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June 10, 2015
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The Current 

News from the general aviation industry



AOPA Poll: When do Aircraft Owners Plan to Equip with ADS-B Out?

According to a recent poll conducted by the AOPA Aviation eBrief, more than 58 percent of survey respondents indicated that they would install ADS-B equipment prior to the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. In addition. 3.7 percent planned to equip in the next six months, and another 8.7 percent plan to equip in the next year. Less than 15 percent indicated they never planned to equip because they don't fly in airspace where it's required, while nearly 15 percent said they had already equipped to meet the mandate. Despite the survey's interesting findings, Aviation eBrief noted that the results from the poll questions do not necessarily represent the views of pilots, aircraft owners or AOPA members and therefore should not be used for research purposes. More...



FAA logo FAA Unveils #FlySafe Campaign

The FAA and general aviation groups recently launched the Fly Safe national safety campaign to educate the GA community on how to prevent loss of control accidents this flying season. FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker officially kicked-off the #FlySafe campaign on Saturday, June 6, at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's Fly-In at the Frederick Municipal AirportMore...



Avionics Training Excellence Award Logo_NEW AEA Recognizes Members for Training Commitment

The Aircraft Electronics Association announced the recipients of the annual Avionics Training Excellence Award, which recognizes AEA members for their total commitment to training as evidenced by participation in AEA-approved training. A total of 45 member companies received the 2014 AEA Avionics Training Excellence Award. For a member company to be eligible for the Avionics Training Excellence Award, all of its technicians must have completed at least one AEA-approved training event in the previous year, which includes the courses conducted at AEA headquarters; AEA International Convention and Regional Meetings; Avionics News Technical Training Exam; AEA computer-based training; original equipment manufacturer training from AEA associate member companies; and AEA partner training. More...


Regulatory Update

All the latest from the international aviation authorities


FAA Issues Maintenance Policy for sUAS (under 55 pounds)
The FAA issued Notice 8900.296 to address the inspection and maintenance program requirements of civil small unmanned aircraft systems with an operating weight of less than 55 pounds under a certificate of authorization.  The COA facilitates the operation of the sUAS in the national airspace system. This notice also supports the inspection and maintenance program requirements contained in Notice N 8900.291, Inspection and Maintenance Program Requirements for Airworthiness Certification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operating Under 55 Pounds, dated March 3, 2015, concerning sUAS with an operating weight of less than 55 pounds.  An "airworthy condition for UAS subject to a COA" means that the applicant must show that the UAS are maintained in a condition that will ensure that only airworthy UAS are operated in the NAS, and in compliance with the applicable requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 91.  More... 

'Recreational or Medical' Marijuana versus FAA/DOT Drug Testing
According to Shirley Negri of NATA Compliance Services, n early 50 percent of the states in the U.S. currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form.  How does this impact a repair station? Technically it doesn ' t, if the repair station's operation performs maintenance on commercial aircraft operations including air tour for hire.  The Department of Transportation and the FAA maintain their requirements for shop operation that all of "safety-sensitive or covered" employees (avionics technicians) be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Further, regardless if marijuana was used for recreational or medicinal purposes in a state that has "legalized" the activity, detection of use will result in a positive drug test.  More...


On the Radar 

Upcoming AEA and industry events


EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 20-26
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...

AEA Connect, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 10
AEA members gather in Latin America for a special one-day networking event between avionics facilities, manufacturers and ANAC. This event takes place one day prior to the start of LABACE. Registrations may be made in advance online until Aug. 1.  More...

AEA Latin America Regional Meeting, Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 19-20
The fifth annual AEA Latin America Regional Meeting takes place at the Radisson AR Hotel. Registrations may be made in advance online until Aug. 7. Attendees can save $85 per person by taking advantage of the early-bird price until July 17. More... 

ICG NxtLink Connectivity Conference, Portsmouth, Virginia, Sept. 9-10
Topics for this event include: Data Link -- ACARS, ATM, CNS FANS-1/A; Flight Status -- automatic position reporting, flight following, OOOI messaging and data retention; Iridium NEXT; Global and real-time communications; and LRC Voice -- AOC, ATS, HF replacement MELs. More...

AEA U.S. Central Regional Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, Sept. 10-11
The first of three AEA Regional Meetings in the U.S. takes place in the Show-Me state at the Embassy Suites at KCI Hotel. Registrations may be made in advance online until Sept. 2. Attendees can save $75 per person by taking advantage of the early-bird price until Aug. 3. More...

The Connection

Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry


Father-son Team Create Aircraft and Avionics Sales Inc.

Spend any time at Aircraft and Avionics Sales in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, and it's obvious that the gentlemen working there have an immense wealth of experience. Father and son, Paul Haubert and Wayne Haubert, started the FAA-certified Part 145 repair station just six years ago. But, previously, they operated an FBO, rebuilt and sold like-new aircraft, and manufactured slide-in tray adapters for avionics.  More...  


A Conversation With Heather Wahl of Cutter Aviation

Cutter Aviation is one of the strongest FBO and aviation service providers for the business and general aviation industry. Its strength comes from a combination of experience and an eight-decade history serving the industry with a diversity of services, products and locations in support of a wide range of customers. Recently, Avionics News spoke with Heather Wahl, director of human resources, to learn more about her work at Cutter as well as her life outside the office.  More...
In the Classroom 

Professional development opportunities



Avionics Installation and Integration Training, Aug. 17-19

Presented by Don Dominguez of Radioman Avionics, this course is designed for technicians who have completed the 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/com/GPS, Garmin GTX 33 ES remote transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display. More...



Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification Training with ADS-B Implementation Session, Aug. 20

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 tuneup course. The contents of this course can be incorporated easily into approved training programs for certified repair stations. And with so many questions surrounding ADS-B, this course will provide the answers and what you need to know to meet the mandate. More...



RVSM Maintenance and Advanced Transponder Training, Aug. 21

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 Raw Feed

Industry buzz on social media



AEA Convention Highlights Now on YouTube

Thanks to the production efforts of the Aero-News Network, YouTube viewers can now watch ANN's coverage of the 2015 AEA Convention in Dallas, which took place April 8-11. Catch up on the event's highlights, including the popular New Product Introductions session. Watch as Loren Jensen of Aerospace Optics introduced the NEXSYS series of avionics interface solutions to nearly 1,900 convention attendees. More...


The Static

News from AEA member companies


MAXCRAFT AVIONICS  received FAA validation of its Transport Canada STC SH14-50 (FAA SR03524NY) for installation of the Mid-Continent MD302 Standby Attitude
Module. This complements the G500H PFD/MFD, or any EFIS package in a light helicopter, replacing analog instruments. This STC is applicable to light Airbus (Eurocopter) Helicopters, including AS350, AS355, EC120, EC130 series, and more. 

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. said that a CHC Helikopter Service Sikorsky S-92 equipped with dual Universal Avionics SBAS-Flight Management Systems carried out the first Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance approach to Runway 07 in Florø, Norway. The flight, HKS 56T, under the command of John Olav Ofstad and instructor Morten Kufaas, was on a transit flight from Bergen to Florø in aircraft LN-OQM. Florø is the first Norwegian airport (in support of oil and gas) to be equipped with LPV.

WEST STAR AVIATION is now operating a satellite facility at Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, Illinois. An open house is scheduled for June 17.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. announced that DEREK ZIMMERMAN, vice president, customer support and materials, will succeed MARK BURNS as president of Gulfstream's product support organization when Burns becomes president of Gulfstream on July 1. In addition, the company's flagship aircraft, the G650ER, set a city-pair record en route to Washington, D.C., June 1, to commemorate the company's 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy win. The ultra-long-range G650ER departed Paris-Le Bourget Airport, flew into an average 58-knot headwind and arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport 7 hours 50 minutes later. Also, the company's site at Long Beach Airport in California will expand and create at least 50 jobs in its product support organization. Finally, L.D. BUERGER was named vice president, flight test.

AVIONICA said its software development process meets Boeing's Quality Management System requirements for deliverable software under the SAE Standard AS9115 QMS for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations.

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY SALINA announced that MARK BLANKS, UAS program manager, will join the board of directors for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, or AUVSI.

AVIDYNE said a new version of its IFD-Series FMS/GPS/NAV/COM iPad Application is now available on the Apple iTunes App Store. 


BANYAN AIR SERVICE was ranked the No. 1 FBO in the Southeast and No. 5 among the top 50 U.S. FBOs by the 2015 Fltplan.com Pilots' Choice Awards. 

GALAXY AVIATION received FAA approval for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems. 

CUTTER AVIATION was awarded the Defense Logistics Agency Energy Contract to be the U.S. military fuel provider for its FBO locations at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Albuquerque International Sunport. 

SOUTHEAST AEROSPACE named NATHAN HERNANDEZ PMO technical sales manager. 

DUNCAN AVIATION will play host to another free NextGen seminar, June 30, at the Chicago Hilton in Northbrook, Illinois. 

PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES, a Greenwich AeroGroup company based in Atlanta, Georgia, said that JAMES WALKER was named vice president and general manager. 

PACIFIC COAST AVIONICS received Garmin's 2014 Top 10 Elite Platinum Dealer Award for its aviation products. 

CARPENTER AVIONICS acquired the avionics service business unit of Smyrna Air Center. Smyrna Air Center is one of two fixed base operators at this airport, which is the busiest general aviation airport in Tennessee and third busiest overall in Tennessee. The companies also announced formation of a new alliance in which Carpenter now becomes the avionics service affiliate for Smyrna Air Center.  

AERO DYNAMIX delivered its 200th AS-350 NVG cockpit. The NVG cockpit was delivered to EagleMed LLC, a critical care air medical transport operation based in Wichita, Kansas. 

ANODYNE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING CORP.'s new 600W Loud Speaker system was selected by the Korean Coast Guard for installation on its B412 and AS565 helicopters. 

COBHAM SATCOM received an STC for the installation of its AVIATOR 300D SwiftBroadband system, with IGA-5001 Intermediate Gain Antenna, on Boeing 767-200, 300 and 300F aircraft. 

BECKER AVIONICS said its DVCS digital audio system was chosen by the Mexican Air Force for integration into one of the newly upgraded C-130 transport aircraft. 

ESTERLINE CMC ELECTRONICS named four new vice presidents: PATRICK CHAMPAGNE, vice president of products, display solutions; MARC GAGNE, vice president of operations; BEN HENDSBEE, vice president of commercial services; and KRISTOF VIERIN, vice president of sales. 

THOMAS GLOBAL SYSTEMS and Regional Express announced the successful first deliveries of the LCD TFD-8601 cockpit display, which is designed to replace traditional cockpit CRT primary flight displays on corporate and regional aircraft.

GA Caucus

Industry advocates on Capitol Hill


In 2009, General Aviation Caucuses were formed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to inform congressional members and staff about the importance of general aviation to the nation's economy and transportation system. Today, the House GA Caucus has grown to become one of the largest caucuses in the House of Representatives. A listing of current House and Senate GA Caucus members is available on the AEA website. 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
Email: info@aea.net
Web: aea.net 
Lauren McFarland, director of marketing
Phone: 816-347-8400
Email: laurenm@aea.net

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