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Dec. 24, 2014
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ADS-B Part 23 and Part 25 Installations Forum, January 12-13

The Aircraft Electronics Association will play host to an FAA and industry forum to address the challenges of ADS-B Out installations in the Part 23 and 25 arena. Companies that manufacture ADS-B Out products or install these products should plan to attend this forum at the AEA's international headquarters in Lee's Summit, Missouri. The agenda is to investigate ADS-B Out from the installer's challenges, including availability of products; availability of supplemental type certificates; integration challenges; utility of field approvals; and customer motivation. Representatives from the FAA's Avionics Maintenance Branch, the Small Airplane Directorate and the Transport Directorate will be in attendance. The complimentary forum is divided into two sections, and industry professionals may attend both days or select the day that meets your needs. The forum begins Monday, Jan. 12, from 1-5 p.m. CST with a discussion on Part 23 installation challenges. It concludes Tuesday, Jan. 13, with a full-day to address Part 25 installation challenges. Seats are limited, so please register only one representative per company. Register...


Steve Wysong Joins AEA Board of Directors 

Steve Wysong, president of Wysong Enterprises of Blountville, Tennessee, has been appointed by David Loso, chairman of the AEA board of directors, to complete the term of a vacated director seat. He replaces Brian Wilson who stepped down from the board after accepting a different position within the industry. Wysong has served on the AEA's government and industry affairs committee, and he has participated in several FAA/industry rotorcraft forums hosted by the AEA. 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...  

Transport Canada Regulatory and Standards Activities
After a few years with little activity in the regulation and standards area for Transport Canada Civil Aviation, the agency's Policy and Regulatory Services branch has been busy implementing the new Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council system and cleaning up the backlog of notices of approved amendments. More...

On the Radar 

Upcoming AEA and industry events


Early-Bird Registration ends January 5 for AEA Convention
If you are planning to attend the AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Dallas, April 8-11, 2015, there are just a few days remaining to take advantage of the early-bird registration fee, which expires Jan. 5.

This year's event takes place at Marriott's Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. 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


Coping with the Cold: Alaska's Merrill Field Instruments gets Resourceful 

On a chilly afternoon at Lake Hood in Alaska, technicians lift an aircraft out of the water with a float truck. Biting wind and frosted metal make for cold hands and red faces, but the crew presses on with the task. Lake Hood, the world's busiest seaplane base, handles nearly 200 daily operations, and now Merrill Field Instruments is helping to service the more than 1,100 aircraft based there. Learn more about this AEA member company in Avionics News More... 


What's Working? Duncan Aviation's On-Target Turntime 

Duncan Aviation technicians and managers have been exploring project efficiency and planning in an effort to get customers back in the air faster, and to continue to ensure accurate out dates for aircraft service work. The rest is the company's On-Target Turntime program. Avionics News explores the best practices that are working for Duncan Aviation in this month's issue. 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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New Avionics Products: BendixKing

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, BendixKing unveiled its new AeroWave 100. Watch the presentation made by Jim Zanino, courtesy of the Aero-News Network. More...  


The Static

News from AEA member companies


EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY was given a Top School designation for the sixth straight year by Military Advanced Education magazine in its Guide to Colleges and Universities. Active-duty military and veterans comprise 54 percent of Embry-Riddle's total enrollment. 

GARMIN unveiled its new GDL 69 and GDL 69A SXM datalink receivers, offering access to new weather service packages with lower activation fees and made available by SiriusXM Satellite Radio audio.

GULF COAST AVIONICS completed a full digital upgrade on a Bell 412EP helicopter operated by the Panamanian Servicio Nacional Aeronaval.

DAC INTERNATIONAL reached a multiyear distribution agreement with ESTERLINE CMC ELECTRONICS. DAC will serve as an international distributor of CMC's new CMA-6800 LCD displays that is designed to replace aging CRT units in older business jets.

BECKER AVIONICS received Silver Medal Supplier status by Xi'an Aircraft Company Ltd. in China. Previously, Becker Avionics was a Bronze level supplier.

EDMO DISTRIBUTORS added two new regional sales managers, THAI JOHNSON and DANIEL SMITH, to the outside sales team.

JEPPESEN helped UK-based Flybe achieve paperless operational authorization from the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Flybe integrated Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro on iPad as its electronic flight bag solution fleet-wide. Jeppesen also helped SmartLynx Airlines gain paperless operation authorization from the Latvian Civil Aviation Authority.

SATCOM DIRECT launched a new data center solutions provider, TerraCom Direct.

ROCKWELL COLLINS was awarded a contract by Boeing to provide its next-generation, large-format flight displays, integrated surveillance system and select flight control systems as standard equipment on the Boeing 777X. In addition, Rockwell Collins selected ASTRONICS CORP.'s Astronics Ballard Technology as the preferred vendor for avionics databus test products under a long-term enterprise sourcing agreement.

VALAIR AVIATION completed an agreement with Blackhawk Modifications that renews Valair as an installation and service center for Blackhawk's line of PT6A new engine upgrades.

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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