What is the AEA?

The AEA membership includes government-certified international repair stations, manufacturers of avionics equipment, instrument repair facilities, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, engineers and educational institutions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Aircraft Electronics Association is to be a worldwide, self-sustaining organization committed to enhancing the profitability of its members by...

  • providing effective leadership to its members,
  • facilitating the communications between members,
  • encouraging members to establish quality processes,
  • furthering the education of its members and their various constituent groups,
  • influencing the applicable legislative and regulatory processes.

Committed to enhancing the profitablity of members


Led by AEA President Paula Derks, the day-to-day operations are managed by a full-time staff at the association’s international headquarters located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.


Board of Directors

Elected by its members, the AEA is governed by a board of directors, which includes a diverse international mix of repair stations, manufacturers and distributors.



An effective board does much of its work in committees. The fundamental research and collection of ideas are gathered and alternatives are considered through AEA committees.