FAA And Avionics
Rotorcraft Forum Concludes At AEA International Headquarters
By Steve Hall
February 6, 2012 - On Thursday, more than 70 general
aviation industry leaders and regulatory executives
concluded a successful two and half days avionics
rotorcraft forum at the Aircraft Electronics Association
International Headquarters (AEA).
Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities
in the certification and installation of new avionics
technologies in the rotorcraft market, and the forum
opened the lines of communications between industry and
the Federal Aviation Administration's Rotorcraft
Organized and moderated by the AEA, the event occurred
Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the AEA's Dan Derby Center for
Professional Development in Lee's Summit, Mo., a suburb
of Kansas City, Mo.
"We had a
highly successful opening meeting, which created free dialog
between the Rotorcraft Directorate and industry," said Ric Peri,
the forum's moderator and AEA vice president of government and
industry affairs. "Each participant walked away with a better
understanding and appreciation of each other's challenges in
satisfying customer needs and promoting aviation safety."
agreed to schedule a follow-up avionics rotorcraft forum, which
is set for Aug. 21-23 at the AEA's international headquarters.
has long worked with the FAA and other international regulatory
agencies to promote the installation of new safety-enhancing
avionics technologies in aircraft," said Paula Derks, AEA
president. "This forum is the next step in a long-running dialog
with the Rotorcraft Directorate."
leadership in attendance at the forum included, Rotorcraft
Directorate, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification
Division, Flight Standards Division. Industry participants in
attendance included Rotorcraft OEMs, Avionics OEMs for
rotorcraft applications and MROs in the rotorcraft market.
The forum occurred with the cooperation and assistance from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the Aeronautical Repair Station Association.
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