Systems USA and TQ Aircraft Electronics. “We want to build not only the best products we can, but also ensure those products meet the needs of today’s customers. It’s a goal we feel is very much achievable.” More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Congratulations to Jack Shields of Atlas Aircraft Center, who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for being the first person to submit the correct answer in this month's Mystery Make and Model challenge featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired. The unit is an Aeronetics HSI-8000.

Avionics technicians can put their "inside" knowledge to work in the next issue of AEA Wired. Stay tuned for the next Mystery Make and Model challenge! 
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
Avionics Installation and Integration Training
Jan. 27-29, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation Course and/or have a couple years of basic avionics installation practice and are looking for more experience integrating common general aviation installations. Technicians will learn how to plan, install, interface, configure and check out an installation consisting of a Garmin GTN 650 touchscreen nav/comm/GPS, Garmin GTX 345 transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Testing and Inspection with ADS-B Implementation
Jan. 30, 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 to meet the mandate.
RVSM Maintenance and IFR6000 Operations
Jan. 31, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Attendees will be introduced to the regulations, documentation, test equipment and maintenance practices associated with performing RVSM maintenance for aircraft. This course assumes the attendee has good operating knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations 91.411, 91.413 and 91.227 paragraph (d). The afternoon session 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 systems.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft
Feb. 17-19, 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
Garmin received FAA STC approval, in conjunction with EASA and Transport Canada validation for the GTX 335D and GTX 345D. These Diversity transponders provide ADS-B Out coverage and visibility, while operating throughout the global airspace system. 

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics is extending its business hours effective Jan. 2, 2020. Customer service and sales representatives will be available 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. 

Duncan Aviation announced the creation of its new PMA Library. This database consists of more than 75 PMAs, all of which are available for sale. Duncan Aviation also was recognized by Bombardier Aviation for its performance as a top authorized service facility in the support of Bombardier customers.

Aspen Avionics announced the Evolution MAX series of displays is approved for sale in EASA regulated countries. 

PIC Wire & Cable, a division of The Angelus Corp., received a 2019 Military & Aerospace Technology Innovator Award in recognition of its new MACHFORCE connector's unique design and contribution to solving high-speed data interconnect challenges.

Thommen Aircraft Equipment Ltd. announced first deliveries of its digital multifunction display replacement solution for legacy CRT displays installed on AW129 helicopters.

Innovative Solutions & Support announced that the FAA has awarded a first-of-its-kind STC to IS&S for protection against one-engine-inoperative catastrophic loss-of-control accidents. The IS&S auto-throttle upset protection system automatically adjusts power in the operating engine to provide the maximum safe thrust, preventing loss of control yaw that can catastrophically upset the aircraft. The system is available for rapid turn-around retrofit.

Safe Flight Instrument Corp. announced the promotion of Maria Ferrara to the new position of vice president manufacturing.  
West Star Aviation announce that Tommi Krell has assumed leadership for marketing the component repair business units, Dallas Aeronautical Services, Flite Components and Avant Aerospace. West Star Aviation also completed its first 20-year Global Express inspection at its East Alton, Illinois, location.

FreeFlight Systems announced that the company's new RAD-45 radar altimeter display is now shipping and available for installation. 

Genesys Aerosystems announced that the IDU-680 EFIS displays earned FAA supplemental type certification for the Bell 412EP and 412 helicopters. The architecture for these platforms includes four IDU-680s with full avionics integration, and EICAS engine and warning displays. 

Thom Duncan Avionics, an aircraft FAA Part 145 repair station, overcame a government shutdown and lack of general funding to obtain the Air Agency Certification from the FAA on Dec. 3, 2019.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. opened its second company-owned maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Southern California, one of the world’s busiest corridors for Gulfstream business jets. Gulfstream also announced its Savannah-based fleet has flown more than 1 million nautical miles/1.85 million kilometers on sustainable aviation fuel. Gulfstream also announced its 600th Gulfstream G550 has been delivered to a customer.

Astronics Corp. announced that Robert S. Keane has joined its board of directors, effective Dec. 9, 2019.

Honeywell is working with iTRACE and SecureMarking to bring transparency and increased security to the e-commerce market of aerospace products via blockchain technology.

FlightSafety International was selected by Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH to provide a full flight simulator and cabin trainer for the Embraer E2 190-300 aircraft. The company also announced that Matthew De Foe was promoted to manager of the company’s Paris Le Bourget Learning Center.

Constant Aviation was certified as an active participant in the FAA Part 5 Voluntary Safety Management System program.
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.
Aircraft Electronics Association
3570 NE Ralph Powell Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Phone: 816-347-8400
Fax: 816-347-8405
Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive
Phone: 816-366-5109

The "AEA Wired" e-newsletter is published twice a month by the AEA.