Oct. 10, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Names Mike Adamson President and CEO
Following an extensive search process, the Aircraft Electronics Association's board of directors announced its selection of Mike Adamson as its president and chief executive officer to become effective March 25, 2019, during the 62nd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Palm Springs, California. Adamson will succeed Paula Derks, who is retiring next spring after serving as AEA president and CEO since 1996.

"First, let me congratulate Paula Derks on her well-deserved retirement," Adamson said. "I'm extremely grateful for her leadership during the past 22 years and could not have asked for a better mentor who has challenged and prepared me for this opportunity. I am committed to enhancing the profitability of our members through a broad range of programs and services and to further our position as aviation's technology experts. The AEA will continue to be out front on the important issues affecting our membership and provide leadership on the organizational and philosophical changes taking place within the international regulatory authorities." More...
President Trump Signs 5-Year FAA Funding Bill
On Friday, Oct. 5, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 302. The bipartisan legislation was overwhelmingly approved in both houses of Congress. The bill provides long-term stability and critical reforms to the Federal Aviation Administration and nearly $90 billion in funding over the next five years.

The last time Congress enacted a multi-year authorization bill for the FAA was 2012, and the agency has been working under a series of short-term extensions since September 2015. The current authority for FAA activities was extended in March of this year and expired Sept. 30. More...
Aviation's Technology Experts to Connect in Gold Coast, Australia, Nov. 5-6
Registration is now open to individuals wanting to attend and for companies to exhibit at the AEA South Pacific Connect Conference. The two-day event takes place at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Hotel, Nov. 5-6, in Gold Coast Australia. Advance registration is available online through Oct. 26.  More...
Frequently Asked Questions: Training Program
Recently, my FAA inspector rejected my previously approved repair station training program because it doesn't align with the FAA's Safety Assurance System questionnaire. Have the regulations changed? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. More...
AEA Latin America Newsletter Available
The AEA recently published its quarterly newsletter for member companies in the Latin America region. Published in Spanish and designed exclusively for avionics professionals in Latin America, click here to read the third-quarter 2018 edition.
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Orlando, Florida
Oct. 16-18, 2018
Join more than 25,000 industry professionals for the third-largest trade show in the United States. The three-day event brings together current and prospective aircraft owners, manufacturers and customers into one meeting place. More...
International Rotorcraft Safety Conference
Hurst, Texas
Oct. 23-25, 2018
The Federal Aviation Administration will host the 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas. The conference will feature presentations and seminars in an effort to reduce the national helicopter accident rate, particularly among small operators. More...
AEA U.S. South Pacific Connect Conference
Gold Coast, Australia
Nov. 5-6, 2018
Online registration is now available through Oct. 26. Hotel reservations should be made at the Sheraton Grand Mirage. More...
AEA International Convention & Trade Show
Palm Springs, California
March 25-28, 2019
Registration has opened for the 62nd 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 2019. Aviation's technology experts will convene March 25-28, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Attendees must register by Dec. 21, 2018, to receive the early-bird discount price of $645 (AEA member rate) for a full convention registration. The early-bird promotion offers a $165 per person savings off the on-site registration fee. More...
Smart Marketing: Power Aviation Strategies
Aviation marketing specialist Jessica Power understands that when organizations are trying to save money, marketing tends to be the first to go. It shouldn’t be, according to Power. Smart marketing can help businesses build authority and credibility, find new types of customers, increase sales, and keep existing customers coming back. Accomplishing all of that doesn’t have to take a lot of money.

“I’m more of a salesperson than I am a marketing person,” said Power, who has nearly 20 years of experience in marketing and sales for general aviation companies such as Avidyne, L3, FreeFlight Systems and Lanmar Aviation. “I never want someone to spend money on marketing that’s not going to be a good return on investment. I focus on providing smaller aviation companies with better marketing solutions that give them the best bang for their buck." More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
Basic Aircraft Electrical
Oct. 22-23, 2018
This course is designed for the avionics technician, aircraft maintenance technician or homebuilder who wants to improve their understanding of aircraft electrical systems and electricity. It will provide an overview of the fundamentals of electricity and their practical application in aircraft. From currents and calculations to schematics and systems troubleshooting, this two-day course is the perfect primer for an entry-level technician or the skilled homebuilder ready to tackle avionics installation.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft
Oct. 24-26, 2018
This course is designed for the aircraft technician or homebuilder who is looking for guidance in completing an installation on an experimental aircraft with the popular Garmin G3X Touch large format flight display system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche in this ever-expanding market, this class has something for everyone.
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation
Nov. 12-14, 2018
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. 
Pitot-static and Transponder Training Theory and Practice
Nov. 15-16, 2018
For the entry-level technician or those looking for basic training to learn how to perform pitot-static and transponder certifications. This course is recommended as a prerequisite to the AEA’s Pitot-static and Transponder Certification course. This two-day course provides attendees with the history, theory of operation, system setup, hands-on testing and troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks. The latest equipment from DFW Instruments and Laversab will be used in the course. 
Certified Repair Station Training
Dec. 3-7, 2018
This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations. It is for 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES received United States Patent No. 10075228, “Aircraft Flight Data Monitoring and Reporting System and Use Thereof.” First filed in 2013, the newly issued patent recognizes the unique system and advanced methods invented by Latitude’s engineers and programmers used for recording, reporting, and analysis of both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft flight data in real time.

uAVIONIX announced the release of its 1090nano, a 1090 MHz ADS-B single chip solution for unmanned aircraft systems ADS-B transceivers and detect-and-avoid applications.

GENESYS AEROSYSTEMS earned FAA supplemental type certificate approval of the S-TEC 3100 on the Cessna 310, 320, 335, 340, 340A, 414, 421, 425 and Piper PA-46.
GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. delivered the first all-new Gulfstream G500. In addition, the company acquired The NORDAM Group Inc. manufacturing line that produces nacelles for the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600. Gulfstream also opened a sales and design center in Midtown Manhattan.

SATCOM DIRECT announced the launch of SD Scheduler, a cloud-based software solution. SD Scheduler further enhances the SD ecosystem, providing centralized management of aircraft and flight information, as well as customized reporting and analytics to support the entire flight operation.

PEREGRINE announced that on Aug. 13, 2018, the National Civil Aviation Agency Brazil - Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) issued Peregrine STC ST00790DE Brazilian validation. With this validation, the Peregrine STC is now approved for installations throughout most of the Americas, including the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

ASTRONICS CORP. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Test Systems entered into a formal letter of intent to provide a test system program for a customer in the transportation industry. The LOI provides for an anticipated program value of approximately $30 million with additional options for up to a total value of approximately $50 million over the next five years. 
CUTTER AVIATION announced the appointment of Chris Muise to the position of client relationship manager supporting TBM Aircraft clients, while Leo Hernandez was promoted to manager of aircraft service.

D.L.S. ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS received the American Council of Independent Laboratories Customer Quality Service Award for 2018-19.

FLYING COLOURS CORP. reached a milestone as its Peterborough facility re-delivered its 100th major retrofit of a Bombardier Challenger model.
ROBOTIC SKIES teamed with Boeing and its subsidiaries Jeppesen and Aviall to develop and deliver supply chain management and optimization, analytics, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for the commercial and civil UAS markets.

TRIG AVIONICS announced plans to move its regulatory headquarters to the Netherlands, as part of its planned European expansion. Beginning spring 2019, production and certification of Trig products will be controlled from the Trig office in the Netherlands. This change in compliance, will mean Trig products are unaffected by any potential disruption caused by Brexit aviation restrictions.

GARMIN and Bell Helicopter signed a teaming agreement on the development and integration of the autonomous vehicle management computer systems to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing aircraft. Garmin also announced another addition to its portfolio of G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrades to now include G1000-equipped Piper M500 aircraft. 
COBHAM Aerospace Communications entered into a contract for the certification of the AVIATOR 300D satellite communication system on Boeing 737NG aircraft.

DUNCAN AVIATION performed an industry-first installation of a Rosen Tablet Holder in a Dassault Falcon 2000. Duncan Aviation also signed a new Parts Reclamation Engine Surplus agreement with Honeywell Aerospace. This agreement applies to Honeywell TFE731-2 and -3 engines and engine parts and reauthorizes Duncan Aviation to purchase, inspect, repair as necessary, and recertify serviceable parts using Honeywell technical information.

SOCAL JETS INC. was named an authorized dealer of Viasat global communications services and Becker Avionics communication, navigation, surveillance and digital intercom systems.

WEST STAR AVIATION will sponsor the NBAA Careers in Business Aviation Day Oct. 18 during the NBAA Convention.
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... 
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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
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Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Phone: 816-347-8400
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Email:  info@aea.net
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Lauren McFarland, director of advertising
Phone: 816-347-8400
Email:  laurenm@aea.net

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