Avionics News July 2017 - 12
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The Aircraft Electronics Association's international membership continues to grow. Currently, the AEA represents
avionics businesses in more than 40 countries throughout the world. To better serve the needs of the AEA's international
membership, the "International News and Regulatory Updates" section of Avionics News offers a greater focus on
international regulatory activity, international industry news and an international "Frequently Asked Questions" column
to help promote standardization. If you have comments about this section, send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
News & Regulatory Updates
Field Approval Job Aid
The Federal Aviation Administration recently made the following
changes to the Field Approval Job Aid:
* Remove link to N8900.362 from ADS-B information page.
* Add link to AVS-1 Memo to ADS-B information page.
* Add link to SAFO 17002 to ADS-B information page.
The FAA's AVS-1 Memo replaces and updates the FAA Notice
N8900.362 addressing ADS-B Out installations.
The FAA's Safety Alert for Operators 17002 addresses the improper
transponder and ADS-B Out equipment testing. According to the
FAA, "This SAFO informs personnel involved with ground testing of
aircraft air traffic control transponders and ADS-B Out equipment of
the importance of adhering to proper test procedures and the hazards
associated with improper testing."
The FAA recommends that repair stations and maintenance personnel
performing transponder and ADS-B Out system testing evaluate the
adequacy of their procedures and adhere to proper test procedures to
prevent uninhibited system transmission that may affect ATC operations
or airborne aircraft.
The FAA also recommends that applicable maintenance personnel be
aware of any local requirements to alert ATC of impending testing, and
to review relevant guidance contained in the latest revisions of:
* AC 20-151, Airworthiness Approval of Traffic Alert and
Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS II), Versions 7.0 and 7.1
and Associated Mode S Transponders.
* AC 43-6, Altitude Reporting Equipment and Transponder
System Maintenance and Inspection Practices.
* AC 20-165, Airworthiness Approval of ADS-B Out Systems.
The following information is from a
Federal Aviation Administration legal
interpretation dated May 30, 2017.
14 CFR Part 120 safetysensitive employees
On Feb. 15, 2017, the AEA
participated in an aviation coalition
letter to the FAA requesting a
legal interpretation regarding
the applicability of the drug and
alcohol testing rules to individuals
performing tasks associated with
receiving articles for stock.
Employees receiving items
for stock are not safety-sensitive
employees under Part 120 and
should not be included in the pool