To the AEA membership and community
These are certainly unprecedented times. We hope you are well and following the guidance of public health officials in protecting yourself, your families and your employees. As the precautions to help slow or stop the spread of COVID-19 ramp up, we will likely face more obstacles to our business and our daily routines. Over the past weekend, these precautions escalated in the Kansas City metropolitan area, forcing the AEA to close its headquarters offices and follow a stay-at-home order. However, we are fully operational and ready to serve.
AEA staff is working, but the office is closed
Due to a stay-at-home order issued by Jackson County, Missouri, which takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, AEA staff members will be working remotely while the association's headquarters is closed. The county's order is in effect until at least April 24 and was made in conjunction with similar orders by the city of Kansas City, Missouri, and the surrounding counties in the metropolitan area.
These orders require all citizens in greater Kansas City to stay at home while the community works to slow the spread of COVID-19.
How to contact us
AEA staff members will continue to assist member companies and conduct business during the normal operating hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Monday through Friday. We stand ready to help all AEA members with their concerns or questions.
As usual, you may continue to call us at 816-347-8400 or email us at email@example.com. In addition, email addresses for individual staff members, along with direct-line phone numbers, are available on our website at AEA.net/staff.asp.
Thank you for your understanding, and we appreciate your support and patience.
Membership services continue
The AEA will continue to provide a variety of member benefits on its website at AEA.net, including the EEDirect equipment exchange program for members only. Participating companies should continue to provide their equipment listings, as usual, on a monthly basis.
All training classes scheduled to take place later this spring at AEA headquarters are expected to move forward at this time, and we will provide updates if it becomes necessary.
In addition, we will continue to publish Avionics News on a monthly basis along with our electronic newsletter, AEA Wired, twice a month. With so many industry trade shows being postponed or canceled, these vital forms of communication become even more important than ever given the environment we face. You may also follow current AEA and industry news via our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Although we are disappointed that this week's AEA Convention was canceled, we hope you will join us at one of our AEA Connect Conferences later this year. In the meantime, we are developing resources to assist in the continued operation of your business and are staying on top of regulatory developments impacting repair stations and manufacturers. Should you have any regulatory questions or challenges, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team.
While these are challenging times for everyone, we are here to help you and your business. For more than 63 years, the AEA has represented the avionics industry, and we look forward to serving aviation's technology experts in the months and years ahead. Be well and stay safe.
As you focus on your family and your business, remember your AEA family is here to assist.
Stay healthy and stay positive - this too, shall pass.
AEA President & CEO