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Dec. 28, 2016
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The Current 
News from the general aviation industry

FAA logo FAA Issues Final Rule on Small Airplane Safety Certification Standards
On Dec. 16, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a final rule that overhauls the airworthiness standards for small general aviation airplanes. This rule will reduce the time it takes to move safety-enhancing technologies for small airplanes into the marketplace and will also reduce costs for the aviation industry. The  FAA's new Part 23 rule establishes performance-based standards for airplanes that weigh less than 19,000 pounds with 19 or fewer seats and recognizes consensus-based compliance methods for specific designs and technologies. It also adds new certification standards to address general aviation loss-of-control accidents and in-flight icing conditions More...  

Legal Ease: Self-disclosure as a Safety Strategy 
For many years, the FAA has had a voluntary reporting advisory circular (AC 00-58) that offers enforcement mitigation to certificate holders, including repair stations and manufacturers, who make voluntary disclosures.  In October 2016, the FAA issued AC 00-68. This new advisory circular offers a new voluntary self-disclosure program for manufacturers, and it provides a framework for such disclosures. This is meant to replace the more generic standard found in AC 00-58. Learn more about this topic from Jason Dickstein in this month's Avionics News More...  

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Is the Compliance Checklist Mandatory?
Learn the answer to this frequently asked question in this month's Avionics News.   More...  

AEA Meets with Transport Canada Leadership  
The AEA met with Transport Canada Civil Aviation leadership at the end of October in an effort to bring the industry's voice to the table . The AEA has worked with the TCCA for many years helping individual members, being the advocate for issues, and helping in the development of policy. The two new director generals for the TCCA and the new director of standards are individuals whom the AEA has not worked with in the past, and it was important to meet face to face to establish a direct relationship. Learn more about this important meeting in this month's Avionics News.  More...

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Upcoming AEA and industry events

Women in Aviation Conference
March 2-4, 2017
The 28th annual event takes place at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. More... 

AEA International Convention & Trade Show 
March 13-16, 2017
Don't miss the biggest training week in the avionics industry. This year marks the 60th annual AEA Convention and takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana.  More...  

HAI Heli-Expo
March 6-9, 2017
More than 20,000 industry professionals will gather in Dallas, Texas, for the world's largest helicopter trade show and exposition.  More...  

AEA Europe Connect Conference
April 10-11, 2017
The first AEA Connect Conference of the year takes place at the Hilton Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Avionics repair stations, manufacturers, regulators and educators gather for two full days of networking and professional development, and an exhibit hall will showcase the latest avionics technologies and services. More...

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Plane Sense Avionics Adds Home Base
Frank Kostlevy still travels across Wisconsin in his red 2010 Scion xD, helping single- and twin-turbine owner-operators with their avionics inspections. Hangar to hangar, FBO to FBO, he logs some 50,000 miles every year, handling VFR transponder, IFR pitot-static and altimeter certifications, including RVSM and Mode S.  In August 2014, Kostlevy, along with two partners, purchased Airtronics Plus, a 13,000-square-foot avionics service center at Clintonville Municipal Airport in Wisconsin. The service center, which began operating in 1975, gives Kostlevy a new home base for serving his clients . More...

In the Classroom 
Professional development opportunities

Register Now Button Certified Repair Station Training Course: 
Jan. 23-27, 2017
A weeklong course divided into training modules designed for startup repair stations as well as mature operators looking to improve their understanding of the regulations, perform internal audits and edit repair stations manuals. More... 

Register Now Button Avionics Installation and Integration Training Course:
Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2017
This course is designed for technicians who have completed AEA's Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation Course and/or have a couple of 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. More... 

Register Now Button Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification Training with ADS-B Implementation Session: 
Feb. 2, 2017
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. More... 

Register Now Button RVSM Maintenance and Advanced Transponder Training:
Feb. 3, 2017
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. More...

The Static
News from AEA member companies

AZIMUTH AEROSPACE SOLUTIONS  completed its first production run of the CES Ed-Lab 651 Electronics Trainer after acquiring CES Industries in early 2016. This achievement marks a significant milestone in restoring the CES brand and its line of Ed-Lab electronics trainers used in classrooms worldwide. 

STANDARDAERO was awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force to perform Rolls-Royce T56 engine module and engine maintenance. The one-year contract is a "bridge" contract that sustains T56 overhauls while the USAF prepares for a future commercial competition that will result in a multiyear maintenance contract. 

WOMEN IN AVIATION INTERNATIONAL selected the 2017 inductees into its International Pioneer Hall of Fame: The members of the first class of women Naval aviators; Lt. Gen. Stacye Harris; and Elizabeth "Betty" Everts Greene. 

AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED sponsored the first MedEvac Foundation Chairman's Award that was presented at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, during a donor reception. 

VECTOR AEROSPACE received EASA STC approval for its new ADS-B solution, which is applicable for installation on the Airbus Helicopters AS332, Leonardo Helicopters AW139 and Sikorsky S-76 series of helicopters. 

ASPEN AVIONICS received an STC to interface its Evolution primary and multifunction displays with the Garmin GTX 345 all-in-one transponder. 

DUNCAN AVIATION announced the addition of CHRIS JORDAN to its Turbine Engine Service sales team. Located in Mesa, ArizonaJordan will focus on developing business relationships in new markets on the West Coast. 

D.L.S. ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS was named the recipient of the ACIL Customer Quality Service Award for 2016-17 by the American Council of Independent Laboratories. The award is based on a comprehensive client survey of key quality related issues, including the integrity of data, meeting customers' service needs, technical expertise, timeliness, value, and overall satisfaction in comparison to other industry participants. 

CONSTANT AVIATION received an FAA STC for the Legacy 600/650 Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS-1/A) solution. The company also expanded coverage of its aircraft on ground mobile teams in the central region of the United
States, with the addition of Denver and Rifle, Colorado. 

DAC INTERNATIONAL extended its agreement for the distribution of the Esterline CMA-6800 Display. 

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. announced that the Gulfstream G600 completed its first flight, officially kicking off the aircraft's flight-test program. 

KANSAS STATE POLYTECHNIC's unmanned aircraft systems program and Westar Energy have been collaborating the past year to integrate unmanned aircraft into the power company's services. The partners have been working to establish an in-house UAS team at Westar Energy as well as redefine inspection and maintenance techniques using unmanned aircraft for transmission lines, powerplant boilers and electrical substations. 

CUTTER AVIATION completed the necessary requirements to begin operating the new HondaJet on its FAA Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate. 

WINNER AVIATION named LARRY ROHRBACH maintenance sales manager. 

FIELD AVIATION and ASELSAN are jointly developing a new Special Mission Aircraft platform, which is based on a Bombardier Challenger 605 that is being considerably modified to accomplish the aircraft's specific mission requirements. 

ASTRONICS CORP. , through its wholly-owned subsidiary  Astronics Max-Viz , announced that its Max-Viz 1200 Enhanced Vision System for fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft has been certified to DO-160G standards by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics. 

CMD FLIGHT SOLUTIONS announced the approval of another AML STC to its lineup. CMD achieved FAA certification of AML STC (ST04159CH) covering aircraft flying with the Honeywell Primus II Communications Unit paired with three compliant GPS sources: the Honeywell GNSSU; the Universal Avionics UNS-1(x)w or the Honeywell/BendixKing KGS-200. 

TRUE BLUE POWER and MID-CONTINENT INSTRUMENTS AND AVIONICS announced that the True Blue Power TB17 (17 amp-hour) lithium-ion engine-start battery and Mid-Continent's MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM) are standard equipment on the new Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X. 
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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. More... 


Aircraft Electronics Association 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. 

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