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May 28, 2014
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WINNER AVIATION's King Air B100 completed a two-month renovation that included new exterior paint, refurbished interior, and communication and navigational avionics upgrades
L-3 AVIATION PRODUCTS announced SyberJet Aircraft selected the GH-3900 ESIS for installation on its SJ30 line of aircraft. In addition, Viking Air Limited selected the GH-3900 ESIS for installation on new production Viking Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft.
GLOBAL AVIATION TECHNOLOGIES entered into an exclusive agreement with Adams Rite Aerospace to provide the replacement water system for the Hawker 4000 aircraft.
TRAKKA achieved approval from Airbus Helicopters Germany for the serial production qualification of the Trakka A800 Helicopter Searchlight. 
SKYTRAC's flight following solution was chosen by Custom Helicopters to optimize its operations. Custom will use SkyWeb and SkyWeb Mobile to monitor its fleet from the operations center or on-the-move.
WEST STAR AVIATION opened a new 47,000-square-foot maintenance facility at its East Alton, Illinois, location.
GALAXY AVIATION was approved by the FAA for Part 145 accessory rating. It also received authorization to perform maintenance on commercial air carriers, such as Part 121, 125, 129 and 135. 
FIELD AVIATION received an STC from the FAA for its proprietary Long Range Fuel modification for the Bombardier Dash 8 series 100/200/300. In addition, Field Aviation was awarded an aircraft modification contract by the Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft division of Bombardier Aerospace, where it will provide extensive airframe and interior modifications on a new CRJ700 NextGen special mission aircraft.
UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. announced its airline and government sales operations have been placed under its corporate structure. In addition, ROSS DICKEY was named airline and government sales manager for Europe and the Middle East. The company also received the 2014 Manufacturer of the Year award from the Arizona Manufacturers Council.
SPORTY'S recently celebrated its 10th annual Fly-In by welcoming more than 100 airplanes. The next Fly-In is scheduled for May 16, 2015. 
GARMIN received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency for the installation of dual touchscreen-controlled GTN 725s in the ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft. In addition, Garmin introduced a new version of software for the aera 796/795, which allows one of the company's aviation portables to receive more information from the GDL 39 3D.
ROCKWELL COLLINS released the latest version of its Service First customer support app for commercial transport and business aviation, which provides direct access to the company's customer support, sales and marketing resources. In addition, the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 avionics retrofit received EASA certification for Dassault Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX aircraft.
JEPPESEN and Corendon Airlines agreed to a new five-year service contract to integrate Jeppesen's digital navigation and EFB services for the airline. 
STANDARDAERO appointed JAMES COLLEARY president of Associated Air Center, the company's large transport category VIP completion center located in Dallas, Texas. 
ANODYNE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING CORP. was selected as a sub-contractor to design and manufacture the control keyboard for the new autopilot in NASA's fleet of T-38 Talon, twin-engine supersonic jet trainers. 
JETCRAFT CORP. appointed STEDMAN STEVENS executive director of Jetcraft Avionics. KEN ELLIOTT was named technical director. 
NEXTANT AEROSPACE announced an expansion of its European sales network in response to strong regional demand. 
COMLUX THE AVIATION GROUP named ARNAUD MARTIN executive vice president of the Comlux Group and board member. 
CLAY LACY AVIATION introduced the Gulfstream G650 to expand the company's charter fleet to more than 50 aircraft in every size category. 
AEROMECH received supplemental type certification from the FAA for its Garmin G950 System upgrade for the Beechcraft 1900D. 
BEECHCRAFT CORP., part of the Textron Aviation segment of Textron Inc., said the fleet of Beechcraft King Air twin-engine turboprops registered in Europe, Africa and the Middle East has surpassed 825 aircraft.



U.S. General Aviation Caucus Update


General Aviation Caucuses were formed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate in 2009, to inform members and staff about the importance of GA to the nation's economy and transportation system. To date, more than 200 members of the U.S. Congress have signed on to the General Aviation Caucus. Click below to see if your elected representative is a member. If not, please contact them immediately and ask them to join the GA Caucus to promote the value of the general aviation industry to our nation's economy.




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AEM was one of 23 companies that unveiled new products and services during the 2014 AEA Convention. In case you missed it, here is the company's presentation by Steve Broderick to convention attendees earlier this year. 



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Michael J. Dyment, managing partner, NextGen GA Fund

Is a Train Wreck Coming for GA on NextGen? 

In a recent article published by Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, the managing partner of the NextGen GA Fund, Michael Dyment, writes, "More than 30,000 ADS-B installations will need to occur annually, or 120 installations per working day. That is 25 times the current installation rate. 


"A train wreck is coming if on Jan. 1, 2020, tens of thousands of GA aircraft are instantly grounded...Waiting for the inevitable ADS-B ramp-up exacerbates the problem. The sooner equipage begins at a sustainable rate, the sooner repair stations can add to their labor forces and avionics manufacturers to their production lines to meet demand. 


"As part of NextGen, ADS-B promises safer skies for the general aviation community. Contrary to recent statements made by general aviation leaders about progress on NextGen negating the march to privatization of FAA, there are many signs of government-inflicted trouble brewing. For example, Congress granted financial incentives for GA to begin equipping early and entrusted FAA bureaucrats with administering this 100 percent private-sector financed program in 2012.


"(The) FAA should approve these incentives quickly by acting on any existing worthy applications, to unlock hundreds of millions of dollars of available private-sector capital that will help fulfill FAA's own mandate. Failure to act soon could lead to a bureaucratically invented train wreck that anyone can see is coming if action is not taken now." More...


Aeroflex to be Acquired by Cobham

Aeroflex Holding Corp. recently announced it has entered into a merger agreement with Cobham PLC, a UK-listed company that designs and manufactures a wide range of equipment, specialized systems and components for the aerospace, defense, energy and electronics industries. Under the terms of the transaction, Cobham will acquire Aeroflex for $10.50 per share in cash. Total transaction value is approximately $1.46 billion, including the assumption of Aeroflex's net debt of $540 million as of March 31, 2014. The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of this year and is subject to regulatory approvals and approval of Aeroflex and Cobham stockholders. More...


Andy Davis of Trig Avionics Discusses ADS-B 

The 57th AEA International Convention & Trade Show took place March 12-15 in Nashville, Tennessee. Not surprisingly, meeting the ADS-B installation deadline of Jan. 1, 2020, was a hot topic of discussion to all attendees. Tom Patton of the Aero-News Network sat down with Andy Davis, chief executive officer of Trig Avionics, to get his views and expertise on the subject. More...  


FAA logo 2013 General Aviation and Part 135 Survey

The 36th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey 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. email...

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
Upcoming Regulatory Activities at Transport Canada
With the introduction of the new Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council process, Transport Canada Civil Aviation will be moving ahead with several regulatory amendments and advisory circular publications. The most significant of these is the changes to CAR 521. More...
Frequently Asked Questions
If I hold an AMO or approved manufacturing certificate in Canada, is there a need to hold a distribution certificate in order to sell to a third party new parts not manufactured by the AMO or approved manufacturer? 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 free and available upon request. 

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.

Can't wait for your hard copy? Click here to download the app or read it online!

The Connection 12_12
Meet an Aviation Ace: Tim Brouwer of Mayday Avionics    
Recently, Avionics News connected with Tim Brouwer, sales manager for Mayday Avionics, to learn more about his aviation background and leadership role with his company. Meet this native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a true Aviation Ace.  More...
Western Airways Finds the Right Balance
Charter is a demanding business. Customers expect 24/7 access to their aircraft or they'll go somewhere else. Keeping up with maintenance and avionics updates is a necessity, but it disrupts schedules and costs money. To minimize the inconvenience, Western Airways recently expanded its avionics department and opened a Part 145 repair station. 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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