Feb. 12, 2020
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Training Schedule in Nashville is 'Off the Charts'
Nashville is Music City, and the Aircraft Electronics Association has a hit in the making. Check the latest schedule and get your ticket to the biggest show in avionics. The event takes place March 24-27, 2020, at Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

The attendee full registration package includes: four days of seminars and technical training sessions; exhibit hall entrance for two full days with lunch; and networking with manufacturers and distributors. More...
Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
The FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking for the remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems. The remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems in the airspace of the United States is intended to address safety, national security, and law enforcement concerns regarding the further integration of these aircraft into the airspace of the United States while also enabling greater operational capabilities.
Submit comments on or before March 2, 2020. More...
Associations Name New Leaders
Two aviation industry organizations announced new senior executives this week. Allison McKay will become CEO of Women in Aviation International effective Feb. 18, 2020. McKay will be responsible for the future strategic vision of the 14,500-member strong organization. She previously served as vice president of the Helicopter Association International Foundation since 2015, commissioning the first academic study of staffing projections for the rotorcraft industry as well as creating a workforce development initiative.  More...

In addition, Timothy R. Obitts was named president and CEO for the National Air Transportation Association, succeeding Gary Dempsey. Obitts most recently served as NATA’s chief operating officer, where he oversaw the day-to-day operation of the association. Prior to joining NATA in November 2014, Obitts served as the managing partner of Gammon & Grange, P.C., a national practice law firm specializing in nonprofit, trade association, and communications law. More...
Digital Incentives: Time Turns Must-Have Capabilities into Commodities
A capability, the dictionary tells us, is the ability to do something well, in a skilled and competent way. It can be “a capacity for being used or developed,” but it can also be “an ability or feature not yet developed or utilized.” 

A commodity, on the other hand, is an economic good, “any useful thing,” an article of commerce. While it has useful value, something people buy and sell, its wide availability typically leads to smaller profit margins, making it subject to marketing exploitation. In the era of digital avionics, these definitions seem to proscribe the marketing lifespan of must-have functions that all too soon become expected, standard features.  More...
Management System for Human Factors
Human factors management is not safety management! Yes, the lack of attention to human factors in a human-centric program can and often does have a detrimental effect on the safe outcome of any task. And yes, the safety regulators require that human-centric businesses address human factors. But more importantly, the lack of attention to human factors will show in the lack of efficiency in the organization. I suggest the effective management of human factors is instrumental in the success of any maintenance organization. I would also submit that when you look at any successful business, it has implemented, directly or indirectly, human factors controls to encourage efficiency, minimize failure and reduce rework. Check out the latest column by Ric Peri in this month's Avionics News. More...
Save the Dates for 2020 AEA Connect Conferences
Avionics professionals will want to save the following dates for the 2020 AEA Connect Conferences that were recently announced. Online registration will be available in the near future. A date and location for the South Pacific Conference also will be announced soon. The schedule is as follows:

Sept. 10-11: AEA Canada (Calgary, Alberta)
Sept. 23-24: AEA East (Naples, Florida)
Oct. 19-20: AEA Central (Kansas City, Missouri)
Oct. 27-28: AEA West (Irvine, California)
TBA: AEA South Pacific More...
Sustainable Fuel in Focus for Business Aviation
Dozens of business aircraft set a historic precedent last October by departing the 2019 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition using sustainable aviation fuel. The event marked the most prolific single-event use of sustainable aviation fuel in business aircraft and highlighted its viability in all markets.
The event also demonstrated the industry’s lack of awareness of sustainable aviation fuel, especially its availability and ease of use.
Here’s what you need to know about sustainable aviation fuel. More...
AEA Scholarship Applications Due April 1
The Aircraft Electronics Association will award more than 20 scholarships totaling more than $100,000 for the 2020-21 school year to students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies.

Since its inception, the AEA scholarship program has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships. Numerous awards are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $35,000 each. Scholarship applications are available online, and the deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2020. More...
Request Your FREE AEA Pilot’s Guide
The AEA Pilot’s Guide is a consumer’s directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies. In addition to a complete directory of AEA-member government-certified repair stations, avionics manufacturers and distributors located in more than 40 countries, the publication features educational articles to help pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions. Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy while supplies last. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
International Women in Aviation Conference
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
March 5-7, 2020
The 31st annual event takes place at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Participants gain extensive networking opportunities and a diverse schedule of educational sessions and social activities. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Nashville, Tennessee
March 24-27, 2020
Aviation's technology experts will convene at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for the 63rd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. Avionics professionals will have access to more than 100 hours of technical training and professional development courses. Register by March 2 and save $100 per person off the on-site fee. More...
Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo
Lakeland, Florida
March 31-April 5, 2020
The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, an aviation tradition for the past 45 years, will have a name change for its 2020 event. The largest fundraising event for the Aerospace Center for Excellence will be renamed the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo to reflect the mission to engage, educate and accelerate the next generation of aerospace professionals.  More...
Aero Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen, Germany
April 1-4, 2020
Join more than 600 exhibitors from 35 countries, 33,000 visitors and 600 journalists from all over the world for AERO Friedrichshafen. At Lake Constance, numerous companies will be displaying their latest products and innovations, covering the whole industry from ultralights and gliders to business jets, helicopters and electric aircraft as well as avionics and maintenance.  More...
Boston, Massachusetts
May 4-7, 2020
At the world’s largest event for unmanned and autonomous systems, explore today’s proven capabilities and tomorrow’s advancements through hands-on exhibits and interactive demos. More...
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 20-26, 2020
Experience the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts. From unique, historic aircraft to world-class daily air shows, you don’t want to miss the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. The AEA will be distributing free copies of this year's AEA Pilot's Guide in Hangar B, booth 2035/2036.  More...
Alaska’s Accessory Services Adds Radio Capabilities
It’s a warm beginning to winter in Anchorage, Alaska. In late November 2019, snow barely covers the peaks of the Chugach Mountains while green grass dots lawns and local parks. 

On the south side of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, technicians at Accessory Services clean and test starters, voltage regulators and blower motors. Until recently, the Part 145 repair station specialized in component repair, overhaul and testing of Class 1, 2, and 3-rated accessories. The service center just received Federal Aviation Administration approval to add Class 1, 2, and 3 radio capabilities – communications, navigation and radar, respectively – for limited airframe and limited emergency equipment. More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Attention avionics technicians! How well do you think you know your avionics inside and out? New and old? Then put your knowledge to work.

What is the product make and model shown in this image?

The first individual who submits the correct answer will be awarded a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, and the winner will be announced in the next edition of AEA Wired.

In addition, each award recipient in 2020 will be entered to win a random drawing for a $500 Visa gift card at the end of the year, also from Southeast Aerospace. Email your answer...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft
Feb. 17-19, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for the homebuilder or avionics technician who is looking for guidance in completing an avionics installation on an experimental aircraft. While the Garmin G3X Touch system is used as an example in the course, the wiring principles and general guidance can be applied to any experimental avionics system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche, this class has something for everyone.
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation (This course is sold-out!)
March 2-4, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for certificated repairmen, new avionics technicians, aviation maintenance technicians and recent graduates interested in improving or acquiring the skills necessary to perform avionics installations. The three-day seminar employs in-depth theory and hands-on lab exercises to immerse the attendee in the best practices used to plan, manage, and install a general aviation avionics panel.
Basic Pitot-Static & Transponder Theory, Testing & Troubleshooting
March 5-6, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for entry-level avionics technicians or those looking for basic training on pitot-static and aircraft transponder systems. This two-day course covers the history and theory of operation of pitot-static instruments and transponders, as well as system setup, hands-on testing, and the troubleshooting skills necessary to perform Federal Aviation Regulations 91.411 and 91.413 checks.
Bench Basics and Flight Line Troubleshooting
May 4-6, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Basic Wiring course and/or have a couple of years of basic avionics installation practice, familiar with basic soldering skills and are looking for experience in LRU bench testing and avionics flight line testing. ADS-B transponder systems, nav/ILS and VHF comms will be the focus of study. Technicians will fabricate a general-purpose test panel, a bench test harness, and a transponder test harness that they will use in the course.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Testing and Inspection with ADS-B Implementation
May 7, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder tests and inspections. 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.
IFR6000 Operations
May 8, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate the IFR6000 to verify and maintain Transponder, UAT, TCAS, and DME systems.
Certified Repair Station Training
June 1-5, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations. Current quality managers, technicians, mechanics, and repairmen who are involved in the management of a repair station as well as individuals looking to establish a 14 CFR Part 145 repair station should attend. This course will include a complete review of the FAA guidance and policy regarding the procedures to assure a repair station is operating within the criteria of its manuals.
The Regulations of Maintenance
Oct. 22-23, 2020
Orlando, Florida
Understanding the regulations of the repair station is only part of the equation. Like pieces of a puzzle, each regulation is needed to fit together in order to fully view the repair station’s requirements. Understanding the regulatory relationship between the business (Part 145); the maintenance it performs (Part 43); the parts it uses (Part 21); as well as the needs of customers (Part 91) are essential to provide regulatory compliant services in aviation maintenance. This session will cover the basics of the maintenance and modification regulations, but more importantly, it focuses on their integrated relationship with the business.
News from AEA Member Companies
Universal Avionics, an Elbit Systems company, was selected by Leonardo and a European Helicopter Emergency Medical Services operator to equip a fleet of AW169 helicopters with the ClearVision Enhanced Flight Vision System suite for helicopters. The integration of the ClearVision system in the AW169 is designed and certified by Leonardo with installation completed in its factory.

Garmin received FAA supplemental type certification for the GFC 600H helicopter flight control system in the AS350 B2/B3. 

Genesys Aerosystems announced that Bell selected the VFR HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System as a factory-installed option. Genesys also announced envelope protection, a unique new feature on VFR HeliSAS for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.

Air Plains Services launched an online store for many of its STC and PMA parts including its recently PMA certified airboxes for Cessna 180-series aircraft. 

DAC International, a subsidiary of Aero Precision Holdings LP, promoted Brad Sutphin to director of sales.

West Star Aviation doubled the size of its AOG/MRT crews within the past year. Also, Jeffrey (Jeff) Sneden was named quality assurance manager at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, facility. West Star Aviation also was granted approval for its Aircraft Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship Program by the United States Department of Labor as a registered program in Illinois. John Brummel was promoted to avionics technical sales manager at the East Alton, Illinois, facility.

Maxcraft Avionics Ltd. teamed up with Canadian Helicopters to retrofit the Bell 212 and the Sikorsky S-61 with Astronautics AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument. 

Astronics Corp. is on the 2020 Crystal Cabin Awards shortlist for its Sierra portable in-flight entertainment and Edge cabin network platform. Astronics also received the 2019 GOOD DESIGN Award in the transportation category for the design excellence of its portable in-flight entertainment product, Sierra.

FreeFlight Systems’ class of Sapphire Elite partners for the 2019 calendar year are as follows: Southeast Aerospace; 1st Choice Aerospace; Fokker Services; Duncan Aviation; DAC International; Scandinavian Avionics A/S; Dumont MRO; H4 Aerospace; G.E.F. Aviation, Inc.; Western Jet Avionics.

Duncan Aviation announced that long-time team member Dennis Kruse will be relocating to the company’s Provo, Utah, facility as the avionics install sales representative. 

Precision Aviation Group received the Excellence Award presented by MD Helicopters for the second straight year. 

StandardAero recently celebrated the completion of its 3,000th workscope on the GE Aviation CF34 turbofan engine, which is widely used on regional jet airliners around the world. The company was first appointed as a GE Aviation authorized service provider for the CF34-3 and CF34-8 in 2001. 

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument received FAA STC validation from the India Directorate General of Civil Aviation for A109E helicopters. The company also completed an avionics retrofit program on Lockheed Martin’s P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker and Airborne Early Warning aircraft for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency with its Badger integrated flight display system. It also completed a follow-on full cockpit modernization of an L-100 transport aircraft for the Peruvian Air Force. The company will provide its Badger Pro+ integrated flight display system for SUBARU Corp.'s new SUBARU BELL 412EPX, the latest version of the 412 series.  
Elliott Aviation reached a partnership agreement with investment group, Summit Park, a private investment firm with investments in many different market segments. Summit Park took majority interest of Elliott Aviation Jan. 31, 2020.

Gulf Coast Avionics completed its first dual Garmin G600 TXi glass touchscreen avionics upgrade on a 1993 Beechcraft King Air B200 turboprop. 

Pentastar Aviation announced that Mike Peterson has joined the company as maintenance sales representative.

Honeywell is providing Leonardo’s helicopter division with a significant cockpit upgrade — Honeywell’s Primus Epic 2.0 — for its AW139 helicopters. Additionally, in its 22nd annual Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook, Honeywell forecasts 4,100 new civilian-use helicopters will be delivered from 2020 to 2024, marginally higher than the five-year forecast from 2019. While deliveries are expected to be higher than 2019, purchase plans are lower, but only by less than a percentage point. 

Cutter Aviation named Peter Hokanson chief financial officer managing and directing the company’s accounting, human resources and information technology organizations with responsibilities that include financial planning, forecasting, cash management and all legal matters of the company.

FlightSafety International announced that United Airlines has selected the FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida, for its Aviate cooperative pilot recruitment and development program.

Avmax recently sold and delivered one Dash 8-103 msn 017 to the government of Canada, Department of Transport. Avmax also recently leased one Dash 8-202 msn 507 to ALS Limited, Kenya.

Metro Aviation ordered an additional 12 new EC145e helicopters from Airbus, which brings Metro Aviation’s total number of EC145e helicopters ordered to 43.

SKYTRAC and Lakehorn AG agreed to terms on a memorandum of understanding to bring AeroWeather's widely adopted aviation weather application to the cockpit with the use of SKYTRAC's intelligent connectivity capabilities.

Clay Lacy Aviation has engaged World Kinect Energy Services, a subsidiary of World Fuel Services Corporation, to assist in developing a comprehensive sustainability program with the goal of significantly reducing Clay Lacy’s carbon footprint as a large business aviation operator.
AEA Opens the Door to Your Future: AEA.net/Jobs
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the job listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA jobs board 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 job 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? The AEA jobs board makes it easier for AEA members to find their next avionics technician, quality manager, inspector, sales representative or engineer. 

AEA members may submit a free job posting after entering their username and password at AEA.net/Jobs. Member companies that optionally choose to upgrade their job posting for a premium will have preferred online placement and also will be published in the next edition of Avionics News. For more information about premium job listings, contact Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive, at rachelh@aea.net
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
Email:  info@aea.net
Web:  aea.net  
Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive
Phone: 816-366-5109
Email:  rachelh@aea.net

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