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Nov. 23, 2016
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Study Reveals Maintenance and Inspections are Key to Drone Safety: Why Avionics Shops are Positioned Well to Serve the Growing UAS Market 
According to Brad Hayden, president and CEO of AEA member Robotic Skies, lacking a dedicated safety resource of study, investigation and research, unmanned aircraft systems have drawn on the safety template compiled by the commercial air transport of humans. Logically, regardless of where they sit, pilots or operators face the same human factors that lead to most accidents. But a recent study from Australia, which issued its first drone regulations in 2002, shows that in 64 percent of the drone accidents and incidents studied, the cause was "some sort of equipment problem." 

"Exploring Civil Drone Accident and Incidents to Help Prevent Potential Air Disasters" analyzed 152 accidents and incidents that occurred worldwide between 2006 through 2015. The three authors at two Australian engineering universities found that drone accidents cannot be categorized -- and prevented -- using the CAT template. For drones, "technology issues, not human factors, are the key." Instead of human factors, "Regulators should, therefore, look at technologies and not focus solely on operators."   More...  

Request your free Pilot's Guide to Avionics  
For the past 14 years, the Aircraft Electronics Association has published the Pilot's Guide to Avionics, a consumer's directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the wonderful world of avionics technologies.  In addition to a complete directory of AEA member government-certified repair stations, avionics manufacturers and distributors, the Pilot's Guide to Avionics features educational articles to help pilots and aircraft owners with their avionics buying decisions.  Thousands of copies are distributed each year at several industry trade shows and at no charge to all AEA member companies.  The 2016-17 edition is now available. Individuals in the U.S. may request a free copy online.  More...  

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FAA logo FAA Suspends Approval of Certain NavWorx ADS-B Units
On Nov. 22, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order suspending the authorization NavWorx Inc. uses to manufacture certain ADS-B navigation units. Such units, when properly manufactured and operated, help to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations.  The authorization, known as a Technical Standard Order Authorization (TSOA), enables suppliers to produce components for use on aircraft after proving that each component meets FAA standards. Federal regulations set forth FAA's authority to inspect suppliers' quality systems, facilities, technical data, and products to determine whether they meet safety standards. These regulations also provide that FAA may witness any tests necessary to determine a product's compliance.  The suspension order was issued after NavWorx declined on repeated occasions to allow FAA personnel to conduct the required inspections. The suspension is immediate and will remain in effect until NavWorx consents to the inspections and demonstrates compliance with FAA standards.  More...  

Schedule of Charges Outside the United States
The Federal Aviation Administration announced the availability of Advisory Circular 187-1K that transmits an updated schedule of charges for services of FAA Flight Standards aviation safety inspectors outside the United States. Most important to AEA members is that this AC lists the schedule of charges for airman certification as well as air agency (repair station) certification outside the borders of the U.S. The current rate for repair station certification, approval, authorization, inspection or renewal is $191 USD per inspector per hour (plus transportation and subsistence). This new schedule became effective Oct. 1, 2016. More...

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Upcoming AEA and industry events

Early-bird Registration Ends Dec. 16 for AEA International Convention & Trade Show in
New Orleans
Reminder: There are only three weeks left to take advantage of the early-bird registration rate. If you plan to attend the 60th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in New Orleans (March 13-16, 2017), be sure to register by Dec. 16. 

Attendee full registration rates for AEA members are as follows:
Early-bird (by Dec. 16): $610
Advance (Dec. 17 to Feb. 17): $675
On-site (after Feb. 17): $750

The Hilton New Orleans Riverside will serve as the headquarters hotel. The hotel is within walking distance of the New Orleans Convention Center -- site of all general sessions, training and exhibit hall. Stay an extra day and enjoy the St. Patrick's Day festivities Mardi Gras style in New Orleans
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Aviation Aces: Jim Winkel of Aviation Specialties Unlimited
Although he has no memory of it, Jim Winkel's family arrived in California the way thousands of others had -- via U.S. Route 66. Winkel's family emigrated from Canada when his father's work took him to the San Francisco Bay area. That's where Winkel grew up, but when he was 13, his father, who worked for Shell Oil, moved the family to Houston. It was there, Winkel said, that he "came to understand the concept of humidity." He laughs about the memory of the first time he mowed the grass after arriving in Houston. Within minutes, he was dripping with sweat, and said, "Houston was quite a change, having come from the dry West."   More...

In the Classroom 
Professional development opportunities

Register Now Button Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation:
Dec. 5-7
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. The 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. More... 

Register Now Button ADS-B Broadcast Surveillance: All the Ins and Outs
Dec. 8
This course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel. It will describe and define ADS-B systems and the FAA's guidance and specifications on both ground stations and airborne equipment. More... 

Register Now Button NEW COURSE! IFR 6000 Operations Training Course:
Dec. 9
This course is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate the IFR 6000 to verify and maintain Transponder, UAT, TCAS, and DME systems.  In-depth training will be provided for testing of ADS-B transponder systems with airborne equipment. Instruction will include testing of all AC 20-165B parameters in addition to avoiding high-priority avionics behavior issues of ADS-B installations identified by the FAA. More... 

Register Now Button Certified Repair Station Training Course: 
Jan. 23-27
A weeklong course divided into training modules designed for startup repair stations as well as mature operators looking to improve their understanding of the regulations, perform internal audits and edit repair stations manuals. More...

The Static
News from AEA member companies

JEPPESEN  and Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH signed an agreement to deliver preselected Jeppesen NavData and digital charts at the time of delivery, as part of the purchase process of new Diamond aircraft. 

GENESYS AEROSYSTEMS received an FAA STC for the installation of its Helicopter Stability Augmentation System and two-axis autopilot aboard Airbus EC120 Colibri (hummingbird) light turbine helicopters. 

FLYING COLOURS CORP. received Bombardier Business Aircraft's Authorized Service Facility Excellence Award in the North America category for the second straight year. It also delivered two CRJ 200 aircraft conversions to Resorts World of Malaysia. 

SANDEL AVIONICS and CUTTER AVIATION helped raise $125,000 for the 
Corporate Angel Network at the annual CAN dinner on Nov. 2.  Cutter Aviation was the winning bidder on the Sandel Avilon system donated by Sandel Avionics. The Avilon system for the King Air 200 was introduced at NBAA 2015 and has a retail flyaway price of $175,000. 

STANDARDAERO signed a new agreement with Chinese partner, ChongQing General Aviation Co. Ltd., establishing CQGA as the company's first StandardAero approved service center for Rolls-Royce M250 engine Maintenance services in China. 

CUTTER AVIATION named MICHELLE HOOVER to the HondaJet regional sales management position for Southern California, Southern Nevada (Clark County) and Hawaii. 

CONSTANT AVIATION completed its second 750-hour inspection of an Embraer Legacy 500 aircraft at its Cleveland MRO facility, with a third scheduled later this month. 

DUNCAN AVIATION recently completed a redesign of the iOS version of its AOG Services app, which makes it easy for aircraft on ground operators to find the nearest Duncan Aviation location to their current position. Duncan Aviation's Battle Creek, Michigan, location celebrated 20 years as a Dassault authorized service center for all Falcon model aircraft. 

VECTOR AEROSPACE recently completed its first Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305A engine test at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hants, U.K. 

TRIG AVIONICS said that aircraft owners contemplating the merits of a Trig transponder can now take advantage of the company's complementary TN70 WAAS GPS and antenna that provides a C145 compliant GPS source for a TT22 or TT31 transponder. The TN70 price has been cut and is now available at a list price of $1,975. 

GARMIN announced that the FAA granted STC certification for the installation of the GTX 345 ADS-B In/Out and GTX 335 ADS-B Out transponders in an approved model list of Part 27 helicopters. Garmin also announced integrated weight and balance calculations, as well as aircraft performance tables and calculations within the Garmin Pilot app on Apple mobile devices. 

TRINE AERO secured a dealership agreement with L-3 Avionics Systems. It also was named an authorized Rockwell Collins dealer and an authorized dealer for Universal Avionics. 

VENTURA AVIONICS will play host to a presentation from BRANDON WEBB, a former Navy SEAL head sniper instructor, on Dec. 8 in its hangar at Republic Airport. 

COBRA SYSTEMS named LISA DEPINTO vice president of business development and sales. 

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. announced that the Polish Ministry of National Defense signed an agreement to purchase two Gulfstream G550 aircraft. The aircraft will be configured for VIP transport and will be delivered in 2017. It also will display three of its business jets at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association Show Dec. 6-8 in Dubai. 
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In 2009, General Aviation Caucuses were formed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to inform congressional members and staff about the importance of general aviation to the nation's economy and transportation system. Today, the House GA Caucus has grown to become one of the largest caucuses in the House of Representatives. A listing of current House and Senate GA Caucus members is available on the AEA website. More... 


Aircraft Electronics Association 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. 

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