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Oct. 12, 2011

In This Issue
The Current
Save the Date
Regulatory Update
The Connection
The Static


The Short  

ASTRONICS CORP. announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, DME Corporation, which specializes in aircraft emergency & safety and search & rescue products, announced it is launching the world's smallest and lightest Personal Locator Beacon for use in aviation, marine and outdoor environments. The SATRO PLB will be available for sale in December 2011. 


AVIDYNE CORP. introduced the IFD510 SBAS/LPV/RNP-capable GPS navigation system with touchscreen user interface. The IFD510 is a slide-in replacement for existing GPS500/W GPS-only navigators found in many turbo-prop and light jet aircraft, and is an extension of Avidyne's recently-announced plug-and-play avionics line, which includes the IFD540, touch-screen FMS/GPS/Nav/Comm. 


GARMIN INTERNATIONAL INC. announced that GARY KELLEY, its vice president of marketing, is retiring from the company at the end of the year. 


JEPPESEN announced that charter operator Corporate Flight Management has received authorization from the FAA to use the recently introduced Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck app for iPad as an alternative to paper aeronautical charts. The authorization allows Corporate Flight Management to begin a systematic transition from paper to iPad with Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck as the sole reference for electronic enroute and terminal charts in all phases of flight. 


STANDARDAERO Business Aviation announced it has completed a Pro Line 21 upgrade with wide area augmentation system/localizer performance with vertical guidance (WAAS/LPV) on a Falcon 20 aircraft. This marks the first Falcon 20 completed with the WAAS/LPV option included as part of the Pro Line 21 flight deck upgrade.


TRUENORTH AVIONICS announced it has added ANDREW NASMITH as director of strategic aviation solutions, representing the company's full line of airborne telecommunications products.










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General Aviation:

An Economic Impact Survey 




Airports: 254

Pilots: 99,594

Aircraft: 37,128

Jobs: 1,700,000

Econ Impact: $18.2 Billion

Per Capita: $529 


Notes: Van Nuys, Calif., is the busiest GA airport in the U.S. 


Source: Alliance for Aviation Across America


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AEA Testifies Today On Capitol Hill Regarding LightSquared

Tim Taylor, president and CEO of FreeFlight Systems, will testify today on Capitol Hill on behalf of the Aircraft Electronics Association. He will appear before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business hearing on "LightSquared, the Impact to Small Business GPS User." A complete report with the opening statement will be issued to all AEA members this afternoon.

Honeywell Cautiously Optimistic for 2012


Honeywell issued the 20th edition of its annual Business Aviation Outlook, forecasting sales and delivery of approximately $230 billion in new business jets from 2011 through 2021. This represents approximately a 2 percent increase in total expected industry sales value compared to the prior 10-year horizon Honeywell forecasted in 2010. More...


Rockwell Collins Brings Pro Line Fusion Avionics to Turboprops and Light Jets


Rockwell Collins made a splash at this week's NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention with several announcements, including the company's plans to emphasize exponential growth in electronics technology by bringing the capabilities of Pro Line Fusion avionics to turboprops and light jets. It also announced that its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics displays are now available as a retrofit display option from Hawker Beechcraft's Global Customer Support for Pro Line 21-equipped King Air aircraft. More...


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The AEA Ambassador Program was created to encourage stronger professional relationships between AEA Repair Station Members and FAA Flight Standards District Offices. As an ambassador, AEA Member representatives agree to keep local FSDOs informed about AEA events, meetings and news.

Since its inception, the Ambassador Program has helped to increase FAA personnel attendance at the AEA regional meetings and annual convention, plus enhance ASIs' awareness of the mission of the AEA.


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AEA Offers Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation Course

Jan. 4-6, 2012

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The Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation Course is for currently employed repair station personnel, A&P mechanics and others interested in improving or acquiring the skills necessary to perform avionics installations in general aviation aircraft. 


For more information contact Mike Adamson, AEA vice president of member programs and education, at mikea@aea.net.

General Aviation: An Economic Impact Survey

The Alliance for Aviation Across America recently 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 on the left sidebar each issue.

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