AEA U.S. East Regional Meeting Commences in Naples

The annual AEA U.S. East Regional Meeting is underway in Naples, Fla., and runs from Sept. 28-30 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.

The three-day event began on Wednesday, Sept. 28, with a series of Fast Trak Training Courses for AEA members.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, will present a regulatory session to begin the second day of the event. With a flurry of legal interpretations and policy changes from FAA headquarters, the regulatory update will include discussion on the limitations of field approvals, the proper procedures for air carrier (Part 135) maintenance signoffs and the new policies regarding the installation of non-approved parts and accessories. The session will also cover the U.S./EU Aviation Safety Agreement and self-disclosure procedures and frequently asked questions.

During the last two days of the event, manufacturer/distributor product information and technical training sessions will be presented by: Aeroflex, Aspen Avionics, Avidyne, FreeFlight Systems, Garmin, Honeywell Bendix/King Avionics, L-3 Avionics Systems and Universal Avionics Systems.

Attendees may also take the NCATT Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification test during the regional meeting and attend the AEA Exhibit Hall. Exhibiting companies at the AEA East Regional Meeting include:

  • Aeroflex
  • Aero-Mach Labs
  • Aerotex International
  • Aircell
  • ASG Aerospace
  • Avidyne Corp.
  • Avionics International Supply
  • Becker Avionics
  • Bose Corp.
  • Capital Avionics Inc.
  • Cobham
  • DAC International
  • Dallas Avionics
  • DPI Labs Inc.
  • EDMO Distributors
  • Emerging Lifesaving Technologies
  • Flight Display Systems
  • FreeFlight Systems
  • Garmin
  • Global Parts
  • Heads Up Technologies
  • L-3 Avionics Systems
  • Mid-Continent Instruments
  • Millennium International
  • MSP Aviation Inc.
  • National Aviation Academy
  • Pacific Southwest Instruments
  • Sandel Avionics
  • Southeast Aerospace
  • Triumph Instruments
  • Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems
  • Universal Avionics Systems

Looking ahead, the AEA plays host to the U.S. West Regional Meeting in Reno, Nev., Oct. 19-21, at the Peppermill Resort. The deadline for advance meeting and exhibitor registrations is Oct. 14. For more information or to register, visit

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Greg Vail, Bloomington Avionics and AEA chair of the board, speaks to attendees during one of the workshops at the AEA East Regional Meeting in Naples, Fla.