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June 24, 2015
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The Current 

News from the general aviation industry



Aspen Avionics Acquires Accord Technology and AvValues LLC 

Aspen Avionics announced today that it has acquired Accord Technology, LLC (AT) from Accord India and AvValues LLC of Phoenix, Arizona. The acquisition has resulted in an expansion of the company's geographic footprint to include a new administrative and production facility in Phoenix, Arizona. John Uczekaj will continue to lead the company as president and chief executive officer. The name of the combined company remains Aspen Avionics. Accord Technology will operate as an Aspen Avionics company continuing to supply Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) -approved GPS solutions to the aerospace industry. Support of its current client base will carry on as usual with licensed production. "Accord's expertise to design and develop solutions that meet the NextGen and other performance-based navigation requirements, coupled with Aspen's display offering, the opportunity to create unique aerospace solutions for all aerospace segments are clearly on the horizon," said Uczekaj. More...


FAA logo FAA, EU Plan to Extend, Expand NextGen Pact

The Federal Aviation Administration and the European Union recently announced their intention to extend and expand their cooperative work toward providing seamless air traffic services for aircraft flying between the U.S. and Europe. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and the EC's Director General for Mobility and Transport, Joao Aguiar Machado, signed a Letter of Intent on air traffic management modernization at a morning ceremony in Paris on June 18. The extension and expansion of the current agreement would help to ensure that passengers will enjoy safer, on-time flying over the Atlantic thanks to the benefits of NextGen and its European counterpart, the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR). More... 



Avionics Market Report Logo Worldwide GA Avionics Sales more than $587 Million in First-Quarter 2015

The Aircraft Electronics Association released its first-quarter 2015 Avionics Market Report. In the first three months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $587,100,212.92, or more than $587 million as reported by the participating companies. The figure represented a 9.9 percent decrease in sales compared to the first-quarter 2014 amount of $651,748,994.12, or more than $651 million. This year's first-quarter sales are more in line with the first-quarter sales of 2013, which totaled $586,006,894.49, or more than $586 million. More... 



New ADS-B Out Selection Tool Unveiled by AOPA

With the approaching FAA mandate for ADS-B Out, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association recently developed a new online resource to help pilots and aircraft owners better understand the options available to them and consider the best solutions for a specific aircraft and where it is flown. The ADS-B Out selection tool is available online. More... 


Regulatory Update

All the latest from the international aviation authorities


Frequently Asked Questions on ADS-B
With great focus on U.S.-registered aircraft ("N" registered), what are the requirements for non-U.S.-registered aircraft? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News More... 

Aireon and Airways New Zealand Sign Agreement to Investigate Improvements to Aviation Operations in the South Pacific
Aireon LLC, a developer of the world's first space-based global air traffic surveillance system, signed a memorandum of understanding with Airways New Zealand, New Zealand's air navigation service provider, to collaborate on the investigation of the potential to deploy space-based ADS-B services in New Zealand domestic and South Pacific airspace.   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


Fast Air looks Forward with new STC, new Market

At Fast Air in Winnipeg, Manitoba, avionics technicians finished wiring a Garmin G1000 avionics suite and a Garmin GFC 700 automatic flight control system on a Beechcraft King Air 200 equipped with an external cargo pod. A couple of years ago, the installation wouldn't have been possible. The project is part of a new supplemental type certificate Fast Air developed to overcome the avionics system's limitation with the belly-mounted carriers. The company received final Transport Canada approval in July 2014 and is awaiting Federal Aviation Administration approval in the U.S.  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 KEVIN HAYES of ALTO Aviation introduced the Acapella series of keypads designed for headphone and speaker control by passengers to nearly 1,900 convention attendees. More...


The Static

News from AEA member companies


FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS  announced that the company's certified ADS-B RANGR systems are now fully compatible with the ForeFlight Mobile app version 7.1 that was recently released. With the software update, users can now view ADS-B In weather and traffic data from FreeFlight Systems' RANGR series of ADS-B receivers via the ForeFlight Mobile app. Compatible solutions include the RANGR Blue Box Receiver and Transceiver, and the RANGR Lite Transceiver, which will begin shipping this month. 

AVIDYNE received TSO approval and an AML-STC from the FAA for its new IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM. The IFD440 is the smaller-screen version of Avidyne's previously-certified IFD540. In addition, Avidyne received FAA certification of Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems.

ROBOTIC SKIES completed the first field installation of a GARMIN GDL 84 ADS?-B datalink solution into an unmanned platform. Garmin dealer KINGS AVIONICS of
Henderson, Nevada, a full-service Part 145 repair facility and Robotic Skies' founding
partner, performed the installation. The GDL 84 was installed into an Unmanned Systems
Inc. Sandstorm aircraft that is currently engaged in airspace integration testing
in Nevada, and operates under an experimental type certificate.

VIH AEROSPACE delivered its latest custom helicopter paint job on a Bell 205 for??????????? its U.S.-based customer Helimax Aviation on June 1. It also delivered an upgraded Airbus AS350 to Helimax Aviation on June 3.

SPIRIT AERONAUTICS installed a Steecon electric cabin door in a Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft, a first for the Challenger.

L-3 AVIATION PRODUCTS said its Display Systems business was awarded a contract to provide a CRT-to-LCD display retrofit upgrade to reduce CRT-related maintenance costs on ATR's fleet of 42/72 aircraft. As part of this retrofit upgrade, ATR will propose attractive solutions for equipment distribution and sale to customers in cooperation with L-3. In addition, L-3 Aviation Products said that Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. selected its Tactical Airborne Navigation System, TACAN+, for HAL's new Light Utility Helicopter program. And finally, L-3 Aviation Products is now offering an underwater locator beacon that is in compliance with the new 90-day operational standard published in TSO-C121b for all L-3 recorder products. 

ALTO AVIATION launched a new website at altoaviation.com. The website was designed to provide users access to detailed product and audio systems information, as well as the option for a more interactive experience via incorporated social networking sites and the new ALTO Blog.  

ANODYNE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING CORP.'s Loud Speaker system was once again selected by the Korean Coast Guard. The newest contract is for 700W systems to be set up on the Ka-32 helicopters. 

GREEN MOUNTAIN AVIONICS was named the 2015 Vermont Veteran-Owned Business of the Year. 

ROCKWELL COLLINS released its latest e-book titled "Harnessing the Power of Aviation's Information Age" in conjunction with the Paris Air Show. In addition, ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company, based in Kuwait, selected a suite of Rockwell Collins avionics, including MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar and Multi Mode Receiver, for 85 A320 NEO aircraft.

HONEYWELL AEROSPACE said that Virgin Atlantic Airways will be the first airline to install its new flight management service to help airlines increase efficiency and improve fuel conservation. In addition, Honeywell Aerospace and Inmarsat successfully completed the first phase of hardware and satellite network flight tests for GX Aviation broadband services.

ESTERLINE CMC ELECTRONICS was awarded a contract by IOMAX USA Inc. to supply its Cockpit 4000 avionics suite for the fleet of 24 multi-role Archangel aircraft selected by the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence. 

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. said the Gulfstream G280 recently added to its growing list of city-pair records, this time linking Paris with Abu Dhabi. On April 24, the super mid-sized aircraft traveled from Paris-Le Bourget Airport to Abu Dhabi International Airport in United Arab Emirates. The distance of 2,908 nautical miles/5,386 kilometers was covered in 6 hours and 16 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.82. In addition, IRA BERMAN, senior vice president, administration and general counsel, was named a Legend in Law by The Burton Awards Program, which is held in association with the Library of Congress and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association.

PENTASTAR AVIATION is sponsoring the 33rd annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition, June 19-Aug. 28, at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham. 

VECTOR AEROSPACE, ROCKWELL COLLINS and Airbus Helicopters agreed to jointly develop and market the scalable and flexible Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics solution to upgrade Airbus Helicopters platforms. 

COBHAM SATCOM increased its portfolio of STCs allowing installation of its AVIATOR SwiftBroadband solutions aboard various airframes. 

WOMEN IN AVIATION, INTERNATIONAL declared Sept. 26 as Girls in Aviation Day, where WAI chapters around the world will play host to their own one-day event to attract more young women to the aviation and aerospace communities with a day of activities appealing to girls ages 8 to 16 years of age. 

GARMIN introduced D2 Bravo, a next-generation aviator watch that combines functionality and design to bring pilots and aviation enthusiasts a premium GPS watch. 

WEST STAR AVIATION opened a satellite facility at Chicago Executive Airport and played host to an open house June 17.

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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