Sept. 22, 2021
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
AEA Members to Connect Next Week in Orlando
More than 30 companies set to exhibit
The avionics industry will gather at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 29-30, for regulatory and technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Avionics technicians will learn about new products, their application, certification and installation, and have the opportunity to Connect with their regional sales and product support representatives.

From selling to installation, configuration and certification testing, the AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather to answer questions. See the complete schedule for more information, a list of exhibiting companies, along with a list of major OEMs and their technical training topics. More...
Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) Certification & Endorsements Exams
Test for FREE at AEA Connect in Orlando, Sept. 29-30
Advance your career and industry knowledge by earning a certification provided by ASTM's National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies. These certifications demonstrate the knowledge base of the advanced aerospace technician and promote integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce.

The aircraft electronics technician certificate and endorsements are industry-defined mechanisms to identify professionals who demonstrate their knowledge through testing and commit themselves to the aerospace industry. Associations and professionals across every industry use these certifications to recognize qualified and competent individuals. In fact, the FAA formally recognizes the AET certification as equivalent to formal training when showing eligibility for the issuance of a repairman certificate.

Free testing will be available to all AEA East Connect Conference attendees, courtesy of the AEA Educational Foundation, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 29 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 30. More...
Ask the Industry: Poll Results

Avionics installers: When you are in/around an aircraft, what is your preferred method for referencing drawings and installation manuals?
There were 144 total responses to this poll question in the Sept. 8 edition of AEA Wired. Here are the results:

Computer/laptop -- 20.1% (29)
Tablet -- 16.7% (24)
Mobile phone -- 6.3% (9)
None, I only reference paper -- 56.9% (82)
Podcast: AMI Software from WBParts Improves Shop Efficiency
WBParts is on a mission to help avionics shops be more productive and profitable. Headquartered in Palm Bay, Florida, the company offers a free work-order software called AMI – Aircraft Maintenance & Inventory System – that helps AEA members streamline their business.

Learn how AMI works and how it can enhance the bottom line for avionics shops from Jaramey Ham, the company’s business development manager, in this episode of AEA Amplified, sponsored by Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog Company. Listen...
Developing Autopilots for UAS
When it comes to determining how to certify a UAS autopilot system, the first thing you have to determine is what kind of system it’s for.

“It depends on whether it’s a manned or unmanned air vehicle,” said Hector Garcia, chief technology officer for Honeywell's urban air mobility and unmanned aerial systems business units. “As you can expect, the rigor and requirements are not as stringent for an unmanned vehicle as they are when you have people on board.

“The second question is the size of the vehicle. That will determine the classification of certification that will be required for the system. Right now, it goes by weight. Under 55 pounds gross weight is the lightest you can go under Part 107 or Part 135 certification. Go above that, and you are now becoming a Part 23 category aircraft. Then it depends on the number of passengers.”

As for certification standards, Garcia said EASA is further along with its program than the FAA. More...
AEA Submits Comments to Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand for Draft AC66-1, Revision 4
The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand recently published a notice that the AC66-1, Revision 4 – Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence – General was open for consultation through 21 September 2021.

Leveraging the comments received during multiple virtual meetings and through individual email communications with the New Zealand membership, the AEA recently submitted comments to the authority. More...
Frequently Asked Questions
Repair Station Training Program
Question: My local Flight Standards Office does not accept the FAA AC 145-10 Repair Station Training Program template. Why?

Answer: Advisory Circular 145-10 provides information on developing the repair station employee training program required under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 145, § 145.163; categories of training; training program components; and sample training programs. This AC also provides an acceptable means of showing compliance with § 145.163.

It is well-understood that the FAA’s Safety Assurance System Data Collection Tools ask questions about the repair station training program that are more specific than offered by the FAA’s acceptable training programs. The advisory circular states: “This sample program emphasizes the process, procedures, and standards that a repair station should use to ensure compliance with the regulations.” More...
$100 Mystery Make and Model Challenge
Congratulations to Eric Shimp of Jefferson City Flying Service, who won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Southeast Aerospace, for submitting the correct answer in this month's Mystery Make and Model challenge featured in the previous issue of AEA Wired. The unit is a Foster LRN500.

Avionics technicians can put their "inside" knowledge to work in the next issue of AEA Wired, so stay tuned for the next Mystery Make and Model challenge! All correct answers submitted throughout 2021 will be entered to win a random drawing for a $500 Visa gift card at the end of the year, also from Southeast Aerospace.
Prepare for the AET Certification Exam
If you are not quite ready to take the AET test, AEA has you covered.

Avotek, an AEA member and training partner, offers online courses to help avionics technicians prepare for the AET exam and is offering a member discount of 40% off.

The Fundamentals of Aircraft Electronics Part I - Electricity and Electronics and The Fundamentals of Aircraft Electronics Part II - Maintenance Practices and Aircraft Fundamentals are the essential guides to aircraft electronics associated with AET certification.

To access the coupon codes, you will need to be logged in to the AEA website. AEA members get 40% off each course with the coupon codes. More...
Overcoming Hurdles to Full-Scale Commercial Drone Operations
Small package and food delivery by drone gets the lion’s share of mainstream media attention, but unmanned aircraft system use in agriculture, public utilities, and public safety probably has the most impact on daily lives for now. Despite the obvious use cases for UAS, commercial applications continue to lag.

Only two companies hold Part 135 certificates to conduct package or food delivery for compensation or hire – Wing Aviation LLC, which is delivering food and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals to homes in Christiansburg, Virginia, and UPS Flight Forward Inc., which conducted its first package delivery of medical supplies at WakeMed’s hospital campus by drone in 2019.

What hurdles do drone operators face in conducting full-scale commercial drone operations, and what steps are being taken by the Federal Aviation Administration and industry to remove those hurdles? More...
Texas Aerospace Tech Offers End-to-End Product Development, Distribution
In Dallas, Texas, at the AEA International Convention & Trade Show in June, Texas Aerospace Services of Abilene officially launched its new subsidiary – Texas Aerospace Technologies. The folks behind the newly created company seek to carve out a niche in the field of aviation product distribution by offering an array of “value-added” services, including new product development, supplemental type certificate development, engineering, marketing, inventory stocking, fulfillment and aircraft sustainment solutions.

“While there are other out-of-the-box distribution companies in our industry, they’re really more like catalog houses with a great internet presence,” said vice president Brad Sutphin, who has more than 16 years of experience in aviation, including recently serving as director of sales for DAC International, a worldwide distributor of instruments, avionics and aircraft equipment. “They have a fantastic catalog of products, but they do not fund the development of new products or STC certifications to bring those products to market. They rely on dealers to do that." More...
Connect With Aviation's Technology Experts
Join us in the United States and Germany
The Aircraft Electronics Association recently unveiled the dates and locations for its 2021 AEA Connect Conferences, which now includes Europe. From selling to installation, configuration and certification testing, the AEA Connect Conferences are two-day events where aviation's technology experts convene for regulatory and technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. It is the perfect opportunity for avionics technicians to meet with their regional sales and product support representatives, as well as learn about new products.

See the complete schedule for each event, a list of exhibiting companies, along with a list of major OEMs and their technical training topics at Online registration is available for both attendees and exhibitors.

The schedule is as follows:
2021 ASTM Autonomy in Aviation Symposium
The ASTM Administrative Committee AC377 "Autonomy Design and Operations in Aviation" is hosting the 2nd annual ASTM Autonomy in Aviation Symposium.

The objectives of the ASTM Autonomy in Aviation Symposium are as follows:

  • Discuss standards development for aviation autonomy.
  • Bring forward perspectives from other SDOs, industry leaders, and government.
  • Promote recommendations from forthcoming report on regulatory barriers to aviation autonomy.

The symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel in Santa Clara, California. AEA-member companies involved in the development of autonomous technology in any category of aviation are encouraged to attend. More...
Save the Dates for AEA New Orleans
March 28-31, 2022
The 65th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show will take place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, March 28-31, 2022. A direct link to make hotel reservations in the AEA room block at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside is available at

The AEA encourages all attendees and exhibitors to secure their hotel rooms soon, as the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four will take place in New Orleans immediately following the conclusion of the AEA Convention. Plan ahead and secure your hotel accommodations well in advance of the show. More...
Request Your FREE AEA Pilot's Guide
Published annually by the Aircraft Electronics Association, the 2021-22 edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide was recently unveiled. This year marks the 19th annual edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide, a consumer's directory loaded with educational articles, timely information and data about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies. The publication helps pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions and locate nearly 1,300 AEA member companies in more than 40 countries, including government-certified repair stations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. It also includes the manufacturers and distributors of these products, as well as technical schools and universities, engineers and consultants for the industry.

Individuals residing in the United States may request a free copy of the AEA Pilot's Guide at while supplies last. More...
AERO: AEA's Online Training Platform
The AEA’s new online training platform called AERO, short for the Aerospace Education Resource Online system, allows users to train at their own pace with the ability to pause and resume courses at their convenience. In addition, AERO operates like a personal learning management system with a history of training and the ability to print certificates from completed courses.

All previous online training from the AEA has been migrated to AERO and is available exclusively to AEA members at with a member login and password. AEA AERO will continue to add content to help members accomplish their training goals. Members with questions about the new AERO online training system may contact Aaron Ward directly at More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA East Connect Conference
Orlando, Florida
Sept. 29-30, 2021
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside. Advance registration is open for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. More...
AOPA Aviator Showcase
Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 1, 2021
This event is designed to connect pilots and aircraft owners with the aviation industry’s vast array of products, services, aircraft, and equipment. The one-day gathering features an exhibit hall with an aircraft sales display and technology-related seminars. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders in avionics and cockpit technology, flight planning, weather resources and aircraft manufacturing. More...
NBAA-Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 12-14, 2021
The 2021 NBAA-BACE will take place at the brand-new, state-of-the-art west building at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will bring buyers and sellers together to showcase business aviation products and services. NBAA is adopting a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for this event. More...
AEA West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Oct. 27-28, 2021
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Grand Sierra Resort. Advance registration is open for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. The hotel reservation deadline is Sept. 27. More...
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Cologne, Germany
Nov. 17-18, 2021
Join shop owners, managers and lead technicians for the latest regulatory and technical training at the Hyatt Regency Cologne. Advance registration is open for individuals to attend and for companies to exhibit. The hotel reservation deadline is Oct. 18. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
IFR6000 and IFR4000 Operations (11 seats remain)
Sept. 24, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate the IFR6000 to verify and maintain transponder, UAT, TCAS, and DME system and to operate the IFR4000 for ILS, VOR, COMMs and ELT.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft (SOLD-OUT)
Oct. 6-8, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This in-person course is targeted for the homebuilder or avionics technician who wants to learn about performing an avionics installation in an experimental aircraft. The class focuses on the Garmin G3X Touch system, and a simplified example harness is constructed as part of the hands-on portion of the class. While the G3X Touch system is the primary focus, the wiring principles and general guidance can be applied to any experimental avionics system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche, this class has something for everyone.
ADS-B Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting
Oct. 14, 2021
VIRTUAL LIVE COURSE (9 seats remain)
This course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel and installers of ADS-B systems. Approximately 7% of all general aviation ADS-B installations are non-compliant based on the FAA’s ADS-B Performance Monitoring System. This course focuses on the proper configuration and testing of ADS-B installations to ensure your installation meets the performance requirements and regulations. Also included are troubleshooting tips and tricks that will help you resolve the common problems found in ADS-B installations.
Inflight Connectivity Foundations
(New course: 14 seats remain)
Nov. 3, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
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 support inflight connectivity system installations and maintenance. This eight-hour training enables aircraft technicians and operators to gain understanding on the basic airborne networks, IFC systems, and the services they provide.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (8 seats remain)
Nov. 8-10, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
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.
Basic Pitot-Static & Transponder Theory, Testing & Troubleshooting (8 seats remain)
Nov. 11-12, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for entry-level avionics technicians or those looking for basic training on pitot-static and aircraft transponder systems. This two-day course covers the history and theory of operation of pitot-static instruments and transponders, as well as system setup, hands-on testing, and the troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks.
Certified Repair Station Training (14 seats remain)
Dec. 6-10, 2021
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations. 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 should attend.
Primary Flight Display Installation & Configuration (15 seats remain)
Jan. 19-21, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
Technicians will learn how to plan, install, interface, configure and check out an installation of a primary flight display, EHSI and GPS/Nav/Com consisting of dual Garmin GI 275, a Garmin GTN 650 touchscreen, and a Garmin GTX 345 transponder. Designed for technicians who have experience with avionics installation practices and are looking for more training integrating common general aviation installations.
Bench Basics 101 (15 seats remain)
Jan. 24-25, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice, familiar with basic soldering skills and are looking for experience in LRU bench testing and avionics troubleshooting. Bench testing Nav, VHF comm and transponders will be the focus of study. Technicians will fabricate a general-purpose test panel that they will use in the course. Attendees will keep their fabricated test panel upon course completion.
Transponder Service Training (14 seats remain)
Jan. 26, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in transponder LRU bench testing, transponder flight line testing and aircraft troubleshooting. ADS-B transponders systems will be the focus of study. Attendees will keep their fabricated wire harness upon course completion.
Nav/Comm Equipment Service Training (14 seats remain)
Jan. 27, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This course is designed for technicians who have experience with basic avionics installation practice and are looking for experience in avionics flight line testing, LRU bench testing and aircraft troubleshooting. VOR, localizer, glideslope, marker beacon and VHF comms will be the focus of study.
Pitot-Static, Transponder, and ADS-B: Testing & Inspection (17 seats remain)
Jan. 28, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder tests and inspections. 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
Global Aviation Technologies announced the first successful installation of the new Goji Geotainment system, a plug-and-play replacement for legacy Airshow cabin entertainment systems that not only offers passengers a 3D moving map and flight information, but video and audio “stories” of the cities and points of interest shown on the map as well.

Garmin received FAA supplemental type certification for the GFC 600 autopilot in the Piper Meridian (PA-46-500TP)1. Additionally, Smart Rudder Bias is now certified for Cessna 414A aircraft equipped with the GFC 600 autopilot.

Dallas Avionics and Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. signed an agreement for Dallas Avionics to be the exclusive distributor for North America on AEM's recently acquired digital audio system line of products.

Duncan Aviation has developed STCs and installation packages for the Aviation Clean Air ionization system for several aircraft. In late 2020 and continuing through 2021, Duncan Aviation developed STCs for Bombardier Global, Bombardier Challenger 300/350, Dassault Falcon 7X, and Dassault Falcon 2000/2000EX aircraft, with optional installation packages that include everything necessary for installing the ACA Ionizer system. In addition, Duncan Aviation recently delivered a Gulfstream G550 that was transformed with a full interior refurbishment and avionics upgrades.

Texas Aerospace Technologies announced a partnership with Genesys Aerosystems to support the sale of the HeliSAS product line in Latin America. Sales and marketing activities for Genesys HeliSAS in Latin America will be led by Vanderlei da Silva, Latin American sales manager for Texas Aerospace Technologies.

Cutter Aviation appointed Mark Herzog as flight department director based in Phoenix, where he will oversee Cutter Aviation’s Charter, Flight and Aircraft Management for its domestic and international client base.

Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems announced that Juan Gutierrez (Commander, USN retired) has joined its government operations team as director of government business development.
Wysong Enterprises was added to the expanding network of certified installers by GPMS, developer of the Foresight MX helicopter health monitoring system. Wysong has already completed installation on three Bell 429s, one Bell 407 and will work on an MD530.

Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance has expanded at the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky and cut the ribbon on a new 20,000-square-foot facility, dedicated to expanding helicopter and fixed-wing maintenance.

Elliott Aviation hired Rick McCormack as a project manager at its headquarters in Moline, Illinois. He brings nearly 25 years of aviation experience, including interior installation, sheet metal, and interior supervisory positions.

Honeywell added three new products to its lineup of space offerings, including Honeywell’s X Band Downlink Transmitter and Optical Communication Terminal, which enable high-bandwidth data to be transmitted both down to Earth and between satellites. Additionally, Honeywell is debuting a new line of Commercial Series reaction wheel assemblies specifically designed for commercial space satellites.

Thomas Global Systems demonstrated its latest flight display innovation, the TFD-4000 series flight display, at the 2021 Air Carriers Purchasing Conference. The industry-first solution is designed for Bombardier CRJ Series and other Pro Line 4 flight decks and is a form-fit LCD upgrade for legacy Collins Aerospace EFD-4076 cathode ray tube flight displays.

SoCal Jets Inc. and Peregrine Avionics, in conjunction with Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, developed a compliant solution to meet the requirements for recorders as outlined in NOM 022 SCT3 2011 in accordance with CP AV-022 dated April 15, 2019. The AML STC #ST01070DE has been awarded to Peregrine and is now available for installation.

Aviation Suppliers Association elected Mary Wanke, Nicole Wright and Jimmy Wu to its board of directors.
AEA Jobs Board Offers Free Resume Posting
For individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in the avionics industry, the job listings page on the AEA website is your one-stop resource. The AEA jobs board 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 job listings and see what's on your horizon. Free resume posting is available. Are you up to the challenge? More...
Are You Hiring? The AEA Works for You!
Is your business hiring? The AEA jobs board makes it easier for AEA members to find their next avionics technician, quality manager, inspector, sales representative or engineer.

AEA members may submit a free job posting after entering their username and password at Member companies that optionally choose to upgrade their job posting for a premium will have preferred online placement and also will be published in the next edition of Avionics News. For more information about premium job listings, contact Rachel Hill, AEA advertising executive, at
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
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Phone: 816-347-8400
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