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Dec. 10, 2014
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Deputy FAA Administrator to give Keynote Address at AEA Convention

Michael G. Whitaker, the deputy administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration and chief NextGen officer, will address the opening session of the 58th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show, April 8, in Dallas, Texas. Whitaker was sworn into office in June 2013, and he is responsible for helping to ensure the safe and efficient operations of the largest aerospace system in the world. As the FAA's chief NextGen officer, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the agency's NextGen, an air traffic control modernization program shifting from ground-based radar to state-of-the-art satellite technology.  More...


The Age of Unmanned Aircraft Systems 

Whatever you call them -- unmanned aircraft systems, remotely piloted aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles or simply drones, these smart and small flyers are making big news. It's not for their missions in the Middle East. Around the world, unmanned aircraft systems are taking on new and important roles that help save lives, fight fires, monitor crops, provide reliable communications, support archeological surveys and so much more. For example, AEA member Bryan Archer has worked to assist with search and rescue flights in Texas. More...




Regulatory Update

All the latest from the international aviation authorities


Drug Program Management
NATA Compliance Services recently published a reminder that if your company is required by the FAA to give random drug and alcohol test to your employees, the testing program must be completed by year's end. More...  

2014 EASA General Aviation Safety Conference
Rome was the place selected by the European Aviation Safety Agency for a recent workshop on general aviation safety. The workshop was designed to discuss the future of general aviation within Europe, and what the EASA has done and can do in the future to promote the industry and allow it to prosper more than it has in the past 10 years. Review the complete report from Franz Redak, AEA European regulatory consultant. More...

On the Radar 

Upcoming AEA and industry events


Early-Bird Registration ends January 5 for AEA Convention
Registration has opened for the 58th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the premier event for the general aviation avionics industry and the only wholesale avionics show marketed to nearly 90 percent of the international government-certified avionics repair shop industry. Early-bird registration is now open through Jan. 5.

This year's AEA Convention takes place April 8-11, 2015, at Marriott's Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The early-bird price for AEA members is $575; the fee increases to $635 for advance registrations between Jan. 6 and March 18; the on-site registration price is $725. Register today and save!

A new schedule format this year offers attendees more show, more business and networking opportunities, and more convenience, including two full days in the exhibit hall to network with manufacturers and distributors. More...

The Connection

Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry


Avjet Avionics is on a Rocky Mountain High

Fewer than 2,000 people live in Driggs, Idaho, a pioneering small town with artistic flair. Such a small population doesn't normally translate into much customer traffic for a fixed base operator or an avionics shop, but Avjet Avionics is in a unique location. Read more about this AEA member company in this month's Avionics News More... 


A Conversation With Brett Conrad of Five Rings Aerospace

Five Rings Aerospace is an aerospace/aviation consultancy specializing in providing custom-design solutions for aircraft modifications and repairs, and product design and manufacture. The company provides aircraft-design services to fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft operators throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Recently, Avionics News spoke with Brett Conrad, avionics manager, to learn more about his work and life outside the office. More...
In the Classroom 

Professional development opportunities


Begin the New Year with Training

The AEA plays host to three professional development courses in January, at the Dan Derby Center for Professional Development in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Class sizes are limited, so avionics technicians should register early to secure a seat.

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The Raw Feed

Industry buzz on social media



New Avionics Products: Universal Avionics Systems Corp.

Earlier this year, 23 companies introduced new avionics products and services for general aviation at the AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee. For example, Universal Avionics Systems Corp. unveiled its new UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit. Watch the presentation made by Robert Randall, courtesy of the Aero-News Network. More...  


The Static

News from AEA member companies


TRUENORTH AVIONICS announced that SATCOM DIRECT is now an authorized provider for the company's new Simphonē Mobility GSM Service.

FIVE RINGS AEROSPACE, an Australian-based engineering organization, obtained engineering approval authority from the Papua New Guinea Civil Aviation Safety Authority, adding to a similar level of authority from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. The approvals complement the company's Australian CASA Part 21 design approval authority.

TRIG AVIONICS' TY91 and TY92 VHF 8.33 radios can now be ordered as a Dual Control Kit, allowing two radio controllers to integrate with a single Trig radio hardware box.

DAC INTERNATIONAL, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, named KAREL VAN MEEKEREN European director of marketing and sales.

VECTOR AEROSPACE received FAA and EASA certification for development and installation of the Helicopter Terrain Awareness System for AS332 C, L and L1 aircraft. 

JUPITER AVIONICS announced that Grob Aircraft selected Jupiter's JA37-001 Aural Message Generator for installation in the G120TP training aircraft.

GARMIN announced the availability of the Flight Stream 110/210 Bluetooth wireless gateway. Flight Stream enables connectivity and communication between select Garmin avionics and Garmin Pilot on certain iPad/iPhone and Android devices.

EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY Vice President for Corporate Relations and Government Affairs LOUIS C. SENO JR. will donate his late father's Corben Junior Ace aircraft for display at West Michigan Aviation Academy, along with a $150,000 long-term pledge in scholarship support for WMAA graduates attending Embry-Riddle. 

ROCKWELL COLLINS unveiled a new program to equip pilots, flight line maintenance and service repair technicians with on-the-go training on mobile devices. In addition, the company's Venue HD cabin management and entertainment system, Airshow Moving Map and audio/video on-demand streaming solutions, were selected by an undisclosed customer for a wide-body Airbus A340 business jet.

CONSTANT AVIATION named SCOTT BAKER avionics manager for its Cleveland, Ohio, location. 

ALTO AVIATION expanded its Florida research and development facility by 50 percent to support the company's planned growth. The expanded facility houses a testing lab to support in-house DO-160 testing and TSO certification testing. The company also appointed its vice president of engineering, STEVE SCARLATA, as vice president of research and development.

CUTTER AVIATION customers arriving at the Deer Valley, Arizona, location will now enjoy a resurfaced ramp. The project began at the end of September and took just six weeks to complete. In addition, the company's staff collected nonperishable food items, blankets and toys for local food banks, Share & Care and the Humane Society as part of its annual charity efforts.

DUNCAN AVIATION and Vail Valley Jet Center are partnering to provide avionics services to operators requiring avionics assistance at Eagle County Regional Airport in Vail, Colorado. In addition, the company's location in Provo, Utah, received an extension of its authorized service facility agreement with Bombardier Business Aircraft to include the Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft.

HONEYWELL AEROSPACE executives joined members of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to break ground on construction of a new research and development laboratory the company will operate in the northern municipality of Moca.

SATCOM DIRECT entered into a dealership agreement with EMTEQ, soon to be B/E Aerospace, that enables customers to choose EMTEQ's eConnect Suite of Solutions from Satcom Direct's product portfolio. 

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE named MARK KNALL vice president and general manager of the company's facility in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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. 


The congressional caucuses recently lost a few members due to retirement or election defeat in November, and new caucuses will be formed when the next session begins in January 2015. 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
Lauren McFarland, director of marketing
Phone: 816-347-8400

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