Sept. 14, 2022
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Avionics Professionals to Connect in Reno, Oct. 5-6
Hotel reservations due Sept. 16
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. These two-day events allow technicians and business owners the opportunity to learn industry best practices; connect with regional sales and product support representatives; satisfy training requirements; see the latest products and services; and receive important updates on the most current regulatory news affecting their business.

The AEA West Connect Conference is set for Oct. 5-6, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Advance registration is open for both attendees and exhibitors. The deadline to make a hotel reservation in the AEA room block is Sept. 16. More...
Ask the Industry
In addition to my Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification, the first endorsement I earned to accompany my AET certification from ASTM International was:
Select one option below.
Autonomous Navigation Systems (ANS)
Dependent Navigation Systems (DNS)
Radio Communication Systems (RCS)
Onboard Communications and Safety Systems (OCS)
I have not earned an endorsement yet.
In Memory: Kevin Miesbach
Kevin Miesbach, the 2020 AEA Member of the Year and a 40-year employee of Duncan Aviation, passed away Aug. 27, 2022, at the age of 60. Miesbach was the components/OEM business development manager and was responsible for driving the company's components repair services toward new business opportunities with OEMs, government entities and new product capabilities.

He had a lifelong interest in aviation and attended Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he earned an associate degree in electronic engineering technology. Upon graduation in 1982, Miesbach began his career as an avionics technician with Lincoln Avionics.
Miesbach was a regular attendee at AEA events and coordinated training sessions at the AEA Conventions and Connect Conferences with his Duncan Aviation team. More...
In Memory: Robert Randall
Robert Randall died Aug. 31, 2022. He was an avionics professional for more than four decades and was an active AEA member during that time.
Randall most recently served as StandardAero’s director of avionics sales. He also spent a number of years with Universal Avionics, Shadin Avionics, and several other companies throughout his distinguished career. He served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electrician’s mate from 1978 to 1982.

Randall attended numerous AEA Conventions and Connect Conferences and will be greatly missed by the avionics community.
AirQuest Continues Steady Growth
During the last 15 years, AirQuest Aviation has steadily grown its aircraft services, from FBO line service to aircraft maintenance, avionics, acquisition and management to flight training and charter. It operates two 15,000-square-foot facilities 30 miles apart just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since last year, AirQuest Aviation has been working to expand again – this time focusing on its avionics capabilities.

“At our maintenance facilities at Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport and Beaver County Airport, we maintain and repair aircraft from Cirrus up to smaller jets like Citations and Beechjets,” said Brian Thoma, avionics technician and an airframe and powerplant mechanic. “On the avionics side, we service single-engine and twin-engine piston aircraft. It’s our bread and butter. As for customers, we serve both individual owner-operators and businesses with the majority being corporate and charter operators.” More...
FAA Awards $231,000 in Grants to Expand Outreach to Under-Represented Students in STEM
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration awarded $231,000 in grants to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math outreach. Three grants are for universities to facilitate STEM outreach to students, especially those who are under-represented in STEM and aviation fields. The schools will design and conduct drone-centered immersion programs, summer camps, after-school programs and community outreach efforts that will educate and inspire youth from elementary, middle, and high schools. 

The STEM outreach grants are awarded to the following universities:
  • North Carolina State University: $125,000
  • Kansas State University: $100,000
  • Sinclair Community College in Ohio: $6,000 More...
A Stitch in Time
Forge Flightworks bolsters its avionics business by expanding into custom cabin upgrades
One of the reasons – or more accurately – many of the reasons that Mark Lee, CEO of Forge Flightworks, felt so strongly about the need to reinvent the company’s persona was that throughout his tenure as owner, customers frequently asked if the company could do more than just avionics.

“Their aircraft were already in our shop, so they continued to ask us if we could provide other services,” he said. “They asked about interior work, annuals, engine and airframe maintenance or upgrades. Historically, we had to decline all those requests. All along, I wanted to put us in the position to better serve the needs of our customers in part by saying yes to these requests. One challenge was to determine which types of services, then figure out how and when to introduce them.”

After considerable deliberation, Lee and his team decided that adding aircraft interior repairs and upgrades was the next logical step in the company’s evolution. More...
Drones Delivering Digital Transformation for MROs
No matter their size or purpose, all aircraft require visual inspection, a fundamental maintenance task that can be expensive, tedious and time-consuming to perform. In recent years, several companies and airlines across the world have been pursuing a digital solution to cut MRO costs, reduce AOG time and flight delays, and free up maintenance technicians for other work – the use of drones to conduct visual aircraft inspections. More...
eVTOL and Advanced Air Mobility
Are dreamers just dreaming?
So are dreamers still dreaming? Some OEMs are well beyond the dreaming stage. These OEMs are flying full-scale prototypes, developing and testing pilot training programs, and building their business models.

Joby Aviation and Archer Aviation, both U.S.-based, each plan to enter into commercial service in or around 2024. To that goal, Joby Aviation, in May, received its 135 Air Carrier Certificate ahead of schedule, initially targeted for the second half of 2022. Lilium, a leader in the European eVTOL market, recently pushed its target date for type certification to 2025. In China, EHang is reportedly close to certification to conduct air taxi or commercial passenger operations.

In the end, whether the dreamers are still dreaming is the wrong question anyway. The question isn’t whether the dream will come true or in what year – the question is who will realize the dream first. More...
Early-bird Registration Open for 2023 AEA Convention in Orlando
Register by Dec. 31 and save $200 per person
Registration has opened for the 66th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the largest gathering of aviation electronics manufacturers, distributors and approved maintenance organizations in the world. It is the platform of choice for the introduction of new avionics products and services coming to market in 2023. The event will take place at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Attendees must register by Dec. 31, 2022, to receive the early-bird discount price of $695 (AEA member rate) for a full convention registration. The early-bird promotion offers a $200 per person savings off the on-site registration fee. The attendee full registration package includes: four days of technical training sessions; exhibit hall entrance for two full days with lunch; and networking with manufacturers and distributors. Register for the biggest training week of the year in the avionics industry. More...
Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) Certification & Endorsements Exams
Test for FREE at AEA Connect Conferences in U.S.
Advance your career and industry knowledge by earning a certification provided by ASTM International. These certifications demonstrate the knowledge base of the advanced aerospace technician and promote integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce.

Repair stations and aviation maintenance professionals across the industry use these certifications to recognize qualified and competent individuals. The FAA formally recognizes the AET certification as equivalent to formal training when showing eligibility for the issuance of a repairman certificate. Exams are free for all those in attendance at the AEA Connect Conferences in the United States, courtesy of the AEA Educational Foundation. More...
New Courses at AEA AERO
Sessions from AEA Convention in New Orleans now available
The AEA’s online training platform called AERO, short for the Aerospace Education Resource Online system, allows users to train at their own pace and operates like a personal learning management system. A dozen new courses that took place at this year's AEA Convention in New Orleans are now available, including OEM technical sessions; Troubleshooting Antennas & Transmission Lines; Marketing Beyond the Runway; How to Succeed in Business (Aviation) Without Really Trying; Clarity is Magnetic -- A Discussion in Leadership & Personal Development; and Airplanes or Marketing: It’s All About the LIFT.

Convention attendees may access the sessions recorded at AEA New Orleans for free, and those AEA members who could not attend the convention may purchase them. Training content is exclusive to AEA members at with a member login and password. AEA AERO will continue to add and update content to help members accomplish their training goals. Members with questions about the new AERO online training system may contact Aaron Ward directly at aaronw@aea.netMore...
Podcast: Let’s Talk All Things Avionics With Garmin’s Phil Straub
Phil Straub, Garmin executive vice president and managing director for aviation, discusses a variety of important topics impacting the avionics industry and the company’s dealer network in this episode of AEA Amplified.

Sponsored by Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog Company, AEA Amplified is a podcast for aviation’s technology experts. Learn more about the ever-changing world of avionics technologies from industry professionals and aviation enthusiasts. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Podbean or Spotify. Listen...
Request Your FREE AEA Pilot's Guide
Published annually by the Aircraft Electronics Association, the 2022-23 edition of the AEA Pilot's Guide was recently unveiled. This year marks the 20th 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...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA Europe Connect Conference
Munich, Germany
Sept. 19-20, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Hilton Munich Airport. More...
AEA West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Oct. 5-6, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Grand Sierra Resort. More...
ASTM Autonomy in Aviation Symposium
New Orleans, Louisiana
Oct. 18, 2022
Registration is open for ASTM International’s third annual Autonomy in Aviation Symposium, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The event is sponsored by ASTM’s autonomy design and operations in aviation administrative committee (AC377). ASTM AC377 promotes collaboration among a variety of aviation stakeholders aimed at improving safety and efficiency in aviation. The theme of this year’s symposium is Autonomy for Good. More...
NBAA-Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Orlando, Florida
Oct. 18-20, 2022
Join over 23,000 industry professionals for the most important three days of business aviation, with 1,000 exhibitors, two aircraft displays – one inside the exhibit hall and the other outside at Orlando Executive Airport, and more than 50 education opportunities. More...
AEA East Connect Conference
Tampa, Florida
Nov. 2-3, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport - Westshore. More...
AOPA Hangout
Tampa, Florida
Nov. 4-5, 2022
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will bring pilots together for its revamped aviation fly-ins, which are now called Hangouts to better capture the spirit of these new events. The next Hangout is set for Tampa Executive Airport. Stroll through aircraft displays, chat with aviation vendors, and connect with like-minded individuals while enjoying food trucks, live music, and entertainment. More...
AEA South Pacific Connect Conference
Sunshine Coast, Australia
Nov. 17-18, 2022
The AEA Connect Conferences are where aviation's technology experts gather for technical training from leading avionics, instrument and test equipment manufacturers. Join us at the Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort. More...
AOPA Aviator Showcase
Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 17-18, 2022
The Aviator Showcase at Fort Worth Alliance Airport will feature an exhibit hall, aircraft display, and educational seminars presented by event sponsors. For pilots looking to upgrade or still searching for the perfect aircraft, local services such as paint shops, avionics manufacturers, and aircraft detailers will be on hand to help. Attendees can also talk to aviation finance professionals, insurers, and dealers about purchasing an aircraft. More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development Classes
NAV/COMM Equipment Service Training (2 seats remain)
Sept. 15, 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 (Sold-Out)
Sept. 16, 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.
Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation (Sold-Out)
Sept. 26-28, 2022
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 (15 seats remain)
Sept. 29-30, 2022
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. The 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.
AVX-10K & IFR6000/4000 Operations Training (13 seats remain)
Oct. 13-14, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This day-and-a-half course is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate and configure IFR6000 and IFR4000 to verify and maintain transponder, UAT, TCAS, DME, ILS, VOR, Comms and ELT. Plus a complete review all features and benefits of the AVX-10K Flight Line Test Set with emphasis on testing transponder (Mode S and ADS-B In/Out), UAT, TCAS and DME.
Aircraft Instrument Systems (10 seats remain)
Oct. 18-19, 2022
Virtual-Live Course
This course is designed for avionics technicians or apprentices who want to learn more about aircraft instrument systems and better understand their operation, installation considerations, and maintenance to become more effective troubleshooters. From simple mechanical gauges to complex electrical and electronic systems, this course covers nearly every instrument system in an aircraft.
ADS-B Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting (11 seats remain)
Oct. 25, 2022
Virtual-Live Course
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.
Digital Databus Theory & Analysis (12 seats remain)
Oct. 26, 2022
Virtual-Live Course
As today’s modern airplanes become much more technologically advanced, so must the professionals who maintain them. The advanced avionics and instrumentation systems used in these aircraft rely on various forms of digital databus communication. Understanding digital databus theory is becoming more and more important for avionics technicians, and even A&P mechanics, to effectively test and troubleshoot these highly advanced aircraft systems.
Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft (11 seats remain)
Oct. 26-28, 2022
In-person course; Lee's Summit, Missouri
This 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.
Certified Repair Station Training (14 seats remain)
Jan. 9-13, 2023
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 plan to attend.
Primary Flight Display Installation & Configuration (15 seats remain)
Jan. 25-27, 2023
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.
News from AEA Member Companies
Avidyne received certification of AviOS10.3 operating system software for the IFD Series of FMS/GPS/nav/comms and ATLAS/HELIOS FMS systems. AviOS10.3 received TSO approval and STC approval from the FAA, allowing for immediate shipment on new units, as well as upgrades for the large installed base of existing Avidyne customers.

True Blue Power announced the addition of 100-watt USB-C charging ports to the company’s line of MAX Power USB Chargers (TA360 Series).

Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog Inc. company, received full EASA certification approval for the HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System on the Bell 505 platform. The EASA approval covers both 2-axis and 3-axis configurations.

West Star Aviation will complete the Williams International Service Bulletin to repair the Intermediate Pressure Compressor Rotor repair at its East Alton, Illinois, facility in October 2022, the first being completed in mid-August 2022. West Star also announced multiple candidates have completed the FAA OJT (on the job training) program to receive their A&P certifications: Dan Yates, Lance Schumacher, Brandon Shemonia and Molly Kircher. Sean McCracken was promoted to avionics team lead at the Grand Junction, Colorado, facility.

Pro Star Aviation announced that Mark Ordung rejoined its team as the new regional sales manager for the mid-Atlantic and New York metropolitan territory. 

Flightcell announced that Phil Hutchings and Lisa Tucker have joined the team as key account and sales manager and purchasing and logistics coordinator, respectively.

Qmulus Aviation announced a partnership with Electroair Electronic Ignition Systems in becoming the first authorized installation center in Idaho.

Garmin received FAA supplemental type certification for the GFC 500 autopilot in the American Champion Aircraft 8GCBC Scout. Additionally, Smart Rudder Bias and vertical navigation functionality are now certified for the Beechcraft Baron B55 and B55A aircraft equipped with the GFC 600 autopilot.

Southeast Aerospace received FAA STC number SR04546AT for the installation of the SEA special mission operator station in the Bell 407 helicopter.

Clay Lacy Aviation’s FAA Part 145 repair stations in San Diego and Los Angeles, California, received authorization by Mexico’s Civil Aviation Agency (Agencia Federal de Aviación Civil, AFAC) to provide maintenance services on Mexican-registered aircraft.

Universal Avionics announced that Dassault Aviation received FAA STC for Universal Avionics’ InSight Flight Deck upgrade on the Dassault Falcon 900B.

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. announced the appointment of Gord Gooding as chief financial officer at its Canadian headquarters in Kelowna, British Columbia.

University of North Dakota’s John D. Odergard School of Aerospace Sciences received additional funding from ASSURE for continued research into Right of Way rules using technologies associated with autonomous flight.

Spirit Aeronautics appointed Greg Diognard as its new regional sales manager for the southern half of the United States.

uAvionix announced it is in development of LTE support and a new airborne radio manager "muLTElink" for its SkyLine Command and Control (C2) Network.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the second fully outfitted Gulfstream G700 production-test aircraft has flown. The aircraft joins the first outfitted G700, which has already set eight international city-pair speed records and was awarded the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Award in the Private Jet Design category.

Honeywell announced that Gulf Air, the national airline of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has signed a multiyear renewal of Honeywell Forge software to help increase operational efficiencies and decrease costs associated with several factors, including unnecessary fuel burn.

Constant Aviation has added to its nationwide AOG (Aircraft on Ground) mobile response network with a new Philadelphia-based group that will focus on servicing southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus has added a bachelor's degree in aviation management — one of the only collegiate programs of its kind in the country — to ease industry needs.

Avotek is now offering a convenient way to log AMT hours: the latest release of its first ever Avotek AMT Logbook is an essential tool for aviation maintenance technicians or future AMTs to record the time they spend working on various aircraft or components. The book is specifically designed to withstand the AMT shop environment.
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.
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