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June 22, 2016
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The Current 
News from the general aviation industry
Industry Introduces Rebates to help Bridge Gap to the Effective Date of the FAA's ADS-B Rebate Program
Following the recent Federal Aviation Administration $500 ADS-B Rebate program announcement, which is expected to have an effective date sometime in September 2016, it did not take the general aviation industry long to respond with creative promotional strategies designed to incentivize those aircraft owners who do not want to wait until the FAA Rebate program's effective date to install ADS-B Out compliant equipment

For example, Avidyne introduced its "Don't Wait" ADS-B Rebate. The Avidyne $500 rebate offer is good for ADS-B compliant equipment for U.S.-registered single-engine piston aircraft placed between June 17 and Sept. 30, 2016. To learn more about Avidyne's offer, click here

In addition, FreeFlight Systems announced it is offering a $500 Bridge Rebate on its ADS-B and WAAS/GPS solutions for all aircraft types. FreeFlight customers must take delivery of their system by Sept. 30, 2016, or when the FAA's ADS-B Rebate program becomes effective this fall, whichever comes first. FreeFlight Systems' Bridge Rebate Program covers products from the company's RANGR Blue and WAAS/GPS product families. To learn more about FreeFlight's offer, click here.

The FAA announced a $500 rebate incentive on June 6, which is designed for general aviation aircraft owners who equip their U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft with required ADS-B Out avionics technology. The FAA rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one year, or until all 20,000 rebates are claimed, whichever comes first. The FAA estimates that as many as 160,000 aircraft need to be equipped by the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline. To learn more about the FAA's ADS-B Rebate program, click here.

FAA logo FAA Publishes Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
On Tuesday, June 21, the FAA announced it has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems. According to the agency, these new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. The new rule takes effect in late August and applies to unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations. Under the final rule, the person actually flying a drone must be at least 16 years old and have a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating, or be directly supervised by someone with such a certificate.  More...

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Frequently Asked Questions
Can ADS-B Out systems that do not meet the requirements for installation without further data approval be installed? Learn the answer this month's Avionics News More...

2015 General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey
The 38th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is now underway. It is the Federal Aviation Administration's primary source of information about the size and activity of the general aviation and on-demand Part 135 fleet. The survey is conducted on behalf of the FAA by Tetra Tech, an independent research firm, and all survey responses are confidential. Tetra Tech would like to hear from everyone who receives an invitation to complete the survey to prepare accurate statistics on aviation activity. The GA Survey is a scientific sample of aircraft from the Civil Aviation Registry. If you have questions, please contact Tetra Tech at 800-826-1797 or email To see survey results from previous years, click here.

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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... 

AEA Latin America Connect Roundtable: Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 26
This roundtable will connect general aviation industry professionals for a full day of networking. It will provide avionics repair stations the opportunity to discuss regulatory issues with Aeronautical Civil as well as business issues in the avionics community of Latin America.  There is no fee to attend; however, each person must register to attend this event at the Radisson AR Hotel in Bogota. 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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LoPresti Aviation Shines with HID Lighting
Taxiing and landing on a dark, moonless night can be challenging, especially when ground support personnel and equipment, wildlife and other obstructions show up on tarmacs, taxiways and runways. LoPresti Aviation of Sebastian, Florida, makes piercing the darkness easier with its specialized high-performance lighting systems.
The company engineers and manufactures BoomBeam high intensity discharge landing and taxi lighting systems for Part 23, Part 25 and Part 27 aircraft. Each complete kit includes a supplemental type certificate and part manufacturing approval, covering more than 400 aircraft models. The systems are manufactured at LoPresti Aviation's 20,000-square-foot facility located on Sebastian Municipal Airport 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

AVIDYNE  received EASA approval of its IFD540 and IFD440 GPS-based Flight Management Systems. 

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. said it is offering a new software version for the Satellite-Based Augmentation System-Flight Management System that includes cost-saving messaging to alert crews of a failure of the ADS-B Out system. In addition, the company said it is providing advanced avionics for two Sikorsky S-76B helicopters operated by His Majesty the Sultan of Johor's Royal Flight. 

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. said that its Auxiliary Power Unit repair and overhaul department recently completed its 1,000th APU repair. In addition, the company's new Product Support Distribution Center has begun the core operations of shipping and receiving parts. The company named MIKE WEST sales director for metro New York and JEFF COLE sales director for the Northeast U.S. and Eastern Canada. Gulfstream also completed ultimate load testing for the all-new Gulfstream G500.

KANSAS STATE POLYTECHNIC is expanding its unmanned commercial flight training program with North Dakota's SkySkopes as its first national client. 

VECTOR AEROSPACE's Summerside, Prince Edward Island, facility was named one of the best places to work in Atlantic Canada by Progress magazine and Best Companies Group. 

FIELD AVIATION named ROBERT BASEGGIO vice president of business development. 

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL said its third Airbus A320 full-flight simulator built for Wisesoft Corp. received Level D qualification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. 

ANODYNE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING CORP.'s MCP02 Master Caution Panel system was awarded STC SH16-25 by Transport Canada. 

FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS and CMD FLIGHT SOLUTIONS expanded their AML STC to include Part 23 turbine aircraft, which allows for the installation of a FreeFlight 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor paired with Rockwell Collins' TDRĀ­94/94D transponders for ADSĀ­-B compliance. 

L-3 AVIATION PRODUCTS said its Lynx NGT-9000 was chosen by Martinaire Aviation LLC as the ADS-B solution for its Cessna Caravan turboprop cargo aircraft. Deliveries and installations have begun and are expected to be complete well ahead of the 2020 ADS-B mandate. 

DUNCAN AVIATION named ED REEVE, III, manager of the company's St. Louis satellite avionics facility at the Chesterfield Airport in Missouri. 

STANDARDAERO signed an agreement with the Netherlands' Ministry of Defence for establishing F135 military engine maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade Depot services at Logistic Center Woensdrecht --  a Netherlands Air Force Base, centrally located on the European continent. 

SANDEL AVIONICS named STEVE FULTON vice president of sales and marketing. 

DAC INTERNATIONAL, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, reached a multiyear distribution agreement with Imaging Technology and Visual Solutions. 

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

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