Mar. 14, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Convention Begins March 26 in Las Vegas
Don’t miss the biggest training week in the avionics industry; join us in Las Vegas, March 26-29, 2018, for the 61st annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show. If you did not take advantage of either the early-bird or online advance registration process, please note that on-site attendee registration will be available at the MGM Grand Convention Center. The AEA Registration Desk will be open during the following times to begin the show:
  • Sunday, March 25 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, March 26 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 27 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. More...
Study Shows Significant Benefits of CPDLC-DCL During Inclement Weather
According to Robert Randall's column in this month's Avionics News, "The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications-Departure Clearance service, or CPDLC-DCL, at a large number of busy airports. CPDLC-DCL allows Air Traffic Control to send departure clearances through digital communications rather than voice communications. The operator can accept the clearance and insert it into the flight management system with little to no ambiguity of what has been communicated to the flight crew." To read the column in its entirety, click here.
AEA Supports Aviation Workforce Bill
The Aircraft Electronics Association, along with 16 other aviation organizations, recently sent a letter of support to four Senate leaders for introducing the Aviation Maintenance Workforce Development Pilot Program. The proposed legislation is intended to address the workforce shortage in the aviation industry. Leading the effort, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association and a broad cross-section of the aviation industry groups, including the AEA, sent the letter March 5 to Senators James Inhofe (R-Okla.); Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.); Jerry Moran (R-Kan.); and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).  More...
Next Risk-based Certification Forum for Manufacturers set for April 4
In order to assist the aviation industry in understanding these new risk-based tools available for the design, certification and production of aviation products (not limited to avionics), the AEA plays host to this recurrent, quarterly forum to allow for an open discussion with FAA personnel on the application of this invaluable, cost-effective process. Utilizing technology, supporting a global presence, and being conscious of limited budgets, this forum is primarily a web-based meeting. The AEA will offer limited face-to-face opportunities at its international headquarters in Lee's Summit, Missouri, to meet with FAA personnel, primarily from the agency's Kansas City office. Web-based access information will be emailed to the registrants. There is no fee to attend this event or participate online; however, you must register.  More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 26-29, 2018
The annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show is the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. It also is the platform of choice for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to the marketplace. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas. More...
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Prague, Czech Republic
April 24-25, 2018
Save the date for the avionics industry event of the year in Europe. This conference is set for the Prague Marriott Hotel. Online registration is now available through April 17; make your hotel reservation before April 3.  More...
Global Connected Aircraft Summit
San Diego, California
June 4-6, 2018
The Global Connected Aircraft Summit brings together the world’s largest airlines and companies from across the aerospace and avionics industries to assess market lessons, potential demand and best practices in global connected solutions for the passenger, airline efficiency, and cutting-edge services.  More...
Delaware-based ODA Offers its Services Worldwide
The engineering minds at Aerospace Design & Compliance put their expertise to work every day, helping to improve aircraft performance and adding specialized capabilities for passengers, pilots and special-mission operators. The Wilmington, Delaware-based FAA organization designation authorization specializes in supplemental type certificates for rotary-wing and small size through transport category fixed-wing aircraft in the civilian, commercial and military markets. 

“As an ODA, we function as an FAA-designated organization, issuing STCs that support major alterations on Parts 23, 25, 27 and 29 type-certified aircraft,” explained Ken Farsi, managing partner and president of the company. “Our customers don’t have to bring their airplane to us; we can support their modifications and issue STCs for aircraft anywhere in the world regardless of the country of registry.” More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Available in April at AEA International Headquarters
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation
April 23-25, 2018
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. 
ADS-B Broadcast Surveillance: All the Ins and Outs
April 26, 2018
The ADS-B Broadcast Surveillance course is 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. It is designed to provide the student with history, theory of operation, basic implementation, configuration, certification, compliance testing of surveillance systems.
Digital Databus Theory and Analysis Training
April 27, 2018
As today’s modern airplanes become 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
TECHNISONIC announced the development and fielding of its new multipurpose communication port on the TDFM-9000 series radios. 

SOUTHEAST AEROSPACE announced its latest ADS-B solution for the Part 29 market. It has partnered with Peregrine and Air Methods (as the ODA) to provide a panel- and remote-mount fully integrated ADS-B solution for a variety of Part 29 airframes.

BECKER AVIONICS received certification for the company's BXT6500 family Mode S transponder, designed specifically for helicopter operations.

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL is building the first simulator for the new Embraer 190-E2 aircraft. The company also announced a new leadership workshop designed specifically for flight department personnel; Leadership Elements for Flight Department Professionals was developed in conjunction with ServiceElements. In addition, Keith Anderson joined the company as director of engineering for simulation products.

FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS announced that New United Goderich Inc. of Huron Park, Ontario, has amended its Embraer 135/145 aircraft STC to include Honeywell’s RCZ8XXM Mode S Extended Squitter transponders and FreeFlight Systems’ 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor for a complete ADS-B
Out solution.

WEST STAR AVIATION increased its hiring efforts in 2018 by attending job fairs and partnering with Careerwise for its apprenticeship program. These efforts have been strengthened because of their recent expansion efforts and an increased level of business.

MID-CONTINENT INSTRUMENTS AND AVIONICS announced it will continue its decades-long service partnership with BendixKing as an authorized repair partner. This classification authorizes Mid-Continent to perform maintenance, repair, overhaul and exchange service on all BendixKing products.
GARMIN announced the GDL 50, a portable device capable of receiving ADS-B traffic and weather, GPS and aircraft attitude information for display on select portables and mobile devices. Garmin also announced an expanded Connext ecosystem that now includes the website and the FltPlan Go app on Apple and Android mobile devices.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. created a center dedicated to the resolution of aircraft-on-ground issues, providing Gulfstream operators with integrated support and ensuring faster return to service of their grounded aircraft.

RECTRIX AVIATION announced that ARGUS International Inc. recognized the company with its Platinum Rating, the highest safety classification given to aviation operators.

AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED hired Darren Knight as the new parts manufacturer approval manager and appointed Austin Barrett as the engineering change order program manager.

ESTERLINE will provide French air navigation service provider DSNA with more than 200 widescreen 4Kx2K displays for use in its control centers. In addition, Marie-Hélène Emond was named Esterline Avionics Systems’ marketing communications and public relations manager.

DUNCAN AVIATION announced that in April, Pro Line Fusion installations will be in work at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Michigan, and Provo, Utah, locations. Duncan Aviation has 11 CJ3 upgrades completed or in work with a total of 25 commitments.
STANDARDAERO Component Services announced a significant investment and expansion at three of the company’s U.S. sites during 2018 and will increase shop capacity by a total of 260,000 square feet collectively.

VECTOR AEROSPACE, a StandardAero company, was awarded a contract to provide maintenance support for the U.K. Army Air Corps' Gazelle AH Mk1 helicopter fleet at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hants, U.K.

AIRPLUS MAINTENANCE named Robert Zehnder head of customer service and planning. He will oversee all commercial aspects; customer service, CAMO and work planning.

SANDEL AVIONICS announced Larry Riddle will lead the sales and marketing efforts as its new vice president of sales and marketing.

ELLIOTT AVIATION has installed and delivered its first Gogo Avance L5 system. The installation was completed on a Citation Excel, which also had Elliott’s recently approved Garmin ADS-B STC for Honeywell-equipped aircraft included in the work scope.

APEX AVIATION named Val Sutherland as its new facility manager. The company also added more hangar space with an additional 19,000 square feet.

DYNON AVIONICS received its first STC for its flagship SkyView HDX system. The STC’s Approved Model List initially covers many Cessna 172 models.
Looking for a Job in the Avionics Industry?
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the career listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA careers page 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 career listings and see what's on your horizon. Are you up to the challenge? More... 
Need to Post a Job? The AEA Works for You!
Is your business hiring? Looking for a new avionics technician or A&P mechanic? Want to buy or sell a business in the general aviation industry? Post these professional opportunities to a target-rich environment: the AEA's career listings website. For $200 a month, you can place a listing online AND receive a print advertisement in Avionics News for FREE! For more information, contact Lauren McFarland, AEA director of advertising, at
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
3570 NE Ralph Powell Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Phone: 816-347-8400
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Lauren McFarland, director of advertising
Phone: 816-347-8400

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