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LEFT: The company's crimp
analysis laboratory allows
students to inspect the quality of
the crimps they produced in class.

AVIONICS ACADEMY GMBH
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showroom, a place to invite avionics
manufacturers to exhibit their
avionics systems to the public at no
cost. It's part of Avionics Academy's
nonprofit initiative to develop an
avionics network in Europe.
The right time
In the 2000s, Marcus Truppner
worked as an avionics technician
and EASA-certified instructor for
the German Air Force. After leaving
the military, Truppner continued
as manager of a maintenance
organization, sharing his expert
knowledge in avionics installation
and troubleshooting, and helping to
establish a new avionics maintenance
division. Later, he began consulting
for an avionics tooling manufacturer.
Last year, Truppner founded Avionics
Academy as an extension of his
consulting work under the guidance
of the AEA.
"Mike Adamson (AEA vice
president of member programs and
education) was very supportive of
our plans and quickly identified
this as a way to proliferate training
options in Europe," Truppner
said. "Mike visited our facilities,
encouraged us to grow, and guided
Avionics Academy through the
process. It is due to the support
of the AEA that we have the
opportunity to support members
throughout Europe."
Truppner views now as a great
time to have started Avionics
Academy, considering the rapid
acceleration of technology in
aviation.
"Working with interesting and
innovative trends in avionics is
exactly our field of business," he
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BELOW: Avionics Academy's
3,500-square-foot facility in
Hannover, Germany, includes
two training rooms.

said. "This leads us to believe that
the human factors involved with
installing, maintaining and operating
new generations of avionics
equipment will be even more
important than in past generations.
Also, from a technical vantage point,
wiring and electrical interconnect
technology are major topics for us.
As you might know, issues with
wiring and electrical interconnects
have caused long delays in large
aircraft development programs."
During the year, Avionics
Academy has learned to navigate
a few challenges, from language
differences to finding qualified
instructors to meeting demand.
"There are some peculiarities of
working in the European aviation
industry, compared to the U.S.,"
said Santel, who is bilingual, having
lived near Kansas City as a child

and moved back to Germany as a
teenager. "There is a high degree
of cultural and linguistic diversity.
For us, it is not uncommon to have
a British instructor paired with a
Polish expert trainee. While this
leads to some impromptu necessities
to overcome language barriers once
in a while, it is fascinating.
"Currently, the most impressive
issue we are facing is the great
support for our ideas and demand
for our services. We are flooded
with ideas from potential customers
and business partners on how we
could expand our training portfolio.
In satisfying this demand, we need
high-quality instructors as well as
time to define curricula that meet our
quality standards. However, those are
'luxury problems,' which I would not
count as being problems at all, but a
form of encouragement." q



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