Avionics Maintenance Conference (AMC) Slated for April 23-26, 2018 in Dallas, Texas – Event Will Feature Discussions on Avionics and Aviation Electronics

The Avionics Maintenance Conference (AMC) will be held April 23-27, 2018, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, in Dallas, Texas.

The event is expected to attract more than 650 technical and management professionals from more than 30 countries, representing 30 airlines, five airframe manufacturers and more than 170 avionics suppliers.

AMC is the foremost platform for the avionics and aviation electronics industry to learn, problem solve and source new information, products, technologies and services at one distinctive annual event.

The objectives of AMC are to promote reliability and to reduce operating and life cycle costs of air transport avionics by improving maintenance and support techniques through the exchange of technical information. In addition, attendee will:

  • Keep up-to-date with the latest issues, challenges and discussions in avionics and aviation electronics
  • Gain insight into technical discussions and approaches for ideas and practical solutions
  • Meet and problem solve with colleagues, peers and experiences professionals from the avionics and aviation electronics industry
  • Develop and forge relationships with potential airlines/suppliers/customers
  • Develop standards

Symposium topics will include:

·Monday, April 23, 2018 – 10:20 a.m.       

The Buzz Word: Big Data – An Introduction

Dr. Leon Gommans, Air France/KLM
Brian Tucker, Bell Helicopter

Dr. Nima Baracci, Lufthansa

Ted McFann, FedEx

The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Health Management (HM): these are the latest buzz words that corporations are talking about. It is easy to talk about, but difficult to implement and use Big Data. In this first of several Big Data Symposiums, experts from the industry will discuss the need for big data to improve component reliability and provide examples of its use today, creating an airline health monitoring big data infrastructure so airlines can share data for the greater good of the aviation community, and an introduction to Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM), which will cover some basic IVHM concepts, standards development work, implementation concepts, and Bell’s work in this area.

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 3:20pm


ADS-B Mandate



Dosal Roiz, Etihad

Ron Parpart, Rockwell Collins

Jeff Hester, Honeywell Aerospace


The symposium will address the upcoming ADS-B OUT DO-260B Mandate. The symposium will provide an overview of the Mandate timelines and requirements defined by the different countries and regulatory bodies. Additionally, the symposium will address FAA performance requirements of 14 CFR §§91.225 and 91.227, which are very restrictive, and FAA. Furthermore, the presenter will explore failure modes and requirements.

·Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 3:20pm

Pitot Static – Latest Designs and Reliability

              John Garcia, The Boeing Company

Adrien Chen, Airbus

François-Xavier Gandon, Thales AVS

Matthew Anderson  , UTAS


Marijan Jozic, KLM

For years, pitot static failures have been an ongoing theme at the AMC. Airlines have reported reliability issues and failures during taxi-out. The new aircraft fleets are now flying (B787, A320NEOS, B737MAX, A350, B777X), and people would like to know if there are new designs and if a newly-designed probe would be available on older aircraft types as retrofit.

Cost to attend the Avionics Maintenance Conference is $700. Members and Corporate Sponsors attend at no charge. For more information go to: https://www.aviation-ia.com/conferences/avionics-maintenance-conference-amc

For additional questions, please feel free to contact Sam Buckwalter, AMC Executive Secretary and Program Director at:  sam.buckwalter@sae-itc.org.

The AMC is an air transport industry activity organized by ARINC Industry Activities an SAE Industry Technologies Consortia program. The objectives of AMC are to promote reliability and reduced operating cost in air transport avionics by improving maintenance and support techniques through the exchange of technical information. AMC consists of representatives from the technical leadership of the air transport avionics maintenance community. AMC promotes improved avionics reliability and performance at lower life-cycle cost through the coordination of common technical problems in the airlines. AMC saves the industry money each year through participation in the annual Avionics Maintenance Conference. AMC also tracks developing maintenance issues and new products and makes inputs to or develops standards to maintain safe aircraft with lower life-cycle costs.

ARINC Industry Activities (ARINC IA) is a SAE ITC (Industry Technologies Consortia) program. The SAE ITC team specializes in establishing and managing consortia by providing proven processes, tools and resources. SAE ITC enables public, private, academic and government organizations to connect and collaborate in neutral, pre-competitive forums thus empowering the setting and implementation of strategic business improvements in global highly engineered industries. (www.sae-itc.com)

SAE ITC is an affiliate of SAE International. SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 127,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

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