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July 23, 2014
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The Current 

News from the general aviation industry



Five Aircraft Owners to Receive $1,000 Toward an ADS-B Upgrade at AirVenture in Oshkosh

To help incentivize owners of general aviation aircraft to meet the Federal Aviation Administration's ADS-B Out mandate, the Aircraft Electronics Association will randomly award five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Each of the five winners must use an AEA-member avionics shop to complete the installation, and the installation must be scheduled by Aug. 1, 2015. 


Aircraft owners may enter to win one of the five $1,000 giveaways at the AEA's booth (No. 2035/36 in hangar B). One entry gives aircraft owners a chance to win each of the five daily drawings. The AEA will announce one winner each day from July 29 through Aug. 2 through its social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and from its booth in Oshkosh.  


"The FAA recently made it clear to Congress that the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline for ADS-B Out compliance is not going to change," said Paula Derks, AEA president. "The avionics repair shops have less than six years to equip approximately 186,000 operational aircraft, which means the industry must upgrade more than 130 aircraft per workday between now and the deadline. Currently, the industry is barely upgrading 100 aircraft a month, or around five per workday. Obviously, there's a lot of catching up to do.

"While the avionics repair shops have the capacity to meet demand at the present time, this will not be the case beyond 2016 unless the installation pace picks up dramatically. Aircraft owners who wait to equip will face scheduling pressure and higher installation costs as we get closer to the deadline. By awarding $1,000 to five different aircraft owners to help them become compliant sooner rather than later, the AEA hopes to send a message to owners of general aviation aircraft that the time to act and upgrade is now."  More...


12th annual Pilot's Guide to Avionics to Debut at AirVenture

The Pilot's Guide to Avionics helps pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions and locate nearly 1,300 AEA member companies in 43 countries, including government-certified repair stations around the world 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. More...   


NextGen: What you Need to Know
A new one-stop resource on NextGen is now available online. Topics such as ADS-B, datalink, navigation and available financing options are covered along with some answers to frequently asked questions. The FAA, in collaboration with industry, is deploying NextGen procedures and technology on the ground, in the air, at air traffic control facilities and in the cockpit. So, too, is the agency writing and enacting the policies that govern these advances. These improvements represent a widespread, transformative change in the management and operation of the way we fly. NextGen capitalizes on new and existing technologies, including satellite navigation and digital communications, to enhance safety, reduce delays, save fuel and reduce aviation's adverse environmental impact. More... 


Regulatory Update

All the latest from the international aviation authorities


First set of NPAs Issued since CARAC Resumed Activities in October 2013
Several NPAs (notice of approved amendments) have been issued by Transport Canada Civil Aviation covering a wide variety of regulations. These are the first set of NPAs released since the updated CARAC (Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council) process was introduced in October 2013. During the plenary session, there were many issues identified as high-priority tasks to complete and included many long-standing harmonization issues with the Federal Aviation Administration. More... 

EASA Proposal
The European Aviation Safety Agency recently announced a new proposal for the amendment of the current regulation for flight recorders and underwater locating devices. More... 
AEA's Ric Peri to Present Forums at AirVenture
Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, will present a couple of informational topics to pilots next week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh as part of the FAA Safety Center Forums. On Wednesday, July 30, Peri will give a presentation on NextGen for general aviation beginning at 4 p.m. In addition, he will speak about the Part 23 proposed changes and effect on general aviation on Friday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. More...
On the Radar 

Upcoming AEA and industry events



July 28-Aug. 3: EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Action, education, entertainment and everything in between makes EAA AirVenture a must see for all aviation enthusiasts. More...
Aug. 20-21: AEA Latin America Regional Meeting in Bogota, Colombia
For the first time, Bogota, Colombia, is the site for the 4th annual AEA Latin America Regional Meeting scheduled for Aug. 20-21 at the Ar Hotel Salitre. Register by Aug. 11. More... 
Sept. 3-4: AEA Canada Regional Meeting in Kelowna, British Columbia
The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Center plays host to this year's event. Register online by Aug. 29. More...
Sept. 9-11: ICG NxtLink Communications Conference in Portsmouth, Virginia
Reliable and continuous communications with your aircraft and flight crew are paramount for efficient operations and flight safety. Educate yourself on Iridium and Datalink services from key industry leaders. More...
Sept. 16-17: AEA U.S. East Regional Meeting in Orlando, Fla.
The DoubleTree Orlando at Sea World serves as the host site for the first AEA Regional Meeting this year in the United States. Register online by Sept. 12. More... 
The Connection

Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry


Robotic Skies helps Avionics Repair Shops make the most of new Business Opportunities

How big is the UAV invasion going to get? According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, we're looking at a fleet of around 1.2 million commercial UAVs with an economic impact of $82 billion taking to the skies between now and 2025. It gets even bigger. The folks at the AUVSI also project the UAV onslaught will create nearly 104,000 new jobs during the same time. No matter how you look at it, it's a pretty impressive impact. So what does this have to do with an avionics repair shop? Find out this month's Avionics News More... 

Islip Avionics helps Restore Historic Aircraft

Islip Avionics provides avionics sales, service and support for single-engine piston through multi-engine corporate jets, aircraft maintenance and restoration, as well as specializes in design, approval and installation of custom panel upgrades for older aircraft. Learn more about this AEA member company in this month's Avionics NewsMore...
In the Classroom 

Professional development opportunities


Four Training Classes Available at AEA Headquarters in August

The Aircraft Electronics Association is offering four educational courses during the month of August in the Dan Derby Center for Professional Development at its international headquarters in Lee's Summit, Missouri.  
  • Avionics Installation and Integration Training: Aug. 18-20
  • Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification Training: Aug. 21
  • RVSM Maintenance & Advanced Transponder Training: Aug. 22
  • NCATT AET Review: Aug. 25-27 

First, the Avionics Installation and Integration Training course is slated for Aug. 18-20. Presented by Don Dominguez of Radioman Avionics, this three-day course is designed for technicians who have completed AEA's Basic Wiring and 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 touchscreen nav/comm/GPS, Garmin GTX33ES remote transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.


In addition, the Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification Training course takes place Aug. 21. 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. It also includes a transponder tune-up course. The contents of this course can easily be incorporated into approved training programs for certified repair stations.


The RVSM Maintenance and Advanced Transponder Training course immediately follows on Aug. 22. 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. 


Finally, the National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies Aircraft Electronics Technician Review course takes place Aug. 25-27. Presented by Bruce Bessette, who has more than 30 years of avionics and maintenance experience, this three-day course provides a review of all 34 subject areas for the NCATT AET certification exam. At the end of this review, course attendees should be prepared to take the NCATT AET certification test, which will be administered free of charge (a $100 value). Upon successful completion of the AET exam, attendees will be eligible to test for additional ratings, including the NCATT Radio Communications Systems (RCS), Dependent Navigation Systems (DNS) and Autonomous Navigation Systems (ANS) endorsements.


For more information or to register for these professional development opportunities, visit or contact the AEA at 816-347-8400. Class size is limited, so register today. More...


The Raw Feed

Industry buzz on social media



2014 New Avionics Products Introduced: Aircell

Earlier this year, 23 companies introduced new avionics products and services for general aviation. Aircell announced its new ST 4300 in-flight communications solution for business aircraft at the 2014 AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee. The company also announced the launch of its Gogo Biz in-flight Internet and voice service in Canada as of April 1. Watch the announcement made by David Salvador, Aircell's director of aftermarket sales, courtesy of the Aero-News Network. More...  


The Static

News from AEA member companies


ASPEN AVIONICS and Aspen STC Inc. announced that several Enstrom helicopters are now approved for retrofit with Aspen Avionics' Evolution EFD 1000H Pro primary flight display and EFD 500H/1000H multifunction display through a supplemental type certificate issued to Aspen STC Inc.

PS ENGINEERING announced IntelliAudio true dimensional sound to help private pilots cope with audio overload. With technology from scientists at the Wright Patterson Air Force Laboratory, the PMA450 combines digital signal processing and a simple user interface to provide flexibility.

DUMONT AVIATION added a Falcon 50 to its fleet. The aircraft will be based in New Castle, Delaware, and will operate under Lyon Aviation's charter certificate.

KINGS AVIONICS completed and obtained certification on the first retrofit, slant-panel installation of the Garmin GTN 750 navigator into an MD520N model helicopter. 

AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED unveiled its white phosphor night vision goggles at the Airborne Law Enforcement Agency annual convention in Phoenix. 

SATCOM DIRECT expanded its Savannah, Georgia, office to include dedicated classrooms and an updated lab for FlightSafety International training.
L-3 AVIATION PRODUCTS announced that Embraer selected the FA5003 Cockpit Voice and Data Recorder system as its standard forward-fit solution for the E-Jets E2 commercial aircraft program. In addition, ACSS, a division of L-3 Aviation Products, was ranked fifth by Airbus in its annual ranking of major suppliers and was named the "Most Improved" supplier of the year for 2013.
AVIONICS & SYSTEMS INTEGRATION GROUP was awarded a Canadian supplemental type certificate by Transport Canada for the installation of the Class 2 flyTab EFB based upon the Apple iPad platform on the Bombardier CL-600 Series models.
JEPPESEN said the company now offers operators an enhanced version of its FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag solution for iPad. 
GARMIN announced new features for the GTN touchscreen avionics. New capabilities include Connext cockpit connectivity, which supports wireless flight plan transfer between the GTN 750/650 series navigators and Garmin Pilot.
ADVANCED HELICOPTER SERVICES announced a service agreement to provide helicopter maintenance services for the city of Sacramento, California. 
PRO STAR AVIATION received EASA certification for the AVIATOR 200 STC for King Airs.
PRECISION AVIATION SERVICES was selected by MD Helicopters to be an authorized MD Helicopters service center. In addition, DAVID A. FORD was named president.
ROCKWELL COLLINS broke ground for a new research and development facility in Reading, United Kingdom. In addition, the Venue cabin management and high-definition entertainment system was selected by Sabena Technics for installation aboard a Boeing Business Jet.
COBHAM SATCOM's AVIATOR 300 SwiftBroadband solution received a supplemental type certificate for its installation aboard a range of Airbus aircraft.
BEECHCRAFT CORP., a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., launched a new demonstrator dedicated to showcasing the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of its Baron G58 piston-engine aircraft.
GLOBALPARTS GROUP INC. of Augusta, Kansas, acquired the assets of Tulakes Aero Inc. of Bethany, Oklahoma, and incorporated them into a new division named Global Parts Aero Structures Inc.
EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY became the country's first training provider to receive FAA approval for the airline transport pilot certification training program.


GA Caucus

Industry advocates on Capitol Hill



General Aviation Caucuses were formed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate in 2009, to inform members and staff about the importance of GA to the nation's economy and transportation system. To date, more than 200 members of the U.S. Congress have signed on to the General Aviation Caucus. 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
Lauren McFarland, director of marketing
Phone: 816-347-8400

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