July 17, 2019
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 meet the FAA's ADS-B Out equipage mandate in the United States, the Aircraft Electronics Association will randomly award five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade during the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Oshkosh, July 22-28, in Wisconsin. This year marks the sixth-consecutive year that the AEA has made the $1,000 award available to five aircraft owners. 

Aircraft owners may enter to win one of the five $1,000 awards in Hangar B at Wittman Regional Airport, booth No. 2035/2036, beginning July 22. The AEA will announce one winner each day from July 22 through July 26 via its social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Aircraft owners must be at least 18 years old to register to win. Each of the five winners must use an AEA-member avionics repair station to complete the installation. One entry gives each aircraft owner a chance to win one of the five daily drawings. More...
Pick up your FREE AEA Pilot’s Guide at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 22-28
Published annually by the AEA, the 2019-20 edition of the AEA Pilot’s Guide will be unveiled with free distribution at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 22-28. 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 17th annual edition of the AEA Pilot’s Guide, a consumer’s directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies. The publication helps pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions and locate nearly 1,300 AEA-member companies in more than 40 countries, including government-certified repair stations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. It also includes the manufacturers and distributors of these products, as well as technical schools and universities, engineers and consultants for the industry.

In addition to the initial distribution at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, thousands of copies of the AEA Pilot’s Guide will be distributed at several industry trade shows and to all AEA member companies at no charge. Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy of the AEA Pilot’s Guide at aeapilotsguide.net/request.asp while supplies last. More...
AEA Educational Foundation Awards more than $100,000 in Scholarships for 2019-20 Academic Year
The AEA Educational Foundation announced the names of the individuals who were awarded scholarships worth more than $100,000 for the 2019-20 academic year.

The AEA Educational 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. The Foundation was created in 1990 to enhance, promote and secure the future of aviation maintenance and the AEA by furthering the education of students, technicians, members of the AEA and others as determined by aviation industry needs.

Since its inception, the AEA scholarship program has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships. Numerous awards are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $30,000 each. Requests for complete scholarship packages for the 2020-21 academic year can be made after Oct. 1, 2019, at aea.net/scholarship. More...
Frequently Asked Questions
Do ADS-B Out systems require recurrent checks similar to 14 CFR 91.413 for transponders? No, ADS-B does not require any new recurrent inspections. However, transponders still are required to be inspected and checked per the instructions of 14 CFR 91.413. This was confirmed in the ADS-B Out final rule on May 28, 2010 (Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 103). Learn more in this month's edition of Avionics News. More...
Transport Canada Civil Aviation to Introduce Annual Fee Increase
The government of Canada introduced the Service Fee Act in 2017 to create more transparency for Canadians. This Act requires each department to publish service standards, provide an annual report on performance, provide an annual increase on fees and when a service standard is not met, to return a portion of the fee to the applicant. 

In June 2018, Transport Canada published new service standards, and as of April 1, 2019, introduced its first annual fee increase. The increase will be based on the consumer price index. For this year, the increase is 2.2%. Not all fees will see an increase though, as Transport Canada has decided to identify “low material fees.” These will not see an annual increase. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 22-28, 2019
Experience the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts. From unique, historic aircraft to world-class daily air shows, you don’t want to miss the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. The AEA will be distributing free copies this year's AEA Pilot's Guide in Hangar B, booth 2035/2036.  More...
AEA Technology Incubator
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Aug. 28, 2019
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. Due to space limitations, attending companies are limited to two participants. More...
AEA Canada Connect Conference
Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 9-10, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 4. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites by Aug. 7. More...
AEA U.S. West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Sept. 23-24, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 18. Hotel reservations should be made at the Nugget Casino Resort by Sept. 9. More...
AEA U.S. Central Connect Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 2-3, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 25. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Kansas City Airport by Sept. 10. More...
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 22-24, 2019
NBAA-BACE will bring together more than 23,000 attendees for the largest business aviation event in the world. If you are an aircraft owner or considering using an aircraft for business; flight department personnel; a manufacturer or service provider; or a student considering this career path, experience three exciting days in Las Vegas. More...
AEA U.S. East Connect Conference
Daytona Beach, Florida
Nov. 4-5, 2019
Online registration is available through Oct. 29. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront by Oct. 2. More...
AEA South Pacific Connect Conference
Adelaide, Australia
Nov. 18-19, 2019
Online registration is available through Nov. 8. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Adelaide Hotel by Oct. 17. More...
AeroLEDs Fuses Art and Science of Lighting
Inside the AeroLEDs booth at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, bright white, red and green lights blink and flash, catching the attention of passersby. Far from ordinary, the lights represent an expert fusion of optics, modern technology and years of thoughtful design and engineering.

Based in Boise, Idaho, AeroLEDs designs and manufactures LED aircraft landing, taxi, recognition and navigation lights. The company started in 2005 focused on a landing light designed for experimental aircraft.

“As pilots and builders, we’ve been attending Oshkosh since 1994,” said Nate Calvin, chief executive officer and co-founder. “Since AeroLEDs first attended in 2006, we’ve found it to be a great place to display existing products and listen to prospective clients concerning their requests for future enhancements and new products, and what we can do better. We introduced our first product to the experimental market at Oshkosh and utilized it as a launch platform for new products that service the Part 23, 25, 27, military and special use markets.” More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (This Class is Sold-Out!)
Aug. 5-7, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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
Aug. 8, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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. Approximately 7% of all general aviation 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.
Digital Databus Theory & Analysis Training
Aug. 9, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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.
Avionics Installation and Integration Training (This Class is Sold-Out!)
Aug. 19-21, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation Course and/or have a couple 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 touch screen nav/comm/GPS, Garmin GTX 345 transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static & Transponder Testing and Inspection with ADS-B Implementation
Aug. 22, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder tests and inspections. 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
Aug. 23, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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.
The Regulations of Maintenance
Sept. 19-20, 2019
San Diego, California
Held in conjunction with the University of Kansas Aerospace Short Course Program
Understanding the regulations of the repair station is only part of the equation. Like pieces of a puzzle, each regulation is needed to fit together in order to fully view the repair station’s requirements. Understanding the regulatory relationship between the business (Part 145); the maintenance it performs (Part 43); the parts it uses (Part 21); as well as the needs of customers (Part 91) are essential to provide regulatory compliant services in aviation maintenance. This session will cover the basics of the maintenance and modification regulations, but more importantly, it focuses on their integrated relationship with the business.
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
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?

One individual who submits the correct answer will be randomly awarded a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, and the winner will be announced in the next edition of AEA Wired.

In addition, each award recipient in 2019 will be entered to win a random drawing for a $500 Visa gift card at the end of the year, also from Southeast Aerospace. Email your answer...
News from AEA Member Companies
FlightSafety International promoted Suren Meras to executive director, operations for the company’s global network of business and commercial aviation Learning Centers. FlightSafety promoted Ed Koharikto to senior vice president and Danny Robayo to vice president.

Universal Avionics announced that Hervé Rousselle has been appointed to the position of regional sales manager for Europe. Based out of Lyon, France, Rousselle is responsible for UA’s product sales and overall market growth in France, Luxemburg, Italy, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland.

Gulf Coast Avionics completed its first Garmin G600 TXi glass touchscreen avionics upgrade on a legacy Piper PA-31-T Cheyenne II turboprop.

Aspen Avionics received an FAA STC on its line of Evolution MAX primary and multifunction displays.

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics announced it is now an approved dealer for Trig Avionics. This agreement builds upon the companies’ existing service partnership. Mid-Continent was named Trig’s exclusive North American Service Center in 2013 and has been providing Trig customers with technical support and repair services for more than six years. 

airplus Maintenance GmbH announced the latest STC achievement for Honeywell’s Wi-Fi GoDirect Router for the Viking Twin Otter DHC6-400 aircraft. Based in Friedrichshafen, airplus provides turnkey STC solutions for both general and business aviation as well as special mission operators.
Mid-Canada Mod Center completed another company first, this one involving an extensive cockpit update to a Boeing 737-300. The aircraft is now undergoing modification to a mix of cargo and passenger configuration.

Duncan Aviation's MRO facility in Provo, Utah, received Stage I accreditation from the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling, becoming only the second MRO in the United States to have earned this accreditation. The first was the full-service Duncan Aviation facility in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Garmin will host numerous avionics training seminars and classes throughout the week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Garmin also announced the addition of five aircraft eligible for its G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade. Aircraft currently equipped with a WAAS G1000 integrated flight deck that are now eligible for the G1000 NXi include the Cessna 172/182/206 and Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron. Garmin also announced the certification of the G5000 integrated flight deck for Textron Aviation’s Citation Excel and Citation XLS. Garmin also announced the GSB 15, a small, lightweight USB charger designed for a wide range of aircraft. 

StandardAero extended its relationship with Sierra Nevada Corp. with the signing of a five-year agreement covering MRO support for the Pratt & Whitney PT6A and PW100 turboprop engines. StandardAero also received another order for its AS350/EC130 crash-resistant fuel tank, developed in cooperation with Robertson Fuel Systems, from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Becker Avionics announced it will now also offer the AMU6500, a new-generation digital intercom system that incorporates several advanced features such as 3D audio technology and Bluetooth compatibility.

BendixKing and Airwork New Zealand are collaborating to develop STCs for cockpit upgrades of light and medium-size general aviation helicopters. BendixKing’s AeroVue Touch Integrated Flight Deck is qualified to be installed on Part 27 light helicopters. 
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the all-new Gulfstream G600 earned both its type and production certificates from the FAA. The certifications clear the way for the first G600 deliveries to customers as scheduled this year.

CCX Technologies unveiled its AP-250 Inline Cyber Security Appliance at the CBAA Convention and Exhibition. With availability forecast in early 2020, this device represents a new way of defending aircraft and avionics from threats leading to unauthorized access and disruption of electronic systems, interfaces and information.

uAvionix announced it has received FAA Technical Standard Order approval for its tailBeacon integrated rear position light ADS-B Out solution.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance announced its partnership with AAR, the largest MRO operator in North America, to provide students with on-site job training and mentorship at AAR’s hangars and the opportunity to graduate with a job offer through the EAGLE Career Pathway program.

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that Alex Almonte has joined its MRO sales team as a regional sales manager. 

CubCrafters is upgrading the XCub with a new firewall forward package, including a more powerful engine and propeller combination developed in cooperation with key industry partners.

Thommen Aircraft Equipment Ltd. released its new 3ATI high-resolution display module designed for forward-fit and retrofit applications in commercial or military OEM programs.

L3Harris Technologies announced the successful completion of the all-stock merger between Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies on June 29.
Satcom Direct welcomed the One More Orbit team’s Gulfstream G650ER as it landed at the Space Florida Launch and Landing Facility on July 11, formerly known as the Shuttle Landing Facility, to complete its record-breaking attempt to complete the fastest aerial circumnavigation of the earth via both geographical poles.

Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) announced that Hampton Aviation has joined the IS&S network of authorized dealers and installers.

Astronics Corp. announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Hughey & Phillips LLC, will acquire the Airfield Lighting product line from Astronics. 

Pentastar Aviation announced its role as the official charter provider of the 111th running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust, which began in Chicago and concludes on Mackinac Island. 

Thomas Global Systems has received FAA TSO authorization and STC approval for its TFD-7000 Series plug-and-play LCD flight displays for Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 CRT-equipped aircraft.

West Star Aviation will be making several of its existing STCs available for a limited time to third-party installation centers. These STCs are offered for most airframes including Citation, Challenger, Learjet, Embraer, Falcon, Gulfstream and Hawker. 

KADEX Aero Supply is now a Canadian distributor for Superior Air Parts, as well as McFarlane Aviation Products.

Clay Lacy Aviation announced that Katie Kirby and Joseph White are the two newest recipients of the Clay Lacy Pilot Scholarship at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. 

Airbus announced that Romain Trapp has been appointed president of Airbus Helicopters Inc., and head of the North America region for helicopters.
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...
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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: 816-366-5109
Email:  rachelh@aea.net

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