Astronics Corporation Powers Bell 525 Relentless First Flight

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East Aurora, NY | July 2, 2015– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading supplier of products to the global aerospace, defense, electronics and semiconductor industries, today announced that Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has successfully completed first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless. Astronics AES is proud to be a part of the Bell 525 Relentless team by providing the secondary electrical power distribution system. The power system features Astronics’ COREPOWER® Electronic Circuit Breaker Units (ECBUs).

The ECBU offers greatly enhanced reliability, lower system cost and weight reduction. These solid state units manage power throughout the aircraft and provide fault detection, circuit protection and programmable load management through automated power control functions, helping to reduce pilot workload and improve crew awareness.

“We are excited to continue our successful relationship with Bell Helicopter on the Bell 525 Relentless,” said Kellsey Justus, vice president of Astronics AES Airborne Power & Control. “The seamless integration of our ECBUs with the avionics showcases our product’s capabilities while providing a significant increase in automation and improved situational awareness for the pilot.”

ECBUs significantly simplify the electrical power distribution system by eliminating electromechanical switches, thermal breakers, relays, contactors, and significant wire content. In addition to wire protection, the potential for automated switch control can eliminate many standalone utility control systems. This can be accomplished in a manner that provides simplification and increases fail safe redundancy.

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