Jan. 10, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
The Current
News from the general aviation industry
Dan Elwell Named Acting FAA Administrator
Daniel K. Elwell was recently appointed acting FAA administrator by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. He succeeds Michael Huerta, whose five-year term as administrator expired Jan. 6. Elwell has served as the agency's deputy administrator since June 2017, and was the FAA assistant administrator for policy, planning and environment from 2006 to 2008. “We welcome the appointment of Dan Elwell as acting administrator and look forward to working with him," said AEA President Paula Derks. "Mr. Huerta has been an exemplary leader of the FAA, enacting positive change during his term, including leading the revision to Part 23; the promotion of the risk-based certification of new products; and establishing a culture of forward-thinking policies within the agency as well as throughout the industry." More...
Avionics News Technical Training Exam Online
The 17th 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 2017 issues of Avionics News, technicians can get a head start on their FAA-accepted training. Individuals who complete the exam and score 85 percent or higher receive credit toward their repair station training program requirements, IA renewal, FAA AMT awards and the AEA Avionics Training Excellence Award.  More...
Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities
Frequently Asked Questions
What ADS-B Out solution is right for your customer? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. More...
Meaning of the Terms 'Acceptable to' and 'Accepted by' for Use by Aviation Safety Inspectors
On Nov. 28, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration published FAA Notice: N 8900.444. This notice explains the terms “acceptable to” and “accepted by.” The following is extracted from the Notice N 8900.444 in the January issue of Avionics News. More...
On the Radar
Upcoming AEA and industry events
HAI Heli-Expo
Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb. 26-March 1, 2018
The largest helicopter exposition in the world takes place in Las Vegas. Join 20,000 industry professionals and more than 700 exhibitors. The exhibits will be open Feb. 27-March 1. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 26-29, 2018
The 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 also is the platform of choice for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to the marketplace. Advance registration is available through March 2. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas; make your hotel reservation before Feb. 21. More...
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Prague, Czech Republic
April 24-25, 2018
Save the date for the avionics industry event of the year in Europe. This conference is set for the Prague Marriott Hotel. Online registration is now available through April 17; make your hotel reservation before April 3.  More...
The Connection
Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry
Goldfields Air Services Thrives in Australian Desert
In Western Australia, distances between towns can stretch hundreds of miles across hot desert. With few transportation options, medical personnel, teachers, students, miners, government workers and others have come to rely on Goldfields Air Services. With a fleet of 11 single-engine pistons, piston-twins and turboprops, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport-based charter company shuttles passengers to and from remote locations in the Outback. More...
Aviation Aces: Randy Davis of Phoenix Air Group
Randy Davis grew up on a farm on eastern Long Island. His father was a pilot who flew mostly for pleasure, and the farm had its own airstrip. His father originally owned a Piper Vagabond, which he later traded for a Piper Apache.  More...
In the Classroom
Professional development opportunities
Avionics Training Available at AEA International Headquarters
IFR 6000 Operations Training Course
Jan. 12, 2018
This course is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate the IFR 6000 to verify and maintain transponder, UAT, TCAS and DME systems.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification 
with ADS-B Implementation Session
Jan. 18, 2018
Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder certification testing. 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 to meet the mandate.
RVSM Maintenance & Advanced Transponder Training
Jan. 19, 2018
Attendees will be introduced to the regulations, documentation, test equipment and maintenance practices associated with performing RVSM maintenance and will follow with an in-depth look at Mode S transponders. This course assumes the attendee has good operating knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations 91.411 and 91.413.
Basic Aircraft Electrical
Jan. 29-30, 2018
This course is designed for the avionics technician, aircraft maintenance technician or homebuilder who wants to improve their understanding of aircraft electrical systems and electricity. This course will provide an overview of the fundamentals of electricity and their practical application in aircraft. From currents and calculations to schematics and systems troubleshooting, this two-day course is the perfect primer for an entry-level technician or the skilled homebuilder ready to tackle avionics installation.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft
Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2018
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.
The Static
News from AEA member companies
FARGO JET CENTER's Premier Jet Center named Michael Lawrence operations manager.

GARMIN received FAA supplemental type certification for several aircraft models for the GFC 500 autopilot, including a wide range of Cessna 172 and 182 model aircraft.

AIR METHODS CORP. promoted Jason Quisling to director of operations.

FLYING COLOURS CORP. commenced work fulfilling a long-term paint contract with MHI Canada Aerospace Inc., (MHICA), which is anticipated to last five years.

ELLIOTT AVIATION promoted Sam Elliott to vice president and general manager of the Des Moines facility.
DUNCAN AVIATION updated its Straight Talk book on ADS-B. The company also increased its available pool of rental turbine engines by 33 percent in 2017. Duncan also completed an industry-first installation of the Honeywell Primus Elite (DU-875 displays) in an Embraer Legacy.

ASTRONICS Test Systems named Samer Kabbani executive vice president of sales and business development.

BANYAN AIR SERVICE will play host to a free Garmin seminar, Jan. 23, to cover Garmin’s latest retrofit display solutions for Part 25 and Part 23 turbine aircraft, including G5000, G1000 NXi, and G600/G500 TXi. 

AVIDYNE extended its repair service agreement with Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Nebraska, to include Avidyne’s EX600 multifunction display. 
GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION unveiled Gogo AVANCE L3, a new in-flight connectivity system that delivers the benefits of the Gogo AVANCE platform to passengers and flight departments in a small, lightweight form factor, with affordable pricing options.

STANDARDAERO was awarded an exclusive, five-year contract to provide Honeywell RE220 and Honeywell 36-150RJ model auxiliary power units maintenance repair and overhaul services/support for PSA Airlines Inc.’s fleet of CRJ 700/900 and CRJ200 aircraft. StandardAero also was awarded a five-year contract by Air Wisconsin to provide MRO services for Honeywell GTCP36-150RJ auxiliary power units on its fleet of 65 Bombardier CRJ-200 model regional aircraft. StandardAero announced that it will cease operations at its LAX-based business aviation repair station by the end of March 2018.

PEREGRINE received AML STC approval from Transport Canada for its TCAS II version 7.1 upgrade solution using the BendixKing CAS 67B system.

MID-CANADA MOD CENTER announced that its Kitchener base of operations will relocate to a larger new facility based at Chartright Air's Hangar 53 in Breslau, Ontario.

DAC INTERNATIONAL added Daniel Boen as a regional sales manager.
Avionics Careers
Job postings, career resources and scholarships
Looking for a Job in the Avionics Industry?
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the career listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA careers page 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 career 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? Looking for a new avionics technician or A&P mechanic? Want to buy or sell a business in the general aviation industry? Post these professional opportunities to a target-rich environment: the AEA's career listings website. For $200 a month, you can place a listing online AND receive a print advertisement in Avionics News for FREE! For more information, contact Lauren McFarland, AEA director of advertising, at laurenm@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  
Lauren McFarland, director of advertising
Phone: 816-347-8400
Email:  laurenm@aea.net

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