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JOHN UCZEKAJ, president and CEO of ASPEN AVIONICS, was named Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year by Living Legends of Aviation at its star-studded gala on Jan. 18. Uczekaj was selected for this prestigious award to acknowledge his leadership in guiding Aspen Avionics from a brand new startup operation through developing the company into an avionics industry leader, all the while securing ongoing investments to fund new products.

DUNCAN AVIATION has partnered with UNIVERSAL AVIONICS to install and certify a technologically advanced cockpit for the Dassault Falcon 900B.

The professional programs office of the College of Aviation at EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY will host several five-day center for aerospace safety education short courses that combine the latest in safety, security, human factors and aircraft accident investigation topics in a professional and dynamic classroom environment. These courses are tailored for industry professionals involved in the management, supervision and operations of aviation organizations.

SPORTY'S complete instrument rating course is now available as a dedicated iPad/iPhone app. This FAA WINGS-accepted app includes 13 hours of real-world video and advanced graphics, such as 3-D animations to help explain difficult concepts. Included with the app is a dedicated written test preparation program. The app also includes a flight training syllabus, interactive manuevers guide and integrated practical test standards.





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: 139

Pilots: 8,000

Aircraft: 4,794

Jobs: 144,000

Econ. Impact: $1.2 billion


Note: Aviation and aerospace account for more than 10 percent of the workforce in Okla.



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, 146 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.




MOTY 2012
With the anticipation of the AEA Member of the Year Award building, lets take a look at last year's winner, Jim Joubert.
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The CurrentJan13

General Aviation: A Vital Part of Our Economy 

"The truth is that small aircraft and local airports are an important part of our community infrastructure and are uniquely suited to help public safety and support local communities.

There are many other unseen benefits associated with these airports and aircraft for our local communities as well.

Many small business owners rely on general aviation to allow them to meet with potential customers in multiple locations within a single day, visit areas not readily served by commercial aviation, transport supplies and deliver goods. In fact, 85 percent of businesses that own and operate general aviation aircraft are small- to mid-sized businesses, and these small aircraft are particularly important in rural states like ours.

This activity supports many jobs, including those that fly these planes, repair and service these aircraft, and a very robust, U.S.-based general aviation industry that, all told, accounts for $150 billion in economic activity across the country each year, supporting 1.2 million jobs."


Click here to read more on this commentary written by Marshall Puckett, co-founder of the New Mexico Aviation and Aerospace Association, courtesy of the Alliance for Aviation Across America.



FAA and Industry Rotorcraft Forum Begins Today

The third Federal Aviation Administration and Industry Rotorcraft Forum is Jan. 23-24 at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. This is a two-day forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the certification and installation of new avionics technologies in the rotorcraft market. The aim of the forum is to open the lines of communication between industry and the Rotorcraft Directorate. This event is a continuation and follow-up on the first and second FAA and Industry Rotorcraft Forums, which took place in February and August of 2012. 


Save the Date Jan 13
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March 25-28, 2013
MGM Grand Hotel and Convention Center
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109 
Register Now
Sponsorships are still available. Contact Linda Adams at lindaa@aea.net or 816-347-8400.
2013 Regional 
April 29-30, 2013
Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel
Arabellastrasse 5
Munich, Germany
Phone: 49-89-93001-6397
Fax: 49-89-93001-6837
Hotel website   
Room rate is Euro 149,00 per night
Use the Code Name: AEA Europe Regional Meeting
Deadline for room rate is February 28, 2013!
Reg Update June 12

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on the appropriate treatment of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) under Part 87 of the FCC Regulations.  

On Jan. 10, 2011, the FCC formally stayed its rule on the prohibition on the certification, manufacture, importation, sale or use of ELTs that transmit distress alerts on frequency 121.5 MHz.

In the Third Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission amended Section 87.195 of its rules to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale or use of 121.5 MHz ELTs. It adopted this amendment because, among other reasons, the international Cospas-Sarsat satellite system, which relays distress alerts to search and rescue authorities, stopped monitoring frequency 121.5 MHz on Feb. 1, 2009. More...

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Pilot's Guide to Avionics

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Request your FREE copy today before they are gone!


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     Jan 13 fc
It's not too late to be featured in the March issue of Avionics News. The last day to reserve space is Jan. 30. Don't miss your chance to be included in the Bonus Distribution issue: WAI and HAI Conferences.
To advertise in Avionics News, contact Lauren McFarland at laurenm@aea.net.
Click here for the digital version of the January issue!
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The AEA Educational Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to students seeking careers in the aircraft electronics and aviation maintenance industry. Numerous scholarships are available and each range from $1,000 to more than $35,000. 


Awards include scholarships for AEA members and their dependants as well as four AEA member flight training awards valued up to $5,000 each.

Scholarship Information

Please Note: The deadline for returning all applications is Feb. 15, 2013.

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