Oct. 24, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
FAA Relaunches ADS-B Out Rebate
The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced it is relaunching its $500 ADS-B rebate program effective immediately and through Oct. 11, 2019. The agency is making $4,900,000 available under the rebate program, which will fund 9,792 ADS-B Out installations. 

As of Jan. 1, 2020, aircraft flying in airspace where a transponder is necessary today will be required to be equipped with compliant ADS-B Out technology.

“The ADS-B mandate is not going away. We are about 15 months from the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline and now is the time for aircraft owners to equip,” said FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell.  More...
Shop Survey Gleans the Experimental Market's Next Opportunity
Since the Federal Aviation Administration announced its ADS-B mandate, it has been driving an increasing amount of business to avionics repair stations nationwide. Now, with roughly a year left before air traffic control shunts procrastinating aircraft owners to the back of the line, the slow but steady demand for ADS-B has surely reached a frenzy that likely is leaving shops and their customers frazzled and less than happy because their antipodal desires of time and money are not fully satisfied. 

But like all equipment requirements and technological advances that have charted the course of the avionics industry since the first tube-based aircraft electronics first took wing, this demand will, in time, pass. As the ADS-B frenzy runs its course, the question is, what’s next? 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 Friday, Oct. 26.  More...
General Aviation Security: How to Develop a Risk-based Security Plan
The Transportation Security Administration mandates security measures for many general aviation-related organizations, but not all. Some general aviation airports, businesses serving general aviation, aircraft operators, and others are left responsible for developing and implementing their own security measures. How should an unregulated organization develop a security plan? 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
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 Europe Connect Conference
Cologne, Germany
Jan. 23-24, 2019
Online registration is now available through Jan. 16. Hotel reservations should be made at the Hyatt Regency Cologne. 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...
Canadore College Prepares the Next Generation of Avionics Technicians in Canada
Avionics News recently spoke with Peter Kincaid, AME-E BBA program coordinator for avionics maintenance and aircraft structural repair programs at Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario, to learn how the institution is meeting the need to educate the next generation of avionics technicians.  More...
DeltaFox Builds Business with Diligence and Discipline
When it comes to avionics installations, DeltaFox’s technicians and engineers set the standard for methodical, comprehensive workmanship. Every project includes a complete set of engineering drawings with an electrical load analysis and a complete set of schematics showing what’s installed and where. Everything is physically labeled and numbered – every wire, every splice, every pass through a bulkhead, every beginning and termination of the wires. This attention to excellence and due diligence is the hallmark of the Part 145 repair station’s culture, and it influences every decision that owners Charles Schefer and Joe Thorleifsson make. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
Register quickly, as most classes sell out!
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
ALTO AVIATION introduced its new Cabin Management System that was designed in-house by ALTO engineers.

SATCOM DIRECT launched SD Xperience to simplify and improve business aviation connectivity and operations, combining cabin and cockpit communications services, aircraft connectivity hardware, and flight operations software. SD Avionics, the hardware manufacturing division of Satcom Direct, has partnered with QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH to develop a new flat panel connectivity antenna for business and military aviation.

SANDEL AVIONICS announced availability for its Avilon flight deck for the King Air family. Initial STC award is expected in January 2019 with first Avilon deliveries to follow immediately after receipt of STC. Sandel is now accepting orders for Avilon.

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYTEMS CORP. is supplying dual EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays and dual AHS-525 AHRS for an AS365 Dauphin helicopter installation; announced completion of certification testing with Authorized Dealer, Heli-One, for the company’s FMS Transition to Hover feature; announced the completion of Heli-One’s Sikorsky S-76 VVIP helicopter flight deck upgrade; unveiled a new 'Head-Up, Head-Down' flight deck system with the integration of the InSight Display System and Elbit System's SkyLens wearable Head-Up Display; offered a new touchscreen model for the InSight Display System's EFIS Control Display Unit; introduced UniLink software version SCN 31.3 for the UL-80X Communications Management Unit.

LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES CORP.'s Latitude DL150 Satellite Data Unit was selected by Chicago Jet Group as an integral component of its continuing series of upgrade programs for equipping and certifying aircraft in advance of the January 2020 FANS 1/A+ and ATN B1 European Link 2000+ Mandates. In addition, Chicago Jet Group and Trimec Aviation selected the Latitude DL150 Satellite Data Unit and the SkyNode S200-012 ATC Safety SATVOICE system for an STC installation on the Astra SPX.

ROCKWELL COLLINS announced that the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system will be available as an upgrade for Cessna Citation CJ1+ and CJ2+ light business jets manufactured by Textron Aviation. Rockwell Collins and Stellar are jointly developing a suite of integrated, cloud-based applications, as a successor to Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect Flight Operations System. Rockwell Collins is now offering Aireon space-based ADS-B flight tracking to its business aviation customers, a first for the company.

TRUE BLUE POWER announced that Ravn Alaska has installed the company’s TB44 (46 amp-hour) Advanced Lithium-ion Batteries on DeHavilland DHC-8 aircraft. Ravn will install TB44 batteries during routine C-check maintenance operations throughout 2018.
GENESYS AEROSYSTEMS was selected to provide an advanced new avionics suite for the Indonesian Aerospace CN-235.

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL announced that Chairman, CEO and President Bruce Whitman passed away peacefully at home, Oct. 10, at the age of 85. David Davenport and Ray Johns will lead the company as co-CEOs. In addition, FlightSafety International and Global Simulation Incorporated were awarded a contract to provide 10 Mixed Reality Training Systems for the T-38C program. FlightSafety International is the first to provide Enhanced Flight Vision Systems to Touchdown and Rollout training for the Gulfstream G500 and other Gulfstream aircraft equipped with the Rockwell Collins HUD II and Kollsman (Elbit) EVS-II and EVS-SP.

JUPITER AVIONICS announced that Steve Wile has been hired as the company’s customer support specialist. 

LUMA TECHNOLOGIES rounded out its King Air offerings by adding LED Gear Status Lights to its line of LED replacement panels for King Air and other aircraft models. The units are available in both 5/8- and 3/4-inch-square sizes common to all mid to modern-day King Airs. 

AVIDYNE received FAA TSO C147 approval and an STC for its SkyTrax 600 Series Active-Surveillance Traffic Advisory Systems with ADS-B In. With the addition of ADS-B In, the TAS600 Series is being rebranded as the SkyTrax600 series. Avidyne CEO Dan Schwinn announced that the company is actively involved in multiple FMS upgrade programs to the venerable Cessna Citation series of aircraft, using their IFD550/545 FMS navigators to provide LPV approach capability, electronic approach charts, wireless connectivity, and ADS-B compliance at a lower price point than competing solutions.

JEPPESEN Mobile FliteDeck new features include real-time data capabilities for faster decision-making and intelligent data processing based on pilot requirements and preferences.

ANODYNE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING CORP. and Boeing announced that qualification and performance testing of the first Internal PA System offered for the H-47 series helicopter is complete.

SMARTSKY NETWORKS has expanded its dealer and distribution network. Stevens Aviation will serve as an authorized dealer for hardware sales and installation of the SmartSky 4G LTE system.
GARMIN announced the availability of the G700 TXi touchscreen flight display for popular Cessna Citation business jet models; announced progress toward the certification of the G5000 integrated flight deck program for Textron Aviation’s Citation Excel and Citation XLS; announced the initial phase of integration between the Garmin Pilot app and the FltPlan.com web portal; announced a comprehensive update to its portfolio of G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrades; announced the selection of a complete Garmin ADS-B In solution by Gulfstream for the G280 business jet; and announced Clemens Aircraft in Benton, Kansas, recently completed its 11th G5000 integrated flight deck upgrade within its managed fleet of Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP aircraft.

DUNCAN AVIATION's Provo, Utah, campus continues the construction process for the company's first new-construction MRO maintenance hangar will be ready to open in January 2019. Duncan Aviation was recognized by Bombardier Business Aircraft for its performance in 2017 as a top authorized service facility in the support of Bombardier customers.

FLYING COLOUS CORP. is adding more than 140,000 square feet to its North American footprint as it continues its ambitious expansion and embarks on its largest infrastructure growth to date.

STANDARDAERO completed its 20,000th TFE731 turbofan engine scheduled maintenance event on Oct. 2. The company also inducted the first five PT6A-68 engines at its Summerside facility on Prince Edward Island, Canada. StandardAero signed a three-year agreement with Air Methods to support its fleet of Airbus Helicopters AS350 and EC130 dynamic components. StandardAero signed a new TFE731 turbofan engine MRO services partnership agreement with Aerocare Aviation Services Ltd., to support business aviation operators in Europe.

MID-CANADA MOD CENTER entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Canadian avionics design firm Avionics Design Services Ltd., a provider of aviation engineering and certification

ACI JET announced the next in a string of dealership and service center authorizations with the addition of Garmin’s suite of avionics to its MRO offerings.

JETTECH announced the initial STC for its Garmin G700 TXi modification is in the pending stage and will be available for installation for the Cessna Citation II/SII and V fleet. JETTECH received EASA approvals for several of its FAA-approved STCs for Garmin touchscreen installations on legacy Citation and CJ aircraft.

SOUTHEAST AEROSPACE obtained an STC and China validation for the Cobham A300D Satcom system in a Boeing 737NG.
PRO STAR AVIATION named Sean Peterson as its new general manager.

CONSTANT AVIATION Rotable Exchange, a provider for aviation parts sourcing and distribution solutions, launched its newly enhanced website at www.CARE.aero. Constant Aviation also executed an agreement with Premium Jet AG to receive the first European Challenger 604 modification to Pro Line Fusion. Constant Aviation announced that it executed an agreement with Evolution Management that includes the Rockwell Collins ProLine Fusion upgrade, a 192-month cycle inspection, landing gear overhaul, FANS, and a complete customized interior refurbishment on the client’s Challenger 604 aircraft.

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS & SUPPORT will be completing ThrustSense certification of the King Air in early 2019 with additional capability including Vmca Mitigation and Hot Start Protection. The FAA certified full regime PC-12 autothrottle will also be adding Hot Start protection and In-trail Spacing to the STC during the same time frame.

HONEYWELL engines will power the Embraer Praetor 600 and Praetor 500 aircraft. In addition to the HTF7500E, Honeywell will equip these models with auxiliary power units, cabin-related management systems, pressure and control systems, and environmental controls, along with optional inertial reference units. In addition, Honeywell’s 27th annual Global Business Aviation Outlook forecasts up to 7,700 new business jet deliveries worth $251 billion from 2019 to 2028 – up 1 to 2 percentage points from the 2017 10-year forecast. Honeywell also is reducing the need for multiple flight operations tools with the debut of a new software-based flight planning engine, the new GoDirectFlight Planning technology.

BECKER AVIONICS has submitted for EASA certification the company BXT6500 family’s latest version Mode S transponder, designed specifically for full interoperability with existing TCAS II systems, as well as ADS-B compliant. Becker appointed DAC International as a distributor of the Becker BXT family of Mode S transponders.

FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS and Becker are teaming and have expanded to offer a complete ADS-B solution for business and commercial class aircraft for TCAS II equipped aircraft. The combination of the Becker BXT65XX series of Mode S transponders with FreeFlight Systems' 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor and RANGR RX ADS-B Receiver provide TCAS II and non-TCAS II turboprop and turbojet business aircraft a complete ADS-B In and Out solution.

SAFRAN unveiled an electric motor from its ENGINeUS range, designed for future hybrid and electric aircraft.

L3 COMMERCIAL AVIATION announced the launch of its new Electronic Flight Display, the EFD-750. Aircraft manufacturer Textron Aviation has selected the standby system to be used in its Cessna Denali turboprop aircraft currently in development.
GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION introduced Gogo DASH, a new toolkit that gives operators and pilots visibility into the Gogo network and the connectivity systems they have installed on their aircraft. Gogo DASH is comprised of the DASH mobile app and DASH portal and provides information for a single aircraft or an entire fleet. Gogo Business Aviation also surpassed 5,000 systems activated across the AVANCE platform and its other ATG (air-to-ground) systems.

ASTRONICS CORP. joined the Seamless Air Alliance as an “Adopter Member.” Astronics announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics AeroSat, is introducing its next generation FliteStream T-310 SATCOM connectivity solution for business aircraft. Astronics also announced today that the FAA recently granted PMA for the next generation of LED Landing and Taxi Lights, provided by its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Luminescent Systems Inc.

ESTERLINE Avionics Systems' CMA-6800 CRT to LCD conversion solution was chosen by Honeywell Aerospace for its ED-800 Replacement Program. The company also announced that Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services has received FAA STC approval of its ADS-B Out solution featuring Esterline’s CMA-5024 on Boeing 757, 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft. Also, Esterline Avionics Systems, CMD Flight Solutions and DAC International announced the STC approval of their ADS-B Out solution for Part 25 aircraft. 

COMLUX Completion in Indianapolis accomplished its 11th VIP interior outfitting on a BBJ aircraft for a private customer based in the Far East.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. will increase services to customers and add to the employees at its West Palm Beach, Florida, site with construction of a new service center at Palm Beach International Airport. Gulfstream also announced its fleet of in-production aircraft has FAA approval for Visual Advantage credit using the Enhanced Flight Vision System.

FDS AVIONICS has integrated its in-flight entertainment system with the industry’s only next generation air-to-ground connectivity service, SmartSky 4G LTE, creating a new in-flight entertainment and connectivity option.

METRO AVIATION announced that Airmedic, the only privately-owned air medical provider in Quebec, has committed to purchasing three Airbus EC145e aircraft from Metro Aviation, the first EC145e models in Canada. Metro Aviation also recognized customer recipients of the Association of Air Medical Services Community Awards and those celebrating service milestones during its annual press event at the 2018 Air Medical Transport Conference. 

UAVIONIX launched a manufacturer’s rebate program for its ADS-B Out solutions for experimental aircraft owners. The rebate program offers a limited-time $100 rebate on the echoUAT+WAAS GPS bundle, or $150 rebate on tailBeacon EXP.

ELLIOTT AVIATION announced the delivery of its 12th Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 modernization package.
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