Avionics News December 2013 - 4

The Year in Review
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s we bid farewell to 2013, I thought it was articles and spoke at various events about the true
important to share with AEA members some economic benefits of the general aviation community.
of the issues your organization, the AEA, has been
The AEA formed a Strategic Outlook Committee in
working on for your benefit.
2011, comprised of industry leaders to examine major
As you may have noticed in the monthly issues of game-changers the association may face in the coming
Avionics News this year, the magazine is
years. Topics included marketplace paradigm
celebrating its 50th year of publication, with
shifts - examining manufacturer and dealer
the first issue off the press in November
relationships and what those traditional
1963. As the magazine has grown in size and
networks may look like in the future ... and
stature over time, it's interesting to thumb
how the AEA can work to protect and promote
through past issues of various years and
those traditional channels. The committee
discover we still are battling some of the
addressed the regulatory challenges of
same issues today that exacerbated members
new product certifications hindering the
Paula Derks
way back then.
introduction of new technologies to the
While we had hoped 2013 might have been the market, while costing manufacturers thousands of
turning point for the general aviation industry, it seems dollars in delays as they wait in line to get new systems
our economic rebound is taking its own sweet time. In certified; and the decrease in the ability to obtain
the last five years, we have fought a sour economy, field approvals, while at the same time dealing with a
banking and housing market collapses, and financial regulatory system mentality that will not completely
crises around the world. Since January 2009, when loosen the reigns over a delegate's authority. Those
the general media negatively portrayed the business game-changers the committee discussed in 2011 are
aviation industry as excessive and wasteful - and the still front-and-center issues in 2013 and beyond.
nation's administration promoted this message over
To address some of those challenges this year, the AEA
and over in sound bites and re-election campaigns - continued co-hosting industry forums with the Federal
those mischaracterizations certainly took a toll on our Aviation Administration's Rotorcraft Directorate to
industry.
discuss certification and installation issues with new
Thankfully, the AEA, along with our sister avionics technology for the helicopter segment. We are
organizations, have fought back by visiting our making progress, and the Rotorcraft Directorate has
elected representatives to share with them the true been industry's ally in identifying problems.
economic value of our industry. To date, 233 members
The AEA is intimately involved with the Part 23
of the U.S. House of Representatives have joined the rewrite, with an ambitious FAA mandate to double
General Aviation Caucus and recognize the significant safety at half the cost in the next several years. It will
contribution we make to the nation's economy. It is take some work to meet this lofty goal, but the effort
the largest industry caucus on Capitol Hill, a further certainly is there.
testament to the work industry has done to spread our
message. We have written letters, authored magazine
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News December 2013

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Beltway Briefing
Want to be Found ... and Legal?
Member Profile
Trig Avionics Ltd.
Avionics News Through the Years
EEDirect
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
Avotek Publishes New AET Study Guide
Civil UAV's
Business Basics
AEA Newsmakers at NBAA Convention
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News December 2013 - Intro
Avionics News December 2013 - Cover1
Avionics News December 2013 - Cover2
Avionics News December 2013 - 1
Avionics News December 2013 - 2
Avionics News December 2013 - 3
Avionics News December 2013 - Point of Communication
Avionics News December 2013 - 5
Avionics News December 2013 - AEA Now
Avionics News December 2013 - 7
Avionics News December 2013 - 8
Avionics News December 2013 - 9
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Avionics News December 2013 - 11
Avionics News December 2013 - 12
Avionics News December 2013 - 13
Avionics News December 2013 - The View From Washington
Avionics News December 2013 - 15
Avionics News December 2013 - International News and Regulatory Updates
Avionics News December 2013 - 17
Avionics News December 2013 - 18
Avionics News December 2013 - Beltway Briefing
Avionics News December 2013 - Want to be Found ... and Legal?
Avionics News December 2013 - 21
Avionics News December 2013 - 22
Avionics News December 2013 - 23
Avionics News December 2013 - Member Profile
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Avionics News December 2013 - 26
Avionics News December 2013 - 27
Avionics News December 2013 - Trig Avionics Ltd.
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Avionics News December 2013 - Avionics News Through the Years
Avionics News December 2013 - 35
Avionics News December 2013 - EEDirect
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Avionics News December 2013 - 39
Avionics News December 2013 - A Conversation With...
Avionics News December 2013 - 41
Avionics News December 2013 - Member Profile
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Avionics News December 2013 - 45
Avionics News December 2013 - Avotek Publishes New AET Study Guide
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Avionics News December 2013 - 49
Avionics News December 2013 - Civil UAV's
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Avionics News December 2013 - 52
Avionics News December 2013 - 53
Avionics News December 2013 - Business Basics
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Avionics News December 2013 - AEA Newsmakers at NBAA Convention
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Avionics News December 2013 - What's New
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Avionics News December 2013 - Marketplace Classifieds
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