AEA South Pacific Regional

November 9-10, 2023

Queenstown, New Zealand



Thursday, November 9

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. - 8:45 a.m. Regulatory Insights from New Zealand and Australia
An enlightening exploration into the avionics industry across the Australian and New Zealand regions. This inaugural session will set the stage by commencing with a panoramic view of where the avionics sector stands today and various AEA activities in both regions.
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. New Zealand Regulatory Update

Briefing on regulatory changes highlighting major changes in the last year. Importance of adhering to regulations in aviation safety and compliance.

Deep Dive: AC43-14 Standard Design Changes: Explanation of the AC43-14 standard. Relevance and application in the New Zealand aviation context. Best practices and common challenges in implementing the standard.

A Discussion on AC43-10: Aircraft Radio Station: An in-depth look at the existing equipment listed in AC43-10. Why the current list is deemed ancient and the urgency to update. Recommendations and discussions on potential additions/removals to the list.

CAA's Perspective on Legacy Mode A & Mode C Transponders: Detailed explanation of Mode A & Mode C transponders. The Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) current stance on aircraft fitted with these legacy systems.

Potential future regulations and implications for aircraft operators.

Effects of the Avionics Inspection Authorization in New Zealand: Overview of the Avionics Inspection Authorization. Current challenges faced by Mechanical Inspection Authorizations (IA) signing off on avionics modifications/STCs. Possible solutions, best practices, and CAA's viewpoint on the matter.

Q&A Session: Open forum for attendees to ask questions and discuss concerns related to the topics covered.

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Australia Regulatory Update
The aviation landscape has seen transformative changes in light of recent events. As Australia navigates these challenges, understanding the nuances of our regulatory environment has never been more essential. This training session seeks to equip participants with a deep understanding of the recent updates in Australian aviation regulations, with a focus on the following areas:

Post-COVID Regulatory Dynamics: CASA HQ Evolution: Delve into the adaptive measures and operational shifts introduced at CASA HQ.
COVID-Policies: We'll begin with a detailed review of the policies introduced during COVID, highlighting those that have been retained. This session will also unpack the modifications and defining the "new normal" for regional offices.

CASA Airworthiness Inspectors Dynamics: This segment will offer insights into the strategies employed by CASA airworthiness inspectors, particularly their approach to industry monitoring amidst limited hands-on interaction.

Part 66 Licensing Explained: Providing clear answers to the most asked questions around Part 66 licensing. Tailored content to help dispel myths and confusion amongst licensed aircraft maintenance engineers. A thorough breakdown of this consultation, with a focus on licensing and the acquisition of a license.

Maintenance Regulations: This module will demystify the changes surrounding Part 43, spotlighting which avionics components are included, and which have been excluded, and the rationale behind these decisions. Includes a comprehensive view of CASA's updated stance and methodology in supervising owner/operators within the private/air work realm. And, an in-depth analysis of CASA's perspective and directives concerning the evolving role of maintenance controllers in charter flight operations.

ADS-B Rebate Insights: Clarity on the ADS-B Rebate program, understanding its current status and gauging its effectiveness to date.

Q&A Session: Open forum for attendees to ask questions and discuss concerns related to the topics covered.

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Mastering Performance-Based Navigation (PBN): From Basics to Regional Specifics

Explore the world of performance-based navigation (PBN) in this comprehensive training session. Designed for both novices and experienced professionals, this course promises a gradient learning experience. Here's what participants can anticipate:

  • PBN Foundations: Start your journey with a clear, concise understanding of what performance-based navigation truly is. Perfect for those new to the concept or seeking a refresher.
  • Principles of PBN: Move beyond the basics and immerse yourself in the core principles that underpin PBN. This segment promises a mix of theory and real-world applications to solidify your understanding.
  • Regional Equipment Nuances: As we venture into the practicalities of PBN, delve into the specific equipment requirements unique to different countries. Equip yourself with the knowledge to ensure compliance and efficiency no matter where you operate.

Morning break sponsored by Avidyne

9 a.m. Exhibitor Setup
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.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
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. Remember What You Are Good At
It is common knowledge that there is a worldwide shortage of qualified avionics engineers. This session will look at the progression of avionics maintenance facilities and how your business has evolved into what it is today. You will gain an understanding of the dynamics of your business as we focus on the shortage of maintenance engineers and how to overcome the issues and hire valuable staff.
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 2:30 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.
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Place, Show, and Win with Panel Planner software
Learn how the Panel Planner program is a sales tool, rework killer, and a fabrication tool for all piston-aircraft shops. Attendees will see the operation and acquire working knowledge of a program written for instrument panel work. As a bonus, questions will be answered about how Panel Planner can be used in the shop.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Product Info Session
  • Astronics
  • Flightcell
  • Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
  • VIAVI Solutions
4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
6:30 p.m. Exhibitor Teardown
7:30 p.m. AEA Dinner Event
Celebrate the AEA’s return to Queenstown at one of the most popular hangouts for locals and tourists alike: Winnies! The AEA will have the restaurant exclusively for dinner, drinks and fun. Relax on the sofas by the fireplace, shoot some pool, or just hang out with friends under the amazing open roof. The ticket for this event is included in a full registration or an exhibitor registration.
Dinner sponsored by Fieldtech Avionics Inc.

Friday, November 10

7:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. AEA Registration Open
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 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

Last updated Wednesday, November 1, 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.

Interested in sponsoring? Contact Linda Adams, or 816-347-8400

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