Sept. 19, 2018
Keeping the general aviation industry connected
Avionics Professionals to Connect in Gold Coast, Australia, Nov. 5-6
Registration is now open to individuals wanting to attend and for companies to exhibit at the AEA South Pacific Connect Conference. The two-day event takes place at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Hotel, Nov. 5-6, in Gold Coast Australia. Advance registration is available online through Oct. 26, and hotel reservations must be made by Oct. 5.

This is the place for shop owners, managers and lead technicians to satisfy annual training requirements and keep up to date with all the regulatory changes and the latest product developments from a variety of manufacturers. With an exhibit hall filled with the latest avionics technologies and services, attendees can see, touch and feel new products and visit face-to-face with the OEMs.  More...
Online Training Courses Available to AEA Members
AEA members can take a variety of online training courses by using their member login on the association's website. Nearly 20 courses are available to all employees of AEA member companies, and participation counts toward the AEA's annual Avionics Training Excellence award. With a total technician commitment and by displaying the Avionics Training Excellence award, shops can demonstrate a dedication to professional career development and assure their customers of a higher level of service. 

Some of the online training courses cover topics such as ADS-B equipage and installation; aircraft wiring inspections; architecture of an alteration; Aspen EFD1000 installation training; human factors; flight manual supplements; instructions for continued airworthiness; managing change; OSHA hazard communication; and repair station training program development. More...
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there any scheduled maintenance for ADS-B systems like the 14 CFR 91.413 checks for transponders? Learn the answer in this month's Avionics News. More...
FAA Enforcement Action: Understand the Process and How to Respond
Federal Aviation Administration enforcement actions have decreased substantially since the implementation of the compliance philosophy. In fact, according to a recent industry presentation by Ali Bahrami, FAA associate administrator for aviation safety, enforcement actions have decreased 70 percent. However, that doesn’t mean certificated entities – individual airmen or mechanics, repair stations, air carriers or others – are now immune from traditional FAA enforcement action, which can range from civil penalties to suspension or revocation of the airman, mechanic, air carrier, repair station or other certificate. More...
On the Radar: Upcoming Industry Events
AEA U.S. West Connect Conference
Reno, Nevada
Sept. 24-25, 2018
On-site registration will be available at the Grand Sierra Resort. More...
AEA U.S. Central Connect Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 3-4, 2018
Online registration is now available through Sept. 25, and hotel reservations must be made at the Hilton Kansas City Airport. More...
Manufacturer's Quarterly Risk-based Certification Update
Oct. 10, 2018 (12:30 to 2:30 p.m. CDT)
The aviation industry has seen unprecedented growth in new products leveraging risk-based design and production acceptance through NORSEE, commercial parts, and PMA. To ensure that the entire aviation sector can benefit from these dynamic changes, the FAA agreed to conduct a quarterly webinar on its risk-based initiatives in design, certification and production approvals. More...
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Orlando, Florida
Oct. 16-18, 2018
Join more than 25,000 industry professionals for the third-largest trade show in the United States. The three-day event brings together current and prospective aircraft owners, manufacturers and customers into one meeting place. More...
International Rotorcraft Safety Conference
Hurst, Texas
Oct. 23-25, 2018
The Federal Aviation Administration will host the 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas. The conference will feature presentations and seminars in an effort to reduce the national helicopter accident rate, particularly among small operators. More...
AEA U.S. South Pacific Connect Conference
Gold Coast, Australia
Nov. 5-6, 2018
Online registration is now available through Oct. 26, and hotel reservations at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Hotel must be made by Oct. 5. More...
Alabama’s Southern Sky Aviation Sees Strong Start
At Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in central Alabama, a new aircraft services company has built an enviable customer base in just one year. Southern Sky Aviation earned its Part 145 repair station certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration in November 2017. Today, it services dozens of regionally operated pistons, turboprops and business jets as well as handles the maintenance for airlines that fly into Birmingham.  More...
Avionics Training and Professional Development
Pitot-Static and Transponder Training Theory & Practice
Sept. 20-21, 2018
For the entry-level technician or those looking for basic training to learn how to perform pitot-static and transponder certifications. This course is recommended as a prerequisite to AEA’s Pitot-Static and Transponder Certification course. This two-day course provides the attendee with the history, theory of operation, system setup, hands-on testing and troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks. The latest equipment from DFW Instruments and Laversab will be used in the course.
Basic Aircraft Electrical
Oct. 22-23, 2018
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. 24-26, 2018
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.
Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation
Nov. 12-14, 2018
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. 
Certified Repair Station Training
Dec. 3-7, 2018
This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations. 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.
News from AEA Member Companies
ATEQ AVIATION recently acquired a Chicago-based manufacturing company, Cobra Systems Inc., which has specialized in test adapters and kits for all aircraft. The merger creates the only company on the market with the capacity to offer a complete pitot-static testing solution with a full range of testers and adapters for any aircraft.

AVIDYNE announced the availability of upgrades that enable ADS-B on EX5000/EX500/600 MFD and Entegra R9 equipped aircraft. Along with Avidyne’s product line of GPS navigators and transponders, software upgrades are now available that allow the display of ADS-B In traffic on Entegra flight decks. 

GARMIN announced the availability of multiple software upgrades and approvals across several products including the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, as well as the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots. Garmin also received FAA supplemental type certification for additional aircraft models for the GFC 500 autopilot. New aircraft models approved for the GFC 500 autopilot include: Grumman AA-5 series (AA-5 Traveler, AA-5A Cheetah, AA-5B Tiger, AG-5B Tiger) and the Piper PA-28 (140).

CUBCRAFTERS announced that the XCub has secured type certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation. The approval allows the company to begin deliveries of both land and seaplane versions of the aircraft to Canadian buyers immediately. A type certificate was also issued for the XCub by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau.

ROCKWELL COLLINS’ Pro Line Fusion avionics upgrade for Pro Line II-equipped King Air B200 and B300 series aircraft has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency. 
AVMAX recently dry leased one Dash 8-102 msn 083 to Central Mountain Air Ltd., British Columbia, Canada.

SATCOM DIRECT is the newest value-added manufacturer and service provider for Iridium Certus aviation products.

UAVIONIX received Technical Standard Order Authorization for its skyBeacon wingtip-mounted ADS-B Out solution.

CONSTANT AVIATION announced completion of a MicroShield 360 application for its Part 135 client, Champion Air.

FLYING COLOURS CORP. appointed Debbie Ammann, formerly chief financial officer, to the newly created position of senior vice president, finance and administration. The position of CFO has been filled by Alysia Carter.

GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION and DUNCAN AVIATION recently worked together to develop a new STC for installing the Gogo ST 4300 Iridium Satcom Satellite Telecommunication System configuration for FANS 1/A+ in a Bombardier Challenger 604 variant (Challenger 605 model). This new STC includes Challenger 605 aircraft, serial numbers 5701 through 5990. 
THOMAS GLOBAL SYSTEMS' TFD-7000 Series flight displays were selected by a major North American operator for installation in its fleets of Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. appointed John King director of its field and airborne support teams operations. Gulfstream also recently delivered a special mission G550 to the United States Navy.

DUNCAN AVIATION named Anthony (Rennie) Loniero manager of the satellite avionics shop in Van Nuys, California and also named Stacy Hollis to its turbine engine service sales team. Duncan Aviation's multimedia designer designed new drink rails and updated the seat design using new seat frames for a Challenger 605 customer. The company also completed its first two Tamarack Aerospace Atlas winglet installations on Cessna CitationJet aircraft. Since 2016, Duncan Aviation has completed 16 Dassault Falcon 7X 1C inspections at its MRO facilities in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Lincoln, Nebraska. 

JETSUPPORT recently installed the first Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion Retrofit on a
King Air B200.
APEX AVIATION named Mark Francetic director of business development.

CUTTER AVIATION named Will D. Cutter to the position of client relationship manager supporting Piper Aircraft clients.

PIC WIRE & CABLE – a division of The Angelus Corp. – relaunched its DataMATES website with a new USB 3.1 cable, refreshed layout and updated technical resources.

WINGS OF HOPE will launch Soar to STEM in 2019, a hands-on STEM learning experience for students who attend school near its St. Louis headquarters. The goal is to ignite a passion in young people for STEM and aviation careers by allowing them to work as aviation engineers on Wings of Hope aircraft.

STANDARDAERO Component Services recently cut the ribbon on a new 206,000-square-foot repair facility, directly adjacent to its current 236,000-square-foot component repair facility in Cincinnati, nearly doubling its capacity.
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... 
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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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