Avionics News January 2017 - 10
In this monthly column, Ric Peri of the AEA's Washington, D.C., office, informs members of the latest regulatory updates.
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According to Wikipedia, six degrees of separation is the idea that all living things and everything
else in the world is six or fewer steps away from each other so that a chain of "a friend of a friend"
statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.
t is hard to write about the new year a month away
from Jan. 1. I'm sure the Avionics News readers
realize that the articles in this publication are
written a month or two before the magazine is actually
published. And for anyone who notices the topics in this
monthly column, I always push my submittal dates to
the absolute last day possible so that the information is
as fresh as possible. Nonetheless, this month's column
covers six weeks from the end of October through
December while the Aircraft Electronics Association was
quite active in supporting the international membership.
In the six-week period from Oct. 18 through Dec.
1, the AEA was in eight cities on four continents.
In addition to attending the annual NBAA Business
Aviation Convention & Exhibition the first week of
November in Orlando, I personally spent 23 days
supporting the AEA membership in five cities on three
continents. In addition, the AEA's Canadian director,
Tim Shaw, and the AEA's regulatory consultant, Kevin
Bruce, met with Transport Canada leadership in my
absence. The AEA also participated in an ASTMsponsored Aerospace Design Workshop in Beijing,
China, where we introduced the association and what it
offers the industry to the Civil Aviation Administration
of China, and presented on the worldwide advances in
avionics and system technologies.
The AEA is reasonably unique in its membership
composition and mission. It is a business-orientated
association that supports member companies in 43
countries. While this might make one think there are
43 separate AEA's, the reality is that there are only six
degrees (or less) of separation between the avionics
industries located throughout the world that the AEA
When the AEA supports rulemaking in North America,
it supports the regulatory structure throughout Latin
America, New Zealand, and the one-third of the aviation
world whose regulatory structure is FAA centric. When
the AEA supports European rulemaking, it supports
not only the European membership, but also Australia,