Sept. 13, 2017
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
News from the general aviation industry
AEA East Connect Conference in Jacksonville Canceled
Due to the destruction throughout Florida caused by Hurricane Irma, the Aircraft Electronics Association has canceled the AEA East Connect Conference scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 18-19, in Jacksonville, Florida. The AEA is working to reschedule the conference for later this year. It is the first time in 60 years of AEA history that the association has canceled an event due to a natural disaster.
According to the hotel's website, "Hotel operations are currently impacted by Hurricane Irma passing through the area. Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is waiving all cancellation charges and refunding all deposits for stays during this period. Please contact 1-800-323-7249 with any questions about upcoming reservations, as storms may be affecting hotel communications.
Bloomberg Reports that Republicans want FAA Extension
According to an analysis published by
, "House and Senate Republican leaders are waiting--some begrudgingly--on House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) to advance a bill to reauthorize or extend FAA authorization, which expires Sept. 30. The House FAA reauthorization bill (H.R. 2997) approved by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee remains mired in a debate over Shuster's push to spin off air traffic control into a non-governmental entity. Several Republicans doubt Shuster has the votes to pass his bill and are now calling for a six-month or one-year extension of the agency, they told
Premier Avionics Event of the Year in Canada Set for Sept. 28-29 in Toronto
With just over two weeks remaining before the AEA Canada Connect Conference takes place Sept. 28-29 at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites, a comprehensive training lineup has been finalized and includes regulatory updates and technical training sessions that avionics repair stations can't afford to miss. To see the complete schedule, click here.
Register one attendee for the AEA Canada Connect Conference at full price and every full registrant from the same company after that is HALF PRICE! The deadline for advance registration is Sept. 21. More...
Monday, Sept. 18, is Last Day to Reserve FAA's $500 ADS-B Rebate
The last day for eligible aircraft owners to reserve one of the Federal Aviation Administration's $500 rebates for ADS-B Out compliance is Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. The FAA is offering a $500 rebate to help owners of single-engine, piston aircraft equip now with the required avionics. Although the last day to make a reservation is Sept. 18, eligible aircraft owners who make a reservation by the deadline will still have time to complete the remaining steps in the process to receive the rebate check.
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, aircraft must be equipped with ADS-B Out to fly in most controlled airspace. Federal Regulations 14 CFR 91.225 and 14 CFR 91.227 contain the details. Eligible aircraft are defined as U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft whose operation requires an onboard pilot, first registered before Jan 1, 2016.
| Regulatory Update
All the latest from the international aviation authorities
Frequently Asked Questions About ADS-B
What are the requirements for ADS-B Out Flight ID? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News.
Can Safety-sensitive Employees Start Right Away?
The Department of Transportation requires employers to have a two-year drug and alcohol history check on file for all new safety-sensitive employees. However, you have a 30-day grace period to obtain and review this information.
Sometimes, it is not always feasible to complete the two-Year drug and alcohol history check for an employee prior to performing safety-sensitive functions. If this is the case, the DOT regulations (
49 CFR Part 40.25d
) allow 30 days from the date the employee first performed a safety-sensitive function to obtain this information, or show documentation of a good faith attempt.
If neither of these actions are done, the employer must remove their employee from performing any safety-sensitive functions.
| On the Radar
Upcoming AEA and industry events
AEA Canada Connect Conference:
Sept. 28-29, 2017
Attendees must register in advance by Sept. 21, and hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites. More...
AEA U.S. Central Connect Conference:
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 26-27, 2017
Attendees must register in advance by Oct. 19, and hotel reservations should be made at the Hilton Kansas City Airport no later than Oct. 5. More...
AEA South Pacific Connect Conference:
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.
| The Connection
Meet the leaders in the general aviation industry
ViaSat Aspires to Connect the World
In suburban Atlanta, ViaSat leaders envision the future of satellite internet connectivity and communications. In doing so, they're shifting market perceptions away from relying on terrestrial-based systems to embracing satellite's role in delivering high-speed, high-capacity internet to aircraft, watercraft, railways, businesses, government, military, and homes in the U.S. and around the world. More...
| In the Classroom
Professional development opportunities
Basic Aircraft Electrical Training Course:
Oct. 16-17, 2017
Presented by Pahan Ranasingha of Avionics Installations, this course is designed for the avionics technician, aircraft maintenance technician or homebuilder who wants to improve their understanding of aircraft electrical systems and electricity. It will provide an overview of the fundamentals of electricity and their practical application in aircraft. From currents and calculations to schematics and systems troubleshooting, this two-day course is the perfect primer for an entry-level technician or the skilled homebuilder ready to tackle avionics installation.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft:
Oct. 18-20, 2017
This course is designed for the aircraft technician or homebuilder who is looking for guidance in completing an installation on an experimental aircraft with the popular Garmin G3X Touch large format flight display system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve a niche in this ever-expanding market, this class has something for everyone.
The class will start with an overview of wiring basics but will quickly advance through the common practices involved in wiring. Students will spend a significant portion of this course learning, hands-on, how to wire the G3X system. Attendees will also learn how to plan, install, interface and configure the G3X Touch screen system, which includes a single display, air data, attitude and heading reference system, magnetometer, outside air temperature probe, engine indication system interface and autopilot integration. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from AEA member companies
UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP.
Software Version SCN 31.1 for the UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit received FAA Technical Standard Order. The software upgrade provides an optional configuration for Aeronautical Telecommunications Network Baseline 1 Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications and Context Management functions required for the European mandate, formerly known as Link 2000+. Aircraft operating in European airspace must be equipped for ATN B1 CPDLC by Feb. 5, 2020. In addition, following FAA TSO authorization for InSight, Universal Avionics announced FAA Supplemental Type Certification for the new display system installed on the Cessna Citation VII aircraft.
PREFERRED PAYMENTS joined the AEA and offered its nearly 1,300 member companies more than 10 years of credit card processing experience, providing its customers with competitive rates, unparalleled customer service and the highest quality technology. AEA members should contact COREY HALL or visit the company's website for information about this new membership benefit.
BULLER ENTERPRISES recently made a trip to IAE LTD. in Cranfield, England, to train the repair station's staff on the capabilities available with the Panel Pro. LARRY BULLER detailed the product, which is a computer-controlled router optimized for aluminum sheet metal 1/8-inch thick. It is at home in avionics shops, completion centers, or anywhere complex routing is required. It is efficient for cutting one part or a hundred.
GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. announced that its worldwide fleet of G280 aircraft recently eclipsed 100,000 flight hours, a milestone achieved less than five years after the first model entered service. The company also announced that the final aircraft in the Gulfstream G600 flight-test program has flown for the first time. The aircraft is the fifth to join the G600 flight-test program since it began on Dec. 17, 2016.
GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION received STC and PMA on the 4G dual-directional antennas, which will be used with the Gogo AVANCE L5 system (formerly known as the Gogo Biz 4G LRU). Gogo's 4G service, which will operate using the Gogo Biz 4G network, will by flying soon, and system installations have already begun.
COBHAM AVCOMM announced its ISO 9001 standard certification from ISO 9001:2008 to the newly revised standard ISO 9001:2015. ISO 9001 is the world's most widely recognized quality management standard.
SCANDINAVIAN AVIONICS A/S in Denmark completed a purchase with LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES CORP. for four S200/RC6000A systems for installation into Dornier 228 aircraft. In addition, Scandinavian Avionics Design developed the EASA-approved STC for this purpose. All STCs from Scandinavian Avionics Design -- member of the SA Group -- are available for purchase to other qualified customers.
DUNCAN AVIATION is ready to install on Citation Sovereign aircraft the FAA-approved Transitional Winglet from Winglet Technology LLC. After delivering an industry-first earlier this summer, a second winglet installation is scheduled to begin in mid-September. Duncan also named SUSIE CORN to the turbine engine service sales team. Duncan also announced that earlier this year its satellite avionics shop in Cincinnati, Ohio, performed a first-time Duncan Aviation installation by upgrading the Rockwell Collins TDR-94D transponders on a King Air 350i, bringing the aircraft into compliance with the FAA's mandate for ADS-B Out. In addition, Duncan Aviation began construction on a new business aircraft maintenance, modifications and paint complex at its Provo, Utah, location. The company's satellite facilities in Van Nuys and Scottsdale also earned certification from Mexico's Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil.
EDMO DISTRIBUTORS announced its new warehouse expansion that will be located in Nashville, Tennessee. According to the company, customers in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast can now expect the same quality products with the same personalized service but now with enhanced delivery times: two-day ground shipping for most of the continental U.S.
ROCKWELL COLLINS and United Technologies Corp. reached a definitive agreement under which United Technologies will acquire Rockwell Collins for $140 per share, in cash and UTC stock. Upon completion of the transaction, Rockwell Collins and UTC Aerospace Systems will be integrated to create a new business unit named Collins Aerospace Systems. Rockwell Collins also
partnered with Black & Veatch to successfully demonstrate
a beyond visual line of sight unmanned aerial systems flight along almost 10 miles of power line infrastructure owned by Ameren Corp., located near Newton, Illinois. Rockwell Collins also named eight engineers to the fourth annual class of Rockwell Collins Fellows.
CONSTANT AVIATION announced that it has more than doubled its
ADS-B sales since this time last year, noting that 26 percent of the increase is from new customers. The company also announced the successful delivery of its second Challenger 300 Mid Life 7500-cycle inspection, and it will host a career fair in the St. Louis area, Sept. 21-22.
RECTRIX MRO is now an authorized dealer for Rockwell Collins.
AVMAX purchased two Dash 8-Q402 aircraft msn 4010 and 4036 from Aircraft Solutions Lux XI Sarl. Avmax currently owns 58 Dash 8s. It also purchased one Bombardier CRJ-200ER MSN 7508 from Altitude 35 Ltd., Bermuda. Avmax also has taken delivery of the first six aircraft of a 27 Dash 8-100 aircraft purchase deal from Piedmont Airlines Inc., a subsidiary to American Airlines, with delivery stream through the first quarter of 2018.
FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL received orders for flight simulators from Aeroméxico Connect, SF Airlines of China and S7 Airlines of Russia.
NAVWORX announced it is now shipping its ADS600-B 2.0 System for installations in experimental aircraft only. The first aircraft are now flying.
VIH AEROSPACE was selected to develop and install three STC Night Vision system installations for Helijet International Inc.
SATCOM DIRECT become the first service provider to activate the Inmarsat Jet ConneX technology for a Brazilian-registered executive aircraft. The privately owned Gulfstream G650, based in São Paulo, will begin using the service in September.
SoCal JETS announced that the first Universal Insight installation performed by an independent MRO will be installed in a Citation VII in December 2017 at the company's facility in Van Nuys, California.
VECTOR AEROSPACE recently hosted a Texas Trade Mission round-table discussion at its Grapevine, Texas, facility involving participants from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, local businesses and media.
ESTERLINE signed a contract with Thales Australia. Esterline will supply Thales with rugged displays and servers to be installed in the Hawkei Protected Mobility vehicles. Esterline also released a new version of its Thin eXtreme Display series.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT hired veteran avionics specialist MIKE TURNER as an avionics sales account manager.
CLAY LACY AVIATION helped raise $24,000 for homeless students in Orange County at the second annual FLOCK Dinner Gala, Aug. 19. The company donated flights aboard its fleet of business jets during a live auction at the event. The company also announced a limited-time $30,000 savings to Gulfstream and Challenger owners who upgrade to FANS 1/A+ with ADS-B Out with a Clay Lacy STC.
FLYING COLOURS CORP. recently redelivered a matching pair of Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft for an undisclosed Fortune 500 company.
| 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...
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.
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