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May 14, 2014
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ATEQ-OMICRON has developed the ADSE 650, which the company said has the needed features of more expensive, heavier, RVSM-compliant test sets. 
EDMO DISTRIBUTORS announced that its Category 5 Ethernet Cable meets Garmin specifications for integrated avionics systems. 
JEPPESEN has teamed with Peters Software GmbH to provide private pilot training courseware and materials in Europe. 
GENESYS AEROSYSTEMS acquired Chelton Flight Systems and S-TEC Corp., previously doing business as Cobham Avionics, from Cobham in a management buyout.
AVIONICS & SYSTEMS INTEGRATION GROUP was awarded an STC by the FAA for the installation of an L-3 AN/ARN-154 TACAN system and Sandel SN3500 EHSI system on the Enstrom 480B rotorcraft. 
VELOCITY AEROSPACE GROUP announced the strategic acquisition with management of E.D.N. Aviation Inc. of Van Nuys, California, which expands Velocity's repair and overhaul service capabilities into control panel services. 
ELBIT SYSTEMS launched the SKYLENS wearable head-up display for enhanced flight vision system applications. 
DAC INTERNATIONAL announced that the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) in Brazil approved its STC for the Trig Avionics TT22 transponder with the FreeFlight Systems 1201 WAAS/GPS sensor for ADS-B Out compliance for use with the Sikorsky S-76 A/B/C models.
SATCOM DIRECT and FlightSafety International will offer cabin communication training for flight crews and maintenance personnel at FlightSafety's Teterboro Learning Center. 
EAGLE CREEK AVIATION SERVICES received an STC for Garmin G950 glass flight deck installations in Twin Commander aircraft. 
LANDMARK AVIATION signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ross Aviation, a network of fixed base operations located throughout the U.S. 
AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED added two fixed-wing STCs after successfully completing night vision imaging system STC lighting installations on a PZL M18A Dromader and a Thrush S2R, agricultural spray planes.
COBHAM AEROSPACE COMMUNICATIONS' RT-5000P radio was approved by the U.S. Forrest Service for installation and use by USFS Cooperators in wild land fire situations. 
JET AVIONICS of Sao Paulo, Brazil, recently played host to an avionics international workshop and opened a new hangar.
MID-CONTINENT INSTRUMENTS AND AVIONICS appointed GARY GREEN software engineer and DARRELL HAMBLEY electrical design engineer. 
CENTURY FLIGHT SYSTEMS received an STC from the FAA for the installation of its Century 4000 autopilot in Beechcraft Bonanza 35 aircraft models C to V. 
HONEYWELL AEROSPACE will be the exclusive hardware provider of domestic air-to-ground communication for AT&T's planned in-flight connectivity services. 
WEST STAR AVIATION received the Aircell 51,000 Five Award, which recognizes the highest-performing companies within the global dealer and distributor network of Aircell, the business aviation group of Gogo Inc. 
DYNAMIC AVIATION promoted SHANNON WAGNER to senior vice president of flight operations. 
TRUENORTH AVIONICS announced that its FANS 1/A capable Data Link Unit achieved RTCA DO-178B Level D software certification and is on track to earn a TSO.  
ELLIOTT AVIATION named RANDY SOUTIERE vice president of operational support and ED CHEVRESTT vice president of operations.
TRINE AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE earned FAA Part 145 approval as a certified repair station.



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2013 General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey 

Everyone who receives an invitation to participate in the 36th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is encouraged to participate and respond. Accurate survey data is critical in developing the Federal Aviation Administration's accident statistics for general aviation and on-demand charter operations. This data is used for FAA planning and forecasting purposes, as well. 


The GA Survey is the FAA'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. A short version of the survey is available for owners and operators of three or more aircraft who receive several surveys. If you have questions or would like to request a survey, please contact Tetra Tech at 800-826-1797 or infoaviationsurvey@tetratech.com.  More...


EFBs Lighten Flight Bags, Pile on Options

Have tablets and panels fulfilled the electronic flight bag promise? You be the judge. There seems to be few limits on what operators and aircraft owners want to see EFBs do in their flying. Dave Higdon examines this topic in-depth in this month's Avionics News. More...


Highlighting the 2014 AEA International Convention

The worldwide avionics industry came together in huge numbers -- the largest attendance since 2008 -- in Nashville, March 12-15, for networking and new products, plus training and career advancement. If you weren't there, here's some of what you missed. More...  


Sandia Aerospace Unveils SAI 340 Quattro

Sandia Aerospace was one of 23 companies that unveiled new products and services during the AEA's New Product Introductions session during the AEA Convention, March 13, in Nashville. In case you missed it, you can see Dennis Schmidt, president of Sandia Aerospace, introduce this 4-in-1 standby indicator on the AEA's YouTube channel. More...


FAA logo FAA Launches Weather Safety Campaign

The Federal Aviation Administration and more than a dozen general aviation stakeholders, including the Aircraft Electronics Association, are partnering on an eight-month safety campaign titled, "Got Weather?" to help general aviation pilots prepare for potential weather challenges they may encounter during the 2014 flying season. More...

Save the Date Jan 13
2014 AEA Regional Meetings Announced
The Aircraft Electronics Association has set the dates and locations for each of its Regional Meetings in 2014. The first event of the year took place April 14-15 at the 28th annual AEA Europe Regional Meeting in Vienna, Austria. Visit the AEA website for more details on each event, including continuous updates on training schedules, exhibitors, hotel reservations and registration information. More...
  • AEA Latin America: Aug. 20-21, Bogota, Colombia
  • AEA Canada: Sept. 3-4, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
  • AEA U.S. East: Sept. 16-17, Orlando, Fla.
  • AEA U.S. West: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Reno, Nev.
  • AEA U.S. Central: Oct. 9-10, Kansas City, Mo.
  • AEA South Pacific: Nov. 12-13, Sydney, Australia  
AEA Latin America Regional Meeting in Bogota, Aug. 20-21
For the first time, Bogota, Colombia, is the site for the AEA Latin America Regional Meeting scheduled for Aug. 20-21 at the Ar Hotel Salitre. The event took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, each of the last three years. To make a hotel reservation and/or register to attend the fourth annual AEA Latin America Regional Meeting, click here.  

The AEA annually hosts regional meetings in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the South Pacific. The AEA Regional Meetings offer a forum to see, hear and learn about all the new technology on the market, network with industry peers and discover best practices for the aviation repair station industry. Attendees and exhibitors gather for two days of regulatory and technical seminars, business management sessions and exhibits.
TGH Aug 13
ASIAS for GA Project Demo
The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced a one-year program to demonstrate the capabilities of ASIAS (aviation safety information analysis and sharing) for the general aviation community. More...
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a new repair station in the U.S. receive a class rating? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics NewsMore...  
Pilot's Guide to Avionics -- Request your FREE Copy Today!
The AEA's 2013-14 edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics is now available. 

Without a doubt, pilots and aircraft owners don't want just anyone working on their airplane or helicopter. After all, life depends on it. So how do you find the most qualified and experienced personnel to keep your aircraft safe and up-to-date with all the latest and greatest technologies? It's easy -- simply look for these talented experts and members of the AEA listed in the publication. Click here to request a single copy or case.

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The Connection 12_12
Meet an AEAviator: Nicholas Butts of Appareo Systems    
Recently, Avionics News connected with Nicholas Butts, software team lead for Appareo Systems, to learn more about his experience as a pilot and how it impacts his AEA member company.  More...
A Conversation With Rick Plute of Guardian Avionics
Guardian Avionics offers a range of carbon monoxide detectors, pulse oximeters and Bluetooth iPad/iPhone GPS connections devices for general aviation aircraft. Meet Rick Plute, vice president of sales and marketing, to learn more about his new job with the company. More...
Four Training Classes Available at AEA Headquarters in August
The Aircraft Electronics Association is offering four educational courses during the month of August in the Dan Derby Center for Professional Development at its international headquarters in Lee's Summit,
  • Avionics Installation and Integration Training: Aug. 18-20
  • Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification Training: Aug. 21
  • RVSM Maintenance & Advanced Transponder Training: Aug. 22
  • NCATT AET Review: Aug. 25-27 


First, the Avionics Installation and Integration Training course is slated for Aug. 18-20. Presented by Don Dominguez of Radioman Avionics, this three-day course is designed for technicians who have completed 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/comm/GPS, Garmin GTX33ES remote transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.


In addition, the Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification Training course takes place Aug. 21. 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 tune-up course. The contents of this course can easily be incorporated into approved training programs for certified repair stations.


The RVSM Maintenance and Advanced Transponder Training course immediately follows on Aug. 22. 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. 


Finally, the National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies Aircraft Electronics Technician Review course takes place Aug. 25-27. Presented by Bruce Bessette, who has more than 30 years of avionics and maintenance experience, this three-day course provides a review of all 34 subject areas for the NCATT AET certification exam. At the end of this review, course attendees should be prepared to take the NCATT AET certification test, which will be administered free of charge (a $100 value). Upon successful completion of the AET exam, attendees will be eligible to test for additional ratings, including the NCATT Radio Communications Systems (RCS), Dependent Navigation Systems (DNS) and Autonomous Navigation Systems (ANS) endorsements.


For more information or to register for these professional development opportunities, visit www.aea.net/training or contact the AEA at 816-347-8400. Class size is limited, so register today. More...

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