Safety Management System Coordinator Training


Risk management is a vital element of any successful business. Whether driven by best practices or responding to a regulatory requirement, the AEA has your solution. Leveraged by the 900-strong repair station membership, the AEA developed a proprietary SMS program designed specifically for maintenance organizations. This program is currently used on every continent. The AEA has been coordinating with the Federal Aviation Administration and Transport Canada Civil Aviation, as well as discussions with the Australian government's Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, for future acceptance.

Presented by:  Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs.

Introduction to Safety Management Systems

  • Overview of SMS
  • Why SMS
  • ICAO mandate 

Our Approach

  • Regulatory environment
  • Human factors
  • Safety culture

SMS Elements

  • Safety culture
  • Hazard identification
  • Risk management
  • Continuous improvement

Our Program -- AEA's online SMS

  • System overview
  • Hazard reports, audit findings, incident/accident reports, risk assessment, dashboard
  • User management
  • How to get started with the AEA

The training will provide a solid overview of modern safety principles, the International Civil Aviation Organization guidance on SMS implementation and the use and operation of the proprietary AEA SMS program.

AEA Member $179 | Non-Member $229 | Academic $129

The Classroom

AEA Member $499 | Non-Member $549

Avionics Installation for Experimental Aircraft

This course is targeted for the home builder or avionics technician who wants to learn about performing an avionics installation in an experimental aircraft. The class focuses on the Garmin G3X Touch system, and a simplified example harness is constructed as part of the hands-on portion of the class. While the G3X Touch system is the primary focus, the wiring principles and general guidance can be applied to any experimental avionics system. From the do-it-yourselfer to the avionics shop looking to carve out a niche, this class has something for everyone.

AEA Member $699 | Non-Member $799

Advanced Avionics Installation & Configuration

Technicians will learn how to plan, install, interface, configure and check out an installation of a primary flight display, EHSI and GPS/Nav/Com consisting of dual Garmin GI 275, a Garmin GTN 650 touch screen, and a Garmin GTX 345 transponder. Designed for technicians who have experience with avionics installation practices and are looking for more training integrating common general aviation installations.

AEA Member $1549 | Non-Member $1649

Avionics Service and Testing Fundamentals

Build and Keep Your Test Panel & Harness!

This intensive three-day course is designed for experienced avionics technicians seeking comprehensive training in avionics testing, troubleshooting, and service. Led by industry expert Don Dominguez of Radioman Avionics, participants will gain hands-on experience in bench testing LRUs, flight line testing, and aircraft troubleshooting across various avionics systems. From fundamental concepts to advanced techniques, this course covers a wide range of topics including navigation, communication, and transponder equipment service.

AEA Member $499 | Non-Member $599

Pitot-Static, Transponder, RVSM, and ADS-B: Testing & Inspection

Attendees will learn the proper methods for conducting pitot-static and transponder tests and inspections. This two-day course offers a regulatory review and an explanation of the proper administrative procedures for completing these critical certifications. Preparing and performing RVSM inspection tasks. ADS-B session covering installation, wiring and return to service review.

FAA Accepted 8 Hours - Course # C-IND-IM-170106-K-010-005

AEA Member $649 | Non-Member $749

Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation

The Basic Wiring & Avionics Installation course is designed for certificated repairmen, new avionics technicians, aviation maintenance technicians and recent graduates interested in improving or acquiring the skills necessary to perform avionics installations. This three-day seminar employs in-depth theory and hands-on lab exercises to immerse the attendee in the best practices used to plan, manage, and install a general aviation avionics panel. Installation lab includes: Avidyne IFD540 FMS/GPS Navigator, Garmin G5 Electronic Flight Instrument & GAD 29 ARINC 429 data bus module, PS Engineering PMA8000BT Audio Panel and Trans-Cal SSD120-35C-RS-232 Altitude Encoder

FAA Accepted 8 Hours - Course # C-IND-IM-161028-K-010-002

AEA Member $349 | Non-Member $449

ADS-B Configuration, Testing & Troubleshooting


This course is designed for currently employed repair station personnel and installers and maintainers of ADS-B systems. Approximately 4.8% of all general aviation ADS-B installations are non-compliant based on the FAA’s ADS-B Performance Monitoring System. This course focuses on the proper configuration and testing of ADS-B installations to ensure your installation meets the performance requirements and regulations. Also included are troubleshooting tips and tricks that will help you resolve the common problems found in ADS-B installations.

AEA Member $349 | Non-Member $449

AVX-10K & IFR6000/4000 Operations Training

This course is designed to provide maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills required to operate and configure IFR6000 & IFR4000 to verify and maintain transponder, UAT, TCAS, DME, ILS, VOR, Comms and ELT. Plus a complete review all features and benefits of the AVX-10K Flight Line Test Set with emphasis on testing transponder (Mode S and ADS-B In/Out), UAT, TCAS and DME.

AEA Member $499 | Non-Member $599

Basic Pitot-Static & Transponder Theory, Testing & Troubleshooting

The Basic Pitot-Static & Transponder course is designed for entry-level avionics technicians or those looking for basic training on pitot-static & aircraft transponder systems. This two-day course covers the history and theory of operation of pitot-static instruments and transponders, as well as system set-up, hands-on testing, and the troubleshooting skills necessary to perform FAR 91.411 and 91.413 checks.

FAA Accepted 8 Hours - Course # C-IND-IM-240718-K-022-0011

AEA Member $699 | Non-Member $799

Introduction to DO-160 Qualification

This course is designed to equip professionals with essential insights into RTCA DO-160, a cornerstone standard dictating test criteria and methodologies crucial for ensuring the operational integrity of systems and equipment within the aircraft environment.

AEA Member $349 | Non-Member $449

Digital Databus Theory & Analysis


As today’s modern airplanes become much more technologically advanced, so must the professionals that maintain them. The advanced avionics and instrumentation systems used in these aircraft rely on various forms of digital databus communication. Understanding digital databus theory is becoming more and more important for avionics technicians, and even A&P mechanics, to effectively test and troubleshoot these highly advanced aircraft systems.

AEA Member $549 | Non-Member $649

Aircraft Instrument Systems


This course is designed for avionics technicians or apprentices who want to learn more about aircraft instrument systems and better understand their operation, installation considerations, and maintenance to become more effective troubleshooters. From simple mechanical gauges to complex electrical and electronic systems, this course covers nearly every instrument system in an aircraft.

AEA Member $699 | Non-Member $699

Certified Repair Station Training

This weeklong course provides an interactive environment to learn, understand and implement the regulations that govern repair station design and operations.

FAA Accepted 5 Hours - Course # C-IND-IM-180621-K-010-001