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July 6, 2016
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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...

Commentary: Putting the Part 23 Rewrite in Perspective
John Uczekaj, president and CEO of Aspen Avionics, opined in this month's Avionics News about the Part 23 rewrite. According to Uczekaj, " What I am most excited about is that the Part 23 rewrite is an FAA-led, industry-wide effort to streamline the entire certification process for everything that goes in an aircraft. When it's all done, I feel the Part 23 rewrite will unlock the next wave of truly innovative avionics.  For too long, our industry, for one reason or another, but mainly due to the constraints of certified avionics, has been a "me-too" business. The Part 23 rewrite will change all that. It will encourage companies to get innovative and introduce products that offer increased capabilities, improved flight safety, and, of particular importance to our company, unleash our ability to take a more creative approach to introducing the next great thing that will help attract new people into the world of private aviation -- all of which will pay huge dividends for pilots and avionics dealers while improving the overall safety of flying ."   More...

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Frequently Asked Questions
Often times, a project requires that an alteration be done in steps. Sometimes, it's due to availability of the aircraft, availability of parts, or availability of shop resources. Can an avionics installation be accomplished in pieces, and what is the proper way to complete an installation in a progressive manner? Learn the answser 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 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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Aviation Events Help Rochelle Avionics Build its Business
Attend virtually any Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in in the upper Midwest and you will most likely see Jeremy Sells of Rochelle Avionics. Whether he's manning the repair station's booth, hosting a seminar or meeting with customers, Sells sees these events as critical to the company's success.  "Every year, we attend as many EAA chapter fly-ins as we can and, of course, Oshkosh," said Deb Lighthart, the office manager for Rochelle Avionics, who helped start the company. " We began with two people  during rough economic times . In spite of the challenges, we've tripled our business and our employees over the last six years. Our assertive way of acquiring new business has helped immensely."   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

VECTOR AEROSPACE  successfully completed its first full engine test on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 turboprop at its facility in South Africa. In addition, the company completed the first of three 12-year inspections for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's fleet of Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 AStars. 

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. announced that a full-scale cabin of the Gulfstream G600 is traveling around the U.S. this summer to give customers an opportunity to step on board and experience firsthand the G500 and G600. Gulfstream also announced that its Savannah Completions Center has incorporated 3-D projection technology into the process of designing and executing aircraft paint schemes, resulting in increased flexibility and enhanced design quality. The company's super mid-sized Gulfstream G280 set a speed record between Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Luton, England, completing the flight in seven hours. 

NAVWORX announced a temporary price reduction on its ADS600-B, a certified UAT providing ADS-B Out and In that meets the requirements of the FAA's mandate for ADS-B equipage. The ADS600-B is available for $1,799.00 with the $200 price reduction effective immediately. 

DUNCAN AVIATION will play host to a free NextGen seminar on July 13 in Bloomington, Minnesota, at the Hilton Mall of America. The company also released its new Certification Straight Talk Book that may be downloaded for free at Duncan's website. Duncan also is partnering with ACSS to participate in the launch of the NXT-700 transponder and the development of the AML STC. 

ASTRONICS CORP. announced the newest EMPOWER in-seat power system from wholly-owned subsidiary Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems has been selected by three major airlines in Asia for installations scheduled through the 2017 to 2021 timeframe. In addition, Astronics introduced the X1+HR (high resolution) Enhanced Vision System for experimental and homebuilt aircraft. Also, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems was selected by Seattle Business magazine as one of Washington's 100 Best Companies to Work For, marking the 10th consecutive year that Astronics AES has earned this recognition.  

AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED obtained an FAA aviation safety inspector training contract to provide initial and recurrent training to ASIs beginning July 23. 

AVMAX recently purchased one Dash 8-106 msn 304 from Canadian North Inc. This -106 model will be added to Avmax's leasing portfolio of Dash 8 and CRJ offered for lease worldwide. Avmax also purchased five CRJ-200LRs msn 7130, 7165, 7200, 7378, 7384 and four spare CF34-3B1 engines from Bombardier Capital Inc. These aircraft were formerly operated by UTair, Russia. 

JETSUPPORT BV received Cayman Islands maintenance station authorization. 

CONSTANT AVIATION was named one of the top five highest-performing dealers with GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION for the second year in a row. The company also said it will increase its services to meet the needs during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. 

THOMAS GLOBAL SYSTEMS  welcomed the Hon. Anthony Roberts, New South Wales Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, to its Sydney Headquarters. Minister Roberts visited the company's new Electronic and Embedded Systems Innovation Hub to announce the appointment of the New South Wales Defence Advocate, Air Vice Marshal (RTD) John Harvey AM. 

FLIGHT DISPLAY SYSTEMS released a new mobile app for do CAPSULE, which is available for iOS and Android. 

CMD FLIGHT SOLUTIONS recently sold its 100th ADS-B Out solution. 

ROCKWELL COLLINS was selected by China-based Shenzhen Airlines to provide its full suite of advanced avionics and PAVES Broadcast overhead In-Flight Entertainment on 44 new airplanes. 

VIH AEROSPACE delivered an Airbus EC130B4 that required an annual inspection in addition to a 150-hour inspection, to a prominent, private customer in Western Canada. 

APPAREO announced that  its Stratus ESG transponder received TSO authorization from the FAA. 

SEND SOLUTIONS received STC approval for the installation of the Airtext passenger Iridium Testing Systems on Textron Aviation Inc. Cessna 750 (Citation X). 

As of 3-9-2016 Mystery Make & Model
Guess the make and model -- enter for chance to win $100 Visa gift card

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Congratulations to Rob Cogswell of Atlantic Avionics Inc. in Novia Scotia, who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for knowing the correct product make and model featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired.

The correct answer was a Technisonic TFM-138.

Avionics technicians can put their "inside" knowledge to work in the next issue of AEA Wired. Stay tuned for the next Mystery Make & Model challenge!

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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
Lauren McFarland, director of marketing
Phone: 816-347-8400

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