A look inside the SEA Wire Harness Shop

SEA Wire Harness Fabrication Shop

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The Wire Harness Fabrication Department manufactures high quality wire harness assemblies for aircraft installation. This includes in-house installation activities performed at Southeast Aerospace, installations performed by SEA personnel at off-site locations, and outside purchased assemblies to installed by a customer.

These assemblies can be as simple as a single wire, to as complicated as hundreds of wires, dozens of different connectors, and breakout and tie points tailor made to be installed in a specific aircraft. We fabricate, test, and inspect all harness assemblies to the highest industry standards by fully qualified technicians and inspectors.

We are proud to have the highest quality standards, and make no compromise when it comes to form, fit and functionality, and aircraft safety.


Spotlight on Zach Riffle, Wire Harness Fabrication Team Lead

zach-harness-seaHow did I come to work at SEA?
Shortly after graduating, Aerotek Staffing got in contact with me, and I began working at Southeast as a contractor through them. After my 6 month contract was finished, I was hired on!

What do I do here?
I assist the other technicians in harness fabrication, continuity checks, length checks, or any other areas where I can be of assistance! I also provide direction or advice, and take care of supervisory duties and whatever else is necessary while our shop manager is gone.

What are my hobbies?
I enjoy playing guitar and learning about technology as it relates to personal electronics.


Some projects the department is currently working on:
• ECM (Electro-Counter Measures) upgrade for helicopters
• Garmin G-1000 STC wire harnesses for installation into a Beechcraft King Air B200
• PRC-152 Harris Radio installation kits for UH-1 Helicopters
• SATCOM STC for a 737NG
• Installation kits for remaining 407MRH

FAA Offers General Aviation ADS-B Rebate

Starting this Fall, the FAA is offering a monetary incentive to help owners of less-expensive general aviation aircraft equip with the required avionics that comply with the ADS-B Out rule that will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The agency will offer a $500 rebate to eligible aircraft owners.

Are you eligible for a rebate?FAA-ADSB-Rebate-Qualify

Eligible aircraft: Defined as U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft, first registered before Jan 1, 2016.

Eligible equipment: Avionics that are certified to FAA Technical Standard Orders and meet the program rules (software upgrades of existing equipment are not eligible). Rebates are not available for aircraft already equipped with rule compliant ADS-B or for aircraft the FAA has previously paid or committed to pay for upgrade(s) to meet the ADS-B mandate.

Read the full program rules.

Start the Rebate process now by doing the following:

  • Validate: Review and validate the aircraft owner information and aircraft-specific information contained within the Civil Aircraft Registry. The FAA will determine rebate program eligibility using the information in the Civil Aircraft Registry, and all rebates will be mailed to the aircraft owner as recorded in the registry. Visit the FAA Registry.
  • Research: Go to the Equip ADS-B website to research eligible equipment. This website includes additional information about ADS-B mandate airspace.
  • Plan: Locate a certified installation location (Southeast Aerospace is your installation expert!), if required, and determine the specific aircraft requirements to ensure the installation is performed in accordance with applicable FAA regulations and meets the requirements identified in the General Aviation ADS-B Rebate Program Rules. While you may purchase the equipment now, your installation must occur after the program website is opened to rebate reservations to qualify for the rebate. The anticipated timeframe is estimated as Fall 2016.

Preview the ADS-B Rebate Process with our infographic.

Have questions? Get answers from our ADS-B Rebate Frequently Asked Questions.

[article written & published by FAA.gov, source: http://www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/rebate/]

SEA’s Newly Released Parts Website

Don’t waste your time on garbage parts websites & apps! Visit SEA’s newly released parts website, www.Parts.SEAerospace.com –> Your Connection to Important Inventory Information!

SEA’s new parts site features Actual Inventory Reporting that is updated automatically throughout the day, and specific Serial Numbers & Mod Status on individual In-Stock units. Check it out today and let us know what you think!

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What’s Going on at SEA? – April 2016

Getting to know Rob Reed

rob-reedRob Reed, Director of Aircraft Modifications

Tell us what you do here at SEA.
I am responsible for the PMO department at SEA. This includes working with Business Development and Tech Sales regarding government RFP’s and commercial proposals. And working with our Program Managers to ensure ongoing projects are on time, on budget and are meeting our customers’ requirements.

How long have you worked here? Tell us a little bit about the experience. I have been here at SEA for 8 years and have been in aviation for over 24 years. The timing of my start here has allowed me to see the company grow from a smaller, but great team of installers in one hangar to a department that now makes up half the company that includes 4 hangars and back shops!

What do you like about working at SEA? The passion of our owners. We aren’t just another department at a service center. Avionics is usually put on the back burner of a full service MRO. But our owners are dedicated to growing our business and putting out the highest quality product to our customers. It’s not just about the numbers. That truly is a rarity in this or any industry!

Do you have any special memories or funny stories of working here? During our first project with the Republic of Korea Army (in S Korea), the base commander invited our team to a traditional Korean Barbeque. That was an experience that I will never forget!

What do you like to do outside of the office? Fish, surf and play video games with my teen boys (mostly video games!).

Do you have a favorite quote? Treat others the way you want to be treated, no matter their political/religious views or financial status. Don’t know if this is a quote, more of an outlook on life!


Rotorcraft Parts Inventory Arriving Weekly!

HeliSEA has received several large shipments of helicopter inventory! These parts are in-house & available to the helicopter market!

Stock Inventory Available for Outright & Exchange:
– VHF/UHF Multiband Radios
– CVR/FDR Recorders
– Vertical Gyros & Sensors
– Engine Instruments
– Audio, Nav & GPS Units
– Autopilot Components & much more!

Be sure to contact SEA (sales@seaerospace.com) with your Sikorsky & Eurocopter requests. http://www.sea-avionics.com/documents/promotions/SEA-HeliOperators.pdf


SEA’s Randy Pickron featured in Avionics News Magazine

Randy Pickron, SEA Chief Inspector – Avionics Technician, was interviewed for a feature in the March 2016 edition of AEA’s Avionics News magazine. In an article titled “50 Years in Avionics – Randy Pickron recounts industry changes, adventures” written by Christine Knauer, Randy tells the story of how he began his avionics career at the age of 12 and details adventures of working in Iran, Panama City, and the Dominican Republic.

You can read the full story on AEA’s digital version at http://www.brightcopy.net/allen/avne/53-3/#/80.


Meet SEA at AEA Orlandomeet-us

SEA will be exhibiting at the AEA Convention in Orlando. Booth #210, if you’re there – please stop by to meet us!

Where: Gaylord Palms Convention Center
When: April 27-30, 2016Exhibit Hours: April 28/29 @ 10:30a – 5p


Want to be part of the SEA Team? Current Open Positions

You can find all our current open positions at: www.seaerospace.com/employment.php

Currently, Southeast Aerospace is looking to for a:
– Avionics System Engineer
– Avionics Systems Designer I
– Draftsman
– Shipping/Receiving Packer

You can find the full descriptions & requirements for these positions on the link above.

SEA is an EOE – Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities


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SEA Jacksonville Co. Sheriff Project

JacksonvilleCoBellSoutheast Aerospace (SEA), located in Melbourne FL, recently completed a contract with Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to install the Technisonics TDFM-9100 Multi-Band radio in their fleet of rotorcraft, which included two Bell 206B, one Bell 407 and one Bell OH-58A Helicopters.

tdfm9100The installations were completed at SEA’s facilities at  Orlando Melbourne International Airport, Florida. The TDFM-9100 is an airborne multi-band radio capable of operation in conventional, analog and P25 digital FM systems, SmartNet/SmartZone trunking systems and P25 9600 trunking systems.

Contact SEA’s PMO department for more details regarding an installation of this system.

SEA Awarded Supplier of the Month!

SEA is honored to have recently been awarded Supplier of the Month (for December 2015) by L-3 Vertex. Southeast Aerospace received this award for Exceptional Performance in completing a Radar Altimeter Upgrade Program, as well as other on-going programs and repair services.

For more information on SEA services & products, visit www.SEAerospace.com today.

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What’s Going on at SEA? – March 2016

SEA AS9100 Certified Installation Kits

as9100c-kitsnipSEA now offers AS9100C certified installation kits! Southeast Aerospace has an established and dedicated installation kit fabrication department at our Melbourne, FL facility. We have developed ready-to-install kits for several aircraft systems & are experienced with fulfilling the needs of FAA-PMA and A & B kit manufacturing.

Click Here for a detailed brochure that outlines SEA’s Services, Commercial Kits Available, and Military A-Kits.


SEA Delivers NorthStar Aviation 407MRH

Southeast Aerospace recently delivered the 22nd of 30 heavily modified Bell-407GX aircraft to NorthStar Aviation LLC. After modification, the helicopters, designated as the NSA 407MRH aircraft, are used as a light attack and armed reconnaissance platform by a foreign military customer. Systems include Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Mission Systems and Communications upgrades. The modifications are being completed at SEA’s facilities in Melbourne, Florida.

SEA Design Includes >>
For more information about Northstar, visit: https://www.usanstar.com/


SEA Partnership to Certify Boeing 737NG Cobham Satcom System, fitted with Inmarsat SwiftBroadband Safety Capability

shenzhen-logosSEA has partnered with China Trancomm, Cobham, Inmarsat and Delta G Design to certify the Cobham Aviator 300 system, fitted with Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband Safety capability for Airline Operational Communications (AOC) messaging, on Shenzhen Airlines’ Boeing 737-800 fleet.

This system will make Shenzhen Airlines compliant with the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC)’s four-minute mandate. The mandate, more formally known as the Satellite Communications Implementation Plan for Airline Operations Control, requires airlines to operate and control voice communications independent of Air Traffic Control within four minutes.

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Garmin Clears Up the ADS-B Picture!

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Leave it to Garmin to clear up a very confusing, cluttered market of ADS-B products for general aviation. This time there’s no rebranded products, partial approved model STC for certification, tricky install footnotes, gotchas or $7000 transponders.

The new GTX-335 and GTX-345 transponders are finally an all-in-one option that addresses almost every possible ADS-B installation scenario.

Features & Options Listed Here >>


Melbourne Florida Airport Name Change

logo_melbourne_airportRecently, Melbourne International Airport (home of SEA) changed it’s name to Orlando Melbourne International Airport. We are abbreviating it on our updated contact information as “Orlando MLB Intl Airport.” New name, same location & amazing SEA service!

SEA Delivers NorthStar Aviation 407MRH

NorthStar Aviation 407MRH State of the Art Mission Equipment Package


Southeast Aerospace recently delivered the 22nd of 30 heavily modified Bell-407GX aircraft to NorthStar Aviation LLC. After modification, the helicopters, designated as the NSA 407MRH aircraft, are used as a light attack and armed reconnaissance platform by a foreign military customer. Systems include Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Mission Systems and Communications upgrades.  The modifications are being completed at SEA’s facilities in Melbourne, Florida.

SEA design includes:

•    Digital Audio/ICS
•    UHF/VHF/SATCOM
•    IFF Transponder
•    Electronic Standby Instrument
•    Iridium Tracker
•    Radio Altimeter
•    Stores Management System
•    Mission Management System
•    EO/IR Sensor
•    Video Downlink
•    TACAN
•    NVIS Modifications
•    Composite Mission Doors
•    Composite Driveshaft Cover
•    ELT

For more information about Northstar, visit: https://www.usanstar.com/

Garmin Clears Up the ADS-B Picture!

Garmin clears up the ADS-B picture!

Leave it to Garmin to clear up a very confusing, cluttered market of ADS-B products for general aviation.  This time there’s no rebranded products, partial approved model STC for certification, tricky install footnotes, gotchas or $7000 transponders.
GTX345
The new GTX-335 and GTX-345 transponders are finally an all-in-one option that addresses almost every possible ADS-B installation scenario.
Features and options include:
  • Models available with or without internal WAAS GPS
  • ADS-B In capability (optional)
  • Most display compatibility option in the industry including G1000
  • Ideal size and fit factor (1.65” H) makes it easy to replace almost any panel mount transponder
  • Remote mount versions available for GTN 650/750 compatibility
  • Rack mount altitude encoder available to eliminate external wiring to encoder (optional – $299 List)
  • AML STC allowing for easy installation in hundreds of aircraft
  • List Prices start at $2995

Quite simply, if you already have a Garmin transponder (GTX-327/330 or remote GTX-32/33), then the GTX-335/345 are the most sensible option for you.  However, even if you have an older Mode C transponder, then the Garmin option is still the most sensible since you will update to a modern transponder while having complete ADS-B Out capability to comply with the 2020 mandate.

The ADS-B picture for general aviation is now much clearer.
For more GTX-335/345 details and product images, visit Garmin’s Blog post “Garmin Introduces Next Generation of All-In-One ADS-B Transponders”.

Garmin Announces Next Generation All-in-One ADS-B Transponders

GTX345Garmin announced today the release of the GTX 345 and GTX 335, all-in-one ADS-B transponders, which include Extender Squitter (ES) ADS-B Out with options for built-in WAAS position source as well as dual-link ADS-B In. With the most compatibility options in the industry, these new transponders display on a wide variety of current and legacy Garmin displays, including select G1000 integrated flight decks. Regardless of the existing avionics configuration, the GTX 345 enables more capabilities for pilots by displaying ADS-B traffic, subscription-free weather, GPS position data and back-up attitude information within popular apps such as Garmin Pilot and ForeFlight Mobile via Connext wireless technology. The GTX 335/345 come in an attractive size and form factor, making it easy to replace the most popular transponders in the industry, like the Garmin GTX 327 and many others. Remote options are also available for compatibility with the GTN 650/750 series and G1000-equipped aircraft. List prices start at $2,995.

View the full press release from Garmin here: http://newsroom.garmin.com/press-release/featured-releases/garmin-unveils-next-generation-all-one-ads-b-transponders