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May 13, 2015
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The Current 

News from the general aviation industry



Pilatus PC-24 Takes Off

The first flight of the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet took off from Buochs Airport on May 11. The maiden voyage began at 10 a.m. local time, and approximately 1,800 Pilatus associates witnessed the business jet begin a flight that lasted 55 minutes. According to Pilatus, the PC-24 twin-engine business jet climbed to 10,000 feet in approximately three minutes and followed a route from Altdorf to BrĂ¼nig via Engelberg in central Switzerland. Three PC-24 prototypes will be built and used to complete a rigorous test program during the next two years. Certification and initial deliveries are planned for 2017. Pilatus sold 84 PC-24's at the 2014 European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition a year ago. More...


ADS-B Around the Globe: Different Deadlines, Similar Challenges

Author Dave Higdon takes a look at the subject of ADS-B across the globe in this month's Avionics News. He writes that on some levels, ADS-B progress abroad appears more rapid and robust than in the U.S. Nonetheless, some of the issues in the U.S. ripple through other regions, such as Australia, according to voices in its aviation community. The variety of deadlines and systems in use highlights the importance of learning what's required, by when and where. The spectrum ranges from mandates already in effect to where the mandate remains years into the future. Operations outside the U.S. are a mixed bag of ADS-B Out requirements, evolving standards or a wholesale lack of ADS-B requirements. More...


Regulatory Update

All the latest from the international aviation authorities


ADS-B Frequently Asked Questions
Can ADS-B Out systems be approved using data approvals other than an STC, including field approvals? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News.  More... 

Transport Canada Issues Advisory Circular for Parts Documentation Requirements
During the last several years, changes have been made to the civil aviation regulations, international agreements and policies within Canada and around the world. The complexity in regards to the requirements for proper documentation for new and used parts has increased, and the guidance material has not necessarily kept pace with these changes. The Transport Canada Civil Aviation has been working with its international partners to harmonize requirements as well as a new AC to provide the appropriate guidance. AC 571-04 was issued in February 2015 as result of this effort, and should provide the needed guidance for the Canadian industry to work with various suppliers and customers around the world. More...


On the Radar 

Upcoming AEA and industry events


EBACE, Geneva, Switzerland, May 19-21
The 15th annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition will bring together business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, corporate aviation department personnel and others involved in business aviation. More...

EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 20-26
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 Connect, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 10
AEA members gather in Latin America for a special one-day networking event between avionics facilities, manufacturers and ANAC. This event takes place one day prior to the start of LABACE. Registrations may be made in advance online until Aug. 1.  More...

AEA Latin America Regional Meeting, Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 19-20
The fifth annual AEA Latin America Regional Meeting takes place at the Radisson AR Hotel. Registrations may be made in advance online until Aug. 7. More... 

AEA U.S. Central Regional Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, Sept. 10-11
The first of three AEA Regional Meetings in the U.S. takes place in the Show-Me state at the Embassy Suites at KCI Hotel. Registrations may be made in advance online until Sept. 2. More...

The Connection

Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry


LASELEC Finds a Global Market

Based in Toulouse, France, LASELEC provides wire processing equipment to aircraft manufacturers, subcontractors, and maintenance and modification centers around the world. During the last several years, the company has focused on aggressive growth beyond European borders, bringing its products to customers in the Americas, Northern Africa, the Pacific and now Asia.  More...  


Aviation Aces: Bill Macon of Ideal Aviation

The chief executive officer of Ideal Aviation comes from an aviation family, but it was just recently that he turned his family heritage into a thriving business. Bill Macon grew up in St. Louis in a family who was active in fixed-wing aviation in the 1930s and 1940s. "And before that, they were active balloonists," he said.  More...
In the Classroom 

Professional development opportunities



Avionics Installation and Integration Training, Aug. 17-19

Presented by Don Dominguez of Radioman Avionics, this course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA's Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation course and/or have a couple 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 touchscreen nav/com/GPS, Garmin GTX 33 ES remote transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display. More...



Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification Training, Aug. 20

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. It also includes a transponder tuneup course. The contents of this course can be incorporated easily into approved training programs for certified repair stations. More...



RVSM Maintenance and Advanced Transponder Training, Aug. 21

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 Raw Feed

Industry buzz on social media



AEA Convention Highlights Now on YouTube

Thanks to the production efforts of the Aero-News Network, YouTube viewers can now watch ANN's coverage of the 2015 AEA Convention in Dallas, which took place April 8-11. Catch up on the event's highlights, including the welcome address from David Loso of Jet Aviation St. Louis, the chairman of the AEA board of directors. More...


The Static

News from AEA member companies


PENTASTAR AVIATION  named TRACY NEIL director of marketing. In addition, the company was voted in the top percentile of fixed base operations by AIN and Professional Pilot.

HONEYWELL AEROSPACE cockpit technologies were selected by Southwest Airlines for its future fleet of Boeing 737 MAX and existing fleet of Boeing 737NG aircraft. In addition, the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the Air Traffic Management Bureau successfully completed the first flight demonstration of Honeywell's Ground-Based Augmentation System. And finally, Honeywell Aerospace released the new CNX-250 multifunction router, enabling aircraft to connect to a cellular network while on the ground and transition to a satellite connection while in flight.

SAFE FLIGHT INSTRUMENT CORP. named PAUL QUAINTANCE vice president of sales and marketing. 

AERO-MACH LABS signed an agreement with GLOBALPARTS.AERO to have the Augusta, Kansas-based aviation parts supplier serve as an authorized distributor for its products. 

OSHINO LAMPS AMERICA offered a suite of T-1 wire terminal lamps designed especially for aircraft instrument panels. 

ROCKWELL COLLINS was selected by Airbus to provide the Electronic Flight Bag interface and communication unit for Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft families. In addition, Rockwell Collins, along with nine undisclosed airlines from around the world, launched a trial program for the company's new ARINC MultiLink flight tracking service.

CUTTER AVIATION named DANIEL KEARNS to the position of regional aircraft management sales.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. named AMY ARIANO vice president of human resources. 

GULF COAST AVIONICS completed its first Garmin G1000 panel upgrade on a Colombian Air Army King Air B200. 

REVUE THOMMEN announced the selection of the HSL-1600 searchlight system by The Swedish National Police.

MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP began providing helicopter transportation to remote areas of Nepal damaged by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred on April 25.

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY SALINA is adding an unmanned aircraft systems cybersecurity concentration to its Professional Master of Technology and is currently enrolling students for the inaugural class beginning Monday, June 8. 

DUNCAN AVIATION recently celebrated 30 years for its parts sales consignment team. 

ASTRONICS CORP. introduced a lightweight, low-priced enhanced vision system designed for the general aviation, kit builder and experimental aircraft markets, called the Max-Viz 1200X. In addition, Astronics launched its CorePower Induction Starter Generator System with the successful completion of the first flight on Pilatus Aircraft's new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet platform.

MID-CANADA MOD CENTER, a UNIVERSAL AVIONICS authorized dealer, is installing dual UNS-1Lw SBAS-FMS on three more of Calm Air's ATR-42 twin-turboprop aircraft. 

VECTOR AEROSPACE added  EASA certification to its Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder FAA STC applicable to AS332 C, L and L1 helicopters. 

VIH AEROSPACE announced an introductory pricing program for its FAA- and Transport Canada-approved and STC replacement Master Caution Panel (#: MCP001) for the Bell 212 series helicopter. 

AVIATION INSTITUTE OF MAINTENANCE -- KANSAS CITY will play host to a special celebration, May 19-21, to honor National Aviation Technician Day. The event is free and open to the public. 

VALAIR AVIATION was awarded a multiyear fuel contract with Defense Logistics Agency Energy. Under this contract, Valair Aviation will supply Jet A fuel to DLA Energy through its FBO services at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City.

ACR ELECTRONICS announced that DUNCAN AVIATION of Lincoln, Nebraska, is now offering emergency locator transmitter support services on ARTEX ELTs and parts. 

JET AVIATION ST. LOUIS received authorization from the Cayman Islands as an approved maintenance organization from the Cayman Islands Civil Aviation Authority.

NORTH-SCOUT AVIATION celebrated its grand opening at Kirksville Regional Airport in Kirksville, Missouri. It is owned by Jon and Cindy McNay and is an avionics repair and maintenance shop certified to work on single- and light twin-engine aircraft.

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

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