The 54th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show

Regulatory Sessions

The AEA International Convention is where you need to be to learn about the latest regulatory issues impacting your business. Each year, representative from the civil aviation authorities, including the FAA, TCCA, EASA and others, convene at the AEA convention for three days to share vital regulatory information with all attendees.

All sessions are approved for credit toward AEA’s Avionics Training Excellence Award
and the FAA’s IA renewal and AMT awards.

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Regulatory Contact
Ric Peri, Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs Ric Peri,
Vice President of
Government & Industry
Phone: 202-589-1144
  • Tuesday, March 22
  • Wednesday, March 23
  • Thursday, March 24
  • Friday, March 25

8:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Safety Management Systems (SMS)
Presented by John Carr, AEA Canada Regulatory Consultant

This session will focus on the implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) to meet the upcoming regulatory requirements for Canadian maintenance organizations as well as the anticipated U.S. repair stations requirements.  The session will explain how a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS) that is implemented in a CRS to meet Quality Assurance Program requirements will form a sound basis for the future SMS program. An overview will be provided of the gap analysis methodology necessary to evaluate and document the delta between the QMS and SMS requirements.  While focused on the lessons learned in the only AEA demographic to require SMS to date, this presentation is referenced to the ICAO requirements so that the information presented can be utilized by any AEA member anywhere in the world.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Electrical Wiring Systems Training
Enhanced Airworthiness Program for Airplane Systems (EAPAS) Training

Presented by Massoud Sadeghi, FAA

During the late 1990s, the FAA and industry determined they needed a better understanding of wire-related failures that could result in arcing, smoke in the cabin or flight deck and sometimes onboard fires. The FAA’s Enhanced Airworthiness Program for Airplane Systems (EAPAS), established in 2001, has been developing enhancements for continued safety of aircraft wiring systems from their design, installation and maintenance throughout their operational life. The EAPAS program led to a proposed rule in October 2005, which viewed aircraft wiring as important systems on their own.  This rule has a direct affect on any repair station who is maintaining or altering wiring systems in Part 25 aircraft.

The purpose of this training is to provide participants with an overview of the new 14 CFR Part 25 subpart H, Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems (EWIS) requirements.

Course Objectives:

  • The course will expose participants to: Overview of  EAPAS and the elements that make up an EAPAS program.
  • Details of the new and revised part 25 electrical wiring interconnections systems (EWIS) certification requirements.
  • Details of the requirements and development of EWIS Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) using an enhanced zonal analysis procedure with real examples/exercise.
  • Assessment of design changes and their impacts on the existing EWIS ICA.

This course is designed to familiarize participants about the EAPAS/EWIS requirements necessary for individuals/organizations who wish to pursuing expansion of their delegated authority to include compliance findings to the EWIS requirements.

This course will be led by an FAA engineer who worked on this rule and was instrumental in its policy development.  He also participated in international working groups that were involved in defining the details of the rule and policy.  He is involved in implementing the rule and training FAA engineers, inspectors and DERs about this rule and its policy.

7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
AEA Regulatory Rise & Shine
Moderated by Ric Peri, AEA's vice president of government & industry affairs

With the expectation of a new Part 145 Repair Station rule, the closing of the comment period for Safety Management Systems, the continuation of the TSA repair station security rulemaking, the ELT, ADS-B, Flight Data recorders regulations and other FAA activity as well as the FAA Reauthorization and what we can expect from the new Congress, this annual session will cover the latest information on the Agency's efforts to amend the regulations that have a direct affect on your business.  In addition where a rule is mature enough to start compliance efforts; AEA will prepare procedures, processes, and solutions in anticipation of the changes

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
AEA Regulatory Leadership Panels
Moderated by Ric Peri, AEA's vice president of government & industry affairs

This year’s panel participants include:

Tim Shaver (FAA) Avionics Maintenance Branch Manager
Wes Ryan (FAA) Programs and Procedures Manager at the Small Aircraft Directorate
Jens Henning (GAMA) Vice President of Operations / Chair ARC ADS-B In Avionics Group

Always at full room capacity, this year’s AEA Regulatory Leadership Panels will cover the major issues affecting the international repair station community.

Panel topics will include “The ABCs of ADS-B Implementation:,” and a move toward “Safety Management Systems: The Cost to Implement, the Cost to Comply, the Cost to Your Company’s Morale.”

The first panel will be a general briefing from FAA leadership regarding the current state of the Agency.  Including such topics as Field Approvals, pending SMS regulations that will affect the customers of both Flight Standards (FSDOs) and Aircraft Certification (ACO’s, Manufacturers, and designees), the certification and use of STC (including AML- STCs) and a discussion on NextGen, and how the FAA’s resources will be prioritized to support NextGen installations.

The second panel will focus on the surveillance piece of NextGen: ADS-B.  This panel will begin with an overview of ADS-B and a discussion of the current procedures and expectations regarding ADS-B OUT installation as well as the forecast for ADS-B IN regulations.

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
AEA Regulatory Rise & Shine
Moderated by Ric Peri, AEA's vice president of government & industry affairs

There are many areas of avionics installation, repair and maintenance that are confusing and often misinterpreted, this Friday morning will review the regulations, guidance and policy to answer many of your questions, including what rating are needed for the installation and maintenance of PFDs and MFDs; and, what are the limitations of an A & P in modern avionics?  

In addition, the FAA's Small Aircraft Division will conduct an open forum discussion on the installation and use of portable avionics and where they see general aviation aircraft going in the future.  This is a critical discussion with the expansion of portable, non-certified avionics in VFR only certified aircraft and IFR authorized amateur built experimental aircraft.