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Higher Education
Leads to rewarding
Career in Avionics
AARON HAUTER, senior engineer, advanced methods with L-3 Aviation
Products, credits college experience for professional advancement

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sk anyone who teaches, and most will tell you that
classes develop a group personality. Throughout
the years, I’ve taught groups of students with personalities ranging from “D is for degree,” and yes, they
would actually say it out loud, to asking “Can I do more?”
In 1993, I had a class whose personality was a bit more
like the latter. This is when I met Aaron Hauter.
Aviation was a passion of Hauter’s since early childhood. “As long as I can remember, I have always had
a fascination with aircraft and the principles of flight,”
he said. “As a child growing up, I was fortunate to have
a next-door neighbor who also shared my interest. He
owned several fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and a hotair balloon. I can recall many times playing outside on
summer evenings when he would yell across the yard,
‘Hey, Aaron! Do you want to fly the balloon tonight?’ My
answer was always a resounding, ‘Of course.’ We would
assemble a chase crew and take off from his front lawn.
We never knew where we were going to end, but we knew
how we were going to get there.”
Hauter felt he was living in very exciting times, and
his experiences further cultivated an enthusiasm for aviation. Later, he would spend, as he said, “all of my free
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time” volunteering at a local fixed base operator, where
he worked with the airframe and powerplant mechanics.
“I was an inquisitive youngster and enjoyed learning
how things worked,” Hauter said. “I could usually figure out what made mechanical assemblies tick; however,
aviation electronics confounded me.”
With a strong desire to unravel the mystery of electronics and aspirations to work in the aviation industry, Hauter
said, “I had the incentive and motivation to push forward
into a career in avionics.”
Many factors attracted Hauter to Lansing Community College in Lansing, Mich. He felt the aviation electronics curriculum was well-rounded and challenging. The program provided students with a good blend of practical hands-on work
with comprehensive theory of operation lectures. In this era
before the National Center for Aerospace & Transportation
Technologies, students at LCC were given the opportunity
to earn a Federal Communications Commission General Radiotelephone Operator license, which was a unique benefit
some other schools did not offer. Since the facility included
a Federal Aviation Administration certificated repair station,
students became well versed in the rules and regulations that
govern avionics repairs and installations.



Avionics News August 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News August 2013

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Equipped Like New
Member Profile
Measured Growth and AEA Membership
Avionics News Through the Years
Should an iPad be in Your Toolbox?
AEAviators
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
Before & After
Meet the AEA Board of Directors
Seven Habits of Effective Avionics Dealers
Business Basics
Higher Education Leads to Rewarding Career in Avionics
NextGen Plan Highlights General Aviation Role
Legal Ease
AEA Announces Scholarship Winners for 2013-14
AEA Educational Foundation Scholarship List for 2014-15 Academic Year
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News August 2013 - Intro
Avionics News August 2013 - Cover1
Avionics News August 2013 - Cover2
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Avionics News August 2013 - Point of Communication
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Avionics News August 2013 - AEA Now
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Avionics News August 2013 - The View From Washington
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Avionics News August 2013 - International News and Regulatory Updates
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Avionics News August 2013 - Equipped Like New
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Avionics News August 2013 - Member Profile
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Avionics News August 2013 - Measured Growth and AEA Membership
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Avionics News August 2013 - Avionics News Through the Years
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Avionics News August 2013 - Should an iPad be in Your Toolbox?
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Avionics News August 2013 - AEAviators
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Avionics News August 2013 - A Conversation With...
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Avionics News August 2013 - Member Profile
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Avionics News August 2013 - 46
Avionics News August 2013 - Before & After
Avionics News August 2013 - Meet the AEA Board of Directors
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Avionics News August 2013 - 50
Avionics News August 2013 - 51
Avionics News August 2013 - Seven Habits of Effective Avionics Dealers
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Avionics News August 2013 - 55
Avionics News August 2013 - Business Basics
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Avionics News August 2013 - 58
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Avionics News August 2013 - Legal Ease
Avionics News August 2013 - 61
Avionics News August 2013 - NextGen Plan Highlights General Aviation Role
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Avionics News August 2013 - AEA Announces Scholarship Winners for 2013-14
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Avionics News August 2013 - AEA Educational Foundation Scholarship List for 2014-15 Academic Year
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Avionics News August 2013 - What's New
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Avionics News August 2013 - Marketplace Classifieds
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