More than $125,000 in scholarships awarded

LAS VEGAS — During the Opening Ceremonies at the 56th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show on Tuesday, March 26, the Aircraft Electronics Association’s Educational Foundation announced the names of 26 individuals who were awarded individual scholarships worth more than $125,000 for the 2013-14 academic year.

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AEA convention opens in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, dealers, installers and other general aviation professionals have converged at the 56th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show, which opened Monday, March 25, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Convention Center.

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Avionics legend Monte Mitchell passes away at 83

The Aircraft Electronics Association is reporting that its former president and a legend in the avionics industry, Monte R. Mitchell,  passed away Oct. 16, in Lee’s Summit, Mo., at the age of 83, following a brief illness.

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FAA extends comment period for proposed Part 145 rewrite

Last Friday, the FAA extended the comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking that is a proposed rewrite of Part 145. The original deadline for the comment period was set for Aug. 20, but has now been extended until Nov. 19.

Why should general aviation pilots care? Officials at the Aircraft Electronics Association, note the proposal makes wholesale changes to the avionics industry with potentially damaging and costly repercussions.

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again

With the lack of general aviation maintenance representation in the alphabet soup of Washington, D.C., the Aircraft Electronics Association requested that we reprint the following information from Ric Peri, vice president, Government & Industry Affairs, to help the GA maintenance shops better understand what the FAA is proposing and how it will affect their businesses:

The author of this quote, William Hickson, was a 19th century British educational writer. Yet, living in the present, perhaps the famous quote from W.C. Fields is more appropriate — “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.”

After 20 years of trying and three changes in 10 years, the FAA’s latest proposal for Part 145 repair station ratings, while well intended, is simply ill-timed, too costly, and takes dead aim at the avionics industry. But, the FAA keeps trying — some of it is good, some bad and some is simply a cheap shell game.

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10th anniversary Pilot’s Guide to Avionics to debut at Oshkosh

The 2012-13 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association’s Pilot’s Guide to Avionics debuts July 23-39 in Oshkosh, Wis., during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture. The free Pilot’s Guide is available at the AEA’s AirVenture booth, No. 2035/36, Hangar B.

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Paul Ryan named AEA Lifetime award winner

Paul Ryan was presented with the 2012 AEA Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the Aircraft Electronics Association’s board of directors, during the 55th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

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AEA convention concludes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. capital was a little busier last week as nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, dealers, installers and other general aviation professionals gathered April 3-6 at the 55th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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AEA opens

Nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, dealers, installers and other general aviation professionals have converged at the 55th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show, which opened today at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The four-day event takes place April 3-6, and it is the largest gathering of avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world.

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AEA convention app released

For the first time, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) has an app available to assist convention attendees on the go, sponsored by EDMO Distributors.

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