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Oct. 25, 2017
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Avionics Professionals to Connect in Cairns, Australia, Nov. 8-9
The premier avionics event of the year in the South Pacific region takes place Nov. 8-9 in Cairns, Australia. Industry professionals will gather for two days during the annual AEA South Pacific Connect Conference at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina. Advance registrations must be completed by Monday, Oct. 30. More...

Early-bird Registration opens for 2018 AEA International Convention & Trade Show
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. 

Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities

Transport Canada publishes UAV regulations to Gazette Part I
As the use of unmanned aerial vehicles increases and more complex and capable UAVs are brought into the market, Transport Canada Civil Aviation is preparing the regulatory framework to manage the operation of this "new" type of aircraft. As business use increases, it is probable that more shops will begin to engage operators of UAVs, and it is important to understand the requirements in doing so .   More...  

Safety Management Systems
The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand is sponsoring five SMS Industry Workshops in February and March 2018. The 1.5-day courses will provide a fundamental understanding of safety management and the necessary steps to develop and effectively implement the various elements of SMS Locations and dates are as follows:
  • Queenstown (Copthorne Hotel and Resort); Feb. 20-21, 2018.
  • Christchurch (The Meeting Rooms); Feb. 22-23, 2018.
  • Auckland (The Jet Park Auckland); March 6-7, 2018.
  • Taupo (Suncourt Hotel and Conference Centre); March 8-9, 2018.
  • Wellington (CAA, Level 15 Asteron Centre, 55 Featherson St.); March 27-28, 2018. More... 

On the Radar
Upcoming AEA and industry events

Register Now Button AEA South Pacific Connect Conference:
Cairns, Australia
Nov. 8-9, 2017
Attendees must register in advance by Oct. 30, and hotel reservations should be made at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns.  More...

Register Now Button AEA U.S. East Connect Conference (RESCHEDULED):
Jacksonville, Florida
Dec. 4-5, 2017
Attendees must register in advance by Nov. 29, and hotel reservations should be made at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront no later than Nov. 13.  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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St. Croix sees new Tradewinds
In St. Croix, the warm trade winds blow along the island, carrying dust from the Sahara desert, thousands of miles away. The island's new and only aircraft service center, Tradewinds Flight Center, takes its name from t hese welcoming, balmy breezes.  Located at Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport  on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the FAA-certified Part 145 repair station sits on the southwest end of the airport. T radewinds' parent company, Bohlke International Airways, a majority family owned FBO and Part 135 charter operation, opened the maintenance facility in August 2016 to serve the region's aircraft operators .   More...  

In the Classroom 
Professional development opportunities

Register Now Button Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation Training
Dec. 4-6, 2017
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 panelMore...

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

DAC INTERNATIONAL 's  GDC31 Roll Steering Converter received EASA approval (10063292). 

ELLIOTT AVIATION delivered the 500th Garmin G1000 King Air installation. The aircraft was installed in a King Air B200 for Canadian operator Keewatin Air, and marks the ninth installation Elliott Aviation has completed for Keewatin's fleet, which includes 12 King Airs. 

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY POLYTECHNIC CAMPUS is expanding its degree options with a new offering for individuals interested in teaching technology at the high school level. 

WESTERN AIRCRAFT completed its first Garmin G5000 Integrated Flight Deck installation on a Beechjet 400A aircraft. 

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL promoted SCOTT GOODWIN to vice president, simulation. 

MAXCRAFT AVIONICS successfully flew a Daher TBM aircraft and demonstrated full internet connectivity using the Gogo Biz Network and ATG products, which offer full internet and voice experience. The initial test aircraft was a TBM930 and was equipped with a Gogo ATG 1000; however, the design allows installation across Daher's TBM fleet installing any of Gogo's ATG systems--ATG 1000, 2000 or 5000. 

AVMAX took delivery of the third batch of six aircraft of a 27 Dash 8-100 aircraft purchase deal from Piedmont Airlines with delivery stream through the first quarter of 2018. 

LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES received Transport Canada CAN-TSO Design Approval AP-106 for the company's S200-012 ATS Safety Voice System. The S200-012 is approved to TSO-C159b "Next Generation Satellite Systems equipment" recognized by Transport Canada, the FAA and EASA.
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
Lauren McFarland, director of advertising
Phone: 816-347-8400

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