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Oct. 29, 2014
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AEA Challenges FAA on Authorization Delays to Loan Guarantee Program during ADS-B 'Call to Action' Summit in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, the Federal Aviation Administration played host to a group of aviation leaders at a "Call to Action" summit to engage the aviation industry in meeting the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline to equip aircraft with new avionics technology.

"We are not here to rewrite the rule; rather, we are here to discuss any barriers we have in meeting the mandate," FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker said in his opening remarks to begin the summit. "The mandate is not changing."

During the summit's morning presentations, Paula Derks, Aircraft Electronics Association president, shared with the audience that the repair station industry is ready, willing and able to meet the ADS-B Out mandate, as the shops are trained and prepared for the New Year's Day 2020 deadline. However, Derks also challenged the FAA with a "call to action" regarding the agency's delay in approving the loan guarantee program, which would kick-start low-interest loans to use for ADS-B Out equipage costs. 


"While motivating the general aviation operator is one of the biggest challenges for this segment of the industry, the FAA continues with a culture of 'can't' when it comes to incentive financing," Derks said. "The FAA's failure to implement the loan guarantee program as authorized by Congress is costing the industry an additional 1 to 3 percentage points when financing ADS-B equipment."  More...



AEA Members make news at NBAA Convention

More than 26,000 people attended the National Business Aviation Association's 2014 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 21-23, at the Orange County Convention Center. According to the NBAA, representatives from 49 U.S. states and 95 countries were present to see more than 100 aircraft on display in several locations, along with 1,100 exhibitors.

In addition, several Aircraft Electronics Association member companies made new product announcements during the show that impact the business aviation industry. Check "The Status" section below for just a few examples, and look for more coverage by Avionics News in a future issue. 


Regulatory Update

All the latest from the international aviation authorities


Transport Canada to Revise Airworthiness Notice B073 -- Documentation of Parts
The TCCA is preparing a new advisory circular to cover the content of AN B073 (Documentation Required for the Installation of Parts onto Canadian Registered Aircraft) and ultimately cancel AN B073. This airworthiness notice has not been updated in eight years, and there have been several changes to the bilateral agreement in that period of time that are not reflected in this document. More...  

2015 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference
The FAA's Rotorcraft Directorate will play host to the 2015 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, April 21-23, 2015, in Hurst, Texas. The free event will be geared toward pilots, mechanics, flight safety officers and others associated with personal/private, instructional/training and aerial application rotorcraft. The event will include programs, lectures and training. More...

On the Radar 

Upcoming AEA and industry events


Nov. 12-13: AEA South Pacific Regional Meeting in Sydney, Australia
The seventh and final AEA Regional Meeting of 2014 takes place at the Novotel Sydney Central hotel in Sydney, Australia. Advance registrations will be accepted online through Nov. 4. More...

April 8-11, 2015: Early-Bird Registration Open for AEA Convention
Registration has opened for the 58th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the premier event for the general aviation avionics industry. The event takes place April 8-11, 2015, at Marriott's Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Attendees may save $150 per person off the on-site registration fee by taking advantage of the early-bird registration offer. More... 

AEA Announces Future Convention Dates and Locations
The annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show announced its future dates and host cities for the next five years. They are as follows:
  • April 8-11, 2015: Dallas, Texas
  • April 27-30, 2016: Orlando, Florida
  • March 13-16, 2017: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • March 26-29, 2018: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • March 25-28, 2019: Palm Springs, California

The Connection

Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry


Preferred Avionics celebrates 10 Years

In the picturesque small town of Howell, Michigan, Preferred Avionics & Instruments is celebrating 10 years in business. Based at the Livingston County Airport, about an hour northwest of Detroit, the FAA-certified Part 145 repair station caters mostly to single-engine pistons and light twins. Learn more about this AEA member company in this month's Avionics News More... 


AEAviators: Pat Napolitano of Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics

Learn more about Pat Napolitano's experience as a pilot and how it helps him as an industry professional working for Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics in this month's Avionics News.  More...
In the Classroom 

Professional development opportunities


Avionics: A Commitment to Training

The fall months of November and December include a variety of professional development opportunities, as the Aircraft Electronics Association plays host to four training courses in Lee's Summit, Missouri. In fact, three of those courses are offered during the month of November. Class size is limited, so early registrations are encouraged to reserve a seat. More...

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The Raw Feed

Industry buzz on social media



Aero-News Discusses Part 145 Rule with AEA Vice President Ric Peri

Jim Campbell of the Aero-News Network had a chance to discuss the FAA's repair station final rule with Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, at a recent AEA Regional Meeting. More...  


The Static

News from AEA member companies


GARMIN introduced the GDL 84 ADS-B datalink, which is the latest addition of the company's lineup of certified ADS-B solutions.

GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION added moving map capabilities to Gogo Vision, the company's on-demand in-flight entertainment and information service.

FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS introduced the FTX-200 1090 ES Transponder with integrated GPS system for Part 25 business aircraft. In addition, the company introduced the FTX-250 system for Part 25 aircraft, integrating an ADS-B In FIS-B weather data receiver and a certified GPS/GNSS ADS-B position source in a compact unit. 

CONSTANT AVIATION named CHANCE DUVAIL director, mobile maintenance. 

SOCAL JETS named MARTY OWENS manager of new business development.

TRINE AEROSPACE & DEFENSE is developing a Stage 3 noise-compliant hush kit for 20-series Learjets that will be available in the second quarter of 2015. 

AVIDYNE introduced the MLB100 Datalink Receiver for ADS-B In designed to provide ADS-B traffic and FIS-B weather information for display on the company's IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/nav/comms, as well as EX600, EX500 and EX5000 MFDs.

SPIRIT AERONAUTICS named TONY BAILEY president and chief operating officer. 

SANDEL received European technical standard order authorization from the European Aviation Safety Agency for its Sandel ST3400H HeliTAWS.

AVIATION SPECIALTIES UNLIMITED signed a new sales and service agreement with Vienna, Austria-based Helikopter Air Transportation. In addition, the company unveiled its new microgimbal, Observation Wide-area Low altitude Sensor at the NBAA Convention.

JETSUPPORT was granted Garmin's dealership approval for its products and services. 

NEXTANT AEROSPACE announced the delivery of its first 400XTi to the UK, the UK's first remanufactured aircraft. In addition, the Nextant G90XT is on schedule to begin customer deliveries in the first quarter of 2015.

EDMO DISTRIBUTORS is now a master distributor for fellow AEA-member company TRIG AVIONICS.

GARMIN and JEPPESEN introduced the RNP AR NavData Service, a new tool for pilots utilizing RNP AR procedures.

SATCOM DIRECT and DASSAULT FALCON JET announced a partnership to serve mutual customers. Satcom Direct now has an office at Dassault Aircraft Services' location in Wilmington, Delaware, to support both MRO and completions clients. 

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE introduced its new G500 and G600 aircraft.

TAYLOR-DEAL AVIATION was issued a supplemental type certificate by the FAA for installation of the Teledyne Controls enhanced Airborne Data Loader in a broad series of Boeing Company model 737 aircraft.

REBTECH provided Helidosa, the largest helicopter operator in the Dominican Republic, with night vision technology in an AMS Bell 430.

ELBIT SYSTEMS OF AMERICA delivered its 1,500th Enhanced Vision System, which improves situational awareness and provides a means to continued descent below the decision height.

HONEYWELL AEROSPACE released two new mobile applications -- Pilot Gateway and My-Maintaner.

ROCKWELL COLLINS announced it is offering FANS 1/A capability for Bombardier's Challenger 604 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics.

TRUE BLUE POWER received TSO and ETSO certification for its third lithium-ion aircraft battery. The most recently certified is the TB44 main ship battery.

FARGO JET CENTER named NEIL BRACKIN vice president of flight operations and MIKE CLANCY vice president of technical services. In addition, the company was designated an authorized service center by Cirrus Aircraft Corp.

LANDMARK AVIATION named CY FARMER vice president to focus on special projects and international operations.

LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES introduced its new DL150 FANS 1/A+ satellite data unit.

GA Caucus

Industry advocates on Capitol Hill



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
Lauren McFarland, director of marketing
Phone: 816-347-8400

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