Jan. 9, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Succeeds in Gaining Recognition of Avionics Technicians; FAA Accepts AEA's Petition to Recognize AET Certification
In response to an October 2018 petition by the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Federal Aviation Administration has formally recognized ASTM's National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT) Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification as equivalent to formal training when showing eligibility for the issuance of a repairman certificate.

"The AEA spent the better part of the last 15 years working with ASTM's NCATT to design, develop and promote a nationally recognized certificate for the avionics and electronics community," said AEA President and CEO Paula Derks. "This industry standard for the certification of aircraft electronics technicians is now recognized by the FAA, simplifies the application process for a repairman certificate, and was accomplished without the burden of rulemaking." More...
Register Before Jan. 16 for AEA Europe Connect Conference in Cologne, Germany
Aviation’s technology experts will Connect with their industry peers at the 33rd annual AEA Europe Connect Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Cologne, Germany, Jan. 22-23. Registration is now open to individuals wanting to attend and for companies to exhibit. Attendees must register in advance by Jan. 16. Join us for two days of OEM training, exhibits, regulatory updates and networking! More...
AEA to Host Regulatory Forum in Bogota, Feb. 8
The Aircraft Electronics Association will play host to a one-day regulatory forum in partnership with Aeronautica Civil at the Centro de Estudios Aeronauticos on Feb. 8, 2019, in Bogota, Colombia. This forum will focus on:
  • ADS-B mandate for Colombia and available equipment solutions.
  • Safety management systems – risk management and human factors.
  • Colombia’s regulatory transition to the Latin America Regulations.
  • Featuring displays by ADS-B major manufacturers.
This will be a complimentary event for avionics professionals; however, advance registration is required. More...
Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Percentage Rates
The FAA has determined that the minimum random drug and alcohol testing percentage rates for the period of Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2019, will remain at 25 percent of safety-sensitive employees for random drug testing and 10 percent of safety-sensitive employees for random alcohol testing. More...
Jan. 9 Manufacturer's Risk-Based Certification Webinar Canceled Due to Government Shutdown
Due to the lapse in government funding and the furlough of significant numbers of FAA personnel, the first-quarter 2019 manufacturer's certification webinar has been canceled. Once there is a restoration of funding and staff returns, the AEA will work to reschedule the forum in the second quarter of 2019. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Cologne, Germany
Jan. 22-23, 2019
Online registration is now available through Jan. 16. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hyatt Regency Cologne. More...
Atlanta, Georgia
March 4-7, 2019
Find new products and business with 18,000 industry professionals. Over 1,000,000 square feet of space with 60+ aircraft on display. More...
International Women in Aviation Conference
Long Beach, California
March 14-16, 2019
Choose from a wide range of education sessions to expand your personal and professional development at the Long Beach Convention Center. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Palm Springs, California
March 25-28, 2019
Registration has opened for the 62nd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, 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 2019. Aviation's technology experts will convene March 25-28, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Attendees must register by March 1, 2019. More...
Sun 'n Fun International Fly-in Expo
Lakeland, FL
April 2-7, 2019
A six-day event on 2,200 acres offers jet teams, aerospace exhibits, educational forums, aircraft static displays, and daily air shows. More...
Avionics Exchange: The Beginning of a Family Adventure
The last two years have been an adventure for Dawayne and Marie Wilcox. They moved to southeastern Pennsylvania to be near family, started a repair station of their own, and celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Even the couple’s son, Patrick, joined the family business shortly after it opened in May.

In a hangar at York Airport in Thomasville, Dawayne Wilcox tends to aircraft alongside his son, Patrick Wilcox, an A&P mechanic and avionics technician with five years of experience. They tackle avionics installations and troubleshooting on smaller general aviation aircraft – mostly single-engine pistons and small twins.  More...
A Conversation With Ron Symonette of Southeast Aerospace
Founded in 1993 and headquartered at Orlando Melbourne International Airport, Southeast Aerospace offers a unique combination of products and services by integrating parts distribution and MRO with complete aircraft modification services. The company serves the GA, corporate, regional airline and rotorcraft markets, specializing in the integration, sales, and services of avionics, instrumentation, and related systems. Recently, Avionics News spoke with Ron Symonette, senior program manager, to learn more about his work and life away from the airport.  More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
RVSM Maintenance
Jan. 18, 2019
Attendees will be introduced to the regulations, documentation, test equipment and maintenance practices associated with performing RVSM maintenance. This course assumes the attendee has good operating knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations 91.411 and 91.413.
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation
Feb. 18-20, 2019
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. 
Digital Databus Theory & Analysis Training
Feb. 21, 2019
As today’s modern airplanes become much more technologically advanced, so must the professionals that 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
GARMIN announced the certification and availability of the G500H TXi touchscreen flight display for normal category VFR helicopters. The G500H TXi features an expanded feature set that offers a streamlined upgrade path for helicopters already equipped with the original G500H flight display. Additionally, a new software version for the GTN 650/750 series has been approved for helicopters. 

TRUE BLUE POWER intelligent batteries and inverters, and the MID-CONTINENT INSTRUMENTS AND AVIONICS Standby Attitude Module are standard equipment on the Generation 2 Personal Jet unveiled by CIRRUS AIRCRAFT.

KAISERAIR received additional STCs enabling new functionality for the Gulfstream FANS 1/A+ solution.

HOWELL INSTRUMENTS announced that its H8000 Series Indicator has received TSO Authorization and is certified to DO-178B DAL A.
GULFSTREAM AOERSPACE CORP. recently made the first international deliveries of the clean-sheet, record-breaking Gulfstream G500. Qatar Airways received two G500 aircraft at Gulfstream’s Savannah headquarters.

COLLINS AEROSPACE, as a result of a new agreement with Inmarsat, will now work directly with Inmarsat to offer JetConneX high-speed internet service to business jet operators through a Level 1 Value Added Reseller position.

WINNER AVIATION completed and returned to service the first successful completion of the first Premier 1 with the Collins Aerospace Pro Line 21 Airspace Modernization Package.
DUNCAN AVIATION’s Engineering & Certification Department received approvals from three civil aviation authorities for its STCs that upgrade the Honeywell Primus II system for ADS-B Out in Cessna 560/560XL and Hawker 800/800XP aircraft, respectively. In addition, Duncan Aviation welcomed the first aircraft, a Bombardier Global Express XRS, into its first new maintenance hangar at the Provo Municipal Airport in Provo, Utah. Kasey Harwick has returned to the company’s Lincoln, Nebraska, location and assumed the role of vice president of maintenance for the Airframe Department. Travis Grimsley has accepted the position of director of maintenance for the aircraft services group in Battle Creek, Michigan.

AVMAX completed the sale of four Dash 8-102 aircraft msn 302, 308, 321 and 329 to Central Mountain Aviation Ltd., Canada.

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL will support the mission of the D-Day Squadron by providing International Procedures eRecurrent training free of charge to the pilots embarking on the historic journey to put C-47s and DC-3s once again over the French coastline. The D-Day Squadron, is part of the Tunison Foundation and will return many combat veteran aircraft to Normandy, France, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY POLYTECHNIC campus is offering a free webinar and live question-and-answer session with UAS experts to discuss important safety practices, flying rules and regulations, and tips for operating your UAS, Jan. 15.
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 Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive, at rachelh@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  
Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive
Phone: 931-787-7565
Email:  rachelh@aea.net

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