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News from the 56th annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nev.




announced the 3550 Digital Radio Test System featuring an industry-first color touchscreen and enhanced specifications to provide users with a lightweight, easy-to-use and reliable digital radio test system.


ASTRONICS CORP. announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp. (AES), has contracted with three business aircraft OEMs to supply its new EmPower System, which supports USB capability.  


FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS is partnering with ASPEN AVIONICS to  develop a line of ADS-B solutions for Aspen. The collaboration is intended to give aircraft owners increased flexibility when choosing ADS-B and NextGen cockpit avionics.


DAC INTERNATIONAL, a Greenwich AeroGroupcompany, announced its GDC64 Tablet to Aircraft Interface Unit (TAIU) has received certification on the Bombardier Dash-8 aircraft with the help of Fokker Services in the Netherlands, which is responsible for the certification on aircraft.


ICG (International Communications Group Inc.) announced the completion of testing and receipt of Iridium Certified Equipment (ICE) designation for its NxtLink ICS-220A Iridium Communications System. 


MID-CONTINENT INSTRUMENTS AND AVIONICS has been named the exclusive U.S. service center for TRIG AVIONICS, serving Trig customers in all of North America.


UNIVERSAL AVIONICS announced its new FlightAssure extended warranty program. FlightAssure removes the uncertainty and guesswork from a customer's avionics maintenance, downtime and overall cost.




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:


South Carolina


Airports: 68

Pilots: 6,655

Aircraft: 2,634

Jobs: 5,000

Econ. Impact: $417 million


Note: GA pays more than $11 million in taxes to the state of South Carolina.



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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The CurrentJan13

AEA Unveils 2012 Avionics Market Report

Industry Total Avionics Sales Amount to Nearly $6.3 BillionAvionics Market Report Logo


On Tuesday, March 26, the Aircraft Electronics Association introduced its first Avionics Market Report during the Opening Ceremonies of the 56th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show at the MGM Grand Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.


During the past year, the AEA formed an ad hoc committee comprised of representatives of avionics manufacturers to solicit input on a new benefit for the AEA membership and general aviation industry: the AEA Avionics Market Report.


This announcement marks the first phase of the report, which includes one total number: the collective sales figure -- both forward-fit and retrofit -- for year-end 2012 sales, as received from participating manufacturers. The report will eventually expand and become a quarterly report. In 2014, the report will be enhanced to include dividing the numbers into domestic and international sales, fixed-wing versus rotorcraft, airplane categories and subscription sales.


To date, 19 aviation electronics manufacturers have committed to participate in the report. Additional manufacturers will continue to be invited to contribute sales data. The total year-end 2012 avionics sales as represented by the 19 manufacturers was $6,279,317,197.54, or nearly $6.3 billion. More...



Award is the Highest Honor Bestowed Upon an AEA Member

Dan Derby was presented with the 2013 Aircraft Electronics Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the AEA's board of directors, during the Opening Ceremonies of the 56th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show on Tuesday, March 26, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Derby was recognized by the AEA board for his countless hours of volunteerism for the association, including his service as a member of the AEA board of directors, eventually becoming vice chair of the board; serving as a board member of the AEA Educational Foundation and promoting and funding the scholarship program; and serving as chair of the AEA Strategic Planning Committee. He also was named the 2001 AEA Member of the Year.

Derby started working for Atlantic Aero in Greensboro, N.C., on July 5, 1976, beginning a remarkable 32-year aviation career with loyal service to Atlantic Aero in a variety of roles. More... 
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Reg Update June 12

Field Approval Delegation Handbook

The FAA has issued Order 8100.17A effective Jan. 17, 2013, which establishes policy and procedures for the selection, appointment, orientation, training, oversight, renewal and termination of Flight Standards designated airworthiness representatives-maintenance authorized to issue data approvals in support of a major repair or alteration, and establishes Function Code 51 for those designated airworthiness representatives issuing data approvals. Function Code 50 authority to issue a statement of completeness in block 3 of FAA Form 337, Major Repair and Alteration (Airframe, Powerplant, Propeller or Appliance), for alterations using DER-approved data will begin to be phased out in favor of this authorization. The guidance contained in this order is only applicable to DAR-Ts authorized to issue data approvals and all Flight Standards personnel responsible for managing those designees. More information on FAA Order 8100.17A can be found online at http://fsims.faa.gov/.

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Visit booth 246 at the AEA Trade Show to pick up the latest 2012-13 PG2A!


Advertising opportunities for the 2013-14 PG2A are now available!
To advertise in the PG2A, contact Linda Adams at lindaa@aea.net.
Click here to download the app or read it online!
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Watch Live Coverage of the AEA ConventionConvention 2013 logo
Wednesday, March 27
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. PDT --
Live coverage from the AEA Exhibit Hall, featuring interviews with industry leaders and newsmakers.

Viewers around the world may watch the live coverage at www.aea.net/convention and www.aero-news.net/live/.

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Recipients Announced March 26 at the AEA International Convention

During the Opening Ceremonies at the 56th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show on Tuesday, March 26, the Aircraft Electronics Association's Educational Foundation announced the names of 26 individuals who were awarded individual scholarships worth more than $125,000 for the 2013-14 academic year.
This year, the AEA was honored to administer the inaugural Universal Avionics Systems Corp. Scholarship, a $1,500 annual award presented to an aspiring avionics technician or aviation maintenance technician by its sponsor company.
To see the complete list of recipients, click here.
For more information about the AEA Educational Foundation, contact Mike Adamson, the Foundation's executive director, at 816-347-8400 or send emails to mikea@aea.net
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