July 6, 2022
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Educational Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners for 2022-23 Academic Year
The Aircraft Electronics Association's Educational Foundation announced the names of the 18 individuals who were awarded scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year.

The AEA Educational Foundation annually awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies. The Foundation was created in 1990 to enhance, promote and secure the future of aviation maintenance by furthering the education of students, technicians, members of the AEA and others as determined by aviation industry needs. Since its inception, the AEA has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships. More...
Ask the Industry
Which of the following best describes the used avionics market for your business?
Select one option below.
Used avionics is all we are selling right now
More active than it has been in years
An uptick in business, but new equipment still dominates
There's a used avionics market?
Hiring Veterans in Aviation Virtual Event, July 21
NextOp is hosting a Hiring Veterans in Aviation Seminar, July 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. This event is in collaboration with the Aircraft Electronics Association and will provide an opportunity for AEA members to learn about hiring and retaining veteran talent, the unique experience veterans bring to the table, and how NextOp can assist companies through this process. This session will be followed by a Q&A portion, where attendees can engage with NextOp staff.

For more information, contact patrick@nextopvets.org. To register for this event, click here.
Remote Towers for General Aviation Airports
Two busy general aviation airports are benefiting from a Federal Aviation Administration pilot project to see how remote tower technology might provide air traffic control at airports that do not have an airport traffic control tower. Remote tower technology could also replace an existing tower that has reached the end of its life.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the town of Leesburg, Virginia, have been working closely with the FAA to stand up remote towers and see how they work. The pilot projects are at Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Fort Collins, 50 miles north of Denver, and at Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia, which is about 15 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport. Both airports have around 100,000 operations or more per year. Neither had a traditional tower when the remote tower projects started. About 8,000 of the operations at Northern Colorado Regional Airport involve turbojet business and private aviation aircraft. More...
A 2030 Deadline to Replace 100LL
In February, then-FAA Administrator Steve Dickson launched the EAGLE (Eliminate Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions) initiative to eliminate leaded fuel by 2030. It won’t be easy, as the FAA and industry have been working on this for many years, most recently with the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative started in 2013. EAGLE doesn’t replace PAFI but will rely on PAFI protocols to see that a 100LL replacement achieves a fleetwide FAA authorization by 2030.

What’s different about the EAGLE initiative is that the FAA and other general aviation groups are setting a deadline for getting the job done by 2030. There is a sense of urgency because the availability of 100LL that piston aircraft now rely on has a fragile supply chain. More...
AI Systems Helps Homebuilders Turn Ideas into Reality
AI Systems of Redmond, Oregon, is a godsend for aircraft homebuilders who need help completing and maintaining their aircraft or who want to create unique modifications. John “Fred” Hadlich and his team of experts specialize in high-end, high-performance experimental aircraft, particularly Epic LT aircraft and the Lancair fleet, but they’re also known for helping Van’s RV operators.

“There are a lot of high-end, high-performance experimental aircraft out there but not a lot of people who have expertise with them,” said Hadlich, owner and director of operations for AI Systems. “We’ve provided extensive builder assistance with the Lancair Legacy, Lancair IV-P Turbine and the first Stratos 716X." More...
2022-23 AEA Pilot's Guide to be Unveiled at AirVenture Oshkosh
Published annually by the Aircraft Electronics Association, the 2022-23 edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide 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 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 20th 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. 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 to Award Cash Prizes for an Avionics Installation
Enter to win at AirVenture Oshkosh; booth No. 2035/2036
To help owners of general aviation aircraft modernize their cockpits, the Aircraft Electronics Association will randomly award five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward an avionics upgrade during the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Oshkosh, July 25-31, in Wisconsin.

Aircraft owners may enter to win one of the five $1,000 awards at booth No. 2035/2036 in Hangar B at Wittman Regional Airport, 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.

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. Each entry gives aircraft owners a chance to win one of the five daily drawings. For official rules and contest entry forms, visit the AEA's booth at AirVenture. More...
Podcast: NextOp Places Military Veterans in Avionics Workforce
The Aircraft Electronics Association is collaborating with NextOp to connect U.S. veterans and military members with career opportunities in the avionics industry. NextOp recruits, develops and places high-performing middle-enlisted (E-3 to E-7) leaders into industry careers.

For qualified candidates, NextOp employment coordinators will partner with enlisted service members and veterans through every step of the process until the individual finds, receives and accepts an offer of employment. For AEA businesses looking to hire, NextOp will support each company to develop and execute their veteran hiring and retention strategies.

Learn more from Patrick McManus, employment coordinator for NextOp, in this episode of AEA Amplified, sponsored by Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog Company. Listen...
Registration Open for AEA Connect Conferences
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. These two-day events allow technicians and business owners the opportunity to learn industry best practices; connect with regional sales and product support representatives; satisfy training requirements; see the latest products and services; and receive important updates on the most current regulatory news affecting their business.

To see the dates and locations for the AEA Connect Conferences scheduled for 2022, along with registration links for attendees and exhibitors, click here.
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
Farnborough International Airshow
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 18-22, 2022
Farnborough will host leading innovators from the aerospace, aviation and defence industries and beyond. In this unprecedented opportunity to reconnect, businesses from across the globe will be coming together for the first time in four years to embark on ground-breaking collaboration and partnership. More...
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 25-31, 2022
For seven days from sunrise to well past sunset, your Oshkosh day is filled with thrilling displays of aerobatics, informative programs and hands-on workshops, diverse aircraft spanning all eras of flight, evening programs, and much more. Fun for the whole family that you’ll find only in Oshkosh is waiting for you at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration! More...
AEA Canada Connect Conference
Toronto, Ontario
Aug. 25-26, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites. More...
AEA Central Connect Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Sept. 8-9, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Hilton Kansas City Airport. More...
AOPA Hangout
Spokane, Washington
September 9-10, 2022
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will bring pilots together for its revamped aviation fly-ins, which are now called Hangouts to better capture the spirit of these new events. The first Hangout is set for Felts Field. Stroll through aircraft displays, chat with aviation vendors, and connect with like-minded individuals while enjoying food trucks, live music, and entertainment. More...
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Munich, Germany
Sept. 19-20, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Hilton Munich Airport. More...
AEA West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Oct. 5-6, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Grand Sierra Resort. More...
NBAA-Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Orlando, Florida
Oct. 18-20, 2022
Join over 23,000 industry professionals for the most important three days of business aviation, with 1,000 exhibitors, two aircraft displays – one inside the exhibit hall and the other outside at Orlando Executive Airport, and more than 50 education opportunities. More...
AEA East Connect Conference
Tampa, Florida
Nov. 2-3, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport - Westshore. More...
AEA South Pacific Connect Conference
Sunshine Coast, Australia
Nov. 17-18, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort. More...
AOPA Aviator Showcase
Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 17-18, 2022
The Aviator Showcase at Fort Worth Alliance Airport will feature an exhibit hall, aircraft display, and educational seminars presented by event sponsors. For pilots looking to upgrade or still searching for the perfect aircraft, local services such as paint shops, avionics manufacturers, and aircraft detailers will be on hand to help. Attendees can also talk to aviation finance professionals, insurers, and dealers about purchasing an aircraft. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Certified Repair Station Training (Sold-Out)
July 18-22, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations. Current quality managers, technicians, mechanics, and repairmen who are involved in the management of a repair station as well as individuals looking to establish a 14 CFR Part 145 repair station should attend.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft (9 seats remain)
Aug. 15-17, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is targeted for the homebuilder or avionics technician who wants to learn about performing an avionics installation in an experimental aircraft. The class focuses on the Garmin G3X Touch system, and a simplified example harness is constructed as part of the hands-on portion of the class. While the G3X Touch system is the primary focus, the wiring principles and general guidance can be applied to any experimental avionics system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche, this class has something for everyone.
Avionics Testing Fundamentals (9 seats remain)
Sept. 12-13, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice, familiar with basic soldering skills and are looking for experience in LRU bench testing and avionics troubleshooting. Bench testing nav, VHF comm and transponders will be the focus of study. Technicians will fabricate a general-purpose test panel that they will use in the course. Attendees will keep their fabricated test panel at course completion.
Transponder Service Training (10 seats remain)
Sept. 14, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in transponder LRU bench testing, transponder flight line testing and aircraft troubleshooting. ADS-B transponders systems will be the focus of study. Attendees will keep their fabricated wire harness at course completion.
NAV/COMM Equipment Service Training (7 seats remain)
Sept. 15, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in avionics flight line testing, LRU bench testing and aircraft troubleshooting. VOR, localizer, glideslope, marker beacon and VHF comms will be the focus of study.
Pitot-Static, Transponder, and ADS-B: Testing & Inspection (16 seats remain)
Sept. 16, 2022
In-person course; 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.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (Sold-Out)
Sept. 26-28, 2022
In-person course; 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.
Basic Pitot-Static & Transponder Theory, Testing & Troubleshooting (21 seats remain)
Sept. 29-30, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for entry-level avionics technicians or those looking for basic training on pitot-static and aircraft transponder systems. The two-day course covers the history and theory of operation of pitot-static instruments and transponders, as well as system setup, hands-on testing, and the troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks.
Aircraft Instrument Systems (15 seats remain)
Oct. 18-19, 2022
Virtual-Live Course
This course is designed for avionics technicians or apprentices who want to learn more about aircraft instrument systems and better understand their operation, installation considerations, and maintenance to become more effective troubleshooters. From simple mechanical gauges to complex electrical and electronic systems, this course covers nearly every instrument system in an aircraft.
ADS-B Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting (15 seats remain)
Oct. 25, 2022
Virtual-Live Course
This 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 (15 seats remain)
Oct. 26, 2022
Virtual-Live Course
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.
News from AEA Member Companies
Carlisle Interconnect Technologies released two new high-voltage composite wire families for aerospace applications: a high-voltage composite wire family and an ultra-flexible high-voltage shielded composite wire family.

Universal Avionics, an Elbit Systems company, was selected by Aeronaves TSM to supply cockpit upgrades on 15 McDonnell Douglas MD-80s and 11 Douglas DC-9 aircraft.

StandardAero’s Business Aviation team recently inducted its 1,000th Honeywell HTF7000 series engine into the Augusta, Georgia, facility, the first to achieve this significant milestone in support of the engine series.

Boxwell Avionics, a Florida-based avionics sales, consulting, and engineering company, acquired Avionics Source Inc.

Evolution Measurement has strengthened its partner relationship with Canadian manufacturer, CCX Technologies, with an exclusive agreement for North America.
The new agreement appoints Evolution Measurement as U.S. channel partner for CCX Technologies in the U.S. on an exclusive basis to cover the business aviation, general aviation and helicopter segments.

CCX Technologies is expanding its cybersecurity presence into new markets, British and European military and government markets. Alexandre Lovell-Smith has joined the team as a consultant and is taking the lead in the company’s European and British commercialization strategy.

Alpine Aerotech designed and produced a hanger to stow headsets inside the cabin of most aircraft. Specific to the Bell 505, Aerotech has a kit that allows the removal of the OEM DG clamps on the ceiling between the pilot and co-pilot seats.

Chicago Jet Group delivered the second Dassault Falcon 900B Universal InSight Flight Deck upgrade. This second Falcon 900B flight deck upgrade was delivered on-budget, a day early from the promised forecasted downtime, and squawk free. The Chicago Jet Group FAA STC for Universal Avionics’ InSight Flight Deck Upgrade was utilized.

Garmin announced supplemental type certification by the FAA for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument in Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters.

Collins Aerospace received a three-year funding award from the European Climate Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency and SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking to develop an unmanned flight ecosystem in Ireland by delivering a Digital Sky Demonstrator on U-Space.

Air Plains Services is now offering an Advanced Instrument Panel Kit – the 172XPα – developed specifically for Cessna 172 owners either planning to upgrade with its 180hp STC, or for the more than 2,500 172XP upgrades already in operation.

SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. named Angela Martens vice president of finance and administration.

Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies received the FAA’s sign-off for Parts Manufacturer Approval authorization.

West Star Aviation announced that Chad Farischon, vice president of strategic development, has been elected to the National Air Transportation Association board of directors.

Duncan Aviation’s full-service MRO facility in Provo, Utah, has grown its technical representative expertise to include five.

Astronics Corp. was selected by Lilium N.V. to design, develop and build the Lilium Jet’s electrical power distribution system.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the all-new ultralong-range Gulfstream G800 successfully completed its first flight, officially launching the flight-test program of the industry’s longest-range aircraft.
AEA Jobs Board Offers Free Resume Posting
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the job listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA jobs board 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 job listings and see what's on your horizon. Free resume posting is available. Are you up to the challenge? More...
Are You Hiring? The AEA Works for You!
Is your business hiring? The AEA jobs board makes it easier for AEA members to find their next avionics technician, quality manager, inspector, sales representative or engineer.

AEA members may submit a free job posting after entering their username and password at AEA.net/Jobs. Member companies that optionally choose to upgrade their job posting for a premium will have preferred online placement and also will be published in the next edition of Avionics News. For more information about premium job listings, contact Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive, at rachelh@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
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Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Phone: 816-347-8400
Fax: 816-347-8405
Email: info@aea.net
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Rachel Hill, AEA director of advertising
Phone: 816-366-5109
Email: rachelh@aea.net

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