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June 26, 2013
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FLIGHT DISPLAY SYSTEMS announced REED MACDONALD has joined the company as chief operating officer. 

L-3 AVIATION PRODUCTS announced AgustaWestland is now offering the Trilogy electronic standby instrument aboard the AW119 production helicopter. Both the commercial and military variants of the AW119 will offer the Trilogy ESI.

WEST STAR AVIATION launched a new and improved version of its "experience on call" app. Specifically designed for iPhone and iPad users, the free app is now available and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store.




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: 66

Pilots: 15,038

Aircraft: 6,176

Jobs: 5,200

Econ. Impact: $728 million


Note: GA flights resumed to Reagan National Airport in October 2005. 


Virginia U.S. Representatives 



Mark Warner (D)

Not yet a Member of the General Aviation Caucus

Timothy Kaine (D)

Not yet a Member of the General Aviation Caucus  


Eric Cantor (R)
Not yet a Member of the General Aviation Caucus

Gerald Connolly (D)
Member of the General Aviation Caucus

Randy Forbes (R)
Not yet a Member of the General Aviation Caucus

Bob Goodlatte (R)
Member of the General Aviation Caucus

Morgan Griffith (R)
Not yet a Member of the General Aviation Caucus

Robert Hurt (R)
Member of the General Aviation Caucus

James "Jim" Moran Jr. (D)
Not yet a Member of the General Aviation Caucus

Scott Rigell (R)
Member of the General Aviation Caucus

Robert "Bobby" Scott (D)
Not yet a Member of the General Aviation Caucus

Frank Wolf (R)
Member of the General Aviation Caucus

Robert Wittman (R)
Not yet a Member of the General Aviation Caucus  



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.




Ray Lewis, AEM vice president, presented AEM's new product introduction at the 2013 AEA Convention.
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The CurrentJan13
On June 19, the Federal Aviation Administration published its 2013 update to the NextGen Implementation Plan, and it includes an entire section devoted to general aviation for the first time. Updated annually, the NextGen Implementation Plan is the FAA's primary outreach document explaining how NextGen is transforming the National Airspace System. In addition, the update is available as a downloadable e-book, easily accessible on mobile and tablet devices as well as desktop computers, and as a full-layout PDF. To download the latest copy of the FAA NextGen Implementation Plan, visit www.faa.gov/nextgen/implementation.

In cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Aircraft Electronics Association is currently hosting a two-day workshop predicated on a discussion for a "case for safety" for general aviation aircraft retrofit avionics. More than 45 industry and regulatory officials are gathered in the Dan Derby Center for Professional Development at the AEA's international headquarters in Lee's Summit, Mo., to take part in the workshop.

Some of the important discussion topics for the workshop include:
  • Breaking the cost barrier to avionics certification.
  • Validation procedures for approved model lists under the bilateral aviation safety agreements between the U.S. and Europe, as well as Canada.
  • Alternate means of compliance to 23.1309.
  • Where are the true hidden costs of certification/MOC for avionics (EFIS, ADS-B, etc.)?
  • What role production approval plays in the cost equation, and how Part 21 production (PMA) can be scaled for GA retrofit.
  • The role industry standards can play in setting acceptable global standards, and alleviating legal liability for authorities who allow industry to use them for aviation products.
  • Situation for retrofit avionics, from light GA to adding utility to the older commuter aircraft.
  • Scalability of MOC for HIRF, lightning, software to reduce cost/complexity of avionics certification.
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
by Bruce Baxter, AEA South Pacific Regulatory Consultant

"February 2017 is the deadline for the ADS-B mandate requiring all general aviation aircraft operating in instrument flight rules in Australia to be fitted with GNSS-based ADS-B equipment. This is the opportunity Australia has waited for, yet it's not taking advantage of it."
Click here to read more of "What is Australia Waiting For?" in the May issue of Avionics News.

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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 place an ad in the August issue of Avionics News is July 8! Don't miss your chance to be included in the annual education issue! 

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

Click here for the digital version of the June issue!
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Derby Center for Professional Development
AEA International Headquarters, Lee's Summit, Mo.



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