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Nov. 26, 2014
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Avionics Industry Mourns Death of Marshall Temple

The avionics industry lost a legend on Nov. 16, as Marshall E. Temple, 85, passed away peacefully. Temple founded Temple Electronics, and his company has been a member of the Aircraft Electronics Association since 1974. 


He is survived by his wife, Emma Earlene (Jarvis) Temple; children and their spouses, James and Janet Temple, Jerry and Laura Scott, John and Mandy Hall, and Patricia Bumgarner. 

Born and raised in Cleburne Texas, Temple was a long-time resident of Pearland, Texas. 
In 1945, he joined the U.S. Navy where he learned avionics. Temple had a passion for the outdoors and loved to fish, hunt and golf.


At the family's request, donations to the AEA Educational Foundation Marshall Temple Memorial Scholarship Fund are being accepted in place of flowers. To make a memorial contribution, send a check made payable to the AEA Educational Foundation at the following address:


AEA Educational Foundation

c/o Marshall Temple Memorial Scholarship
3570 NE Ralph Powell Rd.
Lee's Summit, MO 64064 


FAA/Industry 'Equip 2020' Working Group Meets 

One of the outcomes from the FAA's Oct. 28 "Call to Action" ADS-B Summit was the formation of the government and industry Equip 2020 working group led by the NextGen Institute. The working group met for the first time Nov. 18 to discuss implementation issues in meeting the agency's ADS-B Out mandate by the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline. The AEA was represented by Ric Peri, the association's vice president of government and industry affairs. The working group will continue to sort through the barriers delaying operators from equipping with ADS-B Out avionics, such as cost and availability of upgrading GPS receivers; streamlined certification procedures; development of more low-cost avionics; improving product availability; clarifying requirements; and ensuring repair station resources are available to complete installations. More...



AEA Convention & Trade Show Offers Early-Bird Registration Through January 5

Registration has opened for the 58th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the premier event for the general aviation avionics industry and the only wholesale avionics show representing nearly 90 percent of the international government-certified avionics shops. Early-bird registration is now open through Jan. 5. 


This year's AEA Convention takes place April 8-11, 2015, at Marriott's Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The early-bird price for AEA members is $575; the fee increases to $635 for advance registrations between Jan. 6 and March 18; the on-site registration price is $725. Register today and save! More...


Regulatory Update

All the latest from the international aviation authorities


Frequently Asked Questions in the U.S.
Does a repair station need to submit a contract maintenance vendor list to the certificate holding district office (CHDO/FSDO)? Learn the answer in Avionics NewsMore...  

Regulatory Q&A for AEA South Pacific Members
AEA members in the South Pacific region may use their member login to view a list of CASR Part 145 questions and answers, as provided by David Skeoch of the Australian government's Civil Aviation Safety Authority. An AEA member login is required to access the page. More...

2015 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference
The FAA's Rotorcraft Directorate will play host to the 2015 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, April 21-23, 2015, in Hurst, Texas. The free event will be geared toward pilots, mechanics, flight safety officers and others associated with personal/private, instructional/training and aerial application rotorcraft. The event will include programs, lectures and training. More...

On the Radar 

Upcoming AEA and industry events


FAA logo Part 23 Aircraft Retrofit Forum at AEA Headquarters, December 18
The Aircraft Electronics Association plays host to a Part 23 Aircraft Retrofit Forum, Dec. 18, at its international headquarters in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Join officials from the FAA Headquarters Maintenance Branch as well as the FAA Small Airplane Directorate.

The aviation industry struggles with retrofitting the current fleet of Part 23 and legacy CAR 3 aircraft. While the FAA has developed and published many documents for the installation of avionics and other systems such as Advisory Circular 43.13, the FAA does not adequately address the removal and replacement of currently installed systems. This one-day forum will begin the process of developing guidance regarding the retrofit of the current general aviation fleet, including updated guidance on the evaluation of alterations (determination of major/minor).

Who Should Attend? This first look at the retrofit market and the regulations, guidance and policies affecting retrofit will primarily focus on light general aviation aircraft, and as such, this meeting is ideally suited for:
  • Repair stations specializing in Part 23 installations.
  • Avionics manufacturers that produce avionics for the Part 23 market.

Only 40 seats remain available for this complimentary forum -- Register now! More...

The Connection

Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry


ADS-B Lessons Learned from Down Under

Perhaps the avionics industry in the U.S. could learn a few lessons on meeting the ADS-B mandate from our friends in Australia. Michael Kus of Avionics 2000, located in Melbourne, Australia, offers some good insight on the subject in this month's Avionics News More... 


Aviation Aces: Bill Eubanks of Century Flight Systems

Bill Eubanks, president of Century Flight Systems, says he's a product of Mineral Wells, Texas. His interest in purchasing Century Flight Systems was not so much to be part of the aviation industry as it was to provide jobs for the community. Learn more about this aviation ace in Avionics News.  More...
In the Classroom 

Professional development opportunities


Just Announced -- Three Training Courses Offered in January

The AEA plays host to three professional development courses in January, at the Dan Derby Center for Professional Development in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Class sizes are limited, so avionics technicians should register early to secure a seat.

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The Raw Feed

Industry buzz on social media



New Avionics Products: Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics

Earlier this year, 23 companies introduced new avionics products and services for general aviation at the AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee. For example, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics unveiled its new TI250 DC-to-AC inverter. Watch the presentation made by Tom Genovese, courtesy of the Aero-News Network. More...  


The Static

News from AEA member companies


VERO BEACH AVIONICS received FAA STC SA04005AT validating installation of the Garmin GSR56 Iridium Transceiver in the G1000-equipped Piper PA46 Series aircraft in May 2014. Since the approval, the company has received EASA validation through EASA STC 10049690 and ANAC (Brazil) validation through ANAC STC 2014S10-05. The GSR56 provides Iridium Weather and Communications worldwide, allowing operators to not only have voice and text communication through the Iridium Satellite network but also satellite weather display in those parts of the world not covered by Sirius/XM Datalink.

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS & SUPPORT received FAA supplemental type certification for its Flight Management System for Boeing 737 Classic aircraft.

DUNCAN AVIATION is working with Safran Engineering Services to develop an approved model list supplemental type certificate for ADS-B Out, utilizing the Rockwell Collins TDR-94D Transponder.

L-3 AVIATION PRODUCTS said that GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. has selected the new GENESIS Touch Screen Standby System and the FA5003 Cockpit Voice Recorder/Flight Data Recorder for installation on its newest G500 and G600 aircraft.

JEPPESEN signed a new three-year service contract with Pegasus Airlines to provide the airline with Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag services with tailored digital charts.

ROCKWELL COLLINS was awarded six new contracts from China-based airlines for varying combinations of avionics, in-flight entertainment and service. The awards span 74 new aircraft.

SATCOM DIRECT was named the exclusive service provider of the new SmartSky 4G LTE-based wireless network.

MD HELICOPTERS was awarded a $5.1 million logistics support contract for the MD 530F primary training helicopter fleet currently in service with the Saudi Arabian National Guard.

ASTRONICS CORP. introduced a higher-resolution Max-Viz 1400 Enhanced Vision System for fixed- and rotor-wing general aviation platforms that enhances safety in obscured visibility during day or night operations. The company expects FAA type certification and STC programs to begin in early 2015.

HONEYWELL AEROSPACE appointed JUSTIN RYAN president of BENDIXKING, effective January 2015.

VECTOR AEROSPACE received AS9110B certification for its facility in Richmond, British Columbia.

GARMIN announced that its new 7-inch G3X Touch display option for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft is now shipping.

DAC INTERNATIONAL, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, named JENNIFER SULLIVAN as its East Coast regional sales manager. In addition, the company received EASA approval and STC approval on its UNS-1Lw Flight Management Systems.

BANYAN AIR SERVICE named ROBERT "BOB" VAN RIPER sales manager for HondaJet Southeast. The company also is the newest dealer in the HondaJet sales and service network, and it recently welcomed the HondaJet to its facility at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport for demonstration flights.

CARPENTER AVIONICS was acquired by Momentum Aviation Holdings. JOHN DENDEKKER, who has served as Carpenter's general manager since 2011, will continue in that role and will report to MARK LEE, president of Momentum Aviation Holdings.

TRIG AVIONICS announced that 650 aircraft types have been added to its ADS-B FAA STC.

AERO CHARTER named TIM IRVING captain in the Baron and a first officer in the company's Citation jets. The company also named DEREK ZWEIGART captain on a Navajo and first officer on the Citation XLS.

GA Caucus

Industry advocates on Capitol Hill


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. 


The congressional caucuses recently lost a few members due to retirement or election defeat in November, and new caucuses will be formed when the next session begins in January 2015. More...


Aircraft Electronics Association
About the AEA
Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in 43 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
Lauren McFarland, director of marketing
Phone: 816-347-8400

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