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Dec. 28, 2011

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


The Short 


AEM CORP. announced it has received approval of its application for registration in the controlled goods program. Registration approval was received on Dec, 21, following a three-month application and approval process. 

AVIDYNE CORP. announced it has received technical standard order and supplemental type certificate approval of the DFC90 autopilot for Entegra-equipped Piper PA-46 Matrix and Mirage aircraft, as well as TSO and STC approval of the DFC100 autopilot for Release 9 (R9)-equipped Piper PA-46 Matrix aircraft.


Capping a 14-year production run, the last super mid-size GULFSTREAM G200 business jet, the 250th, has rolled off the production line in Dallas. It will be replaced in the Gulfstream fleet by the all-new large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G280, which is scheduled to enter service in the first part of 2012.

LATITUDE TECHNOLOGIES CORP. announced it was selected by Iridium as an LBS preferred portal provider of the new Iridium Extreme handset.


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General Aviation:

A State-by-State 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 each issue:




Airports: 148

Pilots: 32,182

Aircraft: 9410

Jobs: 37,000

Econ. Impact: $8 Billion

Per Capita: $1,040


Notes: Georgia collects more than $100 million per year in aviation related taxes.


Source: Alliance for Aviation Across America





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Rotorcraft Round Table

FAA and Industry Discuss the Next Generation of Helicopter Avionics 

Hosted by the Aircraft Electronics Association

Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2012

AEA International Headquarters

Lee's Summit, MO (A suburb of Kansas City)

FAA officials, including leadership from the FAA Rotorcraft Directorate, Small Airplane Directorate and Flight Standards, plan to meet with rotorcraft OEMs, avionics OEMs, and rotorcraft MROs to discuss issues and challenges in certifying and installing lifesaving avionics technologies in the cockpits of helicopters in a safe and affordable manner. This three-day Forum will take place at the Derby Center for Professional Development at AEA's international headquarters offices near Kansas City, Mo.


For information, contact Ric Peri, vice president of government and industry affairs, at ricp@aea.net.
Yet another business aviation forecaster is predicting the start of a long-term industry recovery in 2012. Forecast International, a provider of market intelligence, forecasting, proprietary research and consulting services for the worldwide aerospace, defense, electronics and power systems industries, expects modest improvements next year, with stronger growth coming in 2013. More...

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Register by Jan. 4 and Save $125* Off the On-site Fee!


A full registration includes all AEA Fast Trak sessions, seminars and technical workshops, as well as AEA Exhibit Hall entrance for three days and the AEA's First-Nighter Party, Awards Luncheon and Farewell Reception.

(*Early Bird Price: $525 / On-site Price: $650)
Visit www.aea.net/convention for announcements and updates.

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AEA Says Proposed Database Updates Compromises Maintenance Regs

The Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend the maintenance regulations by removing from the preventive maintenance category the task of updating databases used in self-contained, front-panel or pedestal-mounted navigation equipment. This change would allow pilots who operate certificated aircraft to update the specified databases and eliminate the requirement for certificated mechanics or repair stations to perform the update. More...


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The AEA's 2011-12 edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics is now available. Click Here to request a single copy or case.

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AEA Members Regard Avionics News Magazine as Their No. 1 Association Benefit

The deadline to submit your Marketplace Classified ad for the February issue of Avionics News is Jan. 4! Don't miss this opportunity to fill your positions, sell your equipment or share what new services are available.

To post your Marketplace Classified ad today, contact Lauren McFarland at laurenm@aea.net.


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Basic Wiring and Avionics Installation Course Next Week!

Jan. 4-6, 2012Avionics Install Course

Derby Center for Professional Development
AEA International Headquarters
Lee's Summit, MO  (A suburb of Kansas City)


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.


Class size is limited to 24 participants!


For more information visit www.aea.net/training/courses.
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