AEA Canada Regional

August 24-25, 2023

Calgary, Alberta



Thursday, August 24

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. AEA Registration Open
8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Official Conference Welcome
8:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. Regulatory Update
The long-awaited ADS-B installation requirements have been published and will be reviewed. Items covered during this session include the upcoming regulatory landscape as it pertains to electric and UAM aircraft.

In addition, Ryan Hennigar, program manager, operational airworthiness for Transport Canada Civil Aviation, will report on the following topics:
  1. Update on remaining COVID-19 guidance – AME licensing and training perspective;
  2. Update on CAR 521 and CAR 571 changes;
  3. Update on guidance for AMO performance and certification of maintenance – progress and timelines;
  4. Update on international agreements;
  5. Additional regulatory development – ATO NPA and AME skill tasks and other ACs.
As industry continues to recover from the past few years of modified operations, this update of regulations, policies and guidance is essential for efficient operations of the Canadian avionics industry. The AEA staff also will provide an update on the topics raised during the regulatory roundtable at the 2023 AEA Convention and will cover the year in review for Canadian regs and policy.
Morning break sponsored by Gogo Business Aviation
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. What is CAN Bus?
This training session aims to provide a detailed overview of CAN Bus (Controller Area Network) technology, including its definition, differences from other communication protocols like Ethernet and RS-232, basic use applications, and insights into maintenance and troubleshooting.

Introduction to CAN Bus:
  • Definition and overview of CAN Bus
  • Key features and advantages of CAN Bus
Comparison with Ethernet and RS-232:
  • Understanding Ethernet and its applications
  • Differentiating CAN Bus from Ethernet
  • Comparing CAN Bus with RS-232
  • Identifying the unique advantages of CAN Bus in comparison
Basic Use Applications:
  • Aviation industry: CAN Bus in aircraft
  • CAN Bus applications for electric aircraft
  • Real-life examples highlighting the benefits and functionalities of CAN Bus
Maintenance and Troubleshooting:
  • Best practices for CAN Bus maintenance
  • Common issues and challenges faced in CAN Bus systems
  • Troubleshooting techniques and tools
  • Preventive measures to ensure reliable CAN Bus operation
9 a.m. Exhibitor Setup
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
Lunch sponsored by Kadex Aero Supply
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Cirrus Maintenance and Avionics
This session covers the Cirrus Perspective that includes troubleshooting and return to service of the Garmin GTX 345 STC, troubleshooting power distribution squawks and annunciation anomalies, including high-side current monitor erroneous indications. It also includes a thorough review of P-Static in Cirrus aircraft, and locating and repairing trouble spots. The session will review Cirrus service and training organizations and training opportunities.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Genesys Aerosystems - 3100 Autopilot Installation & Troubleshooting
Session aims to provide a brief overview of the Genesys Aerosystems 3100 Autopilot, focusing on key aspects of installation and troubleshooting. Participants will gain an understanding of the installation process and acquire foundational knowledge to address common issues effectively.
Topics covered:
  • Introduction to S-TEC 3100 Digital Flight Control System
  • GridConnect CAN-USB converter Setup Procedures
  • IMU Leveling Procedure
  • Bridle Cable Tension Tool
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. uAvionix tailBeaconX Technical Proficiency: Installation, Testing, and Advanced Troubleshooting
Delve deep into the technical aspects of tailBeaconX, enhance expertise on the installation, operation, and advanced troubleshooting of the tailBeaconX system, coupled with insights from real-life challenges and solutions.

Installation & ICA Protocols
  • Practical steps for accurate tailBeaconX installation.
  • A deep dive into ICA (Instructions for Continued Airworthiness) considerations and compliance.
Configuration Techniques
  • Familiarizing with the AV-30 control head and its alternatives.
  • Best practices for seamless tailBeaconX setup and configuration.
Transponder Testing Mechanisms
  • Procedures and protocols for efficient tailBeaconX testing.
  • Tips and tricks to ensure a flawless testing process.
Advanced Troubleshooting
  • Identifying and addressing the most recurrent issues with tailBeaconX.
  • Case studies on common mistakes and their rectification.
  • Pro tips from real-world experiences and challenges.
  • Unpacking poor wiring scenarios and their solutions.
  • Addressing peculiar installation questions and how to handle them.
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Product Info Session
  • ATEQ & Cobra Aviation, Inc.
  • CCX Technologies
  • Gogo Business Aviation
  • KGB Aviation Solutions
  • Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
  • One Mile Up
  • Testforce
4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
6:30 p.m. Exhibitor Teardown

Friday, August 25

7:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. AEA Registration Open
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Garmin Technical Training
The objective for this session is to provide participants with in-depth knowledge and skills related to installation, troubleshooting, and configuration of Garmin products. The training aims to cover various administration topics and tools relevant to the field as well. Garmin’s new PlaneSync will be highlighted along with the following hot topics:
  • Discussion of the latest installation, troubleshooting, configuration and administrative topics from training classes and FSE calls.
  • GDL 60 installation and registration topics.
  • New product training – overview, quoting, operations, and installation considerations.
  • Garmin autopilot installation trends and troubleshooting tips.
  • Garmin installation tools:
    • Design guides.
    • Configuration tools.
  • Integrated flight deck support call trends.
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
Lunch sponsored by Garmin
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Garmin Technical Training continued

Last updated Monday, August 21, 2023

Every attempt not to deviate from the above schedule will be made; however, the AEA reserves the right to make changes when necessary without notice. Please check back often to ensure you have the latest schedule.



The AEA would like to thank the following sponsors.

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