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Oct. 8, 2014
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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.

  • Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation Course, Nov. 3-5
  • Navigation Systems Line Maintenance and Testing Course, Nov. 6
  • Digital Databus Theory and Analysis Course, Nov. 7
  • Certified Repair Station Training Course, Dec. 8-12

Class size is limited, so early registrations are encouraged to reserve a seat. More...



Smartphone Connectivity Goes Airborne

Being connected with the rest of the world hasn't diminished the need for business transportation, but it has created demand for airborne connectivity where it didn't exist -- and perhaps wasn't wanted -- before. The legitimate need to remain connected with colleagues and customers no matter the location or activity didn't take off immediately, but it's arrived. The Gogo Text & Talk service allows you to use your own smartphone to call and text in flight -- just like on the ground. Author Jeb Burnside goes in-depth on this topic in this month's Avionics News. More...


Regulatory Update

All the latest from the international aviation authorities


Transport Canada and FAA Prepare New Maintenance Implementation Procedure
The Transport Canada Civil Aviation regulatory authority and the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. recently met to discuss and draft a new maintenance implementation procedure. The intention of this new agreement is to work with the European Aviation Safety Agency to create a trilateral agreement to allow for an easier flow of trade, parts and work. More...  

Frequently Asked Questions in the U.S.
As an avionics shop manager, my customer is requesting "birth records" for an article recently overhauled by us. What is required? Discover the answer in this month's Avionics News. 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


Oct. 9-10: AEA U.S. Central Regional Meeting in Kansas City, Mo.
The Show-Me State of Missouri plays host to the AEA's third and final regional meeting of the year in the U.S. at the Embassy Suites in Kansas City. More... 

Oct. 21-23: Look for the AEA in Booth No. 1232 at the Upcoming NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, Orlando, Fla.
Attend the fourth largest trade show in the U.S. NBAA 2014 will feature more than 1,000 exhibitors and opportunities to network with 25,000 business aviation professionals. More...

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. Registrations will be accepted through Nov. 5. However, attendees must register by Oct. 13 to guarantee a ticket to the welcome dinner scheduled for Nov. 12. 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... 

The Connection

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FreeFlight Systems at Forefront of ADS-B

As ADS-B mandated deadlines from the FAA, EASA and other regulatory agencies draw near, conversations in hangars, avionics shops and industry conferences routinely turn to the challenge of equipping aircraft. A group of 53 engineers, avionics experts, technicians, assemblers and support staff at FreeFlight Systems in Texas is working hard to ensure ADS-B products are, and will be, available. Learn more about this AEA member company in this month's Avionics News More... 


What's Working for Appareo Systems?

Located between the Hector International Airport and the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota, Appareo Systems is one of the recognized leaders in the custom development and manufacture of low-cost and innovative avionics solutions for original equipment manufacturers. The company shares some of its best practices with Avionics News readers in this month's edition of "What's Working"?  More...
In the Classroom 

Professional development opportunities


Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation Training Course set for Nov. 3-5

The Aircraft Electronics Association plays host to a Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation Training Course, Nov. 3-5, in Lee's Summit, Missouri. The 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 seminar 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...

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The Raw Feed

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Aero-News Discusses AEA Avionics Market Report with AEA President

Recently, the AEA released its second-quarter 2014 Avionics Market Report, which noted that total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to more than $652 million in the three-month period. Jim Campbell of the Aero-News Network had a chance to discuss the report in-depth with AEA President Paula Derks at a recent AEA Regional Meeting. More...  


The Static

News from AEA member companies


JUPITER AVIONICS was granted an FAA TSO-C139 design approval for its Aural Message Generator, the JA37-001. In addition to the new TSO approval, the company previously obtained the CAN-TSO C139. 

SIERRA INDUSTRIES recently announced a new program of performance upgrades to the Cessna 525 Citation Jet series called the Sapphire program. In addition, the company announced a joint project to develop an engine retrofit program for the legacy Citation Jet platform using the recently certified GE Honda HF120 engine.

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. received technical standard order approval from the FAA for its SBAS-Flight Management System/Multi-Missions Management Ssytem Software Control Number 1001/1101. 

CUTTER AVIATION received two Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards. It was honored among the Top 50 largest private companies in Arizona and also as one of the fast growing companies in the state.

AERO DYNAMIX announced a partnership with Hawker Pacific Airservices based in Dubai to create an additional Aero Dynamix international repair station. 

AVIDYNE extended its repair service agreement with DUNCAN AVIATION of Lincoln, Nebraska, to include Avidyne's EX500 series of multifunction displays.

ELBIT SYSTEMS completed a series of successful helicopter flight tests in Zurich, using the SkyVis Day/Night Head Mounted Display onboard an AW-109SP helicopter of the Swiss air rescue company Rega. 

DUMONT AVIATION said that its accountable manager, GERARD VAN DYK, received the FAA Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award given in appreciation for dedicated service, technical expertise, professionalism and outsanding maintenance contributions to further the cause of aviation safety.

VECTOR AEROSPACE signed a five-year agreement with the Orange County Sheriff's Department to conduct maintenance, repair and overhaul on its AS350 and UH-1H helicopters.

GA Caucus

Industry advocates on Capitol Hill



General Aviation Caucuses were formed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate in 2009, to inform members and staff about the importance of GA to the nation's economy and transportation system. To date, more than 200 members of the U.S. Congress have signed on to the General Aviation Caucus. 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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