AEA Convention in Palm Springs Offers Biggest Training Lineup in the Convention's History
In less than two weeks, the 62nd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show gets underway at the Palm Springs Convention Center. It is the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world and is the platform of choice for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to the marketplace in 2019. The event takes place March 25-28, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. There are more than 120 hours and 70 different technical training and professional development courses available for avionics professionals, the most training offered in the convention's history. The on-site registration desk will open in advance of the show on Sunday, March 24.
FlightAware Publishes Report on ADS-B Equipage Rates in U.S.
FlightAware recently published a report on the ADS-B equipage rate in the United States in advance of the Federal Aviation Administration's Jan. 1, 2020, deadline.
The report includes aggregated data for turbine business aircraft registered in the U.S. and reports monthly equipage rates dating back to October 2016. The FlightAware report also includes a current breakdown of equipage by aircraft type. The company announced that it intends to update and publish the report monthly moving forward.
GA Concerns with Canadian ADS-B Out Performance Requirement Mandate
On March 5, the AEA and nine other industry businesses and organizations sent a letter to Nav Canada expressing concerns about one requirement of Nav Canada's recommended ADS-B mandate.
In part, the letter stated: "On behalf of the many general aviation and business aviation companies, operators, the hundreds of thousands of pilots our organizations represent, and manufacturers, we are writing today to express our collective concerns about one requirement of Nav Canada’s recommended ADS-B mandate. We believe that the proposed antenna diversity requirement will have a significant negative impact on Nav Canada’s most cost-sensitive users. As the representatives and advocates of large segments of the Canadian and U.S. aviation industries, we support ADS-B and the efficiency and safety benefits it will provide when it is adopted in a manner that supports general and business aviation on IFR and VFR flights. We do not believe that our concerns, which were voiced during the consultation phase, have been fully considered."
FAA & Industry Rotorcraft Forum Set for May 21-22 in Fort Worth
As a vital participant in the rotorcraft industry, please save the dates of May 21-22, 2019, to attend a two-day forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the certification and installation of new avionics technologies in the rotorcraft market. The aim of the forum is to open the lines of communication between industry and the FAA's Rotorcraft Directorate.
This event takes place at the Tarrant County College's Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics in Fort Worth, Texas. It is a continuation and follow-up on the previous FAA & Industry Rotorcraft Forums that have occurred in recent years. Seating is limited. In order to accommodate as many industry attendees as possible, please limit your company’s attendance to no more than two representatives. Register in advance to attend.
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
International Women in Aviation Conference
Long Beach, California
March 14-16, 2019
Choose from a wide range of education sessions to expand your personal and professional development at the Long Beach Convention Center.
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Palm Springs, California
March 25-28, 2019
Aviation's technology experts will convene March 25-28, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The sold-out exhibit hall will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26-27. Avionics professionals will have access to more than 120 hours of technical training and professional development courses.
Sun 'n Fun International Fly-in Expo
April 2-7, 2019
A six-day event on 2,200 acres offers jet teams, aerospace exhibits, educational forums, aircraft static displays, and daily air shows.
AEA Canada Connect Conference
Sept. 9-10, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 4. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites by Aug. 7.
TGH Aviation Focuses on Sales, Adds Installation Capability
More than 60 years ago, Emery Oxley Sr. began repairing gyroscopes in his home in Riverside, California, under the name The Gyro House. Today, his small business has grown into a full-service Part 145 instrument and component repair station with 25,000 different component repair capabilities.
Located at Auburn Municipal Airport, 40 miles northeast of Sacramento, California, TGH Aviation specializes in repairing aircraft instruments, avionics and fuel management systems for corporate, military, commercial and general aviation aircraft. It also sells new and exchange units. Today, the founder’s son, Emery Oxley Jr., co-owns the repair station with engineer and avionics technician Richard Anderson, who serves as president. Aaron Judd oversees the day-to-day operations as general manager.
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
IFR6000 Operations Training Course
April 26, 2019
This course is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate the IFR6000 to verify and maintain transponder, UAT, TCAS, and DME systems. In-depth training will be provided for testing of ADS-B transponder systems with airborne equipment.
Certified Repair Station Training Course
June 3-7, 2019
This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations. It is for 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
Elliott Aviation received Parts Manufacturing Approval from the FAA to manufacture PRIZM brand LED cabin lighting and electronically dimmable Smart Vision Shades brand electronic window shades. Both products will be sold under the Elliott Technologies brand. PMA certification now allows the company to sell to other 145 repair stations.
Universal Avionics, an Elbit Systems Company, announced that Dror Yahav will be appointed to the position of chief executive officer for the company, effective April 10, 2019. Yahav transitions to CEO as his predecessor, Paul DeHerrera, retires after 25 years of service with UA. UA unveiled a new flight deck specifically designed to support helicopter mission execution at night and during challenging weather conditions. The company present the new InSight Display System for helicopters + Heli-ClearVision EFVS during Heli-Expo. Don Milum was appointed regional sales manager for the Midwestern U.S.
West Star Aviation announced that Mark Crotty has been named the program manager for Embraer at the East Alton facility.
True Blue Power introduced the company’s new, fifth-generation (Gen5) main-ship batteries. The ultra-lightweight, TB20 (20 amp-hour), TB30 (30 amp-hour) and TB40 (40 amp-hour) are the company’s first on-condition, lithium-ion, engine-start batteries.
Garmin received approval of a CASR 175.C Data Service Provider certificate from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, enabling expanded aviation database coverage in Australia. Garmin also received FAA Supplemental Type Certification in several aircraft models for the GFC 500 and GFC 600 autopilots. Garmin also was awarded its 10th best supplier of the year award at the annual Embraer Suppliers Conference in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.
Astronics Corp. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics PECO, was awarded a multi-year contract extension to provide custom manufactured interior and structural components to Boeing for multiple aircraft platforms.
Airbus Helicopters signed a letter of intent with SKYTRAC that will enable helicopters equipped with SKYTRAC real-time data processing and communications hardware to transmit their aircraft and flight data directly to servers on the ground, ensuring the continuous flow of data from the air to the ground for analysis.
Duncan Aviation has more than doubled its aircraft battery shop space to nearly 1,400-square-feet at its Lincoln, Nebraska, location. Joshua H. Chischilly-Keyonnie has accepted the position as manager of its Scottsdale Satellite Avionics Shop in Arizona.
Genesys Aerosystems has teamed up with XP Services with support from Sierra Nevada Corporation in the integration of the IFR HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System as part of the comprehensive UH-60 Black Hawk upgrade program.
FlightSafety International and Air Methods signed an agreement at Heli-Expo 2019 to add a new Level D qualified full flight simulator for the Airbus Helicopters EC145 at the FlightSafety Learning Center in Denver, Colorado.
Metro Aviation announced the delivery of the first Single/Dual Pilot Instrument Flight Rules-capable Airbus EC145e to GundersenAIR in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. Metro also recently outfitted an H125 for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office based in Tampa, Florida. Metro Aviation continues to expand its services with the recent purchase of Guardian Mobility, a Canadian-based provider of solutions for global tracking, voice and data communications, flight data monitoring and analytics services.
KADEX Aero Supply is proud to announce they are now the Canadian distributor for Donaldson Inlet Barrier Filter Systems
Avionica announced that the FAA has granted STC Amendment for its satLINK MAX Iridium SATCOM system on Boeing 777 model aircraft. The STC was granted in conjunction with an STC validation from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD).
Esterline’s CMC Electronics business unit recently signed an agreement with StandardAero to partner on rotorcraft retrofits.
Aero Dynamix announced another aircraft model and STC added to its long list of NVG certifications. The FAA issued STC to ADI for the Bell 505 Night Vision Compatible Lighting System, which is comprised of internal avionics modifications and newly manufactured ELPs.
DAC International announced the renewal of its worldwide partnership agreement for the distribution of the Esterline CMA-6800 LCD Display and GPS sensor products.
StandardAero was the recipient of two awards at the Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Recognition Reception, an annual event held as part of Rolls-Royce's attendance at the 2019 HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta. StandardAero received awards in the categories of “Customer Satisfaction” and “Going Above and Beyond.” StandardAero and Thales announced continued progress in their partnership focused on a new light helicopter autopilot system, with an in-depth market study and design definition now complete and planning underway for the next phase of development.
FreeFlight Systems announced a new radar altimeter display system, the RAD-45. This new display was designed to exceed new trend indicator readout regulations required by EASA for helicopter operations.
Astronautics Corporation of America’s wireless Airborne Communication System (wACS) successfully completed initial ground tests on Airbus Helicopters’ H145 prototype aircraft; Astronautics is providing its AFI 4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instruments to United Rotorcraft as drop-in replacements on two FIREHAWK helicopters operated by the Ventura County Fire Department; the company is scheduled to begin test flying its RoadRunner electronic flight instrument on an Agusta -109 by the end of March.
Flying Colours Corp. is launching a series of recruitment events to attract new and existing talent to the expanding North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions company.
PS Engineering announced that its new PAC45A audio controller now offers unprecedented capability and value.
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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.