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July 20, 2016
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News from the general aviation industry
AEA to Award $1,000 Toward an ADS-B Upgrade 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 mandate in the U.S., 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 25-31, in Wisconsin.  This year marks the third 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 at AirVenture Hangar B, booth No. 2035/2036, beginning July 25. The AEA will announce one winner each day from July 25 through July 29 via its social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and from its AirVenture booth in Oshkosh.  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, and the installation must be scheduled by Aug. 1, 2017. One entry gives aircraft owners a chance to win each of the five daily drawings. More... 

AEA's 2016-17 Pilot's Guide to Avionics Equipped with ADS-B Content and will Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Published annually by the Aircraft Electronics Association, the 2016-17 edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics will be unveiled with free distribution at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin, July 25-31. AEA staff members will distribute thousands of free 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 14th annual edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics, a consumer's directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the wonderful 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. Thousands of copies of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics will be distributed at several industry trade shows and at no charge to all AEA members. More... 
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ADS-B Out Rebate Program
Section 221 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 provided the FAA with the authority to establish an incentive program for equipping general aviation and commercial aircraft with communications, surveillance, navigation and other avionics equipment. Thus, the FAA is establishing an initiative (the ADS-B Rebate Program) to address the rate of general aviation equipage by incentivizing those aircraft owners who are affected by the ADS-B Out requirements and are the most price sensitive to the cost of avionics and the associated installation. The ADS-B Rebate Program will provide a one-time $500 rebate to an aircraft owner to defray some of the cost of an ADS-B Out system meeting the program eligibility requirements. The rebates will be available on a first-come, first-served basis . Read the eligibility requirements in this month's Avionics News More...  

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Upcoming AEA and industry events

EAA AirVenture: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 25-31
For seven days from sunrise to well past sunset, Oshkosh is filled with dazzling displays of aerobatics, informative programs and hands-on workshops, diverse aircraft spanning all eras of flight, concerts and more . More... 

Register Now Button AEA Latin America Connect Roundtable: Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 26
This roundtable will connect general aviation industry professionals for a full day of networking.  The event will provide avionics repair stations the opportunity to discuss ADS-B installation and mandate issues along with regulatory issues with Aeronautical Civil.  There is no fee to attend; however, each person must register to attend this event at the Radisson AR Hotel in Bogota.  More...

Register Now Button AEA U.S. West Connect Conference: Anaheim, California, Sept. 8-9
The first of three AEA Connect Conferences in the U.S. takes place in the West region at the DoubleTree by Hilton Anaheim, Sept. 8-9. The deadline to make a hotel reservation is Aug. 15. Attendees should register in advance prior to Aug. 29. More... 

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Trego-Dugan Aviation lands STCs for ADS-B
During the last two years, Trego-Dugan Aviation of Grand Island, Nebraska, has been working hard on ADS-B Out solutions. This spring, the family owned FAA-approved Part 145 service center received a supplemental type certificate for FreeFlight Systems' 1201 WAAS/GPS sensor, and expects FAA approval on a second one later this summer. "We're focusing on ADS-B in the avionics department," said Aaron Hall, director of avionics and chief inspector for Trego-Dugan Aviation. "There are a lot of aircraft that have to be ADS-B compliant. We've created a low-cost, streamlined solution for the 1090 output." Trego-Dugan Aviation's first STC pairs the FreeFlight 1201 sensor with the Garmin GTX 330ES Mode S transponder, while the other STC integrates with Avidyne's AXP340 Mode S transponder, providing ADS-B Out compliance.  More...

In the Classroom 
Professional development opportunities

Register Now Button Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation: Aug. 8-10
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...  

Register Now Button ADS-B Broadcast Surveillance ... All the Ins and Outs: Aug. 11
Designed for currently employed repair station personnel, this course 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 & Analysis Training: Aug. 12
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...

New FAA Course -- Applying Systems Safety Principles to Product Certification: Aug. 16-18
The intent of this three-day course is to focus on how systems engineers should apply concepts of system safety principles to the products they will certify. It will expand the approach systems engineers can take to build safety into the products they certify in the context of applying the rules and considering other safety-related factors that supplement FAA regulations. Attendees will include systems engineers, flight test pilots, propulsion engineers, and human factors engineers in headquarters, directorates, and COs. It is offered two times in Oklahoma City with limited seating available to industry. Contact Madeline Kettler at 405-954-7890 for registration informationMore... 

Register Now Button Avionics Installation & Integration Training: Aug. 22-24
This course is designed for technicians who have completed AEA's Basic Wiring & 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 touch screen nav/com/GPS, Garmin GTX 33ES remote transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display. More...

Register Now Button Pitot-Static & Transponder Certification with ADS-B Implementation Session: Aug. 25
Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder certification testing. 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. More...

Register Now Button RVSM Maintenance & Advance Transponder Training: Aug. 26
Attendees will be introduced to the regulations, documentation, test equipment and maintenance practices associated with performing RVSM maintenance and will follow with an in-depth look at Mode S transponders. This course assumes the attendee has good operating knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations 91.411 and 91.413. More... 

The Static
News from AEA member companies

GULF COAST AVIONICS  signed a lease with Sheltair to open Gulf Coast Avionics at Tampa International Airport: a new avionics facility located at the FBO's newest location at Tampa International Airport. The company also completed an avionics upgrade on a Pilatus PC-9 single-engine turboprop that will be on display at the Pilatus Aircraft pavilion during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

GARMIN introduced a new Garmin Navigation Database, single navigator bundles and all-inclusive OnePak database options for select Garmin avionics and portables; announced the integration of geo-referenced Jeppesen terminal charts within the Garmin Pilot app on Apple mobile devices; announced an expanded feature set for the G500/G600 glass flight displays -- the new GTX 345 all-in-one ADS-B transponder now interfaces with the G500/G600 to display the benefits of ADS-B In traffic and weather; announced an expanded feature set, an enhanced user interface and additional wireless connectivity solutions for its popular GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators; and announced an expanded Connext portfolio of connectivity solutions with the Flight Stream 510 MultiMediaCard, enabling wireless aviation database transfer capabilities between the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device and the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators. 

EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY was selected as one of the "Great Colleges to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education

ELLIOTT AVIATION sold its 12th Garmin G5000, more than all other dealers in the world combined. 

ASTRONICS CORP. established lower prices on its EAA AirVenture Oshkosh booth for its two newest Enhanced Vision Systems, designed for experimental and homebuilt aircraft. 

CONSTANT AVIATION said it is now offering a low-cost solution for those looking to add ADS-B equipment to their Beechjet 400A/XP/XT. Constant's ADS-B Out package includes TDR-94D Transponders, an upgrade to GPS-4000S (if required), and the addition of an annunciator light in the cockpit. In addition, the company named JERRY SANDERS and DAN FRAHM as avionics sales managers. 

NAVWORX said it is going to give away five ADS600-EXP units to lucky attendees at AirVenture Oshkosh. The ADS600-EXP is intended for installation in experimental and light-sport aircraft. 

VIH AEROSPACE announced it is in the process of delivering two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to a leading offshore oil and gas operator, in response to the grounding of the Airbus H225 helicopters pending the investigation of a fatal H225 helicopter crash of the coast of Norway on April 29, 2016. 

FLYING COLOURS CORP. selected Rockwell Collins' Venue cabin management and high-definition entertainment system for retrofit installation on all future CRJ ExecLiner conversions. 

TECHNISONIC announced the immediate availability of Airborne's first ever All-Band P25 Phase I and Phase II capable module. 

PRO STAR AVIATION was named as an authorized dealer for SmartSky 4G equipment sales and installation. 

JEPPESEN said that Peach, a Japanese airline, received authorization from the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau to initiate electronic flight bag services. Using Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro on iPad as its EFB solution, Peach now enters into an operational trial period, to streamline the delivery of flight information and establish paperless flight deck operations. 

ROCKWELL COLLINS was named by Airbus as its top supplier in the Supplier-Furnished Equipment category and received an Excellent In-Service Performance award. In addition, Rockwell Collins' dual Head-Up Guidance System was selected as an option on the upcoming Embraer E-Jet E2 aircraft line, which includes the E175-E2, E190-E2 and E195-E2. 

GLOBALSTAR will be offering its new Part 23 (non-pressurized) Light Aviation Aircraft Kits, which include the newly STC'd Antenna, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. 

LEXAVIA INTEGRATED SYSTEMS announced the award of FAA STC SR02473AK for an AML Part 27 STC on Airbus helicopters. 

METRO AVIATION said that North America's first H145 Level D full motion simulator has arrived at the Helicopter Flight Training Center. 

STANDARDAERO announced that Associated Air Center, the company's transport category VIP completion center, received approval for Part 145 repair station certification from the Director General of Civil Aviation from the government of India. 

TRUE BLUE POWER is supplying new TB44 (46 amp-hour) lithium-ion aircraft batteries to Textron AirLand for use on the Scorpion Jet. 

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS announced that its WESCAM division received multiple orders from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. for its MX-15D electro-optical and infrared designator systems for an international military customer. It also received an order from the Finnish Border Guard to provide MX-15 electro-optical and infrared imaging systems for installation on a number of Airbus H215 twin-engine helicopters. 

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY POLYTECHNIC CAMPUS announced that students in its UAS program will be able to enroll in an emergency management minor taken through Kansas Wesleyan University. The camps also will be a part-time home to BOB BROCK, Kansas' first director of unmanned aircraft. 

AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED named SARAH POKORNEY as its new marketing coordinator. 

HONDA AIRCRAFT COMPANY received a production certificate from the FAA for the company's HA-420 Honda Jet. 

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP.'s new G500 made its European debut, traveling across the Atlantic to participate in the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow. 

BECKER AVIONICS said that Ukrainian Helicopters Aviation Company signed a contract for the retrofit of its 28 multipurpose Mi-8 MTV-1 medium lift helicopters with the Becker DVCS 6100 Digital Audio System. 

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL will offer Part 142 approved Night Vision Goggle training using Level D qualified simulators in Dallas. The company also promoted ROBERT STANDLEY to manager of the company's Learning Center in Seattle. 


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Aircraft Electronics Association 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
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