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Jan. 27, 2016
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Monte Mitchell Scholarship Applications due March 1
The Aircraft Electronics Association Educational Foundation will award one employee from an AEA member company with a scholarship to attend the 2016 AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida. Candidates must submit a scholarship application no later than March 1. The AEA will cover convention registration fees, along with transportation and hotel costs for the award winner. This year's event takes place April 27-30. This scholarship honors Monte Mitchell's service of more than 40 years to the AEA and the general aviation industry. Mitchell first served as the AEA executive director and later as president of the association from 1977 to 1996.  More...  

GA Groups to Congress: ATC Reform More Than Just User Fees; Request Sufficient Time to Review and Debate Bill
With Congress preparing to consider FAA reauthorization legislation this session, a host of general aviation association leaders, including the AEA, recently joined together to send letters to House transportation leaders underscoring "real and long-standing concerns" regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding air traffic control governance and funding. Specifically, the organizations cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of "a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system, based on systems in other parts of the world.  More... 

2015 General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey
The 38th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey will begin in February. It is the Federal Aviation Administration's primary source of information about the size and activity of the general aviation and on-demand Part 135 fleet. The survey is conducted on behalf of the FAA by Tetra Tech, an independent research firm, and all survey responses are confidential. Tetra Tech would like to hear from everyone who receives an invitation to complete the survey to prepare accurate statistics on aviation activity. The GA Survey is a scientific sample of aircraft from the Civil Aviation Registry. If you have questions, please contact Tetra Tech at 800-826-1797 or email  infoaviationsurvey@tetratech.com

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All the latest from the international aviation authorities

FAA Answers AEA Questions on MAG 5
The Federal Aviation Administration published Notice N 8900.336 addressing the U.S./EU Maintenance Annex Guidance, Change 5 requirements for the FAA Form 8130-3 from Production Approval Holder. On Nov. 30, 2015, the AEA requested clarification from the FAA regarding the scope of parts traceability. On Dec. 7, the AEA met with the European Aviation Safety Agency in Cologne to discuss the traceability requirements. On Jan. 12, 2016, the FAA answered the AEA's request. The FAA letter is consistent with the position explained by the EASA.  More...  

Frequently Asked Questions from Australia
What is the ADS-B mandate for foreign registered aircraft in Australia? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. 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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Aéro Teknic melds Passions for Technology, Flying
Aéro Teknic, a maintenance and avionics service center in Montreal, Canada, owner and president Pascal Gosselin eyes a Beechcraft Baron 58P sitting in his hangar. In addition to an all-new Garmin glass cockpit, the 10-week Baron project includes new paint, a new interior and an overhaul of the engines. Gosselin wants to get it right. "We're doing a complete retrofit, removing every single old wire," said Gosselin, a pilot with an airline transport pilot's license and more than 2,400 flight hours. "We sent out the electroluminescent panels to an AEA vendor to relabel to reflect the new equipment to be installed. The owner wants the aircraft to be perfect. He has a Bonanza G36 and wants the same paint scheme on his 58. When we're done, it will be the most beautiful Baron 58P."  More...  

Aviation Ace: Todd Winter of Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
Long-time avionics industry veterans will recognize the significance of Todd Winter's birthplace: Boonton, New Jersey. It was the headquarters of Aircraft Radio Control, one of the nation's pioneering avionics companies that was later acquired by Cessna. His father worked at ARC on some of the first autopilot systems for general aviation. "I was born right into the industry," Winter said. "I was probably hooked from the start." Soon after, his father was lured away by a company that built a key component for autopilots, and the family moved to Houston, Texas. The owner of the company was a general aviation pilot who transported the Winter family from Boonton to Houston in his Cessna 310. "All of our furniture went by truck, and for a 4-year old boy, the flight was quite the experience," Winter said. "I still remember it."  More...

In the Classroom 
Professional development opportunities

Register Now Button Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation: Feb. 22-24
The course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel, A&P mechanics, and others interested in improving or acquiring the skills necessary to perform avionics installations in general aviation aircraft. This three-day seminar employs in-depth theory and hands-on lab exercises to immerse the seminar attendee in the best practices used to plan, manage and install a general aviation avionics panel. More... 

Register Now Button ADS-B Broadcast Surveillance ... All the Ins and Outs: Feb. 25
The 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...

Register Now Button Digital Databus Theory and Analysis Training: Feb. 26
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...

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News from AEA member companies

CLAY LACY AVIATION  welcomed seven aircraft to its growing fleet at three Southern California airports. All aircraft are equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, offering private jet travelers both luxury and productivity

PS ENGINEERING announced its new PMA8000BTi audio selector panel, a version of the PMA800BT that includes IntelliAudio spatial audio technology. Shipments of these units begin Feb. 1, 2016.

AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED is rebranding its previously announced N16HT Pro system as Ecliptus. The Ecliptus is a wireless, recording and image sharing night vision system. The company also launched a kickstarter campaign for the new product. 

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL named LUIZ HAMILTON LIMA airline training sales manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and it promoted ALAN MURRAY to assistant manager of the Learning Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The company also added Gulfstream G650 Controller Pilot Data Link Communication to its extensive series of eLearning courses and CPDLC iFlightDECK subscription-based application. It also received Level D qualification from the FAA for two Cessna Caravan aircraft simulators located at its Wichita East Learning Center.

CUTTER AVIATION will play host to several events throughout the Southwest U.S. to celebrate the launch of the new HondaJet. 

DAC INTERNATIONAL, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that its latest A-D (analog-digital) converter model GDC62 has been used as part of a European Aviation Safety Agency supplemental type certificate. The GDC62 accepts analog inputs from various radio altimeter models and converts the signal to ARINC 429 format that is compatible with currently available TCAS II digital processors. 


DUNCAN AVIATION will play host to its first free NextGen seminar of 2016 on Feb. 18 in San Antonio, Texas. 

STEVENS AVIATION was selected by SANDEL AVIONICS as one of  its exclusive Avilon dealerships serving the central and eastern U.S. 

HONEYWELL AEROSPACE's JetWave wireless in-flight connectivity system received FAA approval for the Boeing 757. 

PRO STAR AVIATION received Transport Canada Civil Aviation approval for FAA STC ST00347BO -- Upgrade of BendixKing CAS 67A TCAS II Change 7.0 System to CAS 67B TCAS II Change 7.1. The STC is filed in the NAPA Issued Certificates Online database as SA15-87 (issue 2), holder company; Pro Star Aviation LLC. 

MID-CANADA MOD CENTER was appointed by Guardian Mobility as an authorized dealer. 

JETSUPPORT B.V. is now able to provide extended services with the EASA, FAA and TCCA approvals for aircraft and avionics shop capabilities due to the merger of JetSupport-Avionics and JetSupport. 

CONSTANT AVIATION received Transport Canada Civil Aviation approval for the Phenom 300 Wi-Fi STC install on Canadian-registered aircraft. 

GLOBAL JET SERVICES added JIM SPARKS as an instructor. 

COOL CITY AVIONICS named JEFFREY KELLY chairman, president and CEO; promoted JAMES IRWIN to chief technical officer; and RICK MILBURN was named vice president of sales and marketing.

Mystery Make & Model
Guess the make and model -- enter for chance to win $100 Visa gift card

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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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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... 


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

The "AEA Wired" e-newsletter is published twice a month by the AEA.