June 30, 2021
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Spotlights New Aerospace Academy with FAA Administrator
On Monday, June 28, AEA President and CEO Mike Adamson, along with a group of education, government and economic development officials, met with Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Steve Dickson at Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a career-focused academy designed to prepare high school students for high-demand professional careers.

For more than two years, the AEA has partnered with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and the University of Central Missouri to help develop the Aerospace Academy that will open for the 2021-2022 school year. As a result of this work and the program’s launch this year, high school students will learn flight and electronic principles as juniors and then focus on one of seven different career tracks as seniors. The career tracks include: aerospace engineering; avionics; professional pilot; aviation maintenance; drone pilot; aviation management; and military aviation. More...
FAA Accepts AEA's Avionics Technician Apprenticeship Program
Program meets regulatory compliance for issuance of repairman certificate
During the June 23 regulatory session at the 64th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Dallas, Texas, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it has accepted the AEA's avionics technician apprenticeship program to satisfy regulatory compliance for the issuance of a repairman certificate. The announcement was made to convention attendees by Jackie L. Black, manager of the FAA's Aircraft Maintenance Division.

"After careful review of the AEA avionics technician apprenticeship program, we find that this program will assess the competencies of the avionics technician," wrote Black in a June 16, 2021, letter to the AEA. "We agree that successful completion of this program will meet the intent of the regulation stated in 14 CFR section 65.101 (a)(5)(ii) for the issuance of a repairman's certificate." To view the FAA's letter, click here.

The announcement by the FAA follows prior approval of the AEA's avionics technician apprenticeship program from the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship. Click here to read Bulletin 2020-12 published Oct. 31, 2019, which gave approval of the competency-based occupational framework that meets industry standards for an avionics technician. More...
Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program Now Accepting Applications
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the process for eligible businesses to apply for payroll assistance under the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection program, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was enacted March 11, 2021.

The statute establishes three categories of businesses that are eligible to receive payroll assistance under this program. To be eligible, a business must meet at least one of the following three criteria:

  • Businesses that actively manufacture an aircraft, aircraft engine, propeller, or a component, part, or systems of an aircraft or aircraft engine under a Federal Aviation Administration production approval. The term ‘‘active’’ is defined in FAA Order 8120.23A, Sec. 3–3(b), and means that ‘‘FAA has issued a new production approval, or the PAH (production approval holder) has produced and/or shipped products or articles within the past 12 months.’’ 
  • Businesses that hold a certificate issued under Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 145, for maintenance, repair, and overhaul of aircraft, aircraft engines, components, or propellers.
  • Businesses that operate a process certified under SAE AS9100 related to the design, development, or provision of an aviation product or service, including a part, component, or assembly. More...
AEA Recognizes Members for Training Commitment
45 companies receive AEA Avionics Training Excellence Award
The Aircraft Electronics Association announced the recipients of the annual Avionics Training Excellence Award, which recognizes AEA member companies for their total commitment to continued education as evidenced by participation in AEA-approved training. A total of 45 member companies received the 2020 AEA Avionics Training Excellence Award.

For a member company to be eligible for the AEA Avionics Training Excellence Award, all its technicians must have completed at least one AEA-approved training event in the previous year, which includes in-person courses conducted at AEA headquarters; the AEA International Convention & Trade Show; the AEA Connect Conferences; the Avionics News Technical Training Exam; online training via the AEA's Aerospace Education Resource Online (AERO) system; AEA virtual-live training courses; original equipment manufacturer training from AEA member companies; and AEA partner training. More...
Prepare for the AET Certification Exam
If you are not quite ready to take the AET test, AEA has you covered.

Avotek, an AEA member and training partner, offers online courses to help avionics technicians prepare for the AET exam and is offering a member discount of 40% off.

The Fundamentals of Aircraft Electronics Part I - Electricity and Electronics and The Fundamentals of Aircraft Electronics Part II - Maintenance Practices and Aircraft Fundamentals are the essential guides to aircraft electronics associated with AET certification.

To access the coupon codes, you will need to be logged in to the AEA website. AEA members get 40% off each course with the coupon codes. More...
Podcast: EAA CEO/Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton Previews AirVenture Oshkosh 2021
The countdown to AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 is in full swing, and EAA Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton offers a preview into the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. While some areas may look different at Oshkosh this year, the feeling will be the same as the aviation community reunites to celebrate flight. Tune in for a glimpse at how planning for this year’s event is taking off in this episode of AEA Amplified, sponsored by Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog Company.

Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Podbean or Spotify. More...
Electrifying Aircraft
An electric engine designed to retrofit the venerable Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6 on de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beavers and Cessna Caravans may be operating in commercial service by 2024. The Seattle-area-based magniX has developed an electric engine that is being tested for use on long certified aircraft being used in commercial service. It has already performed initial flight tests on what is known as an eBeaver and an eCaravan.

The same 750-horsepower magni500 propulsion system is being tested on both airframes. The 560-kilowatt engine only weighs 293 pounds and delivers 2,075 foot-pounds of continuous torque with a base speed of 1,900 rpm and a maximum speed of 2,600 rpm. It is being developed to run on either a lithium-ion battery or a hydrogen fuel cell. More...
General Aviation Joint Steering Committee Continues Safety Work
The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee, a public–private partnership with the goal of improving general aviation safety, used the COVID-19-related break from in-person meetings to increase outreach to the general aviation community and pursue other important initiatives.

The GAJSC is a data-driven organization, using general aviation accident data to determine the risks associated with different types of flying. The working group then prioritizes risks to determine workstream, focusing on highest risks where the group’s efforts can make meaningful impact.

The GAJSC’s efforts were recently highlighted in the April 5 FAA General Aviation Safety Town Hall by Glen Martin, vice president of safety and technical training for the agency’s Air Traffic Organization, and panelists representing FAA and industry. The panel noted the marked decrease of GA fatal accidents over the past decade, in part due to risk-based safety measures recommended by the GAJSC and implemented by the industry and the FAA. More...
Singular Success
PS Engineering focuses on audio answers
No one can predict the future with precision, but people who know where they are going can accurately plot the waypoints that led them to where they are today. Before delving into questions about PS Engineering and its singular focus on audio avionics, Mark Scheuer, the S in the company’s name, wanted to share his waypoints, answering a lot of questions in the process.

“When I was 9 years old, my cousin – he was 11 – wrapped wire around a nail, connected a battery, and made a magnet,” Scheuer said. “That blew my mind and led me to get my ham radio license at 13; I got my Morse code up to 20 words per minute and got my extra amateur radio license in 1976.” More...
Neal Aviation Expands its Southern California Repair Station
Garrett Neal grew up surrounded by family businesses, so it felt inevitable to him that he would start his own company someday. An aspiring pilot in Southern California in 2007, Neal began working on airplanes in his mid-20s, performing pitot-static checks out of the back of his car while progressing through his ratings and endorsements. When his side business quickly grew into the more complex tasks of instrument and avionics installations, Neal opened an avionics shop in a 3,000-square-foot hangar at Gillespie Field in San Diego County.

Today, nearly 15 years later, Neal Aviation is an FAA Part 145 certified repair station specializing in custom avionics primarily for corporate aircraft operators but also for general aviation and special mission aircraft. More...
A Conversation With...
Paul Moats of Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems
For operators, a grounded aircraft is a logistics nightmare. Highly paid C-suite executives have little patience when their packed schedules begin unraveling, pressuring the pilot to solve the issue fast. When a mysterious gremlin lurks behind the panel threatening an even longer delay, technicians who can flush out the troublemaker are instant superheroes.

As AOG maintenance director for Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems, Paul Moats leads a team of superheroes who respond to some 2,500 to 3,600 grounded aircraft calls a year. They specialize in Part 135 and Part 91 business jets operated by charter companies, businesses, and private owners. Based in multiple locations that serve customers throughout the United States, the team is also able to dispatch around the world when needed. More...
Picture This: NASA's Supersonic Cockpit
When an observer in a National Aeronautics and Space Administration King Air cabin sees oncoming traffic on a camera display before the pilot flying the aircraft notices anything out the window, the technology is ready for use on a new NASA X-plane.

Could a cockpit be closed with pilots relying primarily on a display screen rather than a window to see what’s happening in front of the aircraft? Yes, it can.

NASA has been experimenting with a high-resolution camera and display in its Beechcraft King Air UC-12B. It is developing an eXternal Vision System, or XVS, as the keystone to the cockpit of its X-59 QueSST (quiet supersonic technology) aircraft. The X-59 is set to fly next year for the first time. The XVS is needed to overcome an obstacle in the customized shape of the X-59 fuselage: an elongated nose that blocks the pilot’s downward view. More...
Registration Open for AEA Connect Conferences
The AEA has unveiled the dates and locations for its 2021 Connect Conferences in the United States. Online registration is available for both attendees and exhibitors. The annual AEA Connect Conferences are two-day events that personally connect general aviation industry professionals. The schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 29-30: AEA East (Orlando, Florida)
  • Oct. 27-28: AEA West (Reno, Nevada)

The AEA continues to monitor travel restrictions and guidance from authorities around the world and will make a determination whether Connect Conferences can take place in Europe, Canada, and South Pacific. More...
Last Chance: 2020 GA and Part 135 Activity Survey
FAA survey measures safety, determines funding, and informs the impact of aviation on the economy
The Federal Aviation Administration’s 43rd annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is available but will be coming to an end soon, reporting on calendar year 2020. The GA Survey is the only source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft.

Data from this survey are used by governmental agencies and industry to:

  • Compute safety metrics, such as fatal accidents rates. 
  • Understand the impact of the GA industry on jobs, economic output, and investments in aviation infrastructure. 
  • Track the success of safety initiatives, including avionics recommendations. 
  • Determine funding for infrastructure and service needs.
  • Assess the impact of regulatory changes.

The FAA and industry need accurate data on a broad range of aircraft. Participation is voluntary, and everyone who is contacted is encouraged to respond to the survey so that all aviation activity is represented. If you have questions, contact Tetra Tech at 800-826-1797 or email infoaviationsurvey@tetratech.com.
Request Your FREE AEA Pilot’s Guide
The AEA Pilot’s Guide is a consumer’s directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies. In addition to a complete directory of AEA-member government-certified repair stations, avionics manufacturers and distributors located in more than 40 countries, the publication features educational articles to help pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions. Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy while supplies last.

In addition, the AEA introduced its Pilot's Guide Showcase, an all-new digital stage highlighting everything from features and functions of the latest avionics equipment to the installation and service available from AEA member repair stations. Located at PilotsGuideShowcase.net and specifically designed for avionics consumers such as general aviation pilots and aircraft owners, the digital platform features product demonstrations, how-to videos, select tutorials via recorded flight demonstrations and spotlights AEA's network of technology experts.
AERO: AEA's Online Training Platform
The AEA’s new online training platform called AERO, short for the Aerospace Education Resource Online system, allows users to train at their own pace with the ability to pause and resume courses at their convenience. In addition, AERO operates like a personal learning management system with a history of training and the ability to print certificates from completed courses.

All previous online training from the AEA has been migrated to AERO and is available exclusively to AEA members at aea.net/aero with a member login and password. AEA AERO will continue to add content to help members accomplish their training goals. Members with questions about the new AERO online training system may contact Aaron Ward directly at aaronw@aea.net. More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Congratulations to Eric Shimp of Jefferson City Flying Service, who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for submitting the correct answer in this month's Mystery Make and Model challenge featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired. The unit is a KT-79.

Avionics technicians can put their "inside" knowledge to work in the next issue of AEA Wired, so stay tuned for the next Mystery Make and Model challenge! All correct answers submitted throughout 2021 will be entered to win a random drawing for a $500 Visa gift card at the end of the year, also from Southeast Aerospace.
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 26-Aug. 1, 2021
For seven days from sunrise to well past sunset, your Oshkosh day is filled with thrilling displays of aerobatics, informative programs and hands-on workshops, diverse aircraft spanning all eras of flight, evening programs, and much more. Fun for the whole family that you’ll find only in Oshkosh is waiting for you at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration! More...
AOPA Aviator Showcase
Manassas, Virginia (Aug. 27, 2021)
Fort Worth, Texas (Oct. 1, 2021)
Aug. 27, 2021
This event is designed to connect pilots and aircraft owners with the aviation industry’s vast array of products, services, aircraft, and equipment. The one-day gathering features an exhibit hall with an aircraft sales display and technology-related seminars. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders in avionics and cockpit technology, flight planning, weather resources and aircraft manufacturing. More...
AEA East Connect Conference
Orlando, Florida
Sept. 29-30, 2021
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside. Advance registration is open for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. More...
AEA West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Oct. 27-28, 2021
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Grand Sierra Resort. Advance registration is open for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Digital Databus Theory & Analysis
July 6, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (13 seats remain)
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.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft (7 seats remain)
July 7-9, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This in-person course is targeted for the homebuilder or avionics technician who wants to learn about performing an avionics installation in an experimental aircraft. The class focuses on the Garmin G3X Touch system, and a simplified example harness is constructed as part of the hands-on portion of the class. While the G3X Touch system is the primary focus, the wiring principles and general guidance can be applied to any experimental avionics system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche, this class has something for everyone.
Inflight Connectivity Foundations
(New course: 15 seats remain)
Aug. 3, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
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 support inflight connectivity system installations and maintenance. This eight-hour training enables aircraft technicians and operators to gain understanding on the basic airborne networks, IFC systems, and the services they provide.
Certified Repair Station Training (3 seats remain)
Aug. 9-13, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations. Current quality managers, technicians, mechanics, and repairmen who are involved in the management of a repair station as well as individuals looking to establish a 14 CFR Part 145 repair station should attend.
Aircraft Instrument Systems
Aug. 17-18, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (15 seats remain)
This course is designed for avionics technicians or apprentices who want to learn more about aircraft instrument systems and better understand their operation, installation considerations, and maintenance to become more effective troubleshooters. From simple mechanical gauges to complex electrical and electronic systems, this course covers nearly every instrument system in an aircraft.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (4 seats remain)
Aug. 23-25, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
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.
Basic Pitot-Static & Transponder Theory, Testing & Troubleshooting (6 seats remain)
Aug. 26-27, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for entry-level avionics technicians or those looking for basic training on pitot-static and aircraft transponder systems. This two-day course covers the history and theory of operation of pitot-static instruments and transponders, as well as system setup, hands-on testing, and the troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks.
Primary Flight Display Installation & Integration (15 seats remain)
Sept. 8-10, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
Technicians will learn how to plan, install, interface, configure and check out an installation of a primary flight display, EHSI and GPS/nav/comm consisting of dual Garmin GI 275, a Garmin GTN 650 touch screen, and a Garmin GTX 345 transponder. Designed for technicians who have experience with avionics installation practices and are looking for more training integrating common general aviation installations.
Bench Basics 101 (New course: 14 seats remain)
Sept. 13-14, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice, familiar with basic soldering skills and are looking for experience in LRU bench testing and avionics troubleshooting. Bench testing Nav, VHF comm and transponders will be the focus of study. Technicians will fabricate a general-purpose test panel that they will use in the course. Attendees will keep their fabricated test panel upon course completion.
Transponder Service Training
(New course: 14 seats remain)
Sept. 15, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in transponder LRU bench testing, transponder flight line testing and aircraft troubleshooting. ADS-B transponders systems will be the focus of study. Attendees will keep their fabricated wire harness upon course completion.
Nav/Comm Equipment Service Training
(New course: 14 seats remain)
Sept. 16, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in avionics flight line testing, LRU bench testing and aircraft troubleshooting. VOR, localizer, glideslope, marker beacon and VHF comms will be the focus of study.
Pitot-Static, Transponder, and ADS-B: Testing & Inspection
(12 seats remain)
Sept. 17, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder tests and inspections. 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics was named an authorized repair station for Axnes PNG wireless intercom products in the United States. Mid-Continent expects to provide service and support capabilities for Axnes customers by October 2021. This will include warranty and non-warranty repair and exchange services, technical support, installation and configuration assistance, product training, troubleshooting, diagnostics and AOG services for the complete Axnes PNG product line.

True Blue Power was awarded a contract by The Boeing Company to supply TB30 and TB40 Gen5 lithium-ion aircraft batteries for the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling program.

Appareo announced a new 4K ultra-high-definition Airborne Image Recording System, model AIRS-400, that is equipped for cellular data offload. In addition to recording 4K Ultra HD video, AIRS-400 captures pilot intercom system audio, ambient audio, and detailed flight data.

Garmin received FAA STC approval for the GFC 600 digital autopilot in Cessna 441 aircraft. The GFC 600 digital autopilot designed for high-performance piston single and twin-engine aircraft, and also provides an advanced autopilot solution for both jet and turbine aircraft that have a wide range of speed and performance characteristics. Garmin also announced that its updates for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument have been granted STC approval by the FAA. These updates add several enhancements and new capabilities to GI 275.

Honeywell was selected by Lilium to develop the 7-Seater Lilium Jet’s avionics and flight control systems. Also, Honeywell unveiled a new rate sensor specifically intended to help small satellites navigate increasingly crowded orbits above the Earth’s surface. Honeywell also was selected as an authorized value-added reseller for SmartSky Networks’ air-to-ground services for North American business aviation operators.

Gogo Business Aviation named the organizations to receive the company’s highest dealer honor for 2020 – the Gogo Business Aviation 51,000 Five. Recipients include: Duncan Aviation; Elliott Aviation; StandardAero; Textron Aviation; and West Star Aviation. Gogo Business Aviation also completed several key milestones as it continues to develop its 5G air-to-ground network and onboard equipment.

MyGoFlight's SKYDISPLAY received FAA STC certification for its SKYDISPLAY HUD system. SKYDISPLAY aligns critical flight information with the pilots outside view and provides head-up guidance cues based on the information contained in the aircraft’s primary flight instruments. Also, the company announced a new line of USB chargers called INFINITYPOWER that are the only two-part panel-mount power solutions solving the problem of USB charger quick obsolescence.

Latitude Technologies Corp. was selected for Chicago Jet Group’s InSight Display Solution for Falcon 900B business jets. Also, Latitude Technologies announced that its DL150 Satellite Data Unit was integrated by Chicago Jet Group as a core connectivity element in its NextGen Pro•Link solution and respective STC.

ALTO Aviation introduced a new fit-compatible solution that replaces obsolete Baker passenger controls with new direct-replacement ALTO Cadence switch panels. In addition, ALTO Cadence Switch Series has been installed in over 250 business jets including Gulfstream, Falcon, Bombardier, and Citation aircraft.

Avidyne Corp. announced the receipt of FAA STC approval for the new SkyTrax200 Dual-Band ADS-B In receiver.

Flight Data Systems announced an STC, gained through SKYTRAC, for the SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder on an H145 twin-engine medium utility-transport helicopter. The STC will enable the installation of multiple variants of the TSO-certified SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder platform.

Trimec Aviation announced a new FANS/CPDLC/LPV solution for the G200. The company has been working alongside Chicago Jet Group to provide a better solution to G200 customers.

Mid-Canada Mod Center is upgrading a Dassault Falcon 50 flight deck to improve situational awareness, enhance safety and extend the aircraft’s life. The aircraft is undergoing a two-phase upgrade process to remove legacy CRTs and replace them with the Universal Avionics InSight Display System. Planned completion time for the first phase is Q4 this year.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies debuted its HDMI 2.0 Locking Cable Assemblies – the latest in high-performance HDMI cable assemblies for aircraft cabin management. Fully qualified to support 4K ultra-high-definition displays at 60 Hz, these cable assemblies are made to order in customer-specified lengths. The cables can also be configured with or without locking accessories to secure against vibration and ensure reliable performance in an aircraft cabin environment.

Blackhawk Aerospace has expanded its portfolio of products and services. Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies Inc., a newly formed business entity, has acquired all assets from Columbia Avionics & Aircraft Services Inc. based at the Columbia, Missouri, Regional Airport.

Shadin Avionics introduced new avionics modernization COTS products at the AEA Convention, allowing for cost-effective updates to obsolete avionics systems.

Universal Avionics named Christopher (Chris) Whelchel chief financial officer.

Aspen Avionics announced that The AIRO Group and Stantec GenerationAV formed a strategic partnership to provide advanced UAS aerial and autonomous platform solutions to the marketplace.

FreeFlight Systems announced the RA6500 radar altimeter will begin flight testing ahead of schedule. The RA6500, part of the Terrain Series which also features the RA500 and RA7500, each designed for specific segments of aviation, will commence testing in a Cessna 182 aircraft.

EDMO Distributors signed a distribution agreement with Flight Data Systems.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced a lower cabin altitude for the all-new Gulfstream G700.

Spirit Aeronautics was selected as the first authorized distributor for L3Harris Technologies’ Flight Data Connect and Express Readout services for North America.

L3Harris Technologies’ EFD-750 Electronic Flight Display received AML-STC certification from the FAA, which enables the display to be installed on a variety of aircraft platforms as a retrofit solution. In addition, L3Harris Technologies’ ESI-500 Electronic Standby Instrument was selected for standard production on the Bristell B23 aircraft made by Czech Republic-headquartered BRM AERO. Also, the International Air Transport Association awarded L3Harris Technologies a five-year agreement to extend and develop the Flight Data eXchange Program as part of IATA’s industry data sharing platform – Global Aviation Database Management.
Carolina GSE announced its new partnership with Sesame Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of high-temperature aviation ground support solutions.

uAvionix conducted a milestone technology demonstration flight at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The 40-mile demonstration flight, witnessed by the NP UAS TS leadership team, combined the VTOL flight control capabilities of the new uAvionix George autopilot with the latest iteration of SkyLine, uAvionix’s purpose-built managed C2 infrastructure using three terrestrial skyStation Ground Radio Systems. Also, For the second time in as many quarters, uAvionix has certified a micro-transponder with the Department of Defense Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe Program Office.

Trig Avionics announced that its Trig TN70 GPS position source was added to a Trig transponder on the Sally B, Europe's last remaining airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress.

Elliott Aviation promoted Bill Forbes to director of avionics sales. The company also hired Gerrod Andresen as director of aviation products and programs at its headquarters in Moline, Illinois.

Jupiter Avionics Corp. revealed new product additions, including the JA95-091 Audio Controller at the AEA Convention in Dallas and celebrated its 10th anniversary as a company and 10th time presenting new products at AEA.

SmartSky Networks announced the completion of all technical milestones and the opening of the first fully operational coverage zone of its next-generation in-flight communications network, enabling route-based flight demonstrations and marking an inflection point on its path to certification and commercial launch later this year.

Carpenter Avionics is expanding its list of specialized services to now include providing custom aircraft interior refurbishing and completions by partnering with Speed & Design, a design, fabrication and installation service provider for custom automobiles.

West Star Aviation announced Randy Miller as its technical sales manager for the Challenger/Global division at the Grand Junction, Colorado, location. West Star also named Craig Duncan as Textron project manager at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, facility. In addition, West Star announced a successful strategic partnership with Collins Aerospace in completing a CJ 1+ STC for a Pro Line Fusion upgrade including all of the Fusion optional items.

Metro Aviation recently celebrated the retirement of Mike Evans, a sheet metal technician with the company for 20 years. Managing Director Milton Geltz presented him with a commemorative wrench fabricated in Metro’s machine shop.

SKYTRAC signed a long-term agreement with Airbus Helicopters Inc. that will enable customers to select SKYTRAC avionics on newly purchased helicopters including the H145, H160, H175 and H225 models. Also, SKYTRAC announced that Diamond Aircraft will feature SKYTRAC’s SDL-350 Satellite Communications solution as a customer option for broadband Iridium Certus connectivity and onboard server capabilities.

Duncan Aviation added three new team members. Hector Soto joins the turbine engine service sales team; the new Director & Associate General Counsel is Kramer L. Lyons; and J. Alejandro Díaz Reyes as Central-Bajio and Northeast Mexico territory manager. Duncan Aviation also announced that Logan McCabe will lead the team at the company’s newest satellite repair station in the Washington, D.C., area.

Peregrine's AML STC was approved for Aviation Clean Air pathogen disinfection system installations.

Innovative Solutions & Support is raising delivery rates on its Utilities Management System for the Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to support rising demand for the aircraft. IS&S’s UMS is standard equipment on every production PC-24.

Satcom Direct confirmed it is building on the success of initial aerial testing of its Plane Simple antenna series with the installation of the advanced technology tail-mount antenna on a second aircraft type, the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX.

Banyan promoted Abby Self to store manager at Banyan Pilot Shop.

Clay Lacy Aviation received an EASA Part 145 maintenance organization certification approval, which authorizes the company to provide maintenance services on business jets that are registered in member countries of the European Union.

JETTECH announced an enhanced equipment package for its Garmin touchscreen GTN 650/750 GPS/nav/comm STC’d installations on Cessna CJ model 525 Series aircraft. The company also announced the approval of an FAA STC for its Garmin G600 TXi installation on Cessna Citation Jet model 525 series aircraft with serial numbers 0001 through 0359.

Straight Flight launched its new website to support business, military and commercial aircraft owner and operator maintenance, modification, and repair requirements.

StandardAero was selected by Embraer to provide MRO services for Pratt & Whitney Canada APS 2300 auxiliary power units enrolled in the aircraft manufacturer’s Pool Program. The agreement also covers support of associated APS 2300 line replaceable units enrolled in Embraer’s Pool Program. Also, StandardAero was selected by a number of Exchange Income Corporation’s air operators to provide support services for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100, PT6A and JT15D engines.
AEA Jobs Board Offers Free Resume Posting
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the job listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA jobs board provides informational links on how to get AET certified, an avionics technician job summary and wage review, along with scholarship opportunities within the industry. Search the AEA's job listings and see what's on your horizon. Free resume posting is available. Are you up to the challenge? More...
Are You Hiring? The AEA Works for You!
Is your business hiring? The AEA jobs board makes it easier for AEA members to find their next avionics technician, quality manager, inspector, sales representative or engineer.

AEA members may submit a free job posting after entering their username and password at AEA.net/Jobs. Member companies that optionally choose to upgrade their job posting for a premium will have preferred online placement and also will be published in the next edition of Avionics News. For more information about premium job listings, contact Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive, at rachelh@aea.net.
About the AEA
Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in more than 40 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
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