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operators throughout Australia and
the Asia Pacific region. Its team of
aeronautical and aerospace engineers
is each highly skilled in their own area
of specialization, which enables the
company to provide operators with
a complete design service spanning
aircraft structures, mechanical and
electrical systems, avionics and
software development.
Recently, Patricia Luebke, Avionics
News contributor, spoke with Brett
Conrad, avionics manager for Five Rings
Aerospace, to learn more about his
work and life outside the office.

Tell us a little about
your background that
led to a career in
electronics.

space
Five Rings Aero
Brett Conrad of

F

ive Rings Aerospace is an
aerospace/aviation consultancy
specializing in providing
custom-design solutions for aircraft
modifications and repairs, and product
design and manufacture. The company
provides aircraft-design services
to fixed-and rotary-wing aircraft
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I got interested in electronics
as a teenager - buying and
constructing kits and experimenting
with circuits. We have 240 volts as
our mains supply here in Australia
- it can really hurt if one is not
careful.
I did an apprenticeship as an
electronics technician and then
gained an aircraft maintenance
engineer license. I also went to a
university and completed a degree
in electrical engineering. I received
charter engineer status and our
regulator's airworthiness and
engineering approvals (equivalent
to an FAA DAR and DER) about

Five Rings Aerospace

12 years ago. I have worked at a
number of engineering firms over
the years; I have been at Five Rings
for nearly three years and have
settled in well.

What's a typical day?
Each day is guaranteed
to be different. I spend the
day working with clients to
develop solutions to their
proposals. I assist them in
making their ideas become
a reality. The day is split
between client support,
systems design, developing
engineering documentation
and drawings, review,
certification and approvals.
I review and approve the
engineering packages that
have been developed by
Five Rings engineers and
clients.

What do you like
best about the job?
I enjoy providing technical
and engineering support and
expertise to our clients and other
colleagues. I also enjoy mentoring



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News December 2014

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View from Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Head-up Displays offer a Look Ahead
Member Profile
The Age of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
Garmin Debuts Low-Cost ADS-B Solution
What's Working?
Business Basics
Before & After
A Conversation With...
AEA Members make news at NBAA Convention
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News December 2014 - Intro
Avionics News December 2014 - Cover1
Avionics News December 2014 - Cover2
Avionics News December 2014 - 1
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Avionics News December 2014 - 3
Avionics News December 2014 - Point of Communication
Avionics News December 2014 - 5
Avionics News December 2014 - AEA Now
Avionics News December 2014 - 7
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Avionics News December 2014 - The View from Washington
Avionics News December 2014 - 15
Avionics News December 2014 - International News and Regulatory Updates
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Avionics News December 2014 - 18
Avionics News December 2014 - 19
Avionics News December 2014 - Head-up Displays offer a Look Ahead
Avionics News December 2014 - 21
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Avionics News December 2014 - 23
Avionics News December 2014 - Member Profile
Avionics News December 2014 - 25
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Avionics News December 2014 - 27
Avionics News December 2014 - The Age of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
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Avionics News December 2014 - A Conversation With...
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Avionics News December 2014 - Member Profile
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Avionics News December 2014 - Garmin Debuts Low-Cost ADS-B Solution
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Avionics News December 2014 - What's Working?
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Avionics News December 2014 - Business Basics
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Avionics News December 2014 - Before & After
Avionics News December 2014 - A Conversation With...
Avionics News December 2014 - 53
Avionics News December 2014 - AEA Members make news at NBAA Convention
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