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June 8, 2016
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The Current 
News from the general aviation industry
FAA logo FAA Unveils Incentive for General Aviation Aircraft Owners to Equip with ADS-B Out Avionics 
On Monday, June 6, the Federal Aviation Administration announced  a $500 rebate incentive 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 announcement was made by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker. According to the FAA, the rebates will be available this fall, and the FAA will announce the specific date soon. The 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.  More...  

Online Resource Offers Answers to Questions about the FAA's ADS-B Rebate Program 
Following the FAA's announcement of its ADS-B rebate program, the agency published an online resource that includes answers to some frequently asked questions. Why is the FAA implementing the program? When will the program be implemented? If an aircraft owner purchases avionics now, could they be eligible for the rebate? Who is eligible for the rebate? How can people keep updated? The answers to these questions and many others are available on the FAA's Equip ADS-B website. More...

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2016 AEA Convention Regulatory Recap
In this month's Avionics News, Ric Peri offers a complete regulatory recap of the key issues discussed at the AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, April 27-30.  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 an afternoon of networking and industry information. It will provide avionics repair stations the opportunity for discussion on 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 the AEA Latin America Connect Roundtable in Bogota. More...

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Vic Avionics has Unexpected Beginning
Victor Lopez's idea to open an avionics business began as part of a university pro ject with the assignment to look for and evaluate a business opportunity in any industry. Lopez chose avionics, a sector he knew well.  He had served nine years in the Mexican Air Force as an avionics specialist working on the Bell 212, Bell 206B, MD 530 and other aircraft. Even as he attended Universidad Interamericana del Norte, Lopez worked for civilian aviation maintenance shops, earning money to help pay for school.  It turns out that the university project would be the blueprint for Lopez's future. In 2008, a few years after earning his engineering degree in communications and electronics in Chihuahua, Lopez returned to Mexico City and took his project live, starting Vic Avionics in a small space at Mexico City International 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

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. named CAREY MILLER to the newly created position for director, corporate programs and business development. 

SATCOM DIRECT received the initial STC from the FAA allowing installation of the SD WiFi Hub on Citation CJ3 aircraft. In addition,  Satcom Direct was the first business aviation distribution partner to transmit data over Inmarsat's new Ka-band Global Xpress network via the Inmarsat-5 F-1, F-2 and F-3 satellites; now, it is the first to activate Jet ConneX service for business aviation customers. Satcom Direct also said it enhanced its SD GeoServices with the addition of premium Route Alerts technology. 

JET AVIATION ST. LOUIS earned the Diamond Award for Excellence in the Aviation Maintenance Technician Program from the FAA for the fourth consecutive year. 

PACIFIC COAST AVIONICS celebrated its 25th anniversary on June 1. 

DAC INTERNATIONAL, a Greenwich  AeroGroup company, received Part 25 AML STC for the Esterline CMA-6800 Display for the Hawker 800/800XP/1000, Bombardier's Challenger 601-3A/3R, Dash 8-100/200/300 and its 415 Superscooper, Cessna Citation 650, Dassault Falcon 900, Fokker 50 and the Gulfstream III. 

VECTOR AEROSPACE secured a contract from Aero Asahi to perform an Airbus Helicopters AS355 F2 12-year major inspection, including wiring, refurbishment and exterior paint. The company also announced the completion of a 7,500-hour major inspection ("G-check") and 12-year major inspection for an Airbus Helicopters AS332 L1 Super Puma helicopter operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. In addition, Vector Aerospace said that the EASA granted design organization approval to its U.K. division. Finally, the company received FAA STC approval for a new ADS-B solution, which is applicable for installation on the Airbus Helicopters AS332, Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW139 and Sikorsky S-76 series of helicopters

SPIRIT AERONAUTICS announced that beginning July 1, customers will be able to lock-in their ADS-B upgrade and ensure the required equipment is reserved for their aircraft. 

ACR ELECTRONICS is celebrating 60 years of manufacturing this year with various celebrations. 

GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION named the organizations to receive the company's highest dealer honor for 2015 -- the Gogo Business Aviation 51,000 Five: Constant Aviation; Duncan Aviation; Gulfstream; Textron Aviation; and West Star Aviation. 

FLIGHT SAFETY INTERNATIONAL will offer Satcom Direct's AeroIT certification preparation course. 

TRUENORTH AVIONICS introduced, the company's new airborne connectivity service. will be aviation's first hybrid cloud solution designed to amplify bandwidth and enhance the in-flight connectivity experience to be more like on the ground. In addition, TrueNorth Avionics said its Simiphonē airborne connectivity system was selected for a Gulfstream G650 completion.

DUNCAN AVIATION said it is making a significant investment to stage critical tooling and turbine engine support equipment in Mexico to ensure the quickest response to the most common and urgent requests from business aviation operators. 

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS named HEIDI WOOD vice president and chief analytics officer. 

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. named COLIN MILLER vice president of Flight Operations. 

FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS said the FAA granted it a Section 333 exemption for the purpose of testing avionics specifically related to unmanned aircraft systems integration into the national airspace system. 

WEST STAR AVIATION was named an authorized dealer for SmartSky 4G equipment sales and installation. 

HELITRAK named CHRIS NEHLS president. 

WESTERN AIRCRAFT, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that it is the first Pilatus authorized service center in the U.S. to complete a Life Extension Program on a Pilatus PC-12. 

STANDARDAERO's Augusta, Georgia, MRO facility delivered its first Falcon 50EX Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 integrated cockpit avionics upgrade in early June. 

TRUE BLUE POWER and Avmax announced the receipt of a Transport Canada Civil Aviation Part 23 STC for installation of the True Blue Power TB44 (46 amp hour) lithium-ion aircraft battery on Viking Air DHC-6 aircraft, commonly known as the Twin Otter. The two companies have applied for FAA approval of the same Part 23 STC. 

As of 3-9-2016 Mystery Make & Model
Guess the make and model -- enter for chance to win $100 Visa gift card

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Congratulations to Jerry Johnson of Duncan Aviation in Las Vegas, Nevada, who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for knowing the correct product make and model featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired.

The correct answer was a BendixKing KTR-909.

Avionics technicians can put their "inside" knowledge to work in the next issue of AEA Wired. Stay tuned for the next Mystery Make & Model challenge!

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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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