Dec. 27, 2017
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
The Current
News from the general aviation industry
Monte Mitchell Scholarship Applications Now Available for AEA Members
Employees with an AEA member company may now apply for the Monte Mitchell Scholarship, which covers transportation and hotel costs to attend the AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas, March 26-29, 2018. The scholarship also provides one complimentary full convention registration. The winner’s employer will be responsible for all remaining costs. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2018. This scholarship honors Monte Mitchell’s service of more than 40 years to the Aircraft Electronics Association
and the general aviation industry.  See scholarship application
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Allows Immediate Expensing
The U.S. Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Dec. 20, and the bill includes a provision for immediate expensing of new and used equipment, including factory-new and pre-owned aircraft, provided it is the taxpayer's first use of the aircraft. After the year 2022, a phasedown of bonus depreciation begins in increments of 20 percent each year for qualified aircraft acquired and placed in service before Jan. 1, 2027. The National Business Aviation Association published an overview of the bill and key provisions impacting the general aviation industry. More...
Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find information on an acceptable receiving inspection for my repair station (maintenance business)? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. More...
Fundamentals of Safety
According to Ric Peri's "View from Washington" column in this month's Avionics News, "The ultimate goal of safety is simple -- just be safe; do no harm. While the fundamental of safety is consistent regardless of size or complexity of the business, the structure of the safety program will likely differ." To read Peri's entire article, click here.
On the Radar
Upcoming AEA and industry events
HAI Heli-Expo
Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb. 26-March 1, 2018
The largest helicopter exposition in the world takes place in Las Vegas. Join 20,000 industry professionals and more than 700 exhibitors. The exhibits will be open Feb. 27-March 1. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 26-29, 2018
The annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show is the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. It also is the platform of choice for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to the marketplace. Advance registration is available through March 2. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas; make your hotel reservation before Feb. 21. More...
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Prague, Czech Republic
April 24-25, 2018
Save the date for the avionics industry event of the year in Europe. This conference is set for the Prague Marriott Hotel. Online registration will begin after the new year.  More...
The Connection
Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry
Design, Build, Install, Maintain: Switzerland's Kuerzi Avionics Does It All
In Switzerland’s eastern countryside, Kuerzi Avionics takes on big projects. The family-owned, EASA-approved organization designs, produces and maintains avionics, modifies cockpits, and installs the latest instruments and avionics on fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The most complex projects can take up to one year, requiring deft engineering by the company’s avionics specialists. More...
Guilford Technical Community College is Expanding its Avionics Training with a Certificate Program
Avionics News recently spoke with Nicolas Yale, director of aviation programs at Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro, North Carolina, to learn how the institution is meeting the need to educate the industry’s next generation of avionics technicians.  More...
In the Classroom
Professional development opportunities
Avionics Training Available at AEA International Headquarters
IFR 6000 Operations Training Course
Jan. 12, 2018
This course is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate the IFR 6000 to verify and maintain transponder, UAT, TCAS and DME systems.
Avionics Installation and Integration Training
Jan. 15-17, 2018
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA's Basic Wiring and 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/com/GPS, Garmin GTX 33ES remote transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification 
with ADS-B Implementation Session
Jan. 18, 2018
Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder certification testing. 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 & Advanced Transponder Training
Jan. 19, 2018
Attendees will be introduced to the regulations, documentation, test equipment and maintenance practices associated with performing RVSM maintenance and will follow with an in-depth look at Mode S transponders. This course assumes the attendee has good operating knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations 91.411 and 91.413.
Basic Aircraft Electrical
Jan. 29-30, 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. This course 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
Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 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 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.
The Static
News from AEA member companies
ROCKWELL COLLINS  was named America’s Most JUST Company in the aerospace and defense industry, according to Forbes and JUST Capital, a nonprofit that ranks the largest publicly traded corporations in the United States on the issues Americans care about most. The company also announced that its large-format flight display upgrade for Boeing 767 aircraft received EASA type certification.

L2 CONSULTING SERVICES named David Zeigler director of business development.

GARMIN announced that the all-in-one GDL 52 portable aviation receiver is now available. The GDL 52 is the first portable receiver capable of receiving ADS-B weather and dual-link, as well as SiriusXM Aviation weather and audio for display and control on select portables and mobile devices.

TRIG AVIONICS announced that its new audio panels (TMA45 and TMA44) will start shipping in January. The audio panels are a companion for Trig TY96 and TY96A stack radios; however, they also support third-party products. In addition, Trig's latest TT26 certified transponder allows UAS platforms to meet ICAO international airspace surveillance standards up to 70,000 feet.

COBHAM AEROSPACE COMMUNICATIONS announced it has begun production of a remote controller for the RT-7000PMR (Panel Mount Radio). Part of the Flexcomm family of airborne tactical radios, the new RT-7000RCDU (Remote Control Display Unit) connects to an RT-7000PMR and replicates the radio’s primary control and display in every way. Cobham’s RT-7000RCDU will be manufactured in Prescott, Arizona.
BANYAN Pilot Shop based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport played host to an aviation career day Dec. 9, and had 67 attendees to network with the flight schools and colleges.

AVMAX has taken delivery of four aircraft in its fifth batch of a 27 Dash 8-100 aircraft purchase deal from Piedmont Airlines Inc.

DUNCAN AVIATION announced it has brought more than 500 aircraft into compliance with the FAA’s ADS-B mandate. All Duncan Aviation full-service facilities (Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska and Provo, Utah) and every Duncan Aviation Satellite Avionics Shop throughout the country have performed installations and upgrades. In addition, Rockwell Collins named Duncan Aviation as a top Corporate Aircraft Service Program dealer for 2017 for achieving significant increases in enrollments for the year. 

FLAMINGO AIR was selected as a training center for American Airlines.

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. announced its Top Dealers of 2017 to be Avmax for North and South America (Americas) and Heli-One Norway for International Dealer of the Year.

GULF COAST AVIONICS completed a Garmin glass panel and ADS-B Out/In upgrade on a Cessna 414A Chancellor pressurized twin.

ASTRONICS Test Systems was recognized as a 2017 Top Workplace by the Orange County Register, placing in the top 20 of mid-sized businesses for the first time.
Avionics Careers
Job postings, career resources and scholarships
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? More... 
Need to Post a Job? The AEA Works for You!
Is your business hiring? Looking for a new avionics technician or A&P mechanic? Want to buy or sell a business in the general aviation industry? Post these professional opportunities to a target-rich environment: the AEA's career listings website. For $200 a month, you can place a listing online AND receive a print advertisement in Avionics News for FREE! For more information, contact Lauren McFarland, AEA director of advertising, 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
Lauren McFarland, director of advertising
Phone: 816-347-8400

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