Mar. 21, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
What You Need to Know Before Attending the AEA Convention in Las Vegas
Whether you registered in advance or plan to register on-site, the AEA Convention registration desk will be open for your convenience from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas. 

AEA Convention attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to check-in Sunday to avoid the rush prior to the official opening and AEA New Product Introductions session scheduled for Monday, March 26. Go to the advance registration desk located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer if you preregistered. Be sure to bring your yellow registration confirmation receipt with you. If you need to register on-site, follow the signs to the on-site registration.  More...
Watch Live Coverage of AEA Convention
The Aero-News Network will begin its live-streaming coverage of the 61st annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show from Las Vegas on Monday, March 26, at 8:30 a.m. PDT. Watch the opening session as nearly 40 companies will unveil new products and services. 

ANN's live-streaming coverage from Las Vegas continues from the AEA Exhibit Hall Tuesday, March 27, at 1 p.m. PDT, and again Wednesday, March 28, at 1:30 p.m. PDT. Watch... 
FAA Publishes Aerospace Forecast
According to the FAA Aerospace Forecast for fiscal years 2018-2038, the agency projects that the small model hobbyist unmanned aircraft systems fleet will more than double from an estimated 1.1 million vehicles in 2017 to 2.4 million units by 2022. The commercial, small non-model UAS fleet is set to grow from 110,604 in 2017 to 451,800 in 2022. The number of remote pilots is set to increase from 73,673 in 2017 to 301,000 in 2022. In addition to UAS, another rapidly growing aerospace field is the FAA’s licensing, oversight and regulation of commercial space transportation activities. The FAA projects that commercial space launch and re-entry operations may triple from 22 in 2017 to as high as 61 operations in 2020. More...
Next Risk-based Certification Forum for Manufacturers set for April 4
In order to assist the aviation industry in understanding 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...
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a certificated mechanic an "appropriately rated" person to supervise instrument repairs under Part 145? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
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...
The Call After the Storm
Avionics professionals may likely know that Satcom Direct has been a leading innovator and provider of satellite-based communication solutions for personal and business aircraft for more than 21 years. But what you probably don’t know is this rapidly expanding enterprise also provides connectivity solutions to military, government, emergency response, media and other users who depend on reliable, global communications. 

The company’s high level of experience in providing satellite-based communication solutions in unusual situations was put to good use last fall when the Category 5 Hurricane Maria slammed into the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour. 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
DUNCAN AVIATION announced special incentives and Early Adopter packages for Citation Excel and 560XLS operators who want to upgrade their flight deck to Garmin G5000 avionics. Duncan also acquired the MOR repair services of Capital Avionics.

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. invited its authorized dealers and integrators to join its training session during the AEA Convention, Tuesday, March 27, at 9:30 a.m. PDT.

THOMMEN AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT named Thomas Terschlusen director of sales and marketing. In addition, Stéphane Jaquier, chief executive officer, recently revealed an ambitious growth plan for the company with substantial investments in a new line of digital avionics and display solutions.

HONEYWELL is expanding its range of Connected Aircraft offerings and setting a new benchmark with the launch of its newest connectivity solution, the GoDirect Router.
AVMAX recently dry leased one CRJ-200LR msn 7774 to Aviation Resource Services Ltd., Nigeria. It also leased one Fokker F50 msn 20244 to Silverstone Air Services Ltd., Kenya. This is the second F50 delivered to Silverstone, the first being msn 20223. 

CONSTANT AVIATION entered into an agreement naming the company as the launch dealer for the debut of Innov8’s CABINFLEX COMMAND and CAST cabin control and entertainment product solutions.

FLYING COLOURS CORP. officially opened the doors of its new St. Louis, Missouri, facility.

ASPEN AVIONICS and Sensurion Aerospace announced a co-development partnership that will bring certified avionics to the burgeoning UAS and unmanned air-taxi marketplace. Aspen Avionics’/Sensurion’s focus is on FAA certified autopilots, communications, navigation, and surveillance systems, for small, medium, and large UAS, including future cargo and passenger carrying aircraft.
STANDARDAERO company Vector Aerospace Africa (Pty.) Ltd. in Lanseria, Johannesburg, South Africa, has secured EASA aircraft maintenance organization AMO certification for its engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. 

JEPPESEN announced the continued integration of data services for business aviation operators with the introduction of Jeppesen’s global digital terminal chart data to the Honeywell GoDirect Flight Bag Pro electronic flight bag platform.

ELLIOTT AVIATION announced the addition of Gulfstream G150, Gulfstream 100, 1125 Westwind Astra and Astra SPX to its Wi-Fi STC ST03292CH. The FAA STC covers the activation and use of Wi-Fi products and allows for blanket approval of the activation of newer Wi-Fi bands like AC. Elliott Aviation is currently installing a Gogo Avance L3 system on a Westwind Astra.

CHICAGO JET GROUP received FAA approval of AML STC ST03262-CH for complete FANS 1/A+ system installations that incorporate the Latitude DL150 Satellite Data Unit onto 12 additional business jet 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
Fax: 816-347-8405
Lauren McFarland, director of advertising
Phone: 816-347-8400

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