Feb. 24, 2021
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
GAMA Unveils Year-End Aircraft Billing and Shipment Numbers for 2020
Aircraft deliveries valued at $22.8 billion
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association played host to its annual State of the Industry Press Conference today and announced the 2020 year-end aircraft shipment and billing numbers for the global general and business aviation industry. According to GAMA, aircraft deliveries reached a value of $22.8 billion, a decrease compared to $27.8 billion in 2019.

The report also noted that airplane shipments in 2020, when compared to 2019, saw piston airplane deliveries decline 0.9%, with 1,312 units; turboprop airplane deliveries decline 15.6%, with 443 units; and business jet deliveries decline 20.4%, with 644 units. The value of airplane deliveries for 2020 was $20 billion, a decline of approximately 14.8%.

Preliminary civil-commercial turbine helicopter deliveries for 2020, when compared to 2019, saw a decline of approximately 16.9%, with 532 units; and piston helicopter deliveries saw a decline of 20.7%, with 142 units. As part of GAMA's announcement, the association included data from the AEA Avionics Market Report, which reported total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales exceeded $2.2 billion in 2020. More...
AEA Mourns Loss of Industry Veterans
The Aircraft Electronics Association and the avionics industry is saddened by the passing of Michael (Mike) J. O’Leary, who died Feb. 14 at the age of 69 following complications from COVID-19. O’Leary worked for numerous AEA member companies during a distinguished career that spanned more than 50 years. He served on the AEA’s board of directors from 1996 to 2009 and was chairman from 2002 to 2009, making him the longest-serving chairman in the organization’s history. O’Leary also served as the board’s secretary and vice chairman during his tenure, and his leadership was instrumental in guiding the association’s move to its state-of-the-art international headquarters with a world-class training center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. In 1998, he was named the AEA Member of the Year. O’Leary retired in June 2020 from Elliott Aviation. More...

In addition, Ron Hall, who retired from Duncan Aviation in 2007 and was named the AEA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in 2011, passed away at the age of 79. He served on the AEA board of directors from 1980 through 1999. In 1985, he was named the recipient of the AEA Member of the Year Award. More...

Also, longtime industry professional, Hayden Clarke, passed away Feb. 17. He worked for several AEA member companies during his career, including Flight Data Systems, uAvionix, DFW Instrument Corp., DAC International and Trig Avionics. More...
AEA Member Launches New Product
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics unveils Flex
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, an AEA member company since 1981, introduced a first-of-its-kind custom function display. According to the company, the Flex MD23 Series features a customizable configuration (inputs and outputs), user interface and graphics, enabling it to function as a custom display, controller and data converter.

True to its name, the flexible 2-inch digital instrument can be customized to receive and display ARINC 429, analog, discrete, frequency, temperature, absolute and differential pressure data to meet the requirements of the pilot, engineer or mission. Flex offers the convenience of a certified commercial-off-the-shelf product with the custom flexibility of a build-your-own instrument.

“Flex should not be confused with a multifunction display; it is designed and certified to a much higher level,” according to Brett Williams, vice president of engineering. “Flex is a two-part solution: The base hardware and software are fixed, while the configuration and digital display are flexible. Each unit is customized through a unique code, specific to the application.” More...
Pro Star Aviation
Garage-band avionics shop grows big
Pro Star Aviation LLC was born in Paul Taylor’s house in New Hampshire in 1997 with offices in the basement and all the equipment needed to run an avionics repair shop in the garage.

The business started in a garage, as did many Silicon Valley startups. Taylor, Kevin Harriman and Bernd Munzenmayer had all worked together at an established avionics repair shop in New Hampshire. But that company had been taken over by a freight hauling company, and the three men thought the new management’s inexperience in corporate aviation was taking them down the wrong path.

Harriman is now the managing partner and leads the operations team at Pro Star in Londonderry, New Hampshire. He got his start as an avionics technician in the U.S. Air Force and worked at Lockheed California Company on the P-3 modification team before going to work for Stead Aviation in New Hampshire. Henry Laughlin also helped start Pro Star and is the majority owner. He owned another Part 145 repair station in 1988, and Pro Star initially worked under that repair station certificate. More...
Podcast: Qmulus Aviation Goes from Zero to 145 in Just Over a Year
Want to open an FAA-certified Part 145 repair station? Learn from the experts who recently did it from scratch. Cris Owens, accountable manager for Qmulus Aviation, along with the company’s owner, Sean Wilke, provide valuable insight on how they successfully opened a startup business in Caldwell, Idaho.

Sponsored by Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog Company, AEA Amplified is a podcast for aviation’s technology experts. Learn more about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies from industry professionals and aviation enthusiasts. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Podbean or Spotify. More...
Theory & Practice: Musical Wireless Telegraph
Here we are in February, and most of us are trying to stay warm and healthy. One indoor activity enjoyed by many is amateur radio. Last fall, Thomas Inman made contact with a most unusual station. As a result, he learned about one of the lesser-known pioneers of radio, Father Jozef Murgaš.

The three-character call sign (K3M) was a clue there was something special about this station. A quick online search led to the Murgas Amateur Radio Club of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The station reached was created to commemorate the 115th anniversary of a frequency shift keyed transmission between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton over a distance of 19 miles. Of course, Murgaš didn’t call the transmission mode FSK, and it would be many years before engineers developed various forms of digital transmissions. Still, it could be said the priest was well ahead of his time. More...
Ace Aviation Scores with New, Larger Service Center
At Ace Aviation near Seattle, Washington, the nose of a red and white Boeing 737 airliner looms overhead in the repair station’s three-story lobby. It’s an iconic nod to the aircraft Boeing builds just down the airfield at its manufacturing facility.

Kurt Boswell, an airframe and powerplant mechanic with inspection authorization, founded Ace Aviation in 1996 at Clayton Scott Field. Five years ago, growing demand for aircraft maintenance and repairs, avionics installations, float conversions and interior refurbishments meant the service center needed more room. More...
Aviation Aces:
Matt Harrah of Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
A seasoned pilot, U.S. Marine and industry expert with two decades in aviation, Matt Harrah has translated his experience in the cockpit and in the military into helping aviation companies serve their customers and grow their businesses. It’s a challenging task considering the industry’s diverse markets and how quickly technology is evolving.

“The improvements in capability and safety in the past 20 years have been so rapid,” said Harrah, senior vice president of technology and products for Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics of Wichita, Kansas. “It has changed not only in the technology but what it means to pilots in terms of skill. Now, as a pilot you have to be able to manage systems in ways you didn’t in 1995. This includes more capable navigation systems and procedures and decision-making based on the myriad of data that is coming into the cockpit displays.” More...
2020 GA and Part 135 Activity Survey Underway
FAA survey measures safety, determines funding, and informs the impact of aviation on the economy
The Federal Aviation Administration’s 43rd annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is now underway, reporting on calendar year 2020. The GA Survey is the only source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft.

Data from this survey are used by governmental agencies and industry to:
  • Compute safety metrics, such as fatal accidents rates. 
  • Understand the impact of the GA industry on jobs, economic output, and investments in aviation infrastructure. 
  • Track the success of safety initiatives, including avionics recommendations. 
  • Determine funding for infrastructure and service needs.
  • Assess the impact of regulatory changes.
The FAA and industry need accurate data on a broad range of aircraft. Participation is voluntary, and everyone who is contacted is encouraged to respond to the survey so that all aviation activity is represented. If you have questions, contact Tetra Tech at 800-826-1797 or email infoaviationsurvey@tetratech.com.
Are You up to the Test?
Take the Avionics News Technical Training Exam
The annual Avionics News Technical Training Exam is now available for avionics technicians. The exam may be taken online by Aircraft Electronics Association members or downloaded by non-members.

By completing the exam, which covers regulatory and technical topics featured in the 2020 issues of Avionics News, technicians can get a head start on their FAA-accepted training. Individuals who complete the exam and score 85% or higher receive credit toward their repair station training program requirements, IA renewal, FAA AMT awards, and the AEA Avionics Training Excellence Award. More...
AERO: AEA's New Online Training Platform
As the calendar turned to 2021, the Aircraft Electronics Association launched its new online training platform called AERO, short for the Aerospace Education Resource Online system. All previous online training from the AEA has been migrated to AERO and is available exclusively to AEA members at aea.net/aero with a member login and password.

AEA AERO will continue to add content to help members accomplish their training goals. The most recent addition is the entire library of the AEA’s SMS training. From Safety Coordinator to Employee Initial and Recurrent Training, AEA SMS Program participants can find everything in one convenient location online. Members with questions about the new AERO online training system may contact Aaron Ward directly at aaronw@aea.net. More...
AEA Convention Set for June 22-25
The Aircraft Electronics Association recently moved the dates of its 64th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show to June 22-25, 2021. The event will take place at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

All convention attendee registrations and exhibitor contracts previously transacted will be automatically moved to the new dates, and no further action is required. More...
Make Your Hotel Reservations for AEA Convention
With the dates of the AEA International Convention & Trade Show moving to June 22-25, attendees and exhibitors who made reservations at the Hilton Anatole in the AEA room block for mid-March should note that the hotel will close those reservations and refund deposits to the credit card used to make the reservation. This hotel policy is designed to help ensure the correct arrival and departure dates are secured for all attendees in June.

To make a reservation at the Hilton Anatole for the AEA Convention in June, click here.
Early-bird Registration Deadline for AEA Convention Extended to March 31
For those avionics professionals interested in attending the AEA Convention in June and have not yet registered, the deadline for early-bird registrations has been extended from Dec. 31, 2020, until March 31, 2021. The early-bird discounted price of $675 (AEA member rate) for a full convention attendee registration offers a $180 per person savings off the on-site registration fee.

If you haven't already registered, you can take advantage of the early-bird rate by clicking here.
AEA Scholarship Applications Available Online
The Aircraft Electronics Association Educational Foundation will award 23 scholarships totaling more than $100,000 for the 2021-22 school year to students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as employees and dependents 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, 2021. More...
FAA Accepting Applications for Workforce Development Grants
The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking applications for two Aviation Workforce Development Grant programs aimed at developing and inspiring a more inclusive pool of pilots and aviation maintenance technicians to join the next generation of aviation professionals.

The Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers Workforce Development Grants will help prepare a more inclusive talent pool of aviation maintenance technicians. The Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grants provide money to expand the pilot workforce and educate students to become pilots, aerospace engineers or unmanned aircraft systems operators. Applicants from academia and the aviation community can submit applications through www.grants.gov through March 22.

Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 for any single grant per fiscal year. More...
Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand:
Online payments for licensing now available
The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand announced that the following information has been added to the agency's website. Online payments for licensing are now available:
According to the agency, website users may need to refresh the internet browser to see the latest version. If you have any questions, email info@caa.govt.nz.
Blue Angels Super Hornets to Debut at Sun ‘n Fun
This season marks the 75th for the Blue Angels, and the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron will celebrate the milestone with the unveiling of new jets for the team - the F/A-18E Super Hornet. The public debut performance is set to take place in Lakeland, Florida, at the 47th annual Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, April 13-18, 2021. The move to the Super Hornet will be the first time the team has changed aircraft since it transitioned from the A-4F Skyhawk II to the F/A-18 Hornet 35 years ago in 1986.

The Super Hornet, while visually similar to the “legacy” Hornet, is essentially a new aircraft. It is approximately 20% larger, 7,000 pounds heavier empty weight, and 15,000 pounds heavier maximum weight than the original airframe. The Super Hornet can carry 33% more internal fuel, increasing mission range by 41% and endurance by 50% over its predecessor. A unique design characteristic of the Super Hornet is that it can be equipped with an aerial refueling system or "buddy store" for the refueling of other aircraft, giving it another layer of versatility. 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.

In addition, the AEA introduced its Pilot's Guide Showcase, an all-new digital stage highlighting everything from features and functions of the latest avionics equipment to the installation and service available from AEA member repair stations. Located at PilotsGuideShowcase.net and specifically designed for avionics consumers such as general aviation pilots and aircraft owners, the digital platform features product demonstrations, how-to videos, select tutorials via recorded flight demonstrations and spotlights AEA's network of technology experts.
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
ARSA Annual Conference
Washington, D.C.
March 9-12, 2021
What began decades ago as ARSA’s Annual Repair Symposium has evolved into a weeklong event including executive branch briefings, grassroots legislative advocacy and world-class regulatory compliance and business content. The event provides a regular venue for invited guests to network and discuss issues. ARSA’s team is planning for both in-person and virtual attendance options. More...
International Women in Aviation Virtual Conference
March 11-12, 2021
WAI plans to deliver all the outstanding content of its trademark conference experience through education sessions, inspiring keynote speakers, virtual exhibit hall, personal and professional development seminars and workshops, as well as 2021 scholarship awards, Pioneer Hall of Fame induction celebration, and networking opportunities. More...
Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo
Lakeland, Florida
April 13-18, 2021
The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is one of the world’s largest annual aviation events. Proceeds from these events provide funding for the Aerospace Center for Excellence. The SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In annually raises over $2 million for ACE, enabling the delivery of STEM-related and aerospace education programs and scholarships. More...
European Business Aviation Convention Connect
Virtual Event
May 18-19, 2021
The European Business Aviation Association and National Business Aviation Association launched EBACE Connect – a new, virtual programming series that will gather business aviation’s most compelling and authoritative voices to engage the industry in a vital conversation around the issues and trends shaping the future of business aviation. EBACE Connect will take place May 18–19, the dates originally planned for the in-person show. The two-day lineup will feature an opening keynote and several sessions focusing on trends driving the business aviation market, continuing innovations in advanced air mobility, perspectives from OEM CEOs, the latest in the technologies in aviation sustainability and predictions about business aviation’s future in a COVID-19 context. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Dallas, Texas
June 22-25, 2021
Aviation's technology experts will convene for the 64th 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. Early-bird registration is available through March 31. More...
AERO Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen, Germany
July 14-17-24, 2021
After a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show will take place at the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Center. The show team at Lake Constance expects a large number of exhibitors. Important industry players such as Diamond, Tecnam, Piper, Junkers, Textron, and Rheinland Air Service (DAHER, Hondajet, Bell Partnership) have already confirmed their participation. More...
EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 26-Aug. 1, 2021
For seven days from sunrise to well past sunset, your Oshkosh day is filled with thrilling displays of aerobatics, informative programs and hands-on workshops, diverse aircraft spanning all eras of flight, evening programs, and much more. Fun for the whole family that you’ll find only in Oshkosh is waiting for you at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration! More...
AOPA Aviator Showcase
Manassas, Virginia
Aug. 27, 2021
This event is designed to connect pilots and aircraft owners with the aviation industry’s vast array of products, services, aircraft, and equipment. The one-day gathering features an exhibit hall with an aircraft sales display and technology-related seminars. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders in avionics and cockpit technology, flight planning, weather resources and aircraft manufacturing. More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Congratulations to Cesar Camacho with Gulf Coast Avionics, who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for submitting the correct answer in this month's Mystery Make and Model challenge featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired. The unit is a KFS-578A.

Avionics technicians can put their "inside" knowledge to work in the next issue of AEA Wired, so stay tuned for the next Mystery Make and Model challenge! All correct answers submitted throughout 2021 will be entered to win a random drawing for a $500 Visa gift card at the end of the year, also from Southeast Aerospace.
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
ADS-B Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting
March 23, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (14 seats remain)
This virtual course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel and installers of ADS-B systems. Approximately 7% of all general aviation ADS-B installations are non-compliant based on the FAA’s ADS-B Performance Monitoring System. This course focuses on the proper configuration and testing of ADS-B installations to ensure your installation meets the performance requirements and regulations. Also included are troubleshooting tips and tricks that will help you resolve the common problems found in ADS-B installations.
Digital Databus Theory & Analysis Training
March 30, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (15 seats remain)
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.
Aircraft Maintenance Regulations (12 seats remain)
April 6-7, 2021
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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.
Developing an Internal Audit Program for Repair Stations (9 seats remain)
April 8-9, 2021
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Are you an EASA certified repair station? Did you know there is an internal audit requirement in your EASA supplement? Do you have foreign certifications that require an internal audit program? Is your FAA inspector asking you about an internal audit program during their surveillance? Do you want to enhance your basic quality control program with a proactive internal audit program? This course focuses on the basics of internal auditing and the development of an internal audit program, providing the tools and methods necessary to meet the international regulatory needs as well as the continuous improvement of the repair station.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (10 seats remain)
April 19-21, 2021
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. This 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 (12 seats remain)
April 22-23, 2021
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. The 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 regulation 91.411 and 91.413 checks.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft (12 seats remain)
April 26-28, 2021
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is targeted for the homebuilder or avionics technician who wants to learn about performing an avionics installation in an experimental aircraft. The class focuses on the Garmin G3X Touch system, and a simplified example harness is constructed as part of the hands-on portion of the class. While the G3X Touch system is the primary focus, 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.
Aircraft Instrument Systems
May 11-12, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (15 seats remain)
This virtual course is designed for avionics technicians or apprentices who want to learn more about aircraft instrument systems and better understand their operation, installation considerations, and maintenance to become more-effective troubleshooters. From simple mechanical gauges to complex electrical and electronic systems, this course covers nearly every instrument system in an aircraft.
PFD Installation & Integration (New course: 15 seats remain)
May 17-19, 2021
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with avionics installation practices and are looking for more training 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/com/GPS, Garmin GTX 345 transponder and dual Garmin GI 275 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static & Transponder Testing & Inspection with ADS-B Implementation (14 seats remain)
May 20, 2021
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 & IFR4000 Operations (15 seats remain)
May 21, 2021
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 system and to operate the IFR4000 for ILS, VOR, COMMs and ELT.
Certified Repair Station Training (11 seats remain)
Aug. 9-13, 2021
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.
News from AEA Member Companies
Millennium International Avionics announced the acceptance of a 2020 Military and Aerospace Electronics Innovators Award for its MCDUs and the unique repair process to mitigate OEM obsolescence. A panel of judges from the aerospace and defense community recognized Millennium as a Silver award honoree for its continued support of obsolescence of 5 ATI LCD displays used in aviation such as the GE/Smiths MCDU and other primary flight displays used in both commercial air transport and military applications.

Latitude Technologies announced a TBO Extension STC for both the ENode Engine Data Acquisition Unit and IONode Digital Data Recorder. This certification will enable the installation of Latitude’s DAU and DDR on Cessna 550 (Citation II), S550 (Citation S/II), and 560 (Citation V and Ultra) aircraft models utilizing Pratt & Whitney engine models. This adds to a previous STC for the Hawker 400A/XP aircraft using Latitude Technologies data equipment.

Metro Aviation named Justin Painter chief inspector of the repair station. He replaces Nick Bruton, a longtime Metro employee who retired in January after 35 years.

Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems, LLC announced that its Greenville, South Carolina, location recently acquired a Hass VF-2SS High-Performance Super-Speed Vertical CNC machine, giving the company capabilities to manufacture parts in-house. This capability will serve all four Stevens locations and will decrease customer costs and downtimes when immediate or lower cost parts needs arise, or when vendor lead times and price points can be improved.

L2 Aviation announced a key addition to its sales team with the addition of Preston Dane as senior account manager responsible for strategic and key channel partner accounts.

Honeywell and Embraer have worked jointly to install Honeywell’s Aircraft Data Gateway 400 on all of Embraer’s new E2 commercial jets, with an option to retrofit first-generation E1 models. With this solution, operators can wirelessly transfer critical flight and maintenance data to and from their aircraft more quickly and efficiently than before.

Duncan Aviation announced that all three of its three full-service facilities located in Lincoln, Nebraska; Battle Creek, Michigan; and Provo, Utah, now offer SWAT services, which stands for
S (survey aircraft interiors); W (write prompt quotes); A (artistically clean, touch-up, dye, correct); T (transform appearance and functionality). Duncan Aviation also issued a promise to all AOG customers, which is backed by more than 175 Duncan Aviation airframe, engine, and avionics technicians strategically located across the United States, equipped and ready to respond with the right team closest to the aircraft’s location.

Peregrine and Aviation Clean Air have joined forces during this time of COVID-19 to deliver ACA ionization system installation data and STCs for a variety of business aircraft. Peregrine-developed STCs for the ACA system are also available for aftermarket installation in the Gulfstream G-IV and GIV-SP models, Falcon 50 and 900, Citation XL(S) and the Bombardier CL600 series family.

Astronics Corp. was awarded contracts by The Boeing Company to supply CorePower aircraft power distribution units and custom-engineered exterior lighting for the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling program.

SmartSky Networks closed on more than $32 million in additional equity and debt funding as it prepares for the launch of its next-generation aviation Wi-Fi connectivity service later this year.
FreeFlight Systems announced that Global Aerospace Design Corp. successfully added three aircraft types to the FAA STC ST04299CH for ADS-B Out. These recent certifications also include FreeFlight’s 1203C Global Navigation Satellite System as the primary position source.

Cutter Aviation announced the addition of three HondaJet aircraft to its growing charter fleet in response to an increase in demand for private air transportation. Two are based in Phoenix, Arizona, and one in Addison, Texas. Cutter Aviation also added a brand-new Citation Latitude to its charter fleet. The 2021 Latitude has a nine-passenger wide-seat configuration, spacious stand-up cabin, executive washroom, in-cabin Clarion Entertainment and a Partial Recirculation System that brings fresh air in from outside to keep cabin air clean.

CCX Technologies inked a distribution agreement with Avant Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of West Star Aviation, LLC. The agreement gives Avant the exclusive right to sell CCX’s T-RX Avionics Radio and Pulse Testers in South America and Mexico.

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. announced that development is now complete on the MCP480B Master Caution Panel project, which was awarded to the Canadian avionics manufacturer by Enstrom Helicopter Corp. (Enstrom) last year. Enstrom selected AEM to design and manufacture the new annunciator panel for its flagship aircraft, the 480B helicopter in July 2019. AEM Corp. also announced that Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. delivered three Mk III Advanced Light Helicopters to the Indian Navy and two to the Indian Coast Guard, all five of which were outfitted with AEM loudspeaker systems.

Astronautics subsidiary Kearfott Corp. relocated its corporate headquarters and Guidance & Navigation Division operations from Woodland Park to 19 Chapin Road, Building C in Pine Brook, New Jersey.

SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. announced its expansion into Ottawa, Ontario. In conjunction with SKYTRAC’s expanding Kelowna and Victoria-based engineering teams, the Ottawa office will be undertaking a number of research and development activities supporting Iridium Certus and Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety Systems solutions for the commercial airline industry.

West Star Aviation was awarded two AMT Gold Awards of Excellence for the East Alton, Illinois, and Grand Junction, Colorado, facilities along with two Diamond Awards of Excellence at the Denver, Colorado, and Perryville, Missouri, locations.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the Gulfstream G700 flight-test program has made significant progress, surpassing 1,100 hours of flying and completing new company test regimens, all within the program’s first year.

StandardAero has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Signature Aviation’s Engine Repair and Overhaul business. The transaction is expected to close mid-2021, subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
AEA Jobs Board Offers Free Resume Posting
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. Free resume posting is available. 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.
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