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Feb. 24, 2016
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Year-end Avionics Market Report shows $2.4 Billion in 2015 Sales
The Aircraft Electronics Association released its 2015 year-end Avionics Market Report.  Total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales for the year amounted to $2,416,438,987.42, or more than $2.4 billion . The figure represented a 4.4 percent decrease in sales compared to the previous year as reported by the participating companies in 2014.  More...  

Robert Duncan to receive 2016 AEA Lifetime Achievement Award during AEA Convention in Orlando, April 27
J. Robert Duncan, a nationally recognized aviator, businessman, art collector and civic leader, will be presented with the 2016 Aircraft Electronics Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the AEA's board of directors, during the opening session of the 59th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show on Wednesday, April 27, at Marriott's Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. More... 

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FAA Aircraft Certification Service Winter Update
The FAA Aircraft Certification Service's winter update is the first in a series of newsletters about how the FAA Aircraft Certification Service's transformation will improve certification efficiency and effectiveness. Please take a few minutes to read and share it with your employees. If you have feedback or comments, please let them hear from you at NATL-AVS-AIR-Communications@faa.gov More...  

ICAO Council Prohibits Lithium-ion Cargo Shipments on Passenger Aircraft
The 36-state ICAO Governing Council adopted a new aviation safety measure on Feb. 22, which prohibits, on an interim basis, all shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. The Council's decision will be effective April 1, 2016. It pertains only to lithium-ion batteries shipped as cargo on passenger aircraft, and not to those contained in personal electronic devices carried by passengers or crew. It comes subsequent to extensive reviews undertaken by the ICAO Air Navigation Commission, and the UN agency's Dangerous Goods, Flight Operations, and Airworthiness panels. According to the ICAO, the prohibiting of lithium-ion cargo shipments on passenger aircraft has been eagerly awaited by aircraft manufacturer and pilots associations, which have been the most vocal advocates for the new safety measure. More...

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Upcoming AEA and industry events

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...

Sun 'n Fun International Fly-in & Expo: Lakeland, Florida, April 5-10
The year marks the 42nd annual event that brings together approximately 200,000 general aviation guests, exhibitors, volunteers, sponsors and performers. 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...

Civil Avionics International Forum: Shanghai, China, April 19-21
Approved by the China Association for Science and Technology, and organized by the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the fifth annual CAIF will deliver the latest civil avionics industry layout in China, and discuss the avionics research and development trends, airworthiness certification and flight reliability. 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. Advance registrations may be made online through April 1. More...

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Mansfield Heliflight Adds Capabilities, Certifications
If media, industry or government officials need a bird's-eye view of news events, property, infrastructure and disaster areas in Vermont and surrounding states, they often call Mansfield Heliflight. C lients have included major TV networks such as ABC, BBC and A&E, as well as real estate development and construction companies, and utilities, telecommunications and forestry groups More...  

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Register Now Button Certified Repair Station Training Course: May 16-20
A weeklong course divided into training modules designed for startup repair stations as well as mature operations looking to improve their understanding of the regulations, perform internal audits and edit repair stations manuals. Who should attend?  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.   More...  

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DUNCAN AVIATION  completed supplemental type certification for installation of an ADS-B Out solution for Citation 560/560XL/Ultra and Encore aircraft equipped with Honeywell's Primus radio system. The company also selected TROY NAIL as the newest Airframe Service sales representative for Challenger and Global aircraft models. 

MID-CONTINENT INSTRUMENTS AND AVIONICS received AS 9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certification for its exceptional quality management system following an assessment by Orion Registrar Inc.

AVIDYNE extended its licensing agreement with Extant Aerospace of Melbourne, Florida, to provide exclusive aftermarket repair and exchange support for Avidyne's Entegra EXP5000 primary flight displays. In addition, Avidyne announced a strategic partnership with Globalstar Inc. to develop and certify satellite-based Internet and voice communications products for the aviation market. These new solutions, to be exclusively provided by Avidyne to aircraft manufacturers and through Avidyne's worldwide dealer network, will leverage Globalstar's second-generation satellite network, boasting the fastest data speeds in the Mobile Satellite Services industry. 

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL announced that training for Sikorsky S-76C+and S-76C++ helicopters will be offered in Singapore starting in March 2016. In addition, the company will design and manufacture an Airbus A320 full flight simulator for Wisesoft Corp. of Chengdu, China. This will be the fourth Airbus A320 simulator FlightSafety has provided to Wisesoft. The company also announced that its Dassault Falcon 2000LXS simulator has received Level D qualification from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration. And finally, the company announced Level D qualification of its fourth full flight simulator for the Gulfstream G650 aircraft.

HERON AERO SOLUTIONS launched certification services for aircraft modifications and equipment manufacturers. 

VECTOR AEROSPACE entered into an exclusive long-term engine service agreement with JNP Enterprises, owner of Broome Air Services, based in Western Australia, and Hinterland Aviation, based in Queensland, Australia. Vector Aerospace also introduced a new dynamic component repair capability for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil family at its Almondbank site in Perth, Scotland.

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. said the first of two Universal Avionics-equipped Fairchild C-26 Metroliner aircraft has been delivered to the customer. The upgrade was completed by Worldwide Aircraft Services of Springfield, Missouri, with program management provided by W4 Limited of Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, the United States Marine Corps Reserve selected Universal Avionics MFD-640 Multi-Function Display for their fleet of KC-130T aircraft.

ROCKWELL COLLINS said that BOC Aviation will feature Rockwell Collins' advanced avionics, including MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar, GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver, and Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS II) traffic computer TTR-2100 as baseline configurations on Next-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft that begin delivery later this year. In addition, Air China renewed its contract for Rockwell Collins' ARINC GLOBALink voice and data communications. The company also noted that since its November launch, Rockwell Collins has signed up 10 customers for its new Corporate Aircraft Service Program Elite and CASP Essential offerings for maintenance and service of Rockwell Collins equipment.

FLIGHTSTAR CORP. obtained an FAA STC  to provide a single Universal Avionics UNS-1Ew FMS with LPV capability in the Learjet 40 and Learjet 45 series aircraft.  This STC allows for the replacement of an existing single FMS system with a Universal Avionics UNS-1Ew along with a Universal Avionics LPV Monitor system.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. was listed first by JETNET's latest iQ Report in its brand reputations of aircraft manufacturers survey for Asia Pacific. In addition, Gulfstream will play host to a schedule of customer support events in 2016, including its biennial weeklong Operators and Suppliers Conference, two Customer Advisory Board meetings and nine operators forums. Gulfstream also completed its 5,000th airborne support flight, achieving the milestone more than 13 years after Gulfstream launched business aviation's first airborne maintenance and support service in May 2002. The company also noted that the fourth Gulfstream G500 test aircraft, T4, has completed its first flight and officially joined the G500 flight-test program. And finally, Gulfstream said that the G600 iron bird recently completed its "first flight," demonstrating the company's continued commitment to research and development and the growing maturity of the G600 aircraft program.

L-3 AVIATION PRODUCTS is giving away five NGT-9000 Lynx systems to celebrate winning the 2015 FLYING Magazine's Editor's Choice Award. 

APG AVIONICS will present Controp Precision Technologies Ltd.'s new line of S.I.T.E. (Surveillance, Infrared, Thermal and Electro-optical) systems at the Helicopter Association International's HELI-EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky. 

ELLIOTT AVIATION named LUKE GOMOLL avionics manager. 

COBHAM SATCOM said it has developed the world's smallest and lightest Inmarsat UAV satcom solution -- the 1.45 kg. AVIATOR UAV 200. 

FLYING COLOURS CORP. began work on an extension of its cabinetry finishing shop at its Peterborough, Ontario, facility. 

WEST STAR AVIATION received an STC for the upgrade of the Honeywell CAS-81A/TPA-81A or the CAS-100A/TPA-100A with 7.0 software to the CAS-100B/TPA-100B with 7.1 software. 

STANDARDAERO was awarded a new contract to provide support for the U.S. Army Special Forces Aviation Group's engine maintenance, repair and overhaul services for its fleet of eight C-27J aircraft. 

VALAIR AVIATION is now offering Part 23 and Part 25 operators an STC-certified ADS-B Out solution developed by CMD Flight Solutions. 

THOMAS GLOBAL SYSTEMS signed a partnership agreement with Hawker Pacific for distribution of Thomas Global's plug-and-play LCD cockpit displays in the Asia Pacific region. 

328 DESIGN GmbH achieved the first STC for the Dassault Falcon 50EX from the FAA under the FAA/EASA bilateral safety agreement. 

ASTRONICS commended the FAA's General Aviation Joint Steering Committee for recent statements in support of enhanced vision technology to improve general aviation safety in situations involving weather, night, smoke and other obstructions to vision

ANODYNE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING CORP. and VIH AEROSPACE have reduced pricing  and provided multiple configurations of the product to better suit the needs of individual aircraft/operators as well as the general B212 marketplace. The new customer-driven configurations allow selection of the MCP01 solution that best suits operational requirements. 

HELITRAK will introduce its safety-enhanced HeliTrak Autopilot for the Robinson R22 at the HAI Heli-Expo next week. Also on display will be the Collective Pull Down. 

Mystery Make & Model
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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? 
All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing where one individual will be awarded a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace.

The winner will be announced in the next edition of AEA Wired.  Email your answer... 

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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 
Lauren McFarland, director of marketing
Phone: 816-347-8400
Email: laurenm@aea.net

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