Nov. 27, 2019
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Aviation Industry Mourns Death of Pat Luebke, Avionics News Contributing Writer
The aviation industry was recently dealt a tremendous loss with the passing of Patricia (Pat) Luebke on Nov. 22 after a brief illness. For many years, Luebke was a contributing writer for Avionics News, the monthly magazine of the Aircraft Electronics Association, authoring regular features such as Aviation Aces, Marketer's Tip Sheet, and A Conversation With. She also volunteered as the press room coordinator for many years at the AEA International Convention & Trade Show.

In addition to her work with the AEA and Avionics News, Luebke was a member of Women in Aviation International and was the creative force behind many of the organization’s key programs and events, including Take Your Daughter to Conference, which became Girls in Aviation Day, resulting in approximately 56,150 kids being introduced to aviation, according to WAI. To honor her aviation journalism legacy, WAI announced a 2020 scholarship to encourage members to pursue their own best aviation-related personal development goal. Applications must be received no later than Jan. 20, and the Pat Luebke Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at the WAI Conference, March 5-7, in Orlando, Florida. A celebration of life will take place Dec. 15 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York. More...
Worldwide GA Avionics Sales Exceed $2.2 billion in First Nine Months of 2019
The AEA recently released its third-quarter 2019 Avionics Market Report. In the first nine months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to more than $2.2 billion as reported by the participating companies. The figure represented a 14.3% increase in total sales compared to the first nine months of 2018. During the third-quarter months of July, August and September, sales increased 14.9% compared to the same time frame one year ago.

"The business and general aviation avionics industry has now seen an increase in year-over-year sales for 11 consecutive quarters," said AEA President and CEO Mike Adamson. "As we approach nearly three years with steadily increasing sales, I'm encouraged with the upward trend as industry looks to move beyond the Federal Aviation Administration's ADS-B Out deadline of New Year's Day 2020." More...
Early-bird Registration Open Through Dec. 31 for AEA Convention in Nashville
Registration has opened for the 63rd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the largest 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 2020. The event takes place March 24-27, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Attendees must register by Dec. 31, 2019, to receive the early-bird discount price of $675 (AEA member rate) for a full convention registration. The early-bird promotion offers a $180 per person savings off the on-site registration fee. The attendee full registration package includes: four days of seminars and technical training sessions; exhibit hall entrance for two full days with lunch; and networking with manufacturing and distributors. More...
AEA Joins Industry Coalition to Support Aviation Workforce Grant Programs
The Aircraft Electronics Association is one of 42 aviation groups that is urging Congress to fully fund technician and pilot workforce grant programs. On Nov. 8, a broad coalition of aviation associations sent a letter to congressional leaders in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate.  More...
Installation of Multifunction ADS-B with Navigator
With the introduction of multifunction avionics equipment that includes transponders, ADS-B Out and a navigator, does the FAA’s ADS-B policy allow for the follow-on installation of these units?

Partially. You must address the functionality of the systems. The ADS-B Out function (and systems) is addressed with the FAA policy and technical paper, while the airworthiness approval of positioning and navigation systems are addressed in FAA Advisory Circular 20-138D. More...
2020 AEA Europe Connect Conference set for Jan. 23-24 in Cologne, Germany
Europe’s aviation’s technology experts will Connect with their industry peers at the 34th annual AEA Europe Connect Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Cologne, Germany, Jan. 23-24, 2020. Join us for the premier avionics event that connects shop owners, managers and lead technicians in Europe. Registration is now open to avionics professionals who want to attend and for companies to exhibit.

Get the latest technical information from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers, and satisfy repair station training requirements. Learn about new products, their application, certification and installation. From selling to installation, configuration and certification testing, the AEA Connect Conference is where aviation's technology experts gather to answer your questions. And with an exhibit hall filled with the latest avionics technologies and services, attendees have the opportunity to see, touch and feel new products and visit face-to-face with the OEMs. More...
Clearing ADS-B Installation Hurdles
The aviation community continues to air race toward the ADS-B finish line that arrives next month. The general aviation community made good progress since the Federal Aviation Administration published its final rule on Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast back in May 2010. Compliance numbers vary among the different sources, but a consensus number reflects a 70% compliance rate as of Oct. 1, 2019.

That means several thousands of general aviation aircraft remain noncompliant, which for them means reduced airspace access starting one minute past midnight, Jan. 1, 2020. After consulting with several avionics shops, dealers and manufacturers, their consensus advice is to tackle the problem piece by piece. More...
AEA Scholarship Applications Now Available
The Aircraft Electronics Association will award more than 20 scholarships totaling more than $100,000 for the 2020-21 school year to students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies.

Since its inception, the AEA scholarship program has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships. Numerous awards are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $35,000 each. Scholarship applications are available online, and the deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2020. More...
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. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Cologne, Germany
Jan. 23-24, 2020
Online registration is available through Jan. 17. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hyatt Regency Cologne. More...
Anaheim, California
Jan. 27-30, 2020
Looking for your next aircraft, vendor, mentor, job, or professional development or employment opportunity? You’ll find them all in Anaheim. This event includes hundreds of education courses with 18,000 industry professionals and 700 exhibitors. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Nashville, Tennessee
March 24-27, 2020
Aviation's technology experts will convene at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for the 63rd 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. Early-bird registration will save attendees $180 per person off the on-site fee and is available through Dec. 31. More...
Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo
Lakeland, Florida
March 31-April 5, 2020
The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, an aviation tradition for the past 45 years, will have a name change for its 2020 event. The largest fundraising event for the Aerospace Center for Excellence will be renamed the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo to reflect the mission to engage, educate and accelerate the next generation of aerospace professionals.  More...
Aero Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen, Germany
April 1-4, 2020
Join more than 600 exhibitors from 35 countries, 33,000 visitors and 600 journalists from all over the world for AERO Friedrichshafen. At Lake Constance, numerous companies will be displaying their latest products and innovations, covering the whole industry from ultralights and gliders to business jets, helicopters and electric aircraft as well as avionics and maintenance.  More...
Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE)
Shanghai, China
April 21-23, 2020
ABACE brings together thousands of business aviation leaders, entrepreneurs and other purchase decision-makers. In partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority and co-hosted by the National Business Aviation Association and the Asian Business Aviation Association, ABACE takes place at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre. More...
Aerosecure Weighs Precision Over Speed 
As avionics technician Richard Snider clips wires in a Beechcraft Baron, he recalls the time he and his team at Aerosecure pulled out a 55-gallon barrel’s worth of wiring from a Cessna 210. The extraneous cables gobbled up some 40 pounds of the single-engine’s maximum takeoff weight.

“When we get into an aircraft, 90% of the time the old wiring is still in there,” said Snider, who founded Aerosecure in 2016. “Most 50-year-old aircraft that come in have had 100 hands behind the panel. It’s an absolute rat’s nest. Most people wouldn’t want to drive their car if it looked like that, much less fly in an airplane.”

Based at Glendale Municipal Airport just west of Phoenix, the FAA-certified Part 145 repair station services experimental aircraft through Beechcraft King Airs as well as light helicopters for flight schools, private owners and local companies.  More...
Aviation Ace: Nick Tarascio of Ventura Air Services
One of Nick Tarascio’s earliest memories is being cold, climbing in the family airplane, exiting into the sun and warmth and, 30 minutes later, arriving at Disney World. No wonder he thought airplanes were wonderful. Tarascio has another childhood memory. When asked by his third grade teacher what he did on his summer vacation, he replied, “I flew an airplane.”

The teacher corrected him, “No, Nick, you flew in an airplane.” Tarascio’s insistence that he had, in fact, flown an airplane resulted in the teacher later calling his mother about a problem with lying. More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Congratulations to Jeff Aman with Duncan Aviation, who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for being the first person to submit the correct answer in this month's Mystery Make and Model challenge featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired. The unit is a DI-3003.

Avionics technicians can put their "inside" knowledge to work in the next issue of AEA Wired. Stay tuned for the next Mystery Make and Model challenge! 
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
Certified Repair Station Training
Dec. 9-13, 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. 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. This program will review the regulations applicable to a U.S.-certificated repair station engaged in maintenance, preventive maintenance and alterations of U.S.-registered aircraft, components or accessories. It will include a complete review of the FAA guidance and policy regarding the procedures to assure a repair station is operating within the criteria of its manuals.
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation
(This course is sold-out!)
Dec. 9-11, 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan
This course is designed for certificated repairmen, new avionics technicians and aviation maintenance technicians interested in improving or acquiring the skills necessary to perform avionics installations. It takes place at the Kent Career Tech Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and 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 and Transponder Theory, Testing and Troubleshooting
(This course is sold-out!)
Dec. 12-13, 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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 takes place at the Kent Career Tech Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and 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. Equipment from DFW Instruments and Laversab will be used in the course.
Avionics Installation and Integration Training
Jan. 27-29, 2020
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 touchscreen nav/comm/GPS, Garmin GTX 345 transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display.
Pitot-Static and Transponder Testing and Inspection with ADS-B Implementation
Jan. 30, 2020
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 and IFR6000 Operations
Jan. 31, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Attendees will be introduced to the regulations, documentation, test equipment and maintenance practices associated with performing RVSM maintenance for aircraft. This course assumes the attendee has good operating knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations 91.411, 91.413 and 91.227 paragraph (d). This course also is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate the IFR6000 to verify and maintain transponder, UAT, TCAS and DME systems.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft
Feb. 17-19, 2020
Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for the homebuilder or avionics technician who is looking for guidance in completing an avionics installation on an experimental aircraft. While the Garmin G3X Touch system is used as an example in the course, 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, promoted Beau Hawkins to avionics sales manager. 

DAC International, a subsidiary of Aero Precision Holdings LP, announced the compatibility of the DAC International GDC64 with Foreflight Mobile. Beginning with ForeFlight's November release, version 11.10, the GDC64 allows the display of ADS-B information in ForeFlight's integrated app.

Aspen Avionics obtained EASA approval for the Evolution E5 EFI, which will be sold through Aspen Avionics authorized dealers and directly to aircraft owners through aviation retailers. IFR and VFR capable, this approval opens the door to many aircraft owners and flight schools in the region that want to update their existing steam gauges to glass at an affordable price. 

FlightSafety International named Mike King president of FlightSafety Services. The company also was selected by Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs to provide unmanned systems training. Richard Hallows was promoted to assistant manager of the Farnborough Learning Center.

Winner Aviation recently restructured its business operations to focus on its aviation maintenance services and has engaged Aviation Marketing Consulting to develop a strategic marketing plan focused on individual aircraft owner/operators, corporate aviation, charter companies and the owner/operators of business jet aircraft. 

Avotek released an updated title to its avionics series, Avionics: Beyond the AET second edition. The avionics series consists of four titles, with Beyond the AET coming in as the second book. Its purpose is to prepare students to pass ASTM's NCATT Radio Communication Systems, Dependent Navigation Systems, and Autonomous Navigation Systems AET endorsement exams.
Duncan Aviation received approval from Honeywell Aerospace to perform ADS-B upgrades on the Honeywell RMU-855 and the RCZ-850 and RCZ-833 series transponders on aircraft that are on-site at a Duncan Aviation facility. The company also announced that Mike Brown, manager of audit programs, accepted a certificate on the company’s behalf from WYVERN Ltd. that recognizes it for having a safety management system in place at its repair station in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

West Star Aviation received ANAC Brazil authorization to perform maintenance inspections and repairs on Brazilian registered aircraft at its East Alton, Illinois, location. The company also was recognized for the fifth consecutive year as a gold leader from the Governor's Environmental Leadership Program in Denver, Colorado, a state-wide recognition and reward program offering benefits and incentives to members that go above and beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvements. West Star Aviation also recently completed a custom paint finish on a new, factory-delivered Embraer Praetor 600, a first for the company.

Metrojet Ltd. announced that its MRO in The Philippines named Sarith Vaikuntan as its general manager. The company's new hangar parking and maintenance facility reached a construction milestone with the stress erection of the hangar roof structure.

StandardAero announced the opening of its newest helicopter MRO facility in the Richmond, British Columbia, area.

L3Harris Technologies delivered its third custom wide-body paint completion in 2019 at its recently enhanced facility.

Wings of Hope received a $125,000 grant from Boeing to support its Soar into STEM program, a hands-on learning experience designed to spark in students a passion for pursuing STEM and aviation education and career paths.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the Gulfstream G500 has been delivered to its first European customer. An undisclosed Western-Europe-based charter operator took delivery of the aircraft in Savannah, Georgia. The company also named Julien Nargeot as regional vice president of sales for Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and Brian McCarthy as regional sales manager in the region.

Astronics Corp. announced a new cooperation with China National Machinery Import and Export Corp. to create a channel for Astronics to provide Chinese airlines, OEMs and service providers with state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and connectivity hardware and certification services for compliance in China and the United States.

Avmax and Viking Air Ltd. recently celebrated the delivery of two new Viking Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft bearing serial numbers 978 and 981.
AEA Opens the Door to Your Future:
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. Are you up to the challenge? More...
Need to Post a Job? 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 advertising executive
Phone: 816-366-5109

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