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July 9, 2014
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The Current 

News from the general aviation industry



FAA Deputy Administrator Tells Congress ADS-B Deadline Won't Change

In his opening statement before the U.S. Senate subcommittee on aviation, Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker, who also serves as the FAA's chief NextGen officer, made it very clear that the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline for ADS-B Out compliance was firm. During the committee hearing that took place June 25 in Washington, D.C., Whitaker told lawmakers, "Let me be very clear. The 2020 deadline is not going to change. We are in a position to achieve this important milestone on time. The cost of equipment has come down considerably. There is sufficient maintenance capacity to allow all equipage to occur -- in fact, waiting to equip might cost more if aircraft owners crowd repair stations to get the work done on the eve of the deadline." More...


iPad Limitations: What Pilots Need to Know 
According to a report in this month's Avionics News, rare is the pilot today who does not fly without a tablet computer, usually an Apple iPad. But these personal electronic devices are not without their problems. As part of their business, most avionics shops have not had to deal with them. But that may soon change as more aircraft owners contemplate the installation of equipment that gives them free weather and traffic information through ADS-B In. Unlike a multifunction display, an iPad, and tablet computers like it, is a COTS (commercial off the shelf) personal electronic device. To be good consultants for their customers, shops need to understand PED requirements and their limitations. 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...  


Regulatory Update

All the latest from the international aviation authorities


EUROCONTROL: Use of Aerodrome Tower VHF Frequency by Vehicle Drivers Involved in Runway Operations
To enhance situational awareness on aerodromes, drivers of vehicles operating on or in very close proximity to runways sometimes transmit movement control messages (e.g. requests to cross/enter runways) on the assigned VHF ATC Tower/Aerodrome Control air to ground frequency rather than a dedicated ground-ground frequency. This practice is in line with guidance in ICAO Doc 9870, Manual on the Prevention of Runway Incursions, and the European Action Plan for the Plan of Runway Incursions (EAPPRI). However, using the frequency for these purposes may contravene International Telecommunications Union regulations on the use of air to ground radio frequencies. Please note: It is known that at some aerodromes the use of the one runway, one frequency principle has been extended to include the use of one language (i.e. English); this is sometimes referred to as "Triple One": One Runway, One Frequency, One Language. More... 

Frequently Asked Questions
In the U.S., what should be reported using the Aircraft Electronics Association's Safety Management System employee hazard identification report? Discover the answer in this month's Avionics NewsMore...
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. 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


A Conversation with Mike Morgan of Duncan Aviation    

Recently, Avionics News connected with Mike Morgan, avionics sales representative with Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Michigan, to learn more about his work and life outside the office. Duncan Aviation has been in operation since 1956, and has facilities throughout the U.S.  More... 

Invested Experts: Pacific Southwest Instruments

Jim Joubert founded Pacific Southwest Instruments in 1982, and the company quickly established goals of providing high-quality products and the best customer service possible. So what's working for PSI? Word-of-mouth marketing works great, but the company isn't relying on it alone. PSI continually markets its capabilities through both digital and conventional channels. Read more about what the company says is working well 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


Join the Conversation

More than 4,000 industry professionals have joined the group discussion on the AEA's LinkedIn page. Are you connected? Join the conversation today, and share your news and opinions on a variety of issues affecting the general aviation industry. More...  


Follow us on Twitter Avionics News is now on Twitter

The Aircraft Electronics Association is pleased to welcome Avionics News to Twitter (@AvionicsNews). Avionics News is the AEA's monthly publication; it is available in print as well as a digital and mobile app version for your convenience. More...

The Static

News from AEA member companies


LIGHTSPEED AVIATION made its Zulu PFX ANR aviation headset available for sale after conducting field tests with more than 50 pilots in dozens of aircraft and helicopters. Orders may be placed with any authorized Lightspeed dealer or directly through the company. The headset was first revealed in 2013 at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 
SYMETRICS INDUSTRIES is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Extant Components Group, which completed the acquisition of the AIM line of standby instruments from L-3 Communications Avionics Systems. The AIM instrument product line will become part of Symetrics Industries in Melbourne, Florida, where all future manufacturing, repair, spares, customer service and related technical support for the products will be provided.
LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES announced that Airlift AS, one of northern Europe's largest onshore rotorcraft operators, will add Latitude's IONode ION3A FDM recording and reporting devices to the Latitude SkyNote S200 flight-tracking, voice and data transceivers installed in the Airlift fleet of Airbus AS350 aircraft.
ROCKWELL COLLINS signed an exclusive agreement with Kobev International to introduce a new FANS 1/A+ and CPDLC training program that incorporates a Pilot Trainer program to emulate a pilot's real-world communications with air traffic control. In addition, the company said its Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System retrofit solution for Pro Line II-equipped Hawker 800 business jets has been certified by the FAA.

GARMIN recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of delivering its G1000 Integrated Flight Deck to customers. The first announcement of the G1000 IFD took place in March 2003, when Cessna announced the selection of the G1000 for the Citation Mustang that was in development at the time. Other aircraft manufacturers followed, and the first customer deliveries began in June 2004 by both Cessna and Diamond Aircraft in their single-engine product lines.

FLYING COLOURS CORP. received approval from the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority to carry out maintenance work on business aircraft registered in Qatar. A full range of regular and line maintenance work will begin at the company's Peterborough, Canada-based facility on business jets originating from the Middle East. 

HONDA AIRCRAFT said its first production HondaJet achieved its initial flight, marking another milestone toward aircraft certification and entry into service in 2015.

JEPPESEN announced that Air Malta recently received authorization to operate in a fully digital capacity using Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro on iPad as its electronic flight bag solution. Jeppesen helped Air Malta achieve the clearance from the Civil Aviation Directorate in Malta to operate as one of the initial paperless carriers in Europe. 

WINNER AVIATION appointed NEIL GALLAGHER to succeed RICK HALE as president. Hale will continue to serve as chief executive officer and will take on a new role as chairman. Gallagher previously served as vice president of maintenance. 

ELBIT SYSTEMS received qualification approval to manufacture composite components and assemblies for the F-35 Lightning II program. In addition, the company unveiled its full HD DCoMPASS EO/IR payload system with integrated mission equipment package for airborne platforms.

BANYAN AIR SERVICE was voted No. 1 among the top five U.S. fixed base operators in the Southeast in the 2014 Pilots' Choice Awards survey by FltPlan. The company also placed sixth in the top 50 FBOs in the U.S.

VECTOR AEROSPACE subsidiary Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America named CRAIG PLUIM regional sales director.

EMTEQ was acquired by B/E Aerospace Inc., a manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products and provider of aerospace fasteners, consumables and logistics services.

JETTECH announced the approval for an FAA supplemental type certificate for installing the touchscreen Garmin GTN 650/750 GPS/nav/comm in the Cessna Citation Jet model 525 for aircraft manufactured from 1993-1999 with serial numbers 0001-0359. 

D.L.S. ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS played host to a site visit from U.S. Rep. BRAD SCHNEIDER (D-Ill.) at its facility in Wheeling, Illinois. Schneider wanted to witness the skilled jobs and businesses that the production of U.S. Navy amphibious warships brings to the region. DLS provides electromagnetic compatibility, environmental, mechanical and climatic testing, along with power quality testing for equipment on the warships.

PRO STAR AVIATION promoted KURT KITNER from avionics installations lead to avionics installations manager. 


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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