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February 26, 2014
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TRUE BLUE POWER announced the FAA TSO C179a and EASA ETSO certification of the TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery. It is the first lithium-ion engine start battery for business and commercial aviation to receive either certification.
FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS and the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA announced the FAA STC approval for the first rule-compliant 978 MHz ADS-B In/Out universal access transceiver for rotorcraft.

ASPEN AVIONICS announced the EFD1000H Primary Flight Display system will be available as a factory option on the Robinson R22, R44 Raven I, R44 Raven II and R66 helicopters. The EFD500H Multifunction Display system will be available as a factory option on the R44 Raven I, R44 Raven II and R66.

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. introduced one of its flagship features of the new avionics package in the redesigned Next Generation MD Explorer, a cursor control for the advanced display system as an integrated part of the collective. 

GARMIN INTERNATIONAL announced the GXM 42, a portable SiriusXM Aviation weather receiver that allows pilots to access new weather services made available by SiriusXM and its enhanced satellite network. In addition, the company announced an updated version of the Garmin Pilot application for the iPad and iPhone featuring synthetic vision as an option for premium subscribers.

CRAIG FULLER, former AOPA president and CEO, has joined the board of directors for the LIGHTSPEED AVIATION Foundation.

The ROCKWELL COLLINS Cockpit Display System received EASA certification onboard the AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter. 

AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED completed its 800th FAA-approved night vision cockpit modification prior to HELI-EXPO. The modification was completed on an AW139 for Construction Helicopters. 

RUAG AVIATION received EASA STC approval for the Garmin G600 and the Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics SAM in the Viking DHC-6-300. 

SKYTRAC SYSTEMS announced that Air Medical Resource Group has purchased multiple SkyTrac ISAT-200A flight-following systems to support the fleet's critical air medical transportation systems. 

LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES and AKV Inc. announced a technical and business development partnership. 

DUNCAN AVIATION's authorized service center agreement with BOMBARDIER AEROSPACE has been extended to include the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft. 

SANDEL AVIONICS released its latest upgrades to the SG102 (MOD2) AHRS, which is a solid-state, three-axis instrument certified for primary heading reference and standby attitude. 

ADVANCED HELICOPTER SERVICES announced the acquisition of Cascade Airframe Repair, a longtime helicopter repair services company, based at Boeing Field in Seattle, Wash. 

SIERRA INDUSTRIES appointed JASON MILLER as its new president.



U.S. General Aviation Caucus Update


General Aviation Caucuses were formed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate in 2009, to inform members and staff about the importance of GA to the nation's economy and transportation system. To date, more than 200 members of the U.S. Congress have signed on to the General Aviation Caucus. Click below to see if your elected representative is a member. If not, please contact them immediately and ask them to join the GA Caucus to promote the value of the general aviation industry to our nation's economy.




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New Product Introductions at AEA Convention, March 13

So what will be the most-exciting new product announced in 2014? The general aviation industry must patiently wait until March 13 to answer this question. But one thing is certain in advance -- what happens in Nashville won't remain a secret when it comes to the international focus and attention placed on these fast-paced, high-tech announcements. That's because the New Product Introductions session continues to see annual growth in on-site attendance by Aircraft Electronics Association members, and the international coverage of the event by the aviation media is at an all-time high. Simply put, the general aviation industry looks forward with greater anticipation each spring to discover, face-to-face, what's new for all things avionics.  More...  


AEA Announces New Staff Appointments

The AEA recently promoted two long-time staff members and added another. Linda Adams was promoted to vice president of member services; Lauren McFarland was promoted to director of advertising; and Katie Ryser joins the staff as administrative assistant. More...


GAMA Announces 2013 Year-end Aircraft Shipment and Billing Numbers

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association recently unveiled its 2013 year-end aircraft billing and shipment numbers at a press conference in Washington, D.C. According to the report, total worldwide general aviation airplane shipments rose 4.3 percent, from 2,164 shipments in 2012 to 2,256 shipments in 2013. Billings for general aviation airplanes worldwide also increased to $23.4 billion, up 24 percent from 2012, when they totaled $18.9 billion. Billings in 2013 were the second-largest number recorded after 2008, when billings were $24.8 billion. More...   

Save the Date Jan 13
Bring Your Customer Day: Saturday, March 15
For the first time in AEA Convention history, and in response to many requests received over several years from the dealer network and avionics manufacturers, AEA repair stations will have the opportunity to invite and escort their customers into the AEA Trade Show Exhibit Hall on Saturday, March 15. 

This will be allowed under very strict guidelines. Each customer must be invited and accompanied by a registered AEA repair station representative, and manufacturers may only invite a customer attendee through the dealer network. All customers must be registered either in advance or on-site, and a registration fee of $50 per person will apply. More... 

TGH Aug 13
FAA Issues Final Rule to Improve Helicopter Safety  
FAA logo The Federal Aviation Administration recently issued a final rule that requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications, training, and additional onboard safety equipment. The rule represents the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades and responds to government's and industry's concern over continued risk in helicopter operations. 
"This is a landmark rule for helicopter safety," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "These improvements will better prepare pilots and better equip helicopters, ensuring a higher level of safety for passengers and crew." More... 

Frequently Asked Questions
Is a repair station required to have an anti-drug and anti-alcohol program? Learn the answer in the February issue of Avionics News magazine. More...  
Pilot's Guide to Avionics -- Request your FREE Copy Today!
The AEA's 2013-14 edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics is now available. 

Without a doubt, pilots and aircraft owners don't want just anyone working on their airplane or helicopter. After all, life depends on it. So how do you find the most qualified and experienced personnel to keep your aircraft safe and up-to-date with all the latest and greatest technologies? It's easy -- simply look for these talented experts and members of the AEA listed in the publication.

Click here to request a single copy or case.

Can't wait for your hard copy? Click here to download the app or read it online!
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Don't be Left Out!   
The deadline to advertise in the AEA Convention recap issue for Avionics News is March 5. 

The special AEA Convention issue will be published in May.

For more information, contact Lauren McFarland at 816-347-8400 or via email at laurenm@aea.net.
Free Publicity with Before & After Series
The popular "Before & After" series in Avionics News features two photos, one before and one after, and a brief summary of an AEA member repair station's unique installation or repair. 

This series is read by thousands of subscribers. Share your story of a project your avionics shop has completed. Placement is first-come, first-served. More...


Certified Repair Station Training Course, May 12-16
CRS 9-13 The Aircraft Electronics Association plays host to its Certified Repair Station Training Course, May 12-16, at the Dan Derby Center for Professional Development in Lee's Summit, Mo
This week-long course is 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 station manuals. 
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 Title 14 CFR Part 145 repair station, should plan to attend.
To register or learn more information, click here

Certified Repair Station Training Days
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