Oct. 6, 2021
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Simplifying Avionics Test Tools
VIAVI Solutions' AVX-10K delivers multiple functions, wireless convenience
VIAVI Solutions designed the AVX-10K to provide the tool and multiple adapters to tackle a myriad of system tests and integrity checks. The AVX-10K covers the full spectrum of needs for testing navigation, communications and surveillance avionics gear – in the aircraft or on the test bench. The key to the AVX-10K’s capabilities stems from its modular design for hardware and software.

According to Guy Hill, director of avionics at VIAVI Solutions, the AVX-10K combines into one unit the features and capabilities of two of the company’s most-used and popular devices, the IFR4000 and IFR6000. More...
Ask the Industry:

What is the most productive method for finding new employees?
Select one option below.
Post ad on job boards
Advertise on social media
Use recruiter or staffing agency
Talk to local school/college career office
Look for poll results in the next edition of AEA Wired.
AEA Members to Connect in Reno
Nearly 30 companies set to exhibit
The avionics industry will gather at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, Oct. 27-28, for regulatory and technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Avionics technicians will learn about new products, their application, certification and installation, and have the opportunity to Connect with their regional sales and product support representatives.

From selling to installation, configuration and certification testing, the AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather to answer questions. See the complete schedule for more information, a list of exhibiting companies, along with a list of major OEMs and their technical training topics. More...
$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?

Southeast Aerospace will award a $100 Visa gift card to a random winner from among the correct entries submitted, and the winner will be announced in the next edition of AEA Wired.

In addition, all correct answers from 2021 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...
New Courses at AEA AERO
Sessions from AEA Convention in Dallas are Available
The AEA’s online training platform called AERO, short for the Aerospace Education Resource Online system, allows users to train at their own pace and operates like a personal learning management system. More than a dozen new courses that took place at this year's AEA Convention in Dallas are now available, including OEM technical sessions, Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification training, Electrical Load Analysis, and Marketing Beyond the Runway. Convention attendees may access the sessions recorded at AEA Dallas for free, and those AEA members who could not attend the convention may purchase them.

Training content is exclusive to AEA members at aea.net/aero with a member login and password. AEA AERO will continue to add and update content to help members accomplish their training goals. Members with questions about the new AERO online training system may contact Aaron Ward directly at aaronw@aea.net. More...
AEA Scholarship Applications Online
The Aircraft Electronics Association Educational Foundation will award more than 20 scholarships for the 2022-23 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. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is April 1, 2022. Scholarship applications are available at aea.net/scholarship.
ASTM Autonomy in Aviation Symposium, Oct. 19
The ASTM Administrative Committee AC377 "Autonomy Design and Operations in Aviation" is hosting the 2nd annual ASTM Autonomy in Aviation Symposium.

The objectives of the ASTM Autonomy in Aviation Symposium are as follows:

  • Discuss standards development for aviation autonomy.
  • Bring forward perspectives from other SDOs, industry leaders, and government.
  • Promote recommendations from forthcoming report on regulatory barriers to aviation autonomy.

The symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel in Santa Clara, California. AEA-member companies involved in the development of autonomous technology in any category of aviation are encouraged to attend. More...
Frequently Asked Questions: Altimeter Labels
Question: When altimeter system testing (14 CFR 91.411) is performed on the aircraft and entries are made directly into the maintenance log or permanent records, is an altimeter label required?

Answer: No. If the altimeter system check is performed on the aircraft and the appropriate aircraft maintenance record, there is no requirement to place an additional label on the altimeter. The labeling requirement is for when the 14 CFR 91.411 altimeter test is performed on an altimeter without the aircraft. More...
Honeywell’s Big Foray into UAV & UAM Avionics
Honeywell has made a major commitment to the unmanned aircraft systems and urban air mobility markets with a complete suite of lightweight, high-performance avionics for use in autonomous cargo drones, passenger air taxis and electric aircraft.

The full line of next-generation avionics includes flight control, navigation, radar to detect and avoid other aircraft, communications, actuation, cooling motors and turbo-electric propulsion systems all tailored for vertical takeoff and landing air vehicles. More...
Prepare for the AET Certification Exam
If you are not quite ready to take the AET test, AEA has you covered.

Avotek, an AEA member and training partner, offers online courses to help avionics technicians prepare for the AET exam and is offering a member discount of 40% off.

The Fundamentals of Aircraft Electronics Part I - Electricity and Electronics and The Fundamentals of Aircraft Electronics Part II - Maintenance Practices and Aircraft Fundamentals are the essential guides to aircraft electronics associated with AET certification.

To access the coupon codes, you will need to be logged in to the AEA website. AEA members get 40% off each course with the coupon codes. More...
Cobham Begins Combining Intercontinental Operations
Cobham’s storied history contains some of aviation’s most recognizable names – Comant, Artex, Thrane & Thrane, Chelton and others – and with it a technology portfolio that’s grown, diversified and divested as needed. Nearly 90 years after beginning as a pioneer in air refueling, Cobham’s Aerospace Communications division manufactures, certifies and supports diverse technologies, including aircraft clocks and lights, antennas, SATCOM systems, audio and radio management systems, airborne servers and routers, and aircraft intercom systems for Part 23, 25, 27 and 29 aircraft.

The big news, according to Jen Waterman, vice president of Americas for Cobham Aerospace Communications, the company is combining its European and North American aviation operations. Currently, half of its business is based in France, 21% in the United States and the balance around the world. More...
Podcast: Industry Veteran Ray Larkin Offers the Latest News from SKYTRAC Systems
Based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, SKYTRAC Systems has been a full-service data-driven solutions provider for private, business, commercial, and military aviation since 1986. Today, its systems are certified on more than 900 airframes with over 7,500 users around the globe. From performance trending and operations reporting to real-time asset tracking and situational awareness – SKYTRAC offers a one-stop response to meeting the needs of its customers.

Company executive Ray Larkin has the latest scoop on what’s next for SKYTRAC in this episode of AEA Amplified, sponsored by Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog Company. Listen...
AEA Members Make News at 'World's Greatest Aviation Celebration'
Just as the AEA Convention drew a strong crowd last June, so, too, did EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in July. The in-person crowd and those reading about the event got treated to a plethora of product and services announcements heralding the avionics community’s continued product advances. And new products helped generate a new sense of health and vitality in a general aviation community ready for some good news.

Avionics News offers a snapshot of some of those announcements made at AirVenture by AEA-member companies. More...
AEA to Connect in Germany
Join aviation's technology experts in Cologne, Nov. 17-18
Save the date for the annual AEA Europe Connect Conference, which takes place Nov. 17-18 at the Hyatt Regency Cologne in Cologne, Germany.

Reserve your hotel room by Oct. 18. From the AEA website, you will find a link to make a reservation. After you select the hotel reservation link, click the "book now" button and enter your arrival and departure dates, which must be between November 16 and November 19. If you require a room before November 16 or a departure after November 19, contact the hotel directly to make your reservation. More...
Early-bird Registration Open for AEA Convention
Register by Dec. 31 and save $180 per person
Registration has opened for the 65th 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 market in 2022. The event will take place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, March 28-31, 2022.

Attendees must register by Dec. 31, 2021, to receive the early-bird discount price of $695 (AEA member rate) for a full convention registration. The early-bird promotion offers a $180 per person savings off the on-site registration fee. More...
Reserve Your Hotel Room for AEA New Orleans
NCAA Final Four may impact availability
A direct link to make hotel reservations in the official room block at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside for the 2022 AEA Convention is available at aea.net/convention.

The AEA encourages all attendees and exhibitors to secure their hotel rooms soon, as the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four will take place in New Orleans immediately following the conclusion of the AEA Convention. Plan ahead and secure your hotel accommodations well in advance of the show. More...
Request Your FREE AEA Pilot's Guide
Published annually by the Aircraft Electronics Association, the 2021-22 edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide was recently unveiled. This year marks the 19th annual edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide, a consumer's directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies. The publication helps pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions and locate nearly 1,300 AEA member companies in more than 40 countries, including government-certified repair stations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. It also includes the manufacturers and distributors of these products, as well as technical schools and universities, engineers and consultants for the industry.

Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy of the AEA Pilot's Guide at aeapilotsguide.net/request.asp while supplies last. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
NBAA-Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 12-14, 2021
The 2021 NBAA-BACE will take place at the brand-new, state-of-the-art west building at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will bring buyers and sellers together to showcase business aviation products and services. NBAA is adopting a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for this event. More...
AEA West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Oct. 27-28, 2021
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Grand Sierra Resort. Advance registration is open for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. The hotel reservation deadline is Sept. 27. More...
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Cologne, Germany
Nov. 17-18, 2021
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Hyatt Regency Cologne. Advance registration is open for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. The hotel reservation deadline is Oct. 18. More...
Dallas, Texas
March 7-10, 2022
Looking for your next aircraft, vendor, mentor, job, or professional development or employment opportunity? You’ll find them all in Dallas with endless networking and hundreds of education courses with 17,000 industry professionals and more than 650 exhibitors. More...
International Women in Aviation Conference
Nashville, Tennessee
March 17-19, 2022
Don't miss the inspiring keynote speakers, professional development seminars, education sessions, exhibit hall, scholarship awards, and 2022 Pioneer Hall of Fame inductions. There's no better place to be inspired, share your enthusiasm, and connect with others who share your passion for the aviation industry. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
ADS-B Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting
Oct. 14, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (8 seats remain)
This course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel and installers of ADS-B systems. Approximately 7% of all general aviation 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.
Inflight Connectivity Foundations
(New course: 14 seats remain)
Nov. 3, 2021
In-person course; 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 support inflight connectivity system installations and maintenance. This eight-hour training enables aircraft technicians and operators to gain understanding on the basic airborne networks, IFC systems, and the services they provide.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (4 seats remain)
Nov. 8-10, 2021
In-person course; 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.
Basic Pitot-Static & Transponder Theory, Testing & Troubleshooting (5 seats remain)
Nov. 11-12, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
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 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.
Certified Repair Station Training (12 seats remain)
Dec. 6-10, 2021
In-person course; 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.
Primary Flight Display Installation & Configuration (15 seats remain)
Jan. 19-21, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
Technicians will learn how to plan, install, interface, configure and check out an installation of a primary flight display, EHSI and GPS/Nav/Com consisting of dual Garmin GI 275, a Garmin GTN 650 touchscreen, and a Garmin GTX 345 transponder. Designed for technicians who have experience with avionics installation practices and are looking for more training integrating common general aviation installations.
Avionics Testing Fundamentals (15 seats remain)
Jan. 24-25, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice, familiar with basic soldering skills and are looking for experience in LRU bench testing and avionics troubleshooting. Bench testing nav, VHF comm and transponders will be the focus of study. Technicians will fabricate a general-purpose test panel that they will use in the course. Attendees will keep their fabricated test panel upon course completion.
Transponder Service Training (14 seats remain)
Jan. 26, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in transponder LRU bench testing, transponder flight line testing and aircraft troubleshooting. ADS-B transponders systems will be the focus of study. Attendees will keep their fabricated wire harness upon course completion.
Nav/Comm Equipment Service Training (14 seats remain)
Jan. 27, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in avionics flight line testing, LRU bench testing and aircraft troubleshooting. VOR, localizer, glideslope, marker beacon and VHF comms will be the focus of study.
Pitot-Static, Transponder, and ADS-B: Testing & Inspection (17 seats remain)
Jan. 28, 2022
In-person course; 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the delivery of its 50th Gulfstream G600. The aircraft was delivered to a North America-based customer. Also, Gulfstream introduced two all-new aircraft: the Gulfstream G800, the longest-range aircraft in Gulfstream history, and the Gulfstream G400, the first new entrant to the large-cabin class in more than a decade.

Astronics Corp. was awarded a $19 million order from Collins Aerospace for business jet connectivity equipment to be delivered in 2022. The order is a follow-on to the approximately $11 million order announced in February 2021.

Garmin received FAA supplemental type certification for the GFC 500 autopilot in additional aircraft to include select Beechcraft 19/23/24. Also, Garmin announced that expanded engine monitoring capability will be available for select Pilatus PC-12/45 and PC-12/47 aircraft with the addition of the TXi Engine Indication System display. In addition, Garmin announced that 10% of the Cessna Citation Excel and XLS business jet fleet has now been retrofitted with Garmin’s G5000 integrated flight deck upgrade.

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics named John Reid its newest account manager. Reid brings more than a decade of experience with avionics and aircraft electronics. He will be based in Florida and will provide one-on-one sales support to customers.

Duncan Aviation and Bombardier recently signed an agreement for service facility authorizations for all three Duncan Aviation MRO locations (Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah).

Gogo Business Aviation unveiled SmartShield, a new premium membership program that lets current customers with an AVANCE or a classic ATG system take advantage of exclusive protections and benefits for their Gogo in-flight connectivity system.

Texas Aerospace Technologies named Julie Westcott vice president of operations and OEM development. She has over 37 years of experience in the aviation industry, most recently as the director of products and programs for DAC International.

MD Helicopters announced the renewal of Trinity Aviation’s agreement as an authorized sales representative.

Rosen Aviation announced its complete line of OLED displays are now available for preorder. The announcement comes almost exactly 12 months after a formalized partnership with Japan-OLED was signed. Rosen also partners with LG Displays for large-format panels.

JetSupport extended its Part 145 maintenance organization approvals to include the Bombardier Challenger 300-series. With this endorsement, JetSupport now provides line and base maintenance support for the Challenger 300 / 350 aircraft.

Alpine Aerotech received a TCCA, FAA and EASA supplemental type certificates for protective floor and cargo panels designed for Bell 429 aircraft.
Thomas Global Systems was signed by Japan Airlines to equip the airline’s Boeing 767-300/300ER fleet with the TFD-7000 Series drop-in liquid crystal display flight displays. The JAL award follows TFD-7000 STC approval from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau.

Universal Avionics announced it has seen increased interest in its InSight Integrated Flight Deck Solution among business jet operators. In 2021, the system was certified or set on a path to certification on five different aircraft platforms for a total of nine different STC solutions to date.

Chicago Jet Group received FAA supplemental type certificate for Universal Avionics’ InSight Flight Deck Upgrade on the Dassault Falcon 900B.

Trig Avionics products were spotlighted at the AOPA Aviator Showcase, Oct. 1, by the Trojan Phlyers Flight Demonstration Team, which has Trig's Mode S and ADS-B Out and VHF equipment in its T-28 airplanes.

West Star Aviation welcomed Anthony Gaal as its new financial operations analyst at the Grand Junction, Colorado, facility and promoted Bobby Price to project manager at the East Alton, Illinois, facility. West Star and CCX Technologies inked a dealership agreement, which grows CCX’s U.S.-based onboard cybersecurity solutions dealer network.

CCX Technologies signed a dealership agreement with Pittsburgh-based QAI Aviation, which authorizes QAI to sell, install and maintain CCX’s onboard actionable security and flight data product portfolio.

Honeywell has fully qualified its newest 3-Axis Space Magnetometer designed for small satellites. The new magnetometer offers capabilities and pricing designed for small satellites. It is mission-ready and entering service now. Honeywell also unveiled a new aircraft cockpit system; the Honeywell Anthem flight deck offers connectivity, an intuitive interface modeled after everyday smart devices, and a customizable design.

Satcom Direct confirmed successful functioning of the Plane Simple Antenna System during a series of trans-Atlantic and European validation flights. In more than 16 hours of testing amassed during a three-day mission, the tail-mounted, Ku-band Plane Simple Antenna System demonstrated its compatibility with the Intelsat FlexExec satellite network.

Avotek announced publication of Thomas Eismin’s Avionics: Systems and Troubleshooting, third edition. Readers will gain a better understanding of line troubleshooting and computer-controlled aircraft, functional concepts of avionics systems, and the entire aircraft.
AEA Jobs Board Offers Free Resume Posting
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. Free resume posting is available. Are you up to the challenge? More...
Are You Hiring? 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 AEA.net/Jobs. 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 rachelh@aea.net.
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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