AEA West Regional

October 26-27, 2023

Reno, Nevada



Thursday, October 26

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Nevada Promenade
AEA Registration Open
8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Nevada Foyer
Official Conference Welcome
8:15 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Nevada Foyer

Regulatory Update: The Latest in Aviation Regulations
Kickstart your day with the most up-to-date and relevant information in the world of aviation regulations at our Regulatory Rise & Shine. This session serves as a comprehensive source of regulatory news, information, and events that directly impact you, your customers, and your business. We will begin the session with a focus on the current regulatory agenda, discussing any recent changes or proposed amendments in aviation rules and how they might affect various stakeholders. We will examine these developments in the context of safety, operations, environmental sustainability, and the broader economic impact on the aviation industry.

Understanding MOSAIC and its Impact on Avionics and Maintenance
The FAA’s proposal for the Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certificates (MOSAIC) expands both the size and scope of light sport aircraft as well as the range of aircraft that sport pilots may fly. Lost in the NPRM are changes to maintenance and modifications to these types of aircraft.  We will review each regulatory part affected by the FAA’s proposed NPRM.

Maintenance of International Aircraft and Bilateral Agreements: A Comprehensive Guide
Navigate the complexities of aircraft maintenance on a global scale and explore the intricacies of bilateral aviation agreements. Come away with enhanced insights, a broader perspective, and practical understanding that can be applied in the ever-evolving world of international aviation. We will discuss how these bilateral agreements influence international relations, trade and cooperation. We will also take an in-depth look at the challenges and issues that arise in the absence of such agreements.

Workforce Development and Advantages of Part 145: Exploring New Horizons in Aviation Maintenance
This session covers the aviation workforce and the advantages repair stations have when employing technicians. In our industry, we often have the following conversation: There is a shortage of (1) personnel in general and (2) trained and qualified individuals, specifically. To support the “grow your own” path and the certification of qualified individuals, the AEA has developed two clearly defined options in cooperation with the FAA. Attendees can expect to leave with a deeper understanding of these two options and their impact on workforce development strategies and how to leverage the benefits of Part 145 to bolster their workforce.
Morning break sponsored by Aircraft Lighting International

9 a.m.
Exhibitor Setup
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nevada 7
Take the NEW Avionics Installation Certification Exam for FREE
Please note: If you are already an ASTM NCATT-certified Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET), you are eligible to take the NEW Aircraft Electronics Installation Technician (AEIT) endorsement exam for free at the AEA Regional. If you are not AET certified, you must pass that exam first. If you pass the AET certification exam at the AEA Regional, you can take the new installation endorsement exam along with other endorsements. All exams are free for attendees, courtesy of the AEA Educational Foundation. AET certification exams are normally $175, and AEIT endorsement exams are $150.

Did you know the FAA formally recognizes the AET certification as equivalent to formal training when showing eligibility for the issuance of a repairman certificate? Learn more at
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Nevada Foyer
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 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Nevada Foyer
Preparing for a Digital Autopilot Upgrade
This session will provide installers and sales teams with an overview of modern digital autopilot systems and the integration and installation labor needed to perform upgrades on light GA aircraft.
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Nevada Foyer
Top 10 Best Practices for Anti-Drug & Alcohol Program Managers
What are the secrets to running a successful Anti-Drug & Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program? Having more than 20 years’ experience as a Third Party Administrator, NATACS has seen a thing or two! Our Subject Matter Expert will discuss the following:
  • Regulatory definitions
  • Training requirements
  • Company policy
  • Random testing and medical/legal marijuana
  • FAA inspections
  • And more!
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Nevada Foyer
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.
Nevada Foyer
Avidyne - IFD retrofit Tips and Tricks/Vantage Upgrade
The important things to remember when upgrading a customer's navigator from a GNS to an IFD. Specifically, mandatory considerations and the optional features that are often missed in a GNS to IFD Swap. Attendees will greatly benefit from this training in order to help customers make an informed decision on all the available features the IFD has to offer.

Training technicians on the installation and configuration, Avidyne representatives will explain the available options, parts, and components necessary to complete the Vantage12 upgrade and the system requirements to help the customer make an informed decision on their new Vantage12 panel. Avidyne dealers will benefit greatly from this course by gaining a better understanding of the Vantage12 upgrade process from start to finish, and arming themselves with the knowledge of the several options available for their SR20 and SR22 customers.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Nevada Foyer
Product Info Session
  1. SmartSky Networks
  2. VIAVI Solutions
  3. One Mile Up, Inc.
  4. KGB Aviation Solutions
  5. Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
  6. Gogo Business Aviation
  7. Aviation Design and Supply
4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open
Drink tickets sponsored by EDMO Distributors
6:30 p.m.
Exhibitor Teardown

Friday, October 27

7:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Nevada Foyer
AEA Registration Open
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Nevada 7
Avionics Installation Certification Exam, Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) Certification & Endorsement Exams
Exams are free for attendees, courtesy of the AEA Educational Foundation.
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.

Morning break sponsored by Gogo Business Aviation
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
Lunch sponsored by Garmin
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Garmin Technical Training continued
Afternoon break sponsored by SmarkSky Networks

Last updated Monday, October 23, 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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