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Dec. 12, 2012
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AHLERS AEROSPACE has been selected by Bell Helicopter as the supplier of the MGT transient compensator for the model 222.

The FAA honored ALLEN MCGREGOR, senior mechanic for AMERICAN AVIONICS, with the Charles Taylor master mechanic award. The award is named in honor of Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. 

D.L.S. ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS INC. will host an EMC practical applications seminar and workshop, April 23-25, 2013, titled "Save Money." Attendees will learn the fundamentals of electro-magnetic compatibility, including understanding the many EMC regulatory requirements such as FCC, CE, US Military, RTCA-DO-160 and those of most foreign countries. They also will learn the methodology of how to minimize EMC problems, starting with the design process through final testing and approval, all of which will be brought to life through hands-on practical application to real-life products.


FREEFLIGHT SYSTEMS announced its XPLORER receiver is now available. The XPLORER is a high-performance datalink weather receiver with upgradability to full ADS-B In weather and traffic data capabilities when installed with a certified ADS-B Out transmitter.

JEPPESEN collaborated with Denver International Airport, the FAA and other stakeholders to design and deliver area navigation with required navigation performance-based arrivals for the Denver International Airport. The collaboration brings the benefits of performance based navigation - increased runway throughput; reductions in aircraft fuel burn, greenhouse gas emissions and minimized noise footprints - to the Denver area.  

SANDEL AVIONICS INC., a global leader in wire, terrain and obstacle avoidance, received its AS9100, Rev C and ISO 9001:2008 certification from NSF International.


SATCOM DIRECT launched FlightDeck 360 mobile application, which enables customers to view real-time flight data and utilize datalink communications before and during a flight using an Internet connection and iPad.







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:


North Carolina


Airports: 112

Pilots: 14,703

Aircraft: 8,059

Jobs: 14,936

Econ. Impact: $4.1 Billion


Note: There are more than 300 private airports in N.C. 



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, 192 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.




Tillman Part 1 
Col. Mark Tillman, the United States' 12th Presidential Pilot, during the opening ceremonies of the 55th annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show.
(Part Two) 
 Aircraft Electronics





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FAA Removes Updating of Air Traffic Control Navigational Software Databases from Preventive Maintenance
The Federal Aviation Administration amended the maintenance regulations regarding the loading of aeronautical database updates by removing, from the preventive maintenance category, the task of updating databases used in self-contained, front-panel or pedestal-mounted navigation equipment. To read the final rule, click here.
Only Three Weeks Left To $ave!
The early-bird registration deadline for the 56th annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show is approaching fast. Make sure you register before Jan. 4, 2013, to save $150 off the on-site registration fee. 
A full registration includes all AEA Fast Trak sessions, seminars and technical training workshops, as well as AEA Exhibit Hall entrance for three days and the AEA's First-Nighter Party, Awards Luncheon and Closing Reception.
PREVIEW: Fast Trak Training Courses
Monday, March 25, 2013
  • Cabin Management Systems -- CMS Straight Talk (2 hours)
  • HF Mysteries in Troubleshooting (2 hours)
  • Aging Aircraft Wiring (4 hours)
  • Passenger Entertainment Systems (4 hours)
  • RVSM Maintenance (4 hours)
  • Avidyne Avionics Training (6 hours)
  • Qualifying of Avionics for Certification (4 hours)
  • Safety Management Systems (4 hours)
  • Garmin Avionics Training (8 hours)
  • Export Compliance (4 hours)
  • How to use your quotes, work orders, invoices and other commercial documents to protect your right to get paid
    (4 hours)
  • Rockwell Collins Proline Fusion (4 hours)
  • Rockwell Collins Venue (4 hours)

Information on the technical training workshops coming in the next AEA Wired. 


(Early-Bird Price: $525/On-site Price: $675)
Save the Date June 12
 early bird conv13
March 25-28, 2013
MGM Grand Hotel and Convention Center
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109 
Flights and Hotels: Book Them Now!
Las Vegas is a popular place to be in March with spring breakers and U.S. college basketball championships. Book your flight NOW before the prices soar, and don't forget to reserve a room before they are full!
Early-bird registration ends Jan. 4. Don't miss your chance to save $150 off the on-site registration!!
Reg Update June 12

Paper Pilot Certificates

The FAA is under a mandate to replace all paper certificates with plastic certificates. In fact, paper pilot certificates have already expired. 


If you are a mechanic, on the other hand, and do not replace your paper certificate on or before March 31, 2013, you will no longer be able to exercise your privileges! All certificated airmen, including mechanics, repairmen and pilots, are required to replace their paper copy with a plastic copy, or they will no longer be able to exercise the privileges of that certificate.


The best way to get a new replacement certificate is to click here and follow the instructions. The replacement cost is $2, unless you still have your social security number on your certificate and you ask to have it removed.

Avoid the Rush! Apply today!



EASA Solicits Comments on NPA Introducing a Progressive B2 License Process in Europe
Five years ago, the Aircraft Electronics Association membership raised concerns that general aviation needed an alternative B2 licensing process to support the career paths for engineers. This alternative process was developed and is now open for comment as a B2L license. To read the notice of proposed amendment, click here.

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Pilot's Guide to Avionics

PG2A 12-13

Request your FREE copy today!


The AEA's 2012-13 edition of the Pilot's Guide is going FAST! Click here to request a single copy or case.

Can't wait for your hard copy? 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  FC Dec 12 
It's never too early to start putting your company's name in the hands of potential customers! Don't miss your chance to be included in the March bonus distribution issue: The 56th annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show.
To advertise in Avionics News, contact Lauren McFarland at laurenm@aea.net.
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Bring In the New Year with NEW AEA Training Classes!
Derby Center for Professional Development
AEA International Headquarters, Lee's Summit, Mo.


Jan. 24, 2013


Jan. 25, 2013
Register for both classes and save $99!  
Jan. 30, 2013
This course covers all the FOD prevention core knowledge requirements of military standard NAS document 412 and covers all 12 knowledge area requirements of the Foreign Object Elimination Standard created by NCATT.
At the end of this review course, attendees should be prepared to take the NCATT FOE certification test, which will be administered free of charge (a $100 value).  
Jan. 31, 2013
As today's modern airplanes become much more technologically advanced, so must the professionals that maintain them. The advanced avionics and instrumentation systems used in these aircraft rely on various forms of digital databus communication. Understanding digital databus theory is becoming more and more important for avionics technicians, and even A&P mechanics, to effectively test and troubleshoot these highly advanced aircraft systems.

Register now! 

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