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GARMIN announced the GRA 5500, a high-performance, all-digital radar altimeter for transport category, helicopter, business and general aviation aircraft. Using patent-pending digital signal processing technology, the GRA 5500 works to provide smooth altitude tracking resulting in a consistent and highly accurate altitude above ground indication, even over the most challenging environments like rough terrain, tree canopies, sand and choppy water. 


L-3 AVIATION PRODUCTS announced it is establishing a presence in India to provide technical support for its customers, engineering oversight for programs and expanded business development coverage in that area. The establishment of a local presence aims to advance L-3's long-term business growth in the emerging Indian aerospace sector, as well as the region.

LIGHTSPEED AVIATION announced the release of FlightLink 1.2, an upgrade to its free app that turns iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches into cockpit voice recorders. The new version includes a file compression feature that makes audio files both smaller and compatible with a wider variety of audio management software. 

PEREGRINE received an AML STC for the Trig Avionics TT22 transponder in conjunction with the FreeFlight Systems 1201 GPS/WAAS Sensor. With this announcement, Peregrine said it has helped to ensure that many more general aviation aircraft owners can install a fully-certified ADS-B Out solution today, for full compliance tomorrow.

SATCOM DIRECT announced its new Satcom Direct router, a next-generation aircraft network router which will enable business and military aviation customers to manage all cabin communications systems onboard their aircraft and simultaneously use multiple satellite connections.




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: 97

Pilots: 9,761

Aircraft: 9,390

Jobs: 35,172

Econ. Impact: $1.8 billion


Note: Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" is on exhibit in McMinnville, Ore.



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, 146 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.




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With the 56th annual AEA Convention in less than six weeks, let's take a look at last year's convention when it opened in Washington, D.C. with good attendance and new product introductions. AEA President Paula Derks gave AVweb an overview.
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GAMA Releases 2012 Year-End Report
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association released its 2012 year-end report on shipments of general aviation airplanes. GAMA also expanded the data to include delivery data for helicopter manufacturers.  


"While the 2012 shipment and billing data were mixed, the numbers don't reflect the amount of development work in progress in general aviation," said Brad Mottier, 2013 GAMA chairman. "The general aviation segment is poised for resurgence in the next few years as these new technologies certify and enter the market." More... 



Latin American Aviation Supply and Services Fair and Seminar LAASS logo

April 23-25

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Save the Date!  



With the significant growth of general aviation in Latin America during recent years, the Aircraft Electronics Association encourages its members to attend the Latin American Aviation Supply and Services Fair and Seminar, April 23-25, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 


For more information, visit the LAASS website at www.laass.com.br.

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March 25-28, 2013
MGM Grand Hotel and Convention Center
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109 
Deadlines are Approaching!
Hotel Reservations Deadline -- Feb. 21
Lowell Gaylor Memorial Golf Tournament -- Feb. 22
Online Advance AEA Convention Registration -- March 5
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2013 Regional 
The AEA Regional Meetings are where members gather to 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 meet for two to three days of regulatory and technical seminars, business management sessions and exhibits.
2013 Dates Just Announced!
April 29-30 - Munich, Germany
AEA Latin America
August 12-13 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
AEA Canada
August 27-28 - Ottawa, Canada
AEA South Pacific
September 10-11 - Brisbane, Australia
AEA U.S. East
September 25-27 - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
AEA U.S. Central
November 6-8 - Kansas City, Mo.
Reg Update June 12

Is Your Repair Station Impacted by the Ban on Foreign Repair Station Certificates?

In cooperation with the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), the AEA is joining ARSA to launch a new survey to measure the impact of the ban on new foreign repair station certificates. 


Congress prohibited the FAA from acting on foreign repair station certificate applications submitted after Aug. 3, 2008, because the Transportation Security Administration had not finalized repair station security rules. The ban is an unprecedented example of punishing industry for a federal agency's inaction. U.S. aviation companies are barred from tapping into rapidly expanding overseas markets, which is hindering job creation and growth at home. 


"ARSA members are paying the price for bureaucratic foot-dragging and a poorly thought-out policy," said Daniel Fisher, ARSA vice president of legislative affairs. 


The latest ARSA survey is a follow up to one conducted in fall 2011. That survey found that the prohibition was hurting small to medium sized businesses in the U.S., preventing growth and costing American companies millions of dollars in lost revenues. The AEA is coordinating with ARSA to encourage AEA members to complete the survey. The data will be shared with policymakers as part of the ongoing lobbying campaign to lift the ban. 


All repair stations impacted by the prohibition are encouraged to participate. To complete the brief survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FHJNP2B.

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Vote Online Before February 18!
The members of the AEA Trusteeship Committee have presented a slate of nominees for election to the AEA board of directors for the three-year term of April 2013 to April 2016.
There are nine candidates seeking six open director positions. However, two of the six seats will be filled by incumbents running unopposed: Garry Joyce of IAE Ltd. is unopposed for the Europe seat, and Michael Kus of Avionics 2000 is unopposed for the South Pacific seat. The seat representing Canada is currently filled and not up for election this term.

Therefore, there are seven candidates seeking four open seats in the general election.
Pursuant to AEA bylaws, each AEA member company is allowed to cast one ballot!
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