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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Benefit for Wounded Warrior Project during AEA convention

Universal Avionics will host a reception to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) during the 55th Annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show in Washington, D.C. The benefit will be held on Wednesday, April 4, from 1:30-3:30pm in Universal Avionics’ Booth 201.

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Registration begins for AEA convention

Registration is now open for the Aircraft Electronics Association convention, scheduled for April 1-4 in Dallas.

The 52nd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show will be at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. Those who register before March 3 can save $150, officials note.

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