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June 11, 2014
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UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. announced that supplemental type certificates for future air navigation system installations on 20 platforms were issued or are currently in work, with more to come. In addition, the company said its authorized dealer, Clay Lacy Aviation, is on a clear path to installation and certification of the UniLink UL-801 Communications Management Unit to provide FANS 1/A+ capabilities for the Gulfstream GIV and GIVSP aircraft. Finally, MICHAEL CHOOO was named regional sales manager for Asia.
AVMAX AVIONICS obtained a supplemental type certificate SA14-34 for the Universal Avionics MFD-640 system, as well as STC SA14-35 for the retrofit installation of a Rockwell Collins TWR-850 Weather Radar. 
KUBICK AVIATION SERVICES completed an agreement with Superior Aviation to purchase the majority of Superior's FBO assets. The company now occupies the former Superior Aviation main hangar and FBO located at Ford Airport in Kingsford, Michigan. 
SPIRIT AERONAUTICS named JODY JARACZEWSKI director of sales and marketing.
SHADIN AVIONICS successfully delivered a DO-178 Leval A custom AIS-360 data converter less than 30 days after initial contact by the customer, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi selected ESTERLINE CMC ELECTRONICS to provide the flight management system for its worldwide C-27J Spartan fleet and for Team Spartan's offering for the upcoming FWSAR (fixed-wing search and rescue replacement) program.
Esterline CMC Electronics also was selected to supply its TacView Portable Mission Display and SureSight Enhanced Vision System sensor for Team Spartan in Canada.

D.L.S. ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS announced the consolidation of its environmental testing services under the ACLASS 17025 accreditation program overseen by ANSI. 

TRUENORTH AVIONICS announced its Simphonē cabin connectivity suite has achieved a European Aviation Safety Agency STC for installation on the Bombardier Global Express and Global Express 5000 aircraft types. In addition, the company disclosed its next generation product family, Optelity, a Wi-Fi platform designed to accommodate the latest passenger devices and future technology developments. 

JEPPESEN agreed to a new five-year flight planning service contract with Jazeera Airways.

DAC INTERNATIONAL announced Apple has approved its GDC64 weather application. 

LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES reached agreement with Pilatus Aircraft to be the supplier of the satellite communications system for the Pilatus PC-24. Customer delivery of the PC-24 will begin in 2017. In addition, Thunder Airlines selected Latitude's SkyNote S200 flight tracking and satcom voice, data and messaging system for installation on its fleet of King Air, Mitsubishi MU2 and Caravan aircraft. 

PRO STAR AVIATION received ANAC certification (Brazil) for its recently approved FAA STC -- the installation of the AVIATOR 200 in King Air aircraft. 

BANYAN AIR SERVICE celebrated its ninth annual AMT Day on May 23, which pays tribute to Charles E. Taylor, the first aircraft maintenance technician, who built Orville and Wilbur Wright's engine. 

CONSTANT AVIATION received Administraci´┐Żn Nacional de Avianci´┐Żn Civil (ANAC) Brazil STC approval to install Swiftbroadband Aviator 200 and Aircell Gogo Wi-Fi systems in the Phenom 300.



U.S. General Aviation Caucus Update


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. Click below to see if your elected representative is a member. If not, please contact them immediately and ask them to join the GA Caucus to promote the value of the general aviation industry to our nation's economy.




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Aeroflex was one of 23 companies that unveiled new products and services during the 2014 AEA Convention. In case you missed it, here is the company's presentation by Mike Farleigh to convention attendees earlier this year. 



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AEA President to Address U.S. House Committee on Small Business Today 

Paula Derks, president of the Aircraft Electronics Association, will appear before the U.S. House Small Business Committee hearing scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, at 1 p.m. EDT in room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. 


Chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), the hearing is titled, "FAA's 2020 NextGen Mandate: Benefits and Challenges for General Aviation." The purpose of the hearing is to examine the benefits of the 2020 mandate to the general aviation industry, challenges it may face in compliance with the mandate and the importance of incentivizing and ensuring widespread adoption.


In her testimony, Derks will focus on job-creation and urge congressional leaders to encourage the Federal Aviation Administration to expedite the implementation of the NextGen GA Fund by issuing loan guarantee certificates. Derks will stress the need to streamline certification and field approvals for the expected 160,000 U.S. general aviation airplanes to equip in time to meet the Jan. 1, 2020, mandate for ADS-B Out. 


Other witnesses scheduled to present testimony include: Michael P. Huerta, FAA administrator; Tim Taylor, president and CEO of FreeFlight Systems; and Bob Hepp, owner of Aviation Adventures.


The hearing will be live-streamed and available on the committee's website. To watch, click here!


Moving Forward: New Avionics Products Introduced at AEA Convention in Nashville

A total of 23 companies recently introduced new avionics products and services to the general aviation industry as part of the AEA New Product Introductions session at the association's annual convention and trade show. 
Courtesy of writer Jeb Burnside, Avionics News has a recap of each company's presentation in this month's edition. More...


ADS-B Installations are Beginning to Take Off

According to an article written for Avionics News by David Hughes, NextGen performance and outreach for the FAA, the nationwide ADS-B infrastructure has been completed with 634 ground stations installed. The upgraded surveillance and broadcast system is capable of providing aircraft position information to controller screens at a much higher rate than the current radar-based system.


Repair shop operators say aircraft owners and operators may be delaying because they are confused about what to do. But the experience of early adopters is helping the general aviation community understand how to proceed. To make installation easier to understand, the FAA Flight Standards Service's Aircraft Maintenance Division is providing a list of frequently asked questions and a checklist to guide repair shops. More...  


Save the Date Jan 13
2014 AEA Regional Meetings Announced
The Aircraft Electronics Association has set the dates and locations for each of its Regional Meetings in 2014. The first event of the year took place April 14-15 at the 28th annual AEA Europe Regional Meeting in Vienna, Austria. Visit the AEA website for more details on each event, including continuous updates on training schedules, exhibitors, hotel reservations and registration information. More...
  • AEA Latin America: Aug. 20-21, Bogota, Colombia
  • AEA Canada: Sept. 3-4, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
  • AEA U.S. East: Sept. 16-17, Orlando, Fla.
  • AEA U.S. West: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Reno, Nev.
  • AEA U.S. Central: Oct. 9-10, Kansas City, Mo.
  • AEA South Pacific: Nov. 12-13, Sydney, Australia  
AEA Latin America Regional Meeting in Bogota, Aug. 20-21
For the first time, Bogota, Colombia, is the site for the AEA Latin America Regional Meeting scheduled for Aug. 20-21 at the Ar Hotel Salitre. The event took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, each of the last three years. To make a hotel reservation and/or register to attend the fourth annual AEA Latin America Regional Meeting, click here.  

The AEA annually hosts regional meetings in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the South Pacific. The AEA Regional Meetings offer a forum to see, hear and learn about all the new technology on the market, network with industry peers and discover best practices for the aviation repair station industry. Attendees and exhibitors gather for two days of regulatory and technical seminars, business management sessions and exhibits.
TGH Aug 13
New RTCA documents were recently issued, including DO-348, Safety, Performance and Interoperability Requirements Document for TSSA (traffic situation awareness with alerts). This document defines and allocates the set of minimum requirements for the end-to-end operational, safety, performance and interoperability aspects for implementations of the TSAA application. More...
Frequently Asked Questions
For Europe: what is CPDLC? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics NewsMore...  
Pilot's Guide to Avionics -- New Edition Released at AirVenture
The AEA's 2014-15 edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics will be available to all pilots and aircraft owners at this year's AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Free copies will be available to all AirVenture attendees at the AEA booth located in hangar B (while supplies last). 

This annual publication is free and available upon request. If you can't attend AirVenture, place your online request now, and you will receive it later this summer. 

Without a doubt, pilots and aircraft owners don't want just anyone working on their airplane or helicopter. After all, life depends on it. So how do you find the most qualified and experienced personnel to keep your aircraft safe and up-to-date with all the latest and greatest technologies? It's easy -- simply look for these talented experts and members of the AEA listed in the publication. To request a single copy or case, click here.

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Airtech Looks to Training to Spur Future Growth
Since its start in 2011, Airtech has grown every year by more than 200 percent -- an amazing feat for a family-owned and -operated Part 145 FAA-certified repair station. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, at Lunken Field, Airtech specializes in service and support for business jet aircraft. Learn more about this AEA member company in this month's Avionics News.  More...

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,
  • 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 www.aea.net/training or contact the AEA at 816-347-8400. Class size is limited, so register today. More...

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