Feb. 8, 2017
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News from the general aviation industry
Only 10 Days Left to Register in Advance for 2017 AEA Convention in New Orleans -- Save $75 per person!
If you plan to be part of the biggest week of training in the avionics industry, be sure to complete your attendee registration form online no later than Friday, Feb. 17, in order to save $75 off the on-site registration fee. The 60th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show takes place March 13-16 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Here's just some of what attendees will experience in New Orleans:
- More than 75 hours of regulatory, technical and business management training and professional development, all approved for credit toward the AEA's Avionics Training Excellence Award, as well as accepted for FAA IA renewal and the AMT Awards Program.
- An Exhibit Hall filled with the latest avionics technologies and more than 135 exhibitors; network with hundreds of qualified decision-makers face-to-face; see, touch and talk product in person.
- The latest regulatory updates with international agency personnel, including the FAA, TCCA, EASA and others.
- Witness more than 30 companies participate in the AEA New Product Introductions session.
- Free Aircraft Electronics Technician certification and endorsement exams, courtesy of the AEA Educational Foundation and its partnership with NCATT and ASTM International.
and save $75 off the on-site registration price! Advance registration ends Feb. 17.
| Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities
Frequently Asked Questions in the United States
14 CFR 145.211 (c) (viii) requires repair stations to include a description of the system and procedures the repair station uses for calibrating measuring and test equipment used in maintaining articles. What are the acceptable standards the repair station should use for managing their test equipment calibration? Learn the answer in this month's
| On the Radar
Upcoming AEA and industry events
Women in Aviation Conference
March 2-4, 2017
The 28th annual event takes place at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. More...
March 6-9, 2017
More than 20,000 industry professionals will gather in Dallas, Texas, for the world's largest helicopter trade show and exposition.
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
March 13-16, 2017
Don't miss the biggest training week in the avionics industry. This year marks the 60th annual AEA Convention and takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana.
AEA Europe Connect Conference
April 10-11, 2017
The first AEA Connect Conference of the year takes place at the Hilton Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Avionics repair stations, manufacturers, regulators and educators gather for two full days of networking and professional development, and an exhibit hall will showcase the latest avionics technologies and services. More...
| The Connection
Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry
A Conversation With Jody Stuckless of Trillium Aerospace
Trillium Aerospace Inc. offers avionics integration solutions, from simple wiring diagrams to complete system packages. Based in Lucan, Ontario, Trillium Aerospace was founded in 2011. Recently, Avionics News spoke with its president, Jody Stuckless, to learn more about the company and Stuckless' life outside the office
| In the Classroom
Professional development opportunities
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft:
May 3-5, 2017
This course is designed for the aircraft technician or homebuilder who is looking for guidance in completing an installation on an experimental aircraft with the Garmin G3X Touch large format flight display system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche in this ever-expanding market, this class has something for everyone. More...
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation:
May 15-17, 2017
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. More...
ADS-B Broadcast Surveillance ... All the Ins and Outs:
May 18, 2017
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:
May 19, 2017
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...
Certified Repair Station Training:
July 10-14, 2017
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 the repair station manual. More...
| The Static
News from AEA member companies
was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award by FAA Team Program Manager Chris Manthe. The award is given to pilots who have shown professionalism, skills and aviation expertise for at least 50 years.
as project manager, CASEY RITZ as regional sales manager and CINDY STEPANSKI as airframe parts sales specialist. The company also completed its 10th retrofit of a Garmin G5000 in a Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP and second full 400E interior retrofit. The installation was completed in a 1998 Beechjet 400A.
FLYING COLOURS CORP. received approval from Transport Canada to install ADS-B Out technology on Canadian registered Bombardier Challenger 600-2B16 (604 and 605) and 300 airframes.
AVMAX purchased one Dash 8-100 msn 472 from Ryukyu Air Commuter Co., Ltd., Japan.
DUNCAN AVIATION recently launched a program that makes its Engineering & Certification Services available for projects throughout the aerospace industry to include a team dedicated solely to supporting external requests.
ALTO AVIATION marked its 20th anniversary as suppliers of high-end custom cabin audio and entertainment systems for all aircraft platforms in business aviation.
JETTECH received approval for an FAA STC for installing the touchscreen Garmin GTN 650/750 GPS/NAV/COMs on Cessna Citation 550B and 560 series aircraft equipped with the Primus 1000 Integrated Flight Control System.
STANDARDAERO signed a new, exclusive, two-year partnership agreement with Johannesburg, South Africa-based Solenta Aviation Workshop Ltd., to provide a guaranteed LRU, MRO and exchange program to support Solenta's PT6A/PW100 engine operations. In addition, StandardAero was awarded a $45 million (CAD), four-year Royal Canadian Air Force propulsion system maintenance contract.
GENESYS AEROSYSTEMS will unveil its new helicopter cockpit demonstrator at its booth (No. 8606) during the upcoming HAI Heli-EXPO convention in Dallas.
PRO STAR AVIATION obtained FAA approval for an amendment to STC -- Installation of Universal Antenna Mount and Lower Fuselage Radome -- applicable to Textron Aviation (Beechcraft, Hawker Beechcraft, Raytheon), B300 (Super King Air 350) and B300C (Super King Air 350C) airframes. The amendment makes the design of the STC more versatile and mission flexible, while improving overall system inspection methods and operations, according to the company.
CLAY LACY AVIATION awarded scholarships totaling $10,200 to 22 students in the Aircraft Mechanic Program operated at Van Nuys Airport by the L.A. Unified School District's North Valley Occupational Center.
GARMIN announced EASA approval of the G5 electronic flight instrument for installation in select certified fixed-wing general aviation aircraft in Europe.
FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL promoted EDWARD KOHARIK to general manager, visual systems. He replaces JON HESTER who retired after more than 35 years in the design, development and support of flight simulation products and services.
AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED received FAA approval to conduct commercial flight operations carrying passengers and cargo while using night vision goggles operating single-engine airplanes.
CONSTANT AVIATION teamed with Jet Support Services to offer aircraft owners a new upgrade program. The collaboration will help JSSI clients meet the ADS-B deadline and for FANS-1/A avionics upgrades.
| GA Caucus
Industry advocates on Capitol Hill
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...
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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