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AERO CHARTER, the charter, FBO and aircraft support company based at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport, Chesterfield, Mo., has promoted TED CLARK to manager of avionics. 

L-3 AVIATION PRODUCTS announced Beechcraft Corp. has certified and is now delivering the L-3 GH-3900 electronic standby instrument system for installation on the King Air C90 line of production aircraft.

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS announced its new FlightAssure Extended Warranty Program. The program was designed to help customers budget the cost of component avionics repairs with an extended warranty period and more benefits. 

NEIL GALLAGHER joined WINNER AVIATION as its vice president of maintenance. He will be responsible for the growth of the maintenance division by expanding Winner Aviation's product line of aircraft maintenance services.





General Aviation: A State-by-State Economic Impact Survey


The Alliance for Aviation Across America launched a wide-scale economic impact survey to outline the benefit of general aviation on businesses, local economies and communities around the nation. AEA Wired will highlight a different state each issue:




Airports: 45

Pilots: 8,589

Aircraft: 6,235

Jobs: 9,257

Econ. Impact: $815.53 million


Note: Many Utah cities are more than a three hour drive from airline service. Without GA they are effectively isolated. 









U.S. General Aviation Caucus Update


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 182 members of the U.S. Congress have signed on to the General Aviation Caucus. Click below to see if your elected representative is a member. If not, please contact them immediately and ask them to join the GA Caucus to promote the value of the general aviation industry to our nation's economy.




Kent McIntyre received the Member of the Year Award at this year's AEA Convention.
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The CurrentJan13
FAA Publishes General Aviation Safety Fact Sheet
The Federal Aviation Administration recently published a fact sheet on general aviation safety. According to the fact sheet, "Reducing GA fatalities is a top priority of the Federal Aviation Administration, and the FAA's goal is to reduce the GA fatal accident rate by 10 percent over a 10-year period (2009-2018)... Similar to commercial aviation, the FAA is focused on reducing general aviation accidents by using a primarily non-regulatory, proactive, and data-driven strategy to get results." To read the FAA's fact sheet in its entirety, which includes the FAA's top 10 leading causes of fatal general aviation accidents from 2001 to 2011, click here.


Space is Limited...Register now to guarantee your seat!

Take advantage of the new educational courses offered in June by the Aircraft Electronics Association. Register now for these professional development opportunities taking place in the AEA's Dan Derby Center for Professional Development at its international headquarters in Lee's Summit, Mo. Your commitment to training continues with the AEA!

AML-STCs Avionics Product Certification Workshop
Breaking the Cost Barrier to Avionics Certification
June 25-26, 2013
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

AEA Safety Management System Coordinator Training
June 27, 2013 Half-day Training Course
8 a.m.-Noon

U.S. Maintenance Regulations for Certified Repair Stations
June 27-28, 2013
June 27 (1 p.m.-5 p.m.) and June 28 (8 a.m.-Noon)

Save the Date Jan 13
 2013 Regional 
The AEA Regional Meetings offer a forum to see, hear and learn about all the new technology on the market, network with industry peers and discover best practices for the aviation repair station industry. Attendees and exhibitors gather for two to three days of regulatory and technical seminars, business management sessions and exhibits.
AEA Latin America
Aug. 12-13 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
AEA Canada
Aug. 27-28 - Ottawa, Canada
AEA South Pacific
Sept. 11-12 - Brisbane, Australia
AEA U.S. East
Sept. 26-27 - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Sept. 25 - Fast Trak Training (additional fee) 
AEA U.S. Central
Nov. 7-8 - Kansas City, Mo.
Nov. 6 - Fast Trak Training (additional fee)
Reg Update June 12
On May 13, Aircraft Electronics Association President Paula Derks met with Michael Huerta, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator, to share safety initiatives along with other trade associations.
"Safety has always been a large part of the AEA's mission," Derks said. "In my remarks to Administrator Huerta, I shared many of the AEA's safety initiatives, including our SMS (safety management systems) program and our extensive list of training courses offered to members. The AEA conducts more than 100 hours of technical training courses annually at various international locations, which brings together original equipment manufacturers and avionics technicians.
"Realizing the budget constraints the FAA is currently facing, the AEA simply asks the FAA to recognize the value of our training programs by encouraging and allowing the FAA's aviation safety inspectors in the field to attend these valuable training courses. Aviation safety inspectors are responsible for approving and signing off important installations, and there is no better opportunity to learn about these new systems and integration than at the same venue as avionics technicians. The AEA stands ready to work alongside this coalition and the FAA to roll up our sleeves and work on keeping the U.S. aviation system safer than ever." More...
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics

Distribution Begins in July at EAA AirVenture

The AEA's 2013-14 edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics debuts during EAA AirVenture, July 29-Aug.4, in Oshkosh, Wis. Pick up your free copy of the Pilot's Guide at the AEA's AirVenture booth, No. 2035/36, Hangar B.

Click here to download the app or read it online!
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AEA Members Regard Avionics News Magazine as Their No. 1 Association Benefit
May 13 cover 
The last day to reserve advertising space in the July issue of Avionics News is May 31! Don't miss your chance to be included in the bonus distribution issue at EAA AirVenture! 

To advertise in Avionics News, contact Lauren McFarland at laurenm@aea.net.

Click here for the digital version of the May issue!
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