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July 11, 2012
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AVIDYNE CORP. introduced the IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM system with Hybrid Touch user interface, adding to its full line of  plug-and-play avionics.
DUNCAN AVIATION announced plans for a new business aircraft maintenance hangar and facility to be built at its Lincoln, Neb., headquarters during an open-house ceremony for a new 45,000-square-foot paint shop that the company completed this spring.

JEPPESEN has teamed with Dubai-based Emirates Aviation College, the academic wing of Emirates, to offer the first Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA)-licensed pilot training program in the UAE. The first class of ab initio cadets began the 16-month program with ground school and theory training in March 2012, as the first step toward earning an airline transport pilot license (ATPL) or a commercial pilot license with single-engine and multi-engine instrument ratings.

MID-CONTINENT INSTRUMENT COMPANY INC. announced it has further strengthened its True Blue Power division by signing a distribution and supply agreement with A123 Systems Inc. by which Mid-Continent will offer A123's advanced Nanophosphate lithium-ion battery technology for aviation applications.
WEST STAR AVIATION's Spirit of St. Louis location is now offering night and weekend hours for its customers. In addition to its regular Monday through Friday hours of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., it will now offer evening hours Wednesday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. In addition, West Star SUS will be open for service Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.



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: 153

Pilots: 19,603

Aircraft: 7,781

Jobs: 37,600

Econ. Impact: $2.9 billion

Per Capita: $595


Note: Minnesota is home to aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Design.



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, 185 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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Next Member Webinar Slated for July 16 to Review FAA's Proposed Changes to Part 145
The second of three webinars designed to educate AEA member businesses on the scope of the Federal Aviation Administration's proposed rewrite of Part 145 is scheduled for Monday, July 16, at 5 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. CDT. There is no cost for AEA members to participate; however, each session has a limited number of participants. The third webinar will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 7. To register for the July 16 webinar or review the first webinar, click here.  
U.S. Airport and Airway Trust Fund Update 
Created by the Airport and Airway Revenue Act of 1970, the Airport and Airway Trust Fund provides funding for capital improvements to the U.S. airport and airways system. The Aircraft Electronics Association, along with nearly all general aviation associations and groups, strongly support the AATF to fund the nation's aviation system. At the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year, the Trust Fund had a cash balance of $10.3 billion. The Treasury Department's Bureau of the Public Debt prepares monthly income statements on Trust Fund revenues; these statements reflect monthly allocations of estimated excise tax payments to the Trust Fund. More...
Lessons Learned from Air France Flight 447
The French Accident Investigation Bureau recently released its final report on the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447. What lessons were learned for the avionics industry? Jeb Burnside recently addressed this topic for Avionics News. More 
Save the Date June 12
2012 Regionals 
AEA Latin America Regional Conference
Aug. 13-14, 2012
Bourbon Convention Hotel Ibirapuera
Avenida Ibirapuera, 2927
S�o Paulo, Brazil, 04029-200

Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel
2620-32nd Ave N.E.
Calgary, AB
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Reg Update June 12
Transport Canada Issues Regulations for Equipage of Aircraft with Terrain Awareness Warning Systems
On July 4, 2012, Transport Canada Civil Aviation issued amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations for equipage of aircraft with a terrain awareness warning system.
Click here for more information. 
Purpose: This InFO informs air carriers and operators of the recent European Union Implementing-Rule, mandating TCAS II Version 7.1 equipage to operate in European airspace.


Click here for more information.


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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 

PG2A 12-13 


Distribution begins in July at EAA AirVenture


The AEA's 2012-13 edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics debuts during EAA AirVenture, July 23-29, 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 request your copy or case to be shipped in August!

The Connection June 12
AEA Members Regard Avionics News Magazine as Their No. 1 Association BenefitJuly12 FC 
The last day to reserve advertising space in the September issue of Avionics News is TODAY! Don't miss your chance to be included in the Bonus Distribution issue: AEA Regional Meetings!
To advertise in Avionics News, contact Lauren McFarland at laurenm@aea.net.
Click here for the digital version of the July issue!
The Static June 12

Rate and Labor 2012 


AEA Rate & Labor Survey is Now Available!

Your input is vital to this annual report, which is a worthwhile benefit for all AEA members. The survey, which is published as a free member benefit, examines and compares shop and labor rates by national and international regions. It also shows employee benefit/compensation package information, a profile of technician experience, regional employment demand and a new business outlook perspective.


This may be the most valuable tool for hiring your next technician or shop manager. The AEA Annual Rate & Labor Survey needs your input. Please be assured no company data is made public.


Click here to take the survey now!


The deadline to complete the survey is July 20, 2012.

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