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Nov. 29, 2017
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The Current 
News from the general aviation industry

Retrofit Market Boosts Avionics Sales by 4.1 Percent Over First Nine Months of Last Year
The Aircraft Electronics Association recently released its third-quarter 2017 Avionics Market Report. In the first nine months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $1,732,915,016.06, or more than $1.73 billion as reported by the participating companies. The figure represented a 4.1 percent increase in year-over-year sales compared to the first nine months of 2016 amount of $1,664,109,078.49.  Sales during the third-quarter months of July, August and September in 2017 were $587,941,517.00, a 7.1 percent increase compared to the 2016 third-quarter sales of $548,849,118.30. Avionics sales in the retrofit market increased more than 28 percent in the past year.   More...

Early-bird Registration Open Through Dec. 15 for 2018 AEA Convention in Las Vegas
Registration has opened for the 61st 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 platform of choice for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to the marketplace in 2018. The event takes place March 26-29, 2018, at the MGM Grand Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
Attendees must register by Dec. 15, 2017, to receive the early-bird discount price of $625 (AEA member rate) for a full convention registration. The early-bird promotion offers a $150 per person savings off the on-site registration fee. A special AEA group rate of $145 per night is available at the MGM Grand through Feb. 21, 2018, or until the room block is full. More...

Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities

ADS-B Installations
The FAA published its long-awaited Technical Paper (AFS-360-2017-1 (Rev 0, 09/25/2017)) regarding the installation of ADS-B Out equipment. The purpose of this technical paper is to further explain the FAA's policy regarding alterations to aircraft for the installation of ADS-B equipment. This policy applies to aircraft certificated under 14 CFR § 23, 25, 27, 29, and their predecessor regulations. This technical paper provides policy pursuant to compliance with 14 CFR § 91.225 and § 91.227. Reference the FAA policy memorandum dated March 2, 2016, or later revision. More...

SARSAT Beacon Accidental Prevention Initiative
False alerts from accidental activation of 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters is a major issue being addressed by the NOAA Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking, or SARSAT. A false alert is a non-distress activation of a 406 MHz emergency beacon (ELT, PLB, or EPIRB). It can be caused by accidental activation during testing, mishandling, improper installation or unfamiliarity with beacon operation. In fact, 6,230 false alerts were generated by ELTs in the United States in 2016. When an ELT is activated, search and rescue personnel responds immediately to every activation of a 406 MHz SARSAT beacon. That response will only stop when it has been proven that the activation was a false alert. Every false alert has the potential to put rescuers in harm's way and waste valuable resources. Always ensure you are conducting self-tests and annual tests according to the manufacturer's instructions for your ELT. Each year, the majority of 406 MHz ELT false alerts occur during testing and maintenance. More...

On the Radar
Upcoming AEA and industry events

Register Now Button AEA U.S. East Connect Conference (RESCHEDULED):
Jacksonville, Florida
Dec. 4-5, 2017
All attendees and exhibitors who previously registered to attend the originally scheduled event in September do NOT need to re-register -- you are still registered for this two-day event, and no further action is required. However, you will need to make a new hotel reservation with the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Wednesday, Nov. 29, is the last day for advance registration. After Wednesday, on-site registration will be available. More...

AEA International Convention & Trade Show:
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 26-29, 2018
The annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show is the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. It also is the platform of choice for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to the marketplace. Early-bird registration is available through Dec. 15. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas. More...
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Tech-Aire Fuels Service Specialty
General aviation aircraft operators, maintenance shops, avionics manufacturers and parts distributors from around the world send their fuel flow transmitters, tank units, signal conditioners, control monitors, pressure transducers and more to a small specialty repair station in Wichita, Kansas - Tech-Aire Instruments. FAA-certified and EASA-approved, Tech-Aire maintains, repairs and overhauls the fuel-related systems and gets them back into the hands of customers as quickly as possible. More...

In the Classroom 
Professional development opportunities

Register Now Button ADS-B Broadcast Surveillance: All the Ins and Outs
Dec. 7, 2017
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 Digital Databus Theory and Analysis Training
Dec. 8, 2017
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. More...

Register Now Button Certified Repair Station Training Course
Dec. 11-15, 2017
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... 

Register Now Button IFR 6000 Operations Training Course
Jan. 12, 2018
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. More... 

Register Now Button Avionics Installation and Integration Training
Jan. 15-17, 2018
This course is designed for technicians who have completed the 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/com/GPS, Garmin GTX 33ES remote transponder and an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display. More...

Register Now Button Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification
with ADS-B Implementation Session
Jan. 18, 2018
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. With so many questions surrounding ADS-B, this course will provide the answers and what you need to know to meet the mandate. More...

Register Now Button RVSM Maintenance & Advanced Transponder Training
Jan. 19, 2018
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. More...

Avionics Careers
Job postings, career resources and scholarships

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...

Need to Post a Job? The AEA Works for You!
Is your business hiring? Looking for a new avionics technician or A&P mechanic? Want to buy or sell a business in the general aviation industry? Post these professional opportunities to a target-rich environment: the AEA's career listings website.  For $200 a month, you can place a listing online AND receive a print advertisement in Avionics News for FREE! For more information, contact Lauren McFarland, AEA director of advertising, at
The Static
News from AEA member companies

ROCKWELL COLLINS' Head-up Guidance System was selected by Emirates for the 150 777X aircraft on order. The company also was selected by Azerbaijan Airlines to provide its global, high-speed broadband in-flight connectivity, overhead in-flight entertainment and a full suite of advanced avionics-including Rockwell Collins' MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar-for 10 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Deliveries are expected to begin by the end of this year. For the fourth year in a row, Rockwell Collins has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index. The National Veteran-Owned Business Association and its Vetrepreneur magazine named Rockwell Collins one of the top 25 U.S.-based companies dedicated to veterans-earning the distinction as a 2017 Military Friendly Supplier Diversity Program.

AVMAX took delivery of the fourth batch of two aircraft of a 27 Dash 8-100 aircraft purchase deal from Piedmont Airlines, with delivery stream through the first quarter of 2018. Avmax also leased ex-Maroomba Dash 8-102 (msn 388) to Air Kiribati Ltd. The company also is looking for more than 50 new employees to help backfill current MRO lines as well as start up two new MRO lines. 

FLIGHTCELL INTERNATIONAL announced that successful integration between the Flightcell DZMx and the AKV ETM1000 Engine Trend Monitoring system has taken place at AKV's facilities in Camarillo, California.

COBHAM SATCOM and Inmarsat announced that SB-Safety (SB-S) has entered service evaluation on the first United Airlines Boeing B767 aircraft.

WISCONSIN AVIATION and the Phillips 66 Aerostars will partner together for the 2018 airshow season. 

DUNCAN AVIATION announced that SCOTT KRUCE has joined the avionics install sales team in Lincoln, Nebraska. The company's Provo facility has added aircraft on ground road trip support for customers.
GARMIN introduced new features for the Garmin Pilot application for Android and iOS mobile devices. Garmin Pilot 6.2 for Android incorporates approach chart overlays on the moving map, enhancements to stadium TFRs, glide range ring, logbook tracks and more, while the 9.1 version of Garmin Pilot for iOS adds a new high-resolution basemap, worldwide gridded winds and a streamlined Connext devices page. Garmin also announced the latest software upgrade for the GTN 650/750 touchscreen series is now available. New GTN features include visual approach guidance, control and display of the GTX 3000 transponder and GTS 8000 Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II)/Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS II), as well as LNAV+V approaches without Space-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) service. Garmin also celebrated the delivery of the one-millionth certified avionics product from its manufacturing facility in Olathe, Kansas. The milestone product was a GTX 3000 DO-260B compliant Mode S Extended Squitter transponder.
JETSUPPORT has been authorized as a full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION dealer and will participate as a partner for hardware sales and installations across Gogo's product portfolio on business aircraft.
AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED received notice from Transport Canada that it has received an STC on the Airbus AS350. ASU modified the AS350 for HNZ Topflight. The modification was ASU's 208th on this airframe globally.
REBTECH announced a partnership with KUERZI AVIONICS of Lommis, Switzerland. Kuerzi will perform night vision filter implementation and aircraft installations for REBTECH in Europe. 

STANDARDAERO entered into an exclusive teaming agreement with GDC Middle East and Horizon Shield Corp. of Riyadh to provide MRO services, engineering support and design services for military aircraft operators in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. StandardAero Business Aviation also launched a new internet-based customer service portal, called, which will serve as a project management tool to allow customers to review and approve MRO service projects and programs in real time, online. In addition, f our StandardAero employees, Matt Ackroyd, Steve Barrett, Katie Gray and Daniel Walker, were selected as recipients of Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine's 2017 AMT Next Gen '40 under 40' award. 
ACSS, an L3 and Thales company, announced a sales agreement with BENDIXKING to be the exclusive distributor of the NXT-700 Mode S Transponder for business jets and military aircraft. The agreement offers aircraft operators a sales channel for purchasing and installing the ADS-B compliant transponder effective immediately.
ASTRONAUTICS CORP. OF AMERICA agreed to a contract modification with the FAA to continue to the next phase of the agency's Aircraft Systems Information Security/Protection program.
ESTERLINE Avionics Systems signed an agreement with Emirates to supply its CMC Electronics Intermediate Gain Antenna, the CMA-2200SB, to be fitted on the Boeing 777X aircraft, with deliveries starting in early 2020. Esterline CMC Electronics and NovAtel Inc. announced a new strategic partnership, extending their collaboration in Global Navigation Satellite System positioning technology that started in the late 1990s. Esterline Simulation Visual Systems launched its new high-resolution Treality SEER Dome displays at I/ITSEC. FRANK TIMMERMANS was promoted to president of Esterline Advanced Displays, and MARK SATURNO was promoted to president of Esterline Simulation Visual Systems. 
CONSTANT AVIATION celebrated the grand opening of its Mesa, Arizona, location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Nov. 8.

FARGO JET CENTER subsidiary Premier Jet Center was designated as an
authorized Pilatus service center by KCAC Aviation.
DRABPOL, a Polish company approved as Part 21 design and Part 145 maintenance organization, completed the upgrade of avionics equipment on Cessna A 185 F, one of two such aircraft flying in Poland. 

FLAMINGO AIR/AIRLINE GROUND SCHOOLS is in the process of establishing agreements with partner companies in Japan to offer drone training, maintenance and repair courses throughout the country. 

SATCOM DIRECT named KEITH SHELBURN vice president, aviation, and JOHN KUMMER vice president, strategy and programs. 

FLYING COLOURS CORP. named RICHARD DABKOWSKI director of quality assurance. 
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. 

Aircraft Electronics Association
3570 NE Ralph Powell Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Phone: 816-347-8400
Fax: 816-347-8405
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Phone: 816-347-8400

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