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Oct. 14, 2015
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2015 Rate and Labor Survey now Available to AEA Members
The percentage of Aircraft Electronics Association members in the U.S. expecting their business to grow in the next 12 months surged to 81 percent of respondents in this year's AEA Rate and Labor Survey, marking four straight years of growing optimism. This figure is up compared to the 69 percent of shops that expected future growth in 2014, and the 62 percent in 2013 and 56 percent in 2012. The Federal Aviation Administration's ADS-B Out equipage mandate is once again fueling the optimism, but marketing efforts and better feelings about the economy are cited as business drivers, as well. Nearly half of the survey respondents listed the ADS-B equipage mandate as the reason they expect their business to increase compared to only one-third the prior year. For a complete look at the 2015 AEA Rate and Labor Survey and analysis of the results, AEA members may view the entire report online after entering their member login on the AEA's websiteMore... 

Gogo Announces 4G Connectivity Solution for Business Aircraft
In a new product announcement this morning, the Gogo Biz 4G will be available at the beginning of 2017. According to the AEA member company in Broomfield, Colorado, the Gogo Biz 4G will give business aircraft passengers "the speed they need" to power their digital lifestyles in flight. Created specifically for the business aviation market, the Gogo Biz 4G is a specially-designed application of Gogo's latest air-to-ground technology. The Gogo Biz 4G equipment package will incorporate dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi service and a host of other features -- all from a single, lightweight box. John Wade, Gogo Business Aviation's executive vice president and general manager, said, "We cracked the code on in-flight connectivity many years ago, and we're excited to continue offering more and more performance to customers. Gogo Biz 4G is a solution business aircraft operators can count on. It leverages Gogo's proven air-to-ground network and technology that has already flown hundreds of thousands of hours aboard thousands of business and commercial aircraft." More...

Aspen Avionics Logo Aspen Avionics Receives U.S. Patent for Connected Panel
AEA member company Aspen Avionics, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was  awarded a U.S. patent for its Connected Panel wireless cockpit system. According to the company, the patent, first applied for in 2011, is the industry's only FAA-certified and patented avionics technology to safely interface wirelessly with noncertified mobile devices such as the Apple iPad or Android devices before, during and after flight.  "Early on in 2010, we realized we were witnessing an historic and rapid transformation of how noncertified wireless devices such as the iPad coupled with flight planning applications were being used in the cockpit," said John Uczekaj, Aspen president and CEO. "We were the first to recognize that we could transform the way pilots fly by establishing two-way wireless communications with these devices to certified avionics to help the pilot with a number of tasks, including flight planning, weather, and information management." More...

Help Make History Fly
In an effort to raise funds for flight testing, Doc's Friends, the nonprofit organization managing the B-29 "Doc" restoration, launched a Kickstarter campaign on Sept. 30. The group has 30 days to reach a goal of $137,500. Costs associated with this amount include fuel, maintenance, insurance and others. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that allows friends, fans, and total strangers the opportunity to fund projects, in return for rewards. Kickstarter has an "all or nothing" rule, where the project can only collect the funds if the goal has been reached by the set deadline More...  

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EASA Mandates FAA Form 8130-3 Traceability for U.S.-based EASA 145 repair stations
On Sept. 8, the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration signed Change 5 to the Maintenance Annex Guidance of the EU/FAA Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement making a number of changes to the administration of repair stations and adding the provision to the special conditions mandating that new products used on European-registered aircraft and products must have an accompanying FAA Form 8130.3The AEA has joined with a coalition of industry partners requesting the authorities to extend the 90-day implementation period for the new FAA Form 8130-3 mandate (click here for petition). Continue to watch AEA.net for the latest information as this issue continues to unfold.  The association has scheduled a webinar to discuss the FAA Form 8130-3 requirements and other MAG changes at 11 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Registration details for the webinar will follow later this week.   More... 

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Upcoming AEA and industry events

FLYING Aviation Expo: Palm Springs, California, Oct. 15-17
This event offers a platform for pilots and aviation enthusiasts to experience a wide selection of hands-on products and static displays with 75 aircraft. More... 

Register Now Button AEA South Pacific Regional Meeting: Queenstown, New Zealand, Nov. 2-3
Regulatory officials from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia will speak at this event, which takes place at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown. Register online by Oct. 27. More... 

NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition: Las Vegas, Nov. 17-19
The NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition will bring together 26,000 key aviation contacts from around the world, including current and prospective business aircraft owners, manufacturers and customers into one meeting place. More...

AEA Connect Europe: Cologne, Germany, Jan. 26-27
The city of Cologne, Germany, will serve as the host site for the AEA Connect Europe conference on Jan. 26-27, 2016. Formerly known as the AEA Regional Meetings, AEA Connect is a two-day conference where repair stations, manufacturers, regulators and educators come together to do business. The event offers a networking venue with regulatory and technical training sessions and an exhibit hall filled with the latest avionics technologies and services. More... 

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A Conversation With Hamed Baher of Airbus Defense and Space Military Aircraft
A member of the Airbus Group family, Airbus Defense and Space Military Aircraft Inc. offers MRO services, complete component repair, extensive material services and professional engineering and technical support for C212, CN235 and C295 aircraft. Recently, Avionics News spoke with Hamed Baher, the lead avionics engineer, to learn more about his work and life outside the office.   More...  

Aerovalley Technologies Keeps Evolving
AEA member company Aerovalley Technologies has evolved to keep up with demand and provide customers with simple and effective solutions. Today, it spans three facilities in southern Australia, servicing aircraft and avionics, as well as manufacturing aircraft products and components.   More...

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Professional development opportunities

Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft, Dec. 2-4
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. T his newly created class will start with an overview of wiring basics but will quickly advance through the common practices involved in wiring.  Students will spend a significant portion of this course learning, hands-on, how to wire the G3X system.  Attendees also learn how to plan, install, interface and configure the G3X Touch screen system that includes a single display, air data, attitude and heading reference system, magnetometer, outside air temperature probe, engine indication system interface and autopilot integration. More... 

Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation: Dec. 7-9
This course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel, A&P mechanics, and others interested in improving or acquiring the skills necessary to perform avionics installations in general aviation aircraft. 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. It is FAA-accepted for 26 hours toward IA renewal training. More...

ADS-B Broadcast Surveillance--from Capstone to the 2020 Mandate: Dec. 10
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. It is designed to provide the student with history, theory of operation, basic implementation, configuration, certification and compliance testing of surveillance systems. More...

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Industry Insight: Retired Garmin Executive Gary Kelley Reflects on Historic Career

Thanks to the production efforts of the Aero-News Network, YouTube viewers can now watch ANN's coverage of the 2015 AEA Convention in Dallas, which took place April 8-11. Here's a look back at ANN's in-depth interview with GARY KELLEY, a retired Garmin executive, who received the AEA's Lifetime Achievement Award. More... 


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News from AEA member companies

TRUENORTH AVIONICS  unveiled  its aviation certified product to provide light-aircraft owners with communications capabilities previously reserved for long-range VIP jets. The company's new Optelity Hot Spot product is an 'N' wireless access point and integrated router powerful enough to host embedded applications and is the latest addition to the Optelity family of connectivity products. 

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. completed the second round of ground testing to support Super Puma display installations -- new flight deck includes EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays, dual UNS-1Fw Multi-Missions Management System, and Radio Control Unit. In addition, Heli-One now offers Super Puma operators a new Universal Avionics solution -- STC'd installation includes UNS-1Fw Multi-Missions Management System and MFD-640 Multi-Function Display.

COBHAM AVCOMM made its first deliveries of the new ATC-5000NG NextGen ATC/DME Test Sets. It also announced the release of Software Version 2.0.0. for the 8800 Series Digital Radio Test Set. This release includes the P25 Phase 2 option for testing base stations and subscribers. 

SPIRIT AERONAUTICS said that the FAA STC is now complete and the company is offering Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) 1/A capability for Bombardier's Challenger 604 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics. Spirit also named JOHN WILLIAMSON chief financial officer.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE sustainability initiatives were recognized in Aviation Climate Solutions, a collection of 100 examples highlighting how the aviation industry is collaborating to cut carbon dioxide emissions and help reduce the industry's impact on climate change. 

FLYING MAGAZINE named STEPHEN POPE editor-in-chief. 

AVIONICA announced that the FAA issued the company's 18th STC for the installation of the lightweight avWIFI router system on Boeing's 737, 767 and 777 aircraft models plus the DC-10, MD-10 and MD-11 aircraft models. 

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA biologists deployed unmanned aircraft systems in a Canadian wildlife study; first tests suggested UAS as safe and noninvasive means of monitoring ecological systems in the Arctic. 

COMLUX AMERICA signed an agreement with Boeing Business Jets that designates the company as an authorized warranty repair facility and service center. 

COBHAM SATCOM AVIATOR 300D SwiftBroadband solution received an FAA STC for installation aboard the Airbus aircraft A319, A320 and A321. The company also announced a new multiple voice line capability across its entire AVIATOR SwiftBroadband range after Inmarsat made its new Multi-Voice service live.

SPIRIT AERONAUTICS named CHRISTOPHER (CHRIS) KOENEMAN to the human resources team. The company also said it has developed a unique avionics upgrade program that modernizes military C-21A aircraft that will meet the demands of worldwide flight operations in both military and civil airspace.

SHADIN AVIONICS introduced the AIS-370, a new Ethernet-based digital data
converter platform. The AIS-370 is capable of converting Ethernet, digital, serial, analog and discrete inputs and outputs using common avionic protocols including ARINC 429. 

JET AVIATION ST. LOUIS completed and received FAA approval for the STC for installation of its Future Airspace Navigation System for the Bombardier Challenger 604. 

VECTOR AEROSPACE signed a three-year contract with the Anaheim Police Department to provide MRO support for its Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 components. 

ASPEN AVIONICS added two new sales and support staff members: STEVE LAWSON as western U.S. and Canada regional sales manager, and CHARLIE REICHE as central U.S. field service engineer. 

VIH AEROSPACE acquired two additional Bell 407 helicopters to its growing portfolio of assets. 

ENGLISH FIELD AVIATION promoted JAMISON ADAMS to account manager and named SCOTT LATINO avionics manager.

ROCKWELL COLLINS received an FAA STC for its Future Airspace Navigation Systems 1/A upgrade for Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics. The solution is available now through Rockwell Collins-authorized dealers. Rockwell Collins also was awarded a five-year fixed price repair agreement by AJW Group to maintain Rockwell Collins' equipment installed on AJW customers' fleets.

AVMAX and TRUE BLUE POWER received a Transport Canada STC for installation of the True Blue Power TB44 (44 amp-hour) lithium-ion aircraft battery on Bombardier Dash 8 100/200/300 aircraft. The two companies have filed for U.S. FAA Part 25 approval of the same STC. 

PENTASTAR AVIATION will sponsor The Art of Wine, 34th annual Detroit International Wine Auction, benefiting the College for Creative Studies. The event will take place Oct. 17 at Coleman A. Young International Airport. 

ELLIOTT AVIATION unveiled a $40,000 discount for pre-orders for Garmin G5000 installations in the Beechjet 400A or Hawker 400XP. The company has orders for seven installations and expects more in the coming weeks. 

DAC INTERNATIONAL was recently announced as a distributor for ESTERLINE CMC ELECTRONICS, which received Canadian TSO design approval for its CMA-6800 display. 

FLYING COLOURS CORP. secured an STC for ADS-B Out for Bombardier Challenger 600-2B16 (604 and 605) airframes from the FAA. The first aircraft to be fitted with the system, a Bombardier Challenger 605, was completed at its U.S. facility in late September. The STC will be submitted for validation by both Transport Canada and Europe's EASA this year. 

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL said EDWARD KOHARIK was named executive director of visual systems. 

AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED and U.K.-based operator and support organization, Specialist Aviation Services, announced the appointment of SAS as a dealer and service center for ASU's ANVIS 9 night vision goggles. 

AVIDYNE received Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil - Brasil (ANAC) validation for the IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, as well as approval for Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems. 

FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS extended its warranty on the company's RANGR product line of certified ADS-B systems to five years. Now through Dec. 31, 2015, customers who purchase and register a RANGR product will receive FreeFlight's 24-month warranty, as well as three years of Blue Care, the company's extended warranty program, at no additional cost. 

ALTO AVIATION launched its new Cabin Public Address and Audio Entertainment Solution specifically engineered for Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 Aircraft. 

HONEYWELL AEROSPACE will provide Airbus A320 and A330 with its new Integrated Multi-Mode Receiver, the industry's only all-digital navigation radio that simplifies multiple functions into one receiver. 

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY SALINA and industry partner Westar Energy are advancing unmanned aircraft systems, education, training and research with the creation of a new flight facility, the UAS Pavilion.

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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 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
Email: info@aea.net
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Email: laurenm@aea.net

The "AEA Wired" e-newsletter is published twice a month by the AEA.