May 8, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
FlightAware Says ADS-B Equipage Rates for Business Aircraft Hits 71%
FlightAware updated its ADS-B equipage report to include data through April 2019. According to the latest report, 71% of turbine-powered business aircraft registered in the United States are now equipped in advance of the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration. The equipage rate is up from 69% from the March 2019 report.

The FlightAware report also includes a current breakdown of equipage by aircraft type. The company intends to update and publish the report monthly moving forward. To see the April report, click here. To see a graph online, click here.
FAA Publishes Aerospace Forecast Through 2039
According to the FAA's Aerospace Forecast that was recently unveiled for fiscal years 2019 through 2039, the active general aviation fleet is expected to hold steady with 211,800 aircraft in 2039, compared with 212,885 aircraft in 2018. Fixed-wing turbine aircraft are expected to grow at a rate of 1.8% per year, single-engine piston aircraft decline at a rate of 1% per year, and rotorcraft grow at a rate of 1.7% per year. General aviation hours flown are forecast to increase from 25.6 million in 2018 to 30.3 million in 2039, an average annual growth rate of 0.8% a year. In addition, fixed-wing turbine aircraft hours flown are expected to grow at a rate of 2.5% per year, single-engine piston aircraft hours flown decline at a rate of 1.1% per year, and rotorcraft hours flown grow at a rate of 2% per year. More...
AEA and Industry Comments on Draft AC 65-30B
The Aircraft Electronics Association recently partnered with 15 other industry trade groups to submit comments on Draft Advisory Circular 65-30B: Overview of the Aviation Maintenance Profession. The comments were sent May 6 to the FAA and included both a cover letter and suggested edits to the AC. In part, the comments stated: "Since the process of rewriting this AC has been ongoing for nearly five years – and that more than 17 years has passed since the November 2001 release of AC 65-30A – these comments were produced after careful review of the previous agency and industry drafts. As a result, the enclosed 'draft industry submission' was created by combining the best aspects of each prior effort with intelligence gained from years working with industry members and policy makers on workforce development issues." More...
Authorization of Aircraft and Operators for Flight in RVSM Airspace
If the aircraft is equipped with a compliant ADS-B Out system, does the aircraft still need reduced vertical separation minimum equipment, approval and maintenance? Learn the answer to this frequently asked question in the May issue of Avionics News. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
FAA & Industry Rotorcraft Forum
Fort Worth, Texas
May 21-22, 2019
This two-day forum discusses the challenges and opportunities in the certification and installation of new avionics technologies in the rotorcraft market. The purpose is to open the lines of communication between industry and the FAA's Rotorcraft Directorate. This event takes place at the Tarrant County College's Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics in Fort Worth, Texas. It is a continuation and follow-up on the previous FAA & Industry Rotorcraft Forums that have occurred in recent years. Seating is limited. In order to accommodate as many industry attendees as possible, please limit your company’s attendance to no more than two representatives. Register in advance to attend. More...
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 22-28, 2019
Experience the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts. From unique, historic aircraft to world-class daily air shows, you don’t want to miss the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. The AEA will be distributing free copies this year's AEA Pilot's Guide in Hangar B, booth 2035/2036.  More...
AEA Canada Connect Conference
Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 9-10, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 4. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites by Aug. 7. More...
AEA U.S. West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Sept. 23-24, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 18. Hotel reservations should be made at the Nugget Casino Resort by Sept. 9. More...
AEA U.S. Central Connect Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 2-3, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 25. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Kansas City Airport by Sept. 10. More...
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 22-24, 2019
Online registration is available through Sept. 25. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Kansas City Airport by Sept. 10. More...
AEA U.S. East Connect Conference
Daytona Beach, Florida
Nov. 4-5, 2019
Online registration is available through Oct. 29. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront by Oct. 2. More...
AEA South Pacific Connect Conference
Adelaide, Australia
Nov. 18-19, 2019
Online registration is available through Nov. 8. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Adelaide Hotel by Oct. 17. More...
Tim's Air Maintenance Brings Avionics Capabilities to Remote Canadian Territory
In early 2018, a fire engulfed Tim Siemens’ aircraft maintenance hangar at Northern Rockies Regional Airport in Fort Nelson, a small town in northeast British Columbia. Along with the hangar, the flames destroyed two aircraft, a large parts inventory, tooling and equipment. Despite the setback, the resilient team rented hangar space from a charter operator at the airport and continued working. 

“The insurance company investigated but couldn’t find a definitive cause; the hangar was completely destroyed,” said Siemens, who purchased the existing repair station in 2014. “We do maintenance for a small charter company here at the airport. They rented half their hangar to us so that we were not working in the snow.” More...
Aviation Ace: Steve Brunsden of Jupiter Avionics
Here’s an interesting fact about Steve Brunsden. As an international business executive, Brunsden said he was born near the River Thames, west of London, and grew up, went to college, got married and worked all within a 10-mile radius of where he was born. That was the first 40 years of his life.

According to Brunsden, he “fell into” aviation – not as the fulfillment of a childhood dream, but by merely responding to a help wanted ad in a local newspaper. “I got the job with Chelton Electrostatics, later part of the Cobham Group, and 30-plus years later, I’m still in the same industry,” he said. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
Pitot-Static & Transponder Testing and Inspection with ADS-B Implementation
May 31, 2019 -- 3 weeks away!
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 to meet the mandate.
Certified Repair Station Training Course
June 3-7, 2019
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. It is for 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.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation
Aug. 5-7, 2019
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.
ADS-B 2.0 Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting
Aug. 8, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This updated version of the “ADS-B: All the Ins and Outs” course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel and installers of ADS-B systems. More than 10% of all 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 Training
Aug. 9, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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 and Integration Training
Aug. 19-21, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the AEA’s Basic Wiring & 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 touch screen nav/comm/GPS, Garmin GTX 345 transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static & Transponder Testing and Inspection with ADS-B Implementation
Aug. 22, 2019
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 to meet the mandate.
RVSM Maintenance
Aug. 23, 2019
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Attendees will be introduced to the regulations, documentation, test equipment and maintenance practices associated with performing RVSM maintenance. This course assumes the attendee has good operating knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations 91.411 and 91.413.
The Regulations of Maintenance
Sept. 19-20, 2019
San Diego, California
Held in conjunction with the University of Kansas Aerospace Short Course Program
Understanding the regulations of the repair station is only part of the equation. Like pieces of a puzzle, each regulation is needed to fit together in order to fully view the repair station’s requirements. Understanding the regulatory relationship between the business (Part 145); the maintenance it performs (Part 43); the parts it uses (Part 21); as well as the needs of customers (Part 91) are essential to provide regulatory compliant services in aviation maintenance. This session will cover the basics of the maintenance and modification regulations, but more importantly, it focuses on their integrated relationship with the business.
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Attention avionics technicians! How well do you think you know your avionics inside and out? New and old? Then put your knowledge to work.

What is the product make and model shown in this image? Also, do you know where it was made or any history of the product?

The individual who submits the best answer will be awarded a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, and the winner will be announced in the next edition of AEA Wired.

In addition, each award recipient in 2019 will be entered to win a random drawing for a $500 Visa gift card at the end of the year, also from Southeast Aerospace. Email your answer...
News from AEA Member Companies
Duncan Aviation announced that Trevor Yuschyshyn has accepted the position of regional manager representative for Canada. Joe Cugnetti also has joined the aircraft service sales team as a Bombardier service sales representative. Michael Kussatz has accepted the position as regional avionics sales manager, supporting avionics install sales for the East Coast satellite avionics shop network.

Universal Avionics, an Elbit Systems Company, is partnering with AerSale Inc. to develop an FAA STC for the ClearVision Enhanced Flight Vision System on the Airbus A320 aircraft.

DAC International announced that Mike Opheim has joined the team as regional sales manager for the eastern U.S. He brings more than 30 years of experience in avionics sales and business development. 

Cutter Aviation announced the promotion of Taylor Butterfield to the role of Flight Department manager based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Innovative Solutions & Support received the first and only FAA STC for its patented ThrustSense Autothrottle for retrofit in the King Air. 
Flightstar Corp. announced a partnership with The Leather Institute to open a satellite location at Flightstar’s MRO facility. 

Garmin received supplemental type certificate for new features and upgrades for the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck in the King Air 200/250/300/350 series aircraft. Garmin also received FAA STC for the GFC 500 autopilot in the Cessna 180/185. In addition, Garmin announced that Forbes recognized it as one of America’s Best Employers in 2019 for the third consecutive year. Garmin ranked No. 5 in the large employers category, up from No. 37 in the prior year. 

C&L Aviation Services has been awarded the contract to provide ADS-B solution for the JetSuiteX Fleet of EMB-135/145.

PIC Wire & Cable, a division of The Angelus Corp., released a new aircraft USB cable solutions technical article in conjunction with a new DataMATES USB 3.1 cable.

Field Aviation announced the sale of two EFI-890R flight deck upgrades to an undisclosed U.S.-based customer for their Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft. This sale represents the first two upgrades in the operator’s fleet, one being on a Bombardier Dash 8 Series 200 aircraft and the second on a Series 300.
airplus Maintenance GmbH agreed a cooperation agreement with Q.C.M. Design GmbH that will allow both companies to further expand the engineering capabilities and offer competitive design solutions to maintenance organizations, and aircraft owners, operators, and manufacturers.

Butler Avionics received FAA awards for Aviation Safety, the Wright Brothers Award for pilots and the Charles Taylor Award for repairmen at a ceremony at the Butler National facility at the New Century Airport.

FlightSafety International and ExpressJet Airlines signed an extension to their existing training services agreement. In addition, EGYPTAIR selected FlightSafety International to design and manufacture a full flight simulator for the Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The company also is expanding its Master Technician program to include cabin systems.

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus' unmanned aircraft systems program was named the second-place winner in the Training and Education category of the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International. 
uAvionix announced a new line of certified avionics designed to enable unmanned aircraft systems type certifications and beyond visual line of sight mission capabilities. The ping200X Mode S ADS-B transponder and the truFYX satellite-based augmentation system GPS navigation source are the newest entries to the uAvionix product line.

StandardAero, via its organization designation authorization from the FAA, was recently awarded an STC for 30- and 42-seat configurations for Embraer EMB 145. 

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced its design team has been shortlisted for two International Yacht & Aviation Awards. The ultralong-range Gulfstream G650ER interior has been shortlisted for the Private Jet Design award, and the clean-sheet Gulfstream G500 was shortlisted for the Private Jet Design Concept award.

West Star Aviation was voted the No. 1 preferred MRO in the 2019 Professional Pilot Magazine's annual Preference Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment survey for the sixth consecutive year.
Looking for a Job in the Avionics Industry?
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the career listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA careers page 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 career listings and see what's on your horizon. Are you up to the challenge? More...
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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 advertising executive
Phone: 816-366-5109

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