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Dates and Locations Announced for 2016 AEA Connect Conferences
The Aircraft Electronics Association unveiled the dates and locations for its 2016 AEA Connect conferences. AEA Connect is the new name for what was formerly known as the AEA Regional Meetings. The 2016 AEA Connect schedule is as follows:

Jan. 26-27
Europe Connect (Cologne, Germany)
Aug. 30-31
Latin America Connect (Bogota, Colombia)
Sept. 8-9
U.S. West Connect (Irvine, California)
Sept. 21-22
U.S. East Connect (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Oct. 5-6
U.S. Central Connect (Kansas City, Missouri)
Oct. 19-20
Canada Connect (Calgary, Alberta)
Nov. 14-15
South Pacific Connect (Melbourne, Australia)

The first AEA Connect conference takes place Jan. 26-27 in Cologne, Germany, and registration is now available online at  www.aea.net/connect . Exhibitors and attendees who plan to participate should note that it is scheduled earlier than in previous years. The Hyatt Regency Cologne will serve as the site for the event, and hotel reservations must be made by Dec. 25.   More...  

Early-bird Registration for AEA Convention Expires Jan. 8
Registration has opened for the general aviation avionics industry's premier event of the year, the 59th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, which takes place April 27-30 in Orlando, Florida. Early-bird registration is now open through Jan. 8. Registration rates for AEA member companies are as follows:
  • Early-bird (before Jan. 8): $590
  • Advance (Jan. 9 to April 1): $650
  • On-site (after April 1): $740 More...

Opinion: The Business of Labor
Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, writes in this month's Avionics News that he often is asked the question, "Does the avionics industry have the necessary resources to satisfy the pending demand?" Peri responds that he is tired of the question and emphatically answers, "Of course we do, and if we don't, we will find the resources." More...

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Frequently Asked Questions
From the FAA's Equip ADS-B FAQs ... Do I have to use the same altitude source for ADS-B as my TCAS is using? If so, why? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. More...  

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AEA Europe Connect: Cologne, Germany, Jan. 26-27
The city of Cologne, Germany, will serve as the host site for the AEA Europe Connect conference on Jan. 26-27, 2016. Formerly known as the AEA Regional Meetings, AEA Connect is a two-day conference where repair stations, manufacturers, regulators and educators come together to do business. The event offers a networking venue with regulatory and technical training sessions and an exhibit hall filled with the latest avionics technologies and services. The deadline to make hotel reservations is Dec. 25. More... 

HAI Heli-Expo: Louisville, Kentucky, Feb. 29-March 3
Heli-Expo is  the world's largest helicopter trade show and exposition. The event begins Feb. 29 with exhibits open March 1-3. More...

Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition: Shanghai, China, April 12-14
ABACE brings together more than 8,500 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...

AEA International Convention & Trade Show: Orlando, Florida, April 27-30
The 59th 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 is the platform of choice for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to the marketplace in 2016. An early-bird registration special is now available until Jan. 8. More...

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RENNSTEIG Grows its German Toolmaking Business
Rennsteig Werkzeuge has been creating tools for tradesmen for nearly 60 years. Helping users work more effectively and safer, the company's familiar lime green grips stand out in toolboxes and on benches around the world. To meet growing demand, the toolmaker is increasing its production capabilities, recently completing its yearlong expansion and acquiring other tool manufacturers. Learn more about this AEA member company in Avionics News More...  

A Conversation With Chris Haskell of Apex Aviation
Located at Henderson Executive Airport near Las Vegas, Apex Aviation is committed to quality aviation services and turbine engine maintenance, repair and overhaul. Apex also repairs and services piston engines, including annual inspections and overhauls. In addition, Apex performs rotorcraft inspections, modifications and avionics services, as well as UAV maintenance.  Recently, Avionics News spoke with Chris Haskell to learn more about his work and his life outside the office More...

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Avionics Installation and Integration Training: Jan. 18-20
This course is designed for technicians who have completed 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 touch screen nav/comm/GPS, Garmin GTX 33ES remote transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display. More...

Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification Training with ADS-B Implementation Session: Jan. 21
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. It includes a bonus ADS-B Session: With so many questions surrounding ADS-B, this course will provide the answers and what you need to know to meet the mandate. More... 

RVSM Maintenance and Advanced Transponder Training: Jan. 22
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... 

Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation: Feb. 22-24
The course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel, A&P mechanics, and others interested in improving or acquiring the skills necessary to perform avionics installations in general aviation aircraft. This three-day seminar employs in-depth theory and hands-on lab exercises to immerse the seminar attendee in the best practices used to plan, manage and install a general aviation avionics panel. More... 

ADS-B Broadcast Surveillance ... From Capstone to the 2020 Mandate: Feb. 25
The course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel. It will describe and define ADS-B systems and the FAA's guidance and specifications on both ground stations and airborne equipment. More...

Digital Databus Theory and Analysis Training: Feb. 26
As today's modern airplanes become much more technologically advanced, so must the professionals who maintain them. The advanced avionics and instrumentation systems used in these aircraft rely on various forms of digital databus communication. Understanding digital databus theory is becoming more and more important for avionics technicians, and even A&P mechanics, to effectively test and troubleshoot these highly advanced aircraft systems. More...

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News from PS Engineering 
Thanks to the production efforts of the Aero-News Network, YouTube viewers can now watch ANN's coverage of the 2015 AEA Convention in Dallas, which took place April 8-11. Here's a look back at a new product announcement from Peter Campbell of PS Engineering. Watch...
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WOMEN IN AVIATION, INTERNATIONAL selected the 2015 inductees  into its International Pioneer Hall of Fame: the Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training Program Class 77-08; BRENDA E. ROBINSON; and GEN. JANET C. WOLFENBARGER. In addition, the organization received a $7,500 grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Training Foundation, which funds educational programs that advance commercial aviation. 

MADISON CAPITAL announced its avionics financing program aimed at assisting commercial aircraft owners in financing aircraft upgrades and new avionics. Madison's program is designed to provide immediate access to financing for all aircraft upgrades while the NextGen GA Fund, of which Madison Capital is a NEXA Capital financing partner, undergoes final stages of the FAA approval process.

AVIONICA selected Satmetrix NPX for managing and improving the customer experience as it builds a broader foundation for the next phase of the company's growth.

LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES received Transport Canada CAN-TSO-C159b approval of the company's DL150 SDU (Satellite Data Unit) built to Technical Standing Order C159b "Next Generation Satellite Systems (NGSS) equipment." 

FLYING COLOURS CORP. received the 2015 Bombardier Business Aircraft, Authorised Service Facility Excellence Award, in the North American category, during a presentation ceremony at the Bombardier booth at this year's NBAA Convention.

SANDIA AEROSPACE named BILL SHUERT manufacturing and service manager.

TRIG AVIONICS said that a Trig transponder and radio will be on board a Tiger Moth biplane when AMANDA HARRISON attempts to recreate AMY JOHNSON's epic flight of 1930. Harrison will attempt to become the first woman since Johnson to fly a Tiger Moth from England to Australia.

MAXCRAFT AVIONICS received FAA validation of its Transport Canada STC SH04-41 (FAA STC SR03573NY) for installation of the Garmin GNS or GTN series
navigators in the Sikorsky S76A/C series of rotorcraft. 

BANYAN AIR SERVICE named MATTHEW SCHEPERS director of MRO sales and GREGORY LAABS director of MRO services.

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL said a Cessna Citation Sovereign simulator will be installed at FlightSafety's Learning Center in Atlanta, Georgia. It is currently located in Orlando, Florida. In addition, TRENT J. CORCIA was promoted to manager of the company's Learning Center in Orlando, Florida.

THOMAS GLOBAL SYSTEMS signed an agreement with Saab AB in relation to Thomas Global's TFD-8601 LCD cockpit display, a plug-and-play LCD replacement for aging CRT displays in corporate and regional aircraft including the Saab 340. 

WEST STAR AVIATION had its first 8C inspection on a Bombardier Global Express aircraft in the works at the Grand Junction, Colorado, location. 8C is an intense 120-month interval inspection that requires specialized tooling to perform. The company also was authorized by the Venezuelan government to maintain and repair Venezuelan-registered aircraft at its Columbia, South Carolina, location. 

ROCKWELL COLLINS said that Aviator Airport Alliance sites in Norway have gone live with the company's ARINC AviNet Enterprise Hub messaging service. In addition, as part of a contract with Lockheed Martin Commercial Flight Training, Rockwell Collins' integrated visual systems will be featured on two Airbus A320 full flight simulators that will be based at Airbus's new training centers in Mexico City, Mexico.

BLUE AVIONICSBA-440 system was certified by Safran Engineering Services and Duncan Aviation on their jointly developed FAA ADS-B Out DO-260B STC for CL601-3A/R aircraft. 

CONSTANT AVIATION named JASON KANYUH as Embraer 450/500 program manager. 

ASTRONICS CORP. said its newest enhanced vision system, the Max-Viz 1400, has been installed on five Beechcraft King Air aircraft for the South Eastern Section of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. 

CUTTER AVIATION finalized the purchase of Atlantic Aviation's FBO at Phoenix, Deer Valley (Arizona) Airport. During the consolidation, Cutter will operate from both facilities (Cutter and former Atlantic) as a provider of FBO services at Deer Valley Airport. 

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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 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
Email: info@aea.net
Web: aea.net 
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Phone: 816-347-8400
Email: laurenm@aea.net

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