New Deadline for 2022: ATE Award applications due December 31

Avionics Training Excellence Award

The annual Avionics Training Excellence Award recognizes AEA members for their total commitment to training.

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Pilots and aircraft owners may not be aware of the avionics industry’s dedication to technician training. For decades, the AEA has led the way with comprehensive programs to cover everything from the basics to advanced avionics instruction. A total commitment to training by AEA member companies and the recognition of the Avionics Training Excellence Award allow members to demonstrate their dedication to professional career development and assure their customers of a higher level of service.

To qualify, an AEA member company must submit a completed ATE Award application and provide proof of participation in an AEA-recognized training event for every employed technician from January to December of the award year. Applications for the 2022 award are due Dec. 31, 2022.

For a company to be eligible for the ATE Award, all of its technicians must have completed at least one AEA training event in 2022, which includes:

  • AEA International Convention & Trade Show.
  • AEA Connect Conference.
  • AEA in-person training courses.
  • AEA virtual-live training courses.
  • Avionics News Technical Training exam.
  • Online training via the AEA's Aerospace Education Resource Online (AERO) system.
  • OEM training.
  • AEA partner training.

If all your current employees have completed AEA-recognized training, your company is eligible for the award. If the training involved successful completion of the Avionics News Technical Training exam, we do not need copies of the certificates and already have those records. Simply check the appropriate box on the application form.

Award materials will be mailed in early 2023. For more information, contact Aaron Ward, AEA director of operations, at 816-366-5106 or

To download the ATE Award application, click here.