July 11, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA to Award CASH PRIZES for an ADS-B Out Installation to Five Aircraft Owners at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
To help incentivize owners of general aviation aircraft to meet the Federal Aviation Administration's ADS-B Out equipage mandate in the United States, the Aircraft Electronics Association will randomly award five aircraft owners with $1,000 each toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade during the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Oshkosh, July 23-29, in Wisconsin. This year marks the fifth-consecutive year that the AEA has made the $1,000 award available to five aircraft owners, meaning that a total of $25,000 has been awarded during the last five years. More...
2018-19 AEA Pilot's Guide to be Unveiled at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 23-29
Published annually, the 2018-19 edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide will be unveiled with free distribution at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin, July 23-29. AEA staff members will distribute thousands of complimentary copies to pilots and aircraft owners at the AEA's AirVenture booth, No. 2035/2036 in Hangar B at Wittman Regional Airport. This year marks the 16th annual edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide, a consumer's directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the wonderful world of avionics technologies.

In addition to the initial distribution at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, thousands of copies will be distributed at several industry trade shows and to all AEA member companies at no charge. Individuals residing in the United States also may request a free copy online while supplies last.  More...
AEA Educational Foundation Awards More Than $100,000 in Scholarships for 2018-19 Academic Year
The AEA Educational Foundation announced the names of the individuals who were awarded scholarships worth more than $100,000 for the 2018-19 academic year. The Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in the general aviation maintenance and aircraft electronics industry. The intent of these scholarships is to identify and reward those individuals who best exemplify the qualities that lead to success in the aviation industry. More...
Paula Derks Announces Retirement Transition; Search for Next AEA President and CEO underway
During her annual State of the Association address at the 61st annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas on March 26, Paula Derks announced her intention to retire as president of the Aircraft Electronics Association effective May 2019. Soon after Derks’ retirement announcement, AEA Chairman David Loso, along with AEA Vice Chairman Garry Joyce, formed a search committee to consider qualified candidates. The search committee, which includes former chairmen of the AEA board, has developed a job description for the position of president and chief executive officer.

The process is now actively underway to identify candidates to lead the association, and the search committee expects to recommend a slate of finalists to the board of directors during the fall board meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, which is set for early October 2018. More...
AEA Latin America Newsletter Available
The AEA recently published its quarterly newsletter for member companies in the Latin America region. Published in Spanish and designed exclusively for avionics professionals in Latin America, click here to read the second-quarter 2018 edition.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the installation requirements of the new generation of non-traditionally approved avionics equipment? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 23-29, 2018
Experience the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts. From unique, historic aircraft to world-class daily air shows, don’t miss the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. The AEA will distribute free copies of this year's Pilot's Guide to hundreds of aircraft owners and pilots at booth No. 2035/2036 in Hangar B.  More...
AEA Technology Incubator
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Aug. 16, 2018
Are you an inventor always coming up with something new; the vendor marketing the next great invention; the customer who designed a solution but doesn’t know the next step? The AEA Technology Incubator is designed to demystify the path forward to producing parts for certified aircraft with a focus on producing these parts under the FAA oversight. It will include presentations and discussions focused on understanding the FAA regulatory structure, as well as the Part 23 and production regulations, guidance and policies.  More...
AEA Canada Connect Conference
Calgary, Alberta
Sept. 6-7, 2018
As an avionics professional, you understand the true value of connecting with your industry peers, so join us at the AEA Canada Connect Conference at the Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel. It's the premier avionics event that connects the avionics industry in Canada this year. Online registration is now available through Aug. 27, and hotel reservations must be made by Aug. 4. More...
AEA U.S. East Connect Conference
Tampa, Florida
Sept. 12-13, 2018
Online registration is now available through Sept. 5, and hotel reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport-Westshore must be made by Aug. 12. More...
AEA U.S. West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Sept. 24-25, 2018
Online registration is now available through Sept. 18, and hotel reservations at the Grand Sierra Resort must be made by Aug. 25. More...
AEA U.S. Central Connect Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 3-4, 2018
Online registration is now available through Sept. 25, and hotel reservations at the Hilton Kansas City Airport must be made by Sept. 12. More...
International Rotorcraft Safety Conference
Hurst, Texas
Oct. 23-25, 2018
The Federal Aviation Administration will host the 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas. The conference will feature presentations and seminars in an effort to reduce the national helicopter accident rate, particularly among small operators. More...
AEA U.S. South Pacific Connect Conference
Gold Coast, Australia
Nov. 5-6, 2018
Online registration is now available through Oct. 26, and hotel reservations at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Hotel must be made by Oct. 5. More...
NexAir Owner Loves to Talk Avionics at Oshkosh
Under a tent in the sweltering heat, David Fetherston talks to hundreds of pilots and aviation enthusiasts at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, a privilege and pleasure he’s enjoyed for nine years. The energetic, fast-talking A&P mechanic and owner of NexAir Avionics began exhibiting at the popular air show in 2009, and always in booth 317 next to Garmin.

Fetherston’s repair station, located at Plymouth Municipal Airport in Massachusetts, specializes in providing full maintenance and avionics capabilities for Cirrus aircraft, as well as avionics installations for other general aviation aircraft.  More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft
July 18-20, 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 popular 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.
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation
Aug. 6-8, 2018
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.
ADS-B 2.0 Configuration, Testing &Troubleshooting (NEW)
Aug. 9, 2018
This updated version of the “ADS-B: All the Ins and Outs” course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel and installers of ADS-B systems. More than 10 percent of all ADS-B installations are non-compliant based on the FAA’s ADS-B Performance Monitoring System. This course focuses on the proper configuration and testing of ADS-B installations to ensure your installation meets the performance requirements and regulations. Also included are troubleshooting tips and tricks that will help you resolve the common problems found in ADS-B installations.
IFR 6000 Operations Training Course
Aug. 10, 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.
Avionics Installation and Integration Training
Aug. 20-22, 2018
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation Course and/or have a couple of years of basic avionics installation practice and are looking for more experience integrating common general aviation installations. Technicians will learn how to plan, install, interface, configure and check out an installation consisting of a Garmin GTN 650 touchscreen nav/com/GPS, Garmin GTX 33ES remote transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
RVSM Maintenance
Aug. 24, 2018
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.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Training Theory & Practice
Sept. 20-21, 2018
For the entry-level technician or those looking for basic training to learn how to perform pitot-static and transponder certifications. This course is recommended as a prerequisite to AEA’s Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification course. This two-day course provides the attendee with the history, theory of operation, system setup, hands-on testing and troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks. The latest equipment from DFW Instruments and Laversab will be used in the course.
News from AEA Member Companies
DUNCAN AVIATION will open a satellite avionics shop in Bedford, Massachusetts, in early August.

ELLIOTT AVIATION was awarded its ninth Garmin Platinum Dealer Award.

DYNON announced that Randy Lervold will join the company as vice president of marketing and sales.

PRO STAR AVIATION announced its successful move into the newly constructed hangar on the East side of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

GARMIN announced the selection of a tandem Garmin integrated flight deck by Tactical Air Support Inc. (TacAir) for its fleet of supersonic F-5 fighter aircraft.

GULF COAST AVIONICS and PACIFIC COAST AVIONICS President and CEO Rick Garcia announced that the companies have been appointed authorized dealers for Whelen Engineering’s full line of exterior and interior aircraft lighting products.

TRIG AVIONICS announced plans for a future nav/comm product family, which is expected to be available to pilots in early 2019. The first preview of the product is being made now, allowing pilots to see the newly designed TX56 nav/comm.

L3 AVIATION PRODUCTS and ASPEN AVIONICS are partnering to produce another informational product webinar on July 18, to help meet the ADS-B mandate.
STANDARDAERO received EASA approval for its STC for installing Honeywell JetWave satellite communications systems and associated Ka-Band radomes on EASA-registered Gulfstream GV/GV-SP aircraft. In addition, StandardAero, in partnership with California-based MRO ACI Jet, recently certified another Honeywell JetWave Ka-band satellite communication system, completing an STC for installations on Bombardier Global Express, Global 5000 and Global 6000 Aircraft.

AVMAX recently sold one Dash 8-Q315 msn 489 to Sierra Nevada Corp.

AEROBRIGHAM will showcase the recently completed Marion County Sheriff's Bell 407 at the upcoming Airborne Public Service Association Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, July 11-13.

DALLAS AVIONICS hired Charles Noble as its new director of Canadian sales and technical support.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP.'s G600 will make its first appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow on display, July 16–22, in Farnborough, England.

ESTERLINE Avionics Systems announced the successful completion of ground tests and flight tests of their SBAS-capable CMA-5024 GPS/SBAS Landing System Sensor Unit on B737NG aircraft with the goal of obtaining an STC for ADS-B Out and SBAS/GPS Navigation.

ASTRONICS CORP., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics Test Systems, announced the shipment of its 2,000th semiconductor tester and that its equipment has tested more than 10 billion semiconductor devices to date.
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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