May 26, 2021
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
New Products to be Announced at AEA Dallas
If you are a serious avionics professional, the place to be on the morning of June 22 is the AEA New Product Introductions session at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas during the AEA International Convention & Trade Show.

The New Product Introductions session is one of the most popular events every year during the convention and has evolved into a must-see showcase for members and the media. Avionics manufacturers know the key to a successful product launch means bringing their products to the AEA Convention & Trade Show. In addition, the opening session and New Product Introductions will be livestreamed by Aero-News Network as part of its convention coverage. To see the list of more than 30 companies committed to launching new products at AEA Dallas, click here.
Trade Show to Feature 120 companies
The AEA Trade Show is your opportunity to connect with manufacturers, distributors, technicians and business leaders. Two full days of exhibits, 120 companies and all the latest product information await.

Click here to see a full list of exhibiting companies.

The exhibit hall is currently 95% sold-out. If your company want to exhibit and reserve one of the remaining booths, download the Exhibitor Prospectus.
Are You Registered for AEA Dallas?
If you haven't already registered to attend the AEA Convention in Dallas, please do so in advance to avoid long lines at on-site registration.

Don't miss the most important gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. It is the place to be for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to market in 2021. Click here to register.
Deadline for Hotel Reservations is June 1
The AEA does not work with any housing agencies to make hotel reservations on your behalf. We strongly suggest you work directly with the hotel when making your room reservations. The AEA's special room rate is available until June 1, 2021, or until the room block is full.

Hilton Anatole
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: 800-445-8667 (Group Code: AEC)
Room Rate: $219 per night

Registration Open for AEA Connect Conferences
The AEA has unveiled the dates and locations for its 2021 Connect Conferences in the United States. Online registration is available for both attendees and exhibitors. The annual AEA Connect Conferences are two-day events that personally connect general aviation industry professionals. The schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 29-30: AEA East (Orlando, Florida)
  • Oct. 27-28: AEA West (Reno, Nevada)

The AEA continues to monitor travel restrictions and guidance from authorities around the world and will make a determination whether Connect Conferences can take place in Europe, Canada, and South Pacific. More...
Industry Coalition Supports Air Traffic Modernization
The AEA is one of 24 organizations from the aviation industry asking Congress to consider wide-ranging and comprehensive legislative proposals on aviation sustainability issues. In a letter dated May 18, 2021, the aviation groups urged the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee to consider legislative efforts in four key areas:

  • Air traffic modernization.
  • Sustainable aviation fuel development, production and distribution.
  • Low/no emission technologies deployment.
  • Aviation environmental research and development.

The group, which includes union, business and leisure passenger groups, forwarded a document outlining a series of proposals and urged congressional leaders to include the provisions in upcoming infrastructure legislation. More...
Inside Duncan Aviation's STC Program for the Embraer Legacy
Honeywell recently went looking for an experienced MRO to partner on the development of a Federal Aviation Administration supplemental type certificate to change out the original CRTs with new-generation liquid-crystal displays.

Fortunately for all concerned, Honeywell already had a well-established relationship with Duncan Aviation. With hundreds of successful STCs in its portfolio, the Honeywell/Duncan Aviation STC partnership was the proverbial no-brainer.

“During our conversations with Honeywell, they had been trying to phase out the old DU-870 CRT displays and upgrade the Embraer Legacy-series with the new DU-875 LCD units,” explained Shawn Carraher, manager of engineering and certification business development for Duncan Aviation. “They were no longer supporting the old CRTs and needed an STC to enable operators to change out the obsolete units." More...
EDMO Earns a Golden Anniversary
In 2021, EDMO Distributors is celebrating the golden anniversary of its everyday embodiment of its motto, “Quality and Excellence, Whatever it Takes,” in serving the 5,000 or so civilian, commercial, and military avionics shops with a multitude of products and components. In recognition of this accomplishment, it only seems fitting to remember the founders who joined their first names in 1971 to give their new company its unique moniker.

Ed Landsberg and Morris Brown were, respectively, the southern and northern California dealers for King Radio, according to EDMO President Mike Schmidt. Looking to grow their businesses, they incorporated their distribution company as EDMO Burbank. “For the first two years, it was just the two of them. Morris worked out of his home in San Jose. Ed is still with us, but Morris died” sometime after Ed bought his half of the company in 1975.

In the 1980s, several key employees joined the company, including Fred Lopez and Tim Gump, partners who are on its board of directors. Today, its team is comprised of 40 people in two locations. More...
Lightening the Electrical Load
Common sense and regulation combine to make even the most-basic redundancy a must for safe flight. For the convert to a glass cockpit, such redundancy is of paramount importance. For the instrument pilot qualified and current, willing and able to fly through clouds and on a single powerplant, backups and redundancy for the critical avionics and other systems powered by electricity should be considered a must.

And for the financially capable aircraft owner, even older analog-instrumented general aviation aircraft can be retrofitted with a comparable level of electrical-system sophistication. Then that safety becomes a matter of managing the load on the electrical system. The older a GA aircraft, the more likely it is that a single old generator provides the juice needed. Depending on the voltage regulator used, managing power during warmup, taxi and runup means keeping an eye on the ammeter. More...
Podcast: EAA CEO/Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton Previews AirVenture Oshkosh 2021
The countdown to AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 is in full swing, and EAA Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton offers a preview into the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. While some areas may look different at Oshkosh this year, the feeling will be the same as the aviation community reunites to celebrate flight. Tune in for a glimpse at how planning for this year’s event is taking off in this episode of AEA Amplified, sponsored by Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog Company.

Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Podbean or Spotify. More...
Safety is No Accident
Human interface is the challenge
Safety. Aviation safety. Flight Safety. Safety on the ground.
All of these topics earn repeat treatments in the magazines we read, the workshops we attend, and the output of organizations across the spectrum of general aviation. And we continue to see incremental improvements borne of advanced technologies and human perseverance.

But one element of aviation safety still seems resistant to these efforts. The human interface – where our modern avionics meets the pilot. And the results are a mixed bag. More...
A Conversation With Steve Bruss of Wings Insurance
In an industry as unique and complex as aviation, accomplishing even the most routine business activity can be complicated by federal regulations, a service provider’s lack of knowledge and experience, industry trends and scarcity of resources. Even now, just purchasing insurance to cover an aircraft or an aviation-related business, for example, bears the weight of recent accidents, a single aircraft OEM’s poor decision-making and the effects of a worldwide pandemic.

Given that, we asked Steve Bruss, president and owner of Wings Insurance, to provide some advice and insight about the current insurance market. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the brokerage firm specializes in selling insurance coverage for general aviation aircraft, helicopters, maintenance providers, fixed base operators, flight schools and corporate and commercial fleets. Its reach also extends to other areas in aviation such as unmanned aircraft systems and manufactured products in the aerospace industry. More...
UK CAA and EASA Sign Technical Implementation Procedures on Aerospace Production and Design
As reported by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority, the UK CAA and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency have concluded negotiations on the Technical Implementation Procedures (the TIP), which was signed on 17 May 2021.

The signing of the TIP, which sets out the measures the aerospace sector must take in order to design and produce new aerospace parts moving between the UK and the EU, signals the continued close working relationship between the two organisations now that the UK has left the European regulatory system.

A copy of the TIP is now available on the above link or on the UK CAA International cooperation website. More...
2020 GA and Part 135 Activity Survey Available
FAA survey measures safety, determines funding, and informs the impact of aviation on the economy
The Federal Aviation Administration’s 43rd annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is underway, reporting on calendar year 2020. The GA Survey is the only source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft.

Data from this survey are used by governmental agencies and industry to:

  • Compute safety metrics, such as fatal accidents rates. 
  • Understand the impact of the GA industry on jobs, economic output, and investments in aviation infrastructure. 
  • Track the success of safety initiatives, including avionics recommendations. 
  • Determine funding for infrastructure and service needs.
  • Assess the impact of regulatory changes.

The FAA and industry need accurate data on a broad range of aircraft. Participation is voluntary, and everyone who is contacted is encouraged to respond to the survey so that all aviation activity is represented. If you have questions, contact Tetra Tech at 800-826-1797 or email
Request Your FREE AEA Pilot’s Guide
The AEA Pilot’s Guide is a consumer’s directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies. In addition to a complete directory of AEA-member government-certified repair stations, avionics manufacturers and distributors located in more than 40 countries, the publication features educational articles to help pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions. Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy while supplies last.

In addition, the AEA introduced its Pilot's Guide Showcase, an all-new digital stage highlighting everything from features and functions of the latest avionics equipment to the installation and service available from AEA member repair stations. Located at and specifically designed for avionics consumers such as general aviation pilots and aircraft owners, the digital platform features product demonstrations, how-to videos, select tutorials via recorded flight demonstrations and spotlights AEA's network of technology experts.
AERO: AEA's Online Training Platform
The AEA’s new online training platform called AERO, short for the Aerospace Education Resource Online system, allows users to train at their own pace with the ability to pause and resume courses at their convenience. In addition, AERO operates like a personal learning management system with a history of training and the ability to print certificates from completed courses.

All previous online training from the AEA has been migrated to AERO and is available exclusively to AEA members at with a member login and password. AEA AERO will continue to add content to help members accomplish their training goals. Members with questions about the new AERO online training system may contact Aaron Ward directly at More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Congratulations to Cesar Camacho of Gulf Coast Avionics, who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for submitting the correct answer in this month's Mystery Make and Model challenge featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired. The unit is an Aeronautics 421-D.

Avionics technicians can put their "inside" knowledge to work in the next issue of AEA Wired, so stay tuned for the next Mystery Make and Model challenge! All correct answers submitted throughout 2021 will be entered to win a random drawing for a $500 Visa gift card at the end of the year, also from Southeast Aerospace.
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Dallas, Texas
June 22-25, 2021
Aviation's technology experts will convene for the 64th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. Avionics professionals will have access to more than 100 hours of technical training and professional development courses. Advance registration is available. More...
EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 26-Aug. 1, 2021
For seven days from sunrise to well past sunset, your Oshkosh day is filled with thrilling displays of aerobatics, informative programs and hands-on workshops, diverse aircraft spanning all eras of flight, evening programs, and much more. Fun for the whole family that you’ll find only in Oshkosh is waiting for you at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration! More...
AOPA Aviator Showcase
Manassas, Virginia (Aug. 27, 2021)
Fort Worth, Texas (Oct. 1, 2021)
Aug. 27, 2021
This event is designed to connect pilots and aircraft owners with the aviation industry’s vast array of products, services, aircraft, and equipment. The one-day gathering features an exhibit hall with an aircraft sales display and technology-related seminars. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders in avionics and cockpit technology, flight planning, weather resources and aircraft manufacturing. More...
AEA East Connect Conference
Orlando, Florida
Sept. 29-30, 2021
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside. Advance registration is open for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. More...
AEA West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Oct. 27-28, 2021
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Grand Sierra Resort. Advance registration is open for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
ADS-B Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting
June 30, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (8 seats remain)
This course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel and installers of ADS-B systems. Approximately 7% of all general aviation ADS-B installations are non-compliant based on the FAA’s ADS-B Performance Monitoring System. This course focuses on the proper configuration and testing of ADS-B installations to ensure your installation meets the performance requirements and regulations. Also included are troubleshooting tips and tricks that will help you resolve the common problems found in ADS-B installations.
Digital Databus Theory & Analysis
July 6, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (15 seats remain)
As today’s modern airplanes become much 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.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft (11 seats remain)
July 7-9, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This in-person course is targeted for the homebuilder or avionics technician who wants to learn about performing an avionics installation in an experimental aircraft. The class focuses on the Garmin G3X Touch system, and a simplified example harness is constructed as part of the hands-on portion of the class. While the G3X Touch system is the primary focus, the wiring principles and general guidance can be applied to any experimental avionics system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche, this class has something for everyone.
Inflight Connectivity Foundations
(New course: 15 seats remain)
Aug. 3, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
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 support inflight connectivity system installations and maintenance. This eight-hour training enables aircraft technicians and operators to gain understanding on the basic airborne networks, IFC systems, and the services they provide.
Certified Repair Station Training (5 seats remain)
Aug. 9-13, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations. Current quality managers, technicians, mechanics, and repairmen who are involved in the management of a repair station as well as individuals looking to establish a 14 CFR Part 145 repair station should attend.
Aircraft Instrument Systems
Aug. 17-18, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (15 seats remain)
This course is designed for avionics technicians or apprentices who want to learn more about aircraft instrument systems and better understand their operation, installation considerations, and maintenance to become more effective troubleshooters. From simple mechanical gauges to complex electrical and electronic systems, this course covers nearly every instrument system in an aircraft.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (11 seats remain)
Aug. 23-25, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
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.
Basic Pitot-Static & Transponder Theory, Testing & Troubleshooting (11 seats remain)
Aug. 26-27, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for entry-level avionics technicians or those looking for basic training on pitot-static and aircraft transponder systems. This two-day course covers the history and theory of operation of pitot-static instruments and transponders, as well as system setup, hands-on testing, and the troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks.
Primary Flight Display Installation & Integration (15 seats remain)
Sept. 8-10, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
Technicians will learn how to plan, install, interface, configure and check out an installation of a primary flight display, EHSI and GPS/nav/comm consisting of dual Garmin GI 275, a Garmin GTN 650 touch screen, and a Garmin GTX 345 transponder. Designed for technicians who have experience with avionics installation practices and are looking for more training integrating common general aviation installations.
Bench Basics 101 (New course: 14 seats remain)
Sept. 13-14, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice, familiar with basic soldering skills and are looking for experience in LRU bench testing and avionics troubleshooting. Bench testing Nav, VHF comm and transponders will be the focus of study. Technicians will fabricate a general-purpose test panel that they will use in the course. Attendees will keep their fabricated test panel upon course completion.
Transponder Service Training
(New course: 14 seats remain)
Sept. 15, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in transponder LRU bench testing, transponder flight line testing and aircraft troubleshooting. ADS-B transponders systems will be the focus of study. Attendees will keep their fabricated wire harness upon course completion.
Nav/Comm Equipment Service Training
(New course: 14 seats remain)
Sept. 16, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in avionics flight line testing, LRU bench testing and aircraft troubleshooting. VOR, localizer, glideslope, marker beacon and VHF comms will be the focus of study.
Pitot-Static, Transponder, and ADS-B: Testing & Inspection
(14 seats remain)
Sept. 17, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder tests and inspections. 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. With so many questions surrounding ADS-B, this course will provide the answers and what you need to know.
News from AEA Member Companies
Avidyne Corp. received TSO approval from the FAA for its dzus-mounted Avidyne Helios multifunction flight management system for helicopters.

Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems promoted Brent Wiggins to senior manager of the company's 24-hour/365-day AOG team.

Texas Aerospace Technologies, a subsidiary of Texas Aerospace Services, appointed Brad Sutphin vice president. He joins the team with over 16 years of experience in the aviation/avionics Industry, where he most recently served as director of sales for DAC International.

SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. and TerraSense Analytics announced a strategic partnership to bring their combined capabilities to Transport Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program for Maritime and Arctic Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.

Elliott Aviation named Rafael Garcia as its international parts sales representative.

West Star Aviation promoted Chris Landry to program manager at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, facility. Landry will be responsible for Falcon and Gulfstream programs. It also promoted Scott Debrie to interior senior team lead at its Grand Junction, Colorado, location.

Duncan Aviation announced that the MRO has installed a Bongiovi AcousticLabs Bongiovi Aviation system in a Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft at its full-service facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. Duncan Aviation also announced that all four of its FBO facilities have earned the International Safety for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage II accreditation.

Garmin received FAA STC approval for the GFC 500 autopilot in select Piper PA-24 Comanche aircraft. The GFC 500 autopilot is intended for light piston aircraft and delivers superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older generation autopilot systems, according to the company. Garmin also acquired AeroData Inc., a privately held provider of aircraft performance software and services tailored to commercial and business aviation.

Barfield Inc., a subsidiary of Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance in the Americas, entered in an agreement to become a PBH repair and pool support center for Global Crossing A320/A321 fleet. 
Astronics Corp. announced that the United States, Canada and EASA approved Astronics' Max-Viz 1200 and 1400 Enhanced Vision Systems for Airbus Helicopter EC130 B4 and T2 models. Astronics also announced availability for order of its latest cabin network platform, branded as “The Edge.” Astronics also announced the launch of anti-microbial aircraft in-seat power Outlet Units developed under its ongoing Product Innovation Program.

Honeywell signed a long-term agreement with DENSO, establishing an alliance focused on electric propulsion units to meet new aerospace needs. Drawing from their automotive and aerospace backgrounds, the companies will develop and manufacture electric propulsion systems for aircraft, initially prioritizing the urban air mobility segment with a focus on air taxis and delivery vehicles. 

ACR Electronics launched the world’s smallest satellite communication device – the ACR Bivy Stick two-way satellite messenger and app, which offers an innovative option for sending SMS messages, tracking and sharing location information, accessing GPS maps, viewing live weather forecasts and initiating a distress call in an emergency.

StandardAero was selected by Austrian Airlines, the national flag carrier airline of Austria, to continue providing MRO services for the airline’s Pratt & Whitney Canada APS 2300 auxiliary power units.

Outerlink Global Solutions announced a partnership with Ecocopter to integrate the IRIS system into its fleet and collaborate to develop a seamless satellite-based communications system for South America.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. appointed Vicki Britt senior vice president, Innovation, Engineering and Flight. Colin Miller, who previously held the role, recently announced his retirement after eight years of service to Gulfstream.

Metrojet Engineering Clark, the Philippines-based MRO station of Hong Kong-based Metrojet Limited, announced the official soft opening of Metrojet's largest single investment in nearly a quarter of a century – a state-of-the-art aircraft parking and maintenance facility.

Constant Aviation completed its 33rd modernization of the Bombardier Challenger 604’s flight deck. Constant Aviation has completed more Challenger 604 avionics modernizations than the rest of the industry combined, with 80% of the total.

Flight Safety International joined the International Business Aviation Council as an IBAC industry partner.
AEA Jobs Board Offers Free Resume Posting
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the job listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA jobs board 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 job listings and see what's on your horizon. Free resume posting is available. Are you up to the challenge? More...
Are You Hiring? The AEA Works for You!
Is your business hiring? The AEA jobs board makes it easier for AEA members to find their next avionics technician, quality manager, inspector, sales representative or engineer.

AEA members may submit a free job posting after entering their username and password at Member companies that optionally choose to upgrade their job posting for a premium will have preferred online placement and also will be published in the next edition of Avionics News. For more information about premium job listings, contact Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive, 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
Rachel Hill, AEA director of advertising
Phone: 816-366-5109

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