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Keeping the general aviation industry connected.

Dec. 14, 2011

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


The Short 


AEROFRAME AIREPAIRS of Memphis Tenn., has recently signed a licensing agreement with HONEYWELL for the Honeywell Grimes products. This license includes lighting products, annunciator panels, windshield wiper components and more for commercial, general aviation, corporate and military platforms. 


ASTRONICS CORP. announced it has acquired privately-held Ballard Technology Inc., an Everett, Wash., company that  designs and produces avionics interface solutions for defense and commercial aerospace applications.


GARMIN announced it has received the European Aviation Safety Agency's validation of the U.S. STC for the GTN 650 and GTN 750 series touchscreen avionics. With this validation, these avionics are certified and approved for installation in hundreds of makes and models of European-registered general aviation aircraft.


GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. recently named RANDY BOLINGER as director of marketing services. 
After a successful collaboration with the Brevard County Commission and the Titusville City Council, PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES, a Greenwich AeroGroup Co., recently broke ground on a 20,000-square-foot expansion that solidifies the company's commitment to Titusville and aviation jobs in Brevard County.


WOMEN IN AVIATION INTERNATIONALis offering a special edition CD of Ansel Brown's "When You Fly" as an organization fundraiser. The CD is available for purchase at www.waistore.org for $6. 


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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: 128

Pilots: 77,225

Aircraft: 25,328

Jobs: 23,000

Econ. Impact: $7.5 Billion

Per Capita: $462


Notes: 80 percent of all air operations in Florida are GA.


Source: Alliance for Aviation Across America





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Letter to Protect Public-Use Recreational and Backcountry Airstrips
Congressman Sam Graves and Congressman John Barrow recently sent a letter to members of Congress who belong to the House General Aviation Caucus to inform them of the unintended consequences that might result from H.R. 1505, the National Lands and Federal Security Protection Act; the closure of public-use recreational and backcountry airstrips. More...

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Rotorcraft Roundtable

FAA and Industry Discuss the Next Generation of Helicopter Avionics
Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2012

AEA International Headquarters
Lee's Summit, MO


FAA officials, including leadership from the FAA Rotorcraft Directorate and Small Airplane Directorate, plan to meet with industry to discuss issues and challenges in certifying and installing life saving avionics technologies in the cockpits of helicopters in a safe and affordable manner.

For information, contact Ric Peri, vice president of government and industry affairs, at



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The last day to reserve advertising space in the February issue of Avionics News is Friday, Dec. 16! Don't miss your chance to be included in the Bonus Distribution issue: HAI Heli-Expo 2012! 


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Only a Few Spots Remain; Register Today Before the Class Is Full! 

January 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 http://www.aea.net/training/courses


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