Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2015-16 Edition - 4
Repair shops ready to help
aircraft owners comply with
ADS-B Out mandate
elcome to the 13th edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics, a consumer's directory loaded with educational
articles, timely information and data about the wonderful world of avionics technologies. This free
publication is distributed to thousands of pilots and aircraft owners each year, helping them to make better
buying decisions and locate nearly 1,300 AEA member companies in 43 countries.
Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association has served the general aviation industry for more than 50 years.
A truly international organization, the AEA membership includes government-certified repair stations specializing in
maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft.
Each government-certified repair station brings with it a degree of oversight that cannot be matched in the private sector.
After all, pilots and aircraft owners don't want just anyone working on their airplane or helicopter, as life depends on it.
The certification standards, which now are higher than ever, guarantee specific capabilities and functions continuously
implemented for a facility to be, and remain, approved by its
civil aviation authority. Owners and employees of AEA member
AFTER ALL, PILOTS
repair stations regularly attend technical training workshops on
the latest avionics products. As members, they have access to
an organization that helps train qualified technicians and provide
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stable business practices and safe operations, which pays
dividends to aircraft owners and pilots.
As a result, the services provided by these governmentOR HELICOPTER,
certified repair shops are becoming increasingly important. For
example, consider the ADS-B Out compliance date of Jan. 1,
2020, from the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S.
it's a little more than four years away and sounds like a long
time, New Year's Day 2020 will arrive sooner than you think.
With more than 100,000 general aviation airplanes to equip by the deadline, the capacity for repair
stations to meet the U.S. installation demands is shrinking each day. If you haven't yet upgraded your
equipment to comply with the ADS-B Out mandate, be sure to discuss your plans for installation with your repair shop
as soon as possible in order to avoid the backlog that procrastinators are bound to experience. An AEA member shop is
ready to help you determine the most efficient compliance plan to meet your needs and fit your budget, so don't delay
In addition, the advertisers you will find throughout this complimentary Pilot's Guide to Avionics have helped
make this publication possible for more than a decade. Please support their efforts by considering their products and
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services, and enjoy the Pilot's Guide to Avionics.
Paula R. Derks
President, Aircraft Electronics Association
Publisher, Pilot's Guide to Avionics