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Aircraft Electronics Association - AEA Wired
March 25, 2015
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The Current 

News from the general aviation industry



AEA Convention Exhibit Hall is Sold Out 

More than 130 companies plan to showcase their products and services during the AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Dallas, Texas. The four-day event takes place April 8-11, with the exhibit hall open the middle two days of April 9 and 10. The AEA recently announced that the exhibit hall is sold out, and attendees also will witness the unveiling of 30 new products introduced to the general aviation avionics industry during the event's New Product Introductions session, which takes place April 8. The event's official social media hashtag is #AEA15. More...



FAA logo 2014 General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey

The 37th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey will begin in the near future. 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 infoaviationsurvey@tetratech.com


Aviation Insurance 101

Do you have the proper insurance to protect your business? As a business owner, there are many things to consider. Among some of the most important items would be how to protect your business as you grow. This is true regardless of how big or how long you've been in business. A good avionics repair shop is constantly evaluating the cost to do business. The lower the cost, the more competitive the shop's pricing can be to the aviation consumer. One incurred overhead cost is insurance. Learn more about this topic in this month's Avionics News. More...


Regulatory Update

All the latest from the international aviation authorities


Frequently Asked Questions in the U.S.
What is the meaning of "temporarily transport material, equipment and personnel" in the context of work performed at another location on a recurring basis? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. More...    

External Access to Transport Canada Guidance and Policies Removed
The Canadian government has begun to implement website policies and centralize the management of them. The intent is to merge all federal departments and agencies into one website access at canada.ca. More...

On the Radar 

Upcoming AEA and industry events


AEA International Convention & Trade Show, April 8-11
The four-day event begins Wednesday, April 8, in Dallas, Texas. Attendees may register on-site at Marriott's Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine (Dallas), Texas.  More... 

International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, April 21-23
The FAA's Rotorcraft Directorate will host the 2015 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, April 21-23, 2015, at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas, a Fort Worth suburb. The conference will feature presentations, exhibits, break-out sessions and speeches from leaders in the helicopter community. The purpose of the conference is to reduce the national helicopter accident rate, particularly in the personal/private, instructional/training and aerial application industries. More...

AEA Europe Regional Meeting, May 5-6
The first AEA Regional Meeting of 2015 takes place in Barcelona, Spain, May 5-6. An optional half-day SMS training session is available on May 4. Registrations are now being accepted online. More...

The Connection

Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry


Best Advice: AEA Members Share Hard-earned Lessons

With nearly 1,300 member companies around the world representing thousands of talented, experienced aviation experts, the AEA has a vast pool of tribal knowledge and experience. Learn from these professionals.  More...  


Aviation Ace: Steve 'Jake' Jacobson of Avidyne

When Steve "Jake" Jacobson began designing Avidyne's IFD400 and IFD540, one of the first things he recalled was his time as a young Air Force pilot in late 1987. Learn more about this aviation ace in this month's Avionics News More...
In the Classroom 

Professional development opportunities


Avionics Training Excellence Award Logo_NEW AEA Avionics Training Excellence Award

Application deadline is April 1

To qualify, an AEA member company must submit a completed Application for Recognition form and provide proof of participation in an AEA-recognized training event for every employed technician from January to December of award year. Get recognized for your commitment to training. More...


AEA Scholarship Applications due April 1
Time is Running Out! Only Three Weeks Left to Apply.
Don't miss this opportunity to earn $3,500 for your own flight training or $1,000 for you or your child's college tuition. Details and applications are online. More...

Learn to fly with the AEA! The Chuck Freeland Memorial Flight Training Scholarship was established to honor Freeland's passion for flying and his desire to share aviation with the next generation. This award is available to an AEA member employee who plans to pursue their private pilot certificate and is valued at $3,500. 

College for you or college-age kids? How about a little help from the AEA Educational Foundation? AEA members are eligible for a scholarship that doesn't require enrollment in the field of aviation. Two scholarships will be given to members or their dependents to pursue a degree of their choice. Each award is valued at $1,000 and is applicable toward the 2015-16 school year.

The Raw Feed

Industry buzz on social media



'Where all the Cool Stuff Happens'

The Aero-News Network's Jim Campbell recently sat down with AEA President Paula Derks to preview this year's AEA Convention. Campbell called it the event "where all the cool stuff happens." The complete interview is available on the AEA's YouTube channel. More...


The Static

News from AEA member companies


ASPEN AVIONICS reached a milestone by selling its 500th Evolution Flight Display for helicopters. The company now has more than 9,000 total systems in service. The company also named MIKE CHURCHILL vice president of operations. The company also received FAA approval for the ATX100G transceiver with deliveries beginning immediately. 

FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS launched its Equip-It 2020 program to provide ADS-B equipment for light general aviation aircraft that breaks the $2,000 barrier for a basic, but complete, system. The program features the RANGR Lite product line in two configurations -- an ADS-B Out (only) system listed at $1,995 (FDL-978 TXL), and an ADS-B In/Out system for $3,695 (FDL-978-XVRL). The company said it is committed to building 10,000 systems in an effort to reduce cost.

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS & SUPPORT completed the flight testing and customer delivery of its NextGen Flight Management System on the C-130 aircraft. 

KITCHENER AERO AVIONICS was awarded an EASA STC for its glass-cockpit upgrade to the Eurocopter EC-120 helicopter. It previously received TCCA and FAA STCs.

ROCKWELL COLLINS acquired Pacific Avionics Pty. Ltd., a Singapore-based company specializing in technologies used for wireless information distribution, including in-flight entertainment and connectivity. In addition, Rockwell Collins introduced a Spanish language version of its Vector SMS software for its ARINCDirect customers.

CUTTER AVIATION named HEATHER WAHL director of human resources.

DUNCAN AVIATION plays host to its next free NextGen seminar on April 7 in Dallas, just prior to the AEA Convention. In addition, the company expanded non-destructive testing services to helicopter operators.

HONEYWELL and Inmarsat successfully tested over-the-air performance for Honeywell's JetWave MCS 8200 onboard aircraft hardware on Inmarsat's Global Xpress satellite network. 

BECKER AVIONICS ' new ATLASS ADS-B solution was chosen by Semco Maritime to manage offshore flight tracking. 

L-3 AVIATION PRODUCTS opened a new MRO facility in Bengaluru, India.

CLAY LACY AVIATION introduced the Bombardier Learjet 75 for charter in Los Angeles. In addition, the company's FANS 1/A+ solution for the Gulfstream GIV and GIVSP received FAA STC approval. 

GARMIN announced the availability of an online GTN Essential e-Learning course to help pilots maximize the benefits provided by the GTN 650/750 touchscreen avionics series. 

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE named LEE ANNE TAIT vice president, quality. It also appointed LEDA CHONG senior vice president, strategic planning.

JEPPESEN teamed with AvPlan Electronic Flight Bag to integrate AvPlan EFB flight-planning capabilities with Jeppesen navigation information.
GA Caucus

Industry advocates on Capitol Hill


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
Email: info@aea.net
Web: aea.net 
Lauren McFarland, director of marketing
Phone: 816-347-8400
Email: laurenm@aea.net

The "AEA Wired" e-newsletter is published twice a month by the AEA.