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Sept. 10, 2014
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Avionics Market Report Logo Avionics Sales Exceed $652 Million for Second-Quarter 2014

The Aircraft Electronics Association recently announced its second-quarter 2014 Avionics Market Report. In the three-month period of April, May and June 2014, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to more than $652 million. The figure represented a 2.7 percent increase in sales compared to the second-quarter 2013 amount of more than $635 million as reported a year ago by the participating companies. Combined with the first-quarter sales figures, total worldwide sales now exceed $1.3 billion through the first six months of the year, a 6.8 percent when compared to the first six months of 2013.  More...



FAA Avionics Maintenance Branch Presents Sessions on ADS-B Compliance at Upcoming AEA Regional Meetings in U.S.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration's Avionics Maintenance Branch will discuss equipment installation issues and offer insight on testing and system compliance during three AEA Regional Meetings this fall. Training certificates will be issued for this two-hour course to all attendees. The events will take place in Orlando, Florida (Sept. 16-17); Reno, Nevada (Sept. 30-Oct. 1); and Kansas City, Missouri (Oct. 9-10). More...


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FAA Selects Four Unleaded Fuels for Testing

The FAA announced earlier this week that it selected four unleaded fuels for the first phase of testing at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center. According to a statement from the FAA, the goal is for government and industry to work together to have a new unleaded fuel that reduces lead emissions for general aviation by 2018. Shell and TOTAL, with one fuel each, and Swift Fuels, with two fuels, will now work with the FAA on phase-one testing, which will begin this fall and conclude in fall 2015. More... 



New ADS-B Solutions Unveiled at AirVenture

With the Jan. 1, 2020, ADS-B Out mandate looming in the U.S., several members of the Aircraft Electronics Association introduced new ADS-B solutions during the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture, which took place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Aircraft owners arrived at AirVenture anxious to learn more about ADS-B solutions, and they are becoming well aware that avionics repair shops, on average, must install more than 130 aircraft each day to equip the anticipated 186,000 general aviation fleet by the deadline. Not surprising, the number of ADS-B solutions available to aircraft owners increased exponentially in a matter of days at Oshkosh. More...  


Regulatory Update

All the latest from the international aviation authorities


Restructure of Rotorcraft Parts 27 and 27 Airworthiness Standards
The FAA has given notice that disposes of public comments received in response to a Federal Register notice published Feb. 22, 2013, requesting comments on a potential restructuring of the rotorcraft airworthiness standards of 14 CFR Parts 27 (normal category rotorcraft) and 29 (transport category rotorcraft). Specifically, the agency sought comments on the necessity of updates to Parts 27 and 29, including whether to change the existing weight- and seat-based applicability standards for normal and transport rotorcraft. The comments indicated a substantial interest in revising or restructuring the certification standards for Parts 27 and 29, and the FAA's Rotorcraft Directorate will begin establishing the appropriate forums to involve interested parties. Parties interested in this initiative may look forward to future public announcements on upcoming developmentsMore...  
On the Radar 

Upcoming AEA and industry events


Sept. 16-17: AEA U.S. East Regional Meeting in Orlando, Fla.
The DoubleTree Orlando at Sea World serves as the host site for the first AEA Regional Meeting this year in the United States. Register online by Noon EDT, Friday, Sept. 12. More... 

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: AEA U.S. West Regional Meeting in Reno, Nev.
Advance registrations will be accepted online through Sept. 26. This event takes place at the Grand Sierra Resort and is the second of three AEA Regional Meetings scheduled for the U.S. this fall. More... 

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 at the Embassy Suites in Kansas City. Register online by Oct. 3. More... 

Oct. 21-23: 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...
The Connection

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TGH Aviation: Keeping a Business in the Family

Growing a sustaining business has always been a challenge, and this is doubly true for a family business, especially if the founder would like to keep it in the family. This seems of particular interest to the radio and instrument repair stations that are the foundation of today's avionics industry. Many of them were founded after World War II by technicians who grew up in that era. For many baby boomers, it's now time to address the impending transition to the next generation. Learn more about how TGH Aviation is doing just that in this month's Avionics News More... 


A Conversation With Drew Brown of Absolute Aviation

Drew Brown started Absolute Aviation two years ago and had to build the repair station from the ground up. Learn how he did it in this month's Avionics News.  More...
In the Classroom 

Professional development opportunities


Certified Repair Station Training Course set for Dec. 8-12

The Aircraft Electronics Association plays host to a Certified Repair Station Training Course, Dec. 8-12, in Lee's Summit, Missouri. This week-long course is divided into training modules designed for start-up repair stations, as well as mature operations looking to improve their understanding of the regulations, performing internal audits and editing repair station manuals. 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. More...

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New Avionics Products: Flight Display Systems

Earlier this year, 23 companies introduced new avionics products and services for general aviation at the AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee. For example, Flight Display Systems unveiled its XM Radio Streamer that interfaces with the company's wireless jukebox, JetJukebox, using a Web browser. Watch the presentation made by Steve Lord, courtesy of the Aero-News Network. More...  


The Static

News from AEA member companies


TRIG AVIONICS received FAA STC approval of its TT31 transponder with Garmin's GNS 400W and 500W series of GPS navigators. 

COOL CITY AVIONICS received FAA TSO authorization for its new family of helicopter autopilots.

AIRCELL announced the company's business aviation division has rebranded as GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION

ASPEN AVIONICS appointed DAVE BIBBY vice president of engineering. He has more than 34 years of experience in the aerospace industry and will be responsible for directing the company's engineering activities. 

ROCKWELL COLLINS announced plans to double the size of its facility in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. In addition, the company said its Aircraft Information Manager, a secure data transfer system for Pro Line Fusion, Pro Line 21 and Pro Line 4 avionics, is now European Aviation Safety Agency certified on 22 aircraft models.

CUTTER AVIATION appointed BRIAN WALKER manager of customer experience-service operation. 

DUNCAN AVIATION named ANDREW ARCURI assistant manager of its engine Rapid Response Team network, focusing on the eastern regions of the U.S. In addition, the company published the third edition of its Business Jet Mode/Market Summary, adding additional information requested by users.

SPECTRUM TECHNOLOGIES recently achieved a milestone sale of the 300th CAPRIS 50-100PCS UV laser wire marking system to The Boeing Company in the UK. 

GENESYS AEROSYSTEMS said its HeliSAS Helicopter Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot received FAA STC approval for installation in Eurocopter EC130 T2 helicopters. 

SPIRIT AERONAUTICS named WILLIAM HIGHFILL director of maintenance. He will be responsible for the production elements of the company's aircraft maintenance, avionics and interior refurbishment operations. 

FLYING COLOURS CORP. expanded its service offering through a range of new approvals and status upgrades. The U.S. facility now has approval for maintenance work on the latest aircraft types from Bombardier, the Challenger 350 and the Learjet 70/75.

NEXTANT AEROSPACE announced the sale of its third Nextant 400XTi to FortAero Baltic Business Aviation Alliance.

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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