Jan. 25, 2017
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Don't Miss the Biggest Week of Training in the Avionics Industry!
Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association will celebrate its 60th year during the annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in New Orleans, March 13-16. Only a few days remain to register in advance and save $75 off the on-site registration fee. Here's just some of what the avionics professionals in attendance 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. More...
Safety Assurance System: What does the FAA's new Oversight System Mean to You?
In a recent
Avionics News column titled, "The View from Washington: Don't Shoot the Messenger," the Aircraft Electronics Association's Ric Peri highlighted confusion over the Federal Aviation Administration's latest safety initiative, the SAS, or Safety Assurance System. For many AEA member companies, SAS is a rather ambiguous concept -- something the FAA inspectors recently started tossing out in conversation. In a lot of cases, those same inspectors are (understandably) uncertain how and when to apply it to industry.
What is SAS? Does it apply to your company? If so, what do you have to do to comply? Read on for a simple primer on SAS and what it means for your organization.
| Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities
AEA to Host Regulatory Forum on NORSEE and Commercial Parts for Part 23 Aircraft
The Aircraft Electronics Association will play host to a two-day forum at its headquarters in Lee's Summit, Missouri, Feb. 14-15. Last year was
an interesting and exciting year from a regulatory perspective, ending with the release of the long-awaited Part 23 rewrite. With this rewrite came a philosophical change by the FAA often referred to as the safety continuum. This philosophy utilizes a risk-based approach to the design and certification of products. Industry witnessed the first practical application of this on Feb. 5, 2014, when the FAA announced its policy for the approval of angle of attack (AOA) indicators. In 2016, we witnessed this new philosophy with the approval of two new attitude indicators. And again in 2016, we received the agency's most recent policy on NORSEE (Not Operationally Required Safety Enhancing Equipment).
Since the application of this new philosophy in 2014, there has been an unprecedented level of confusion in the application of both NORSEE and commercial parts. In order to assist the aviation industry in understanding these new "tools" available for the design, certification and production of aviation products (not limited to avionics), the AEA has proposed, and the FAA has accepted, this two-day forum to allow for an open discussion on the potential of this invaluable, cost-effective process.
This two-day forum, hosted by the AEA and supported by representatives of the FAA's Small Airplane Directorate and Headquarters, will review and update the industry on the agency's policy on what the association considers the next generation of retrofit parts for legacy aircraft. There is no fee to attend this forum; however, you must register in advance.
Frequently Asked Questions in the United States
What is the process of setting up an FAA-mandated drug and alcohol testing program? Learn this answer in this month's Avionics News.
| 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
Growing Business: G1000, ISR systems drive Valair Aviation's recent success
In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Valair Aviation's avionics department is busier than ever.
The FAA-certified Part 145 repair station and FBO
specializes in servicing turboprops and jets.
In 2015, Valair Aviation handled five times more avionics projects than the previous year.
Located northwest of the city, Valair Aviation also offers supplemental type certificate development and installations, as well as paint, interior modifications and special mission configurations. Its facility spans some 200,000 square feet at Wiley Post Airport. To keep customers flying, it stocks more than $1 million in parts inventory.
| 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...
News from AEA member companies
entered into an exclusive agreement to acquire StarPort, a full-service MRO and FBO based in Sanford, Florida.
its Straight Talk book on the NextGen initiative ADS-B and is available on the company's website. Duncan Aviation also announced the upgrade and installation of ADS-B Out avionics equipment on a Challenger 850 SE, which was an industry first in the United States. The Duncan Aviation facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, upgraded the displays, GPS sensors, and software in the cockpit before upgrading the Rockwell Collins TDR-94D transponder, bringing the aircraft into compliance with the FAA's ADS-B Out mandate.
SANDIA AEROSPACE received an additional TSO from the FAA on its SAI 340 Quattro multifunction indicator. In addition to attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip, the SAI 340 is now TSO'd for instantaneous vertical speed. Unlike a standard VSI that has a six to eight second lag, the SAI 340 gives virtually immediate vertical speed indications. The vertical speed is shown on the SAI 340 in both a tape and digital format. In addition to the IVSI, the new software version adds an adjustable altitude bug.
VECTOR AEROSPACE signed a contract with a major European government for the overhaul of Rolls-Royce T56 turboprop engines. The contract, which has a multiyear term, covers the overhaul of T56 engines, modules, components and accessories. The company also received FAA STC approval to extend its ADS-B solutions to cover the Airbus Helicopters H120/EC120, H125/AS350, H130/EC130 and H135/EC135 series, with operators able to choose from either the L3 Lynx NGT-9000 or Garmin GTX-345 transponders.
JEPPESEN and the Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organization signed an initial memorandum of understanding to determine the potential for co-offering European-based aviation training programs. The agreement will look to integrate JAA TO expertise in multiple fields of aviation safety with Jeppesen's pilot training, flight dispatch and licensing preparation capabilities. Jeppesen also agreed to a new three-year service contract with Swiss International Air Lines, Ltd. (Swiss), the national airline of Switzerland.
PACIFIC COAST AVIONICS received the Genesys Aerosystems (S-TEC Autopilot) Top Dealer Award for the 14th consecutive year. The Oregon-based avionics dealership received this distinction from more than 700 other Genesys Aerosystems dealers worldwide every year since 2002.
AVIONICA was selected by Cathay Pacific Airways as the integrator and supplier for its e-Enabled, airborne global connectivity program. Starting in early 2017, Cathay Pacific's second-generation e-Enabled system will be deployed across the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon fleet, including the B777, B747, A320 and A330 aircraft types.
ESTERLINE Avionics Systems signed a dealer agreement with Sabena technics to distribute the Esterline CMA-6800 LCD Display to ATR 42/72 operators, principally located in Europe. In addition, Esterline CMC Electronics signed a dealer agreement with Southeast Aerospace to distribute its complete line of aviation GPS products.
STANDARDAERO recently completed a Falcon 900EX Dassault Falcon Jet full Elite II avionics retrofit for a Seattle-based operator at the company's Springfield, Illinois, facility.
GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. announced that its Gulfstream G280 aircraft recently set a speed record between Carlsbad, California, and Kalaoa, Hawaii, completing the overwater flight in just 4 hours and 47 minutes.
| 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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