Next-gen lights approved to bring improved reliability and long life operation to commercial and business aircraft

East Aurora, USA | October 15, 2018–Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, announced today that the FAA recently granted Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for the next generation of LED Landing and Taxi Lights, provided by its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Luminescent Systems Inc (LSI). With this designation, these advanced LED lights are approved for use on commercial, business, and general aviation aircraft.

“Our newest generation of LED landing and taxi lights
deliver a host of unprecedented advantages over
filament-based lights (incandescent and halogen) in
terms of performance and value,” explained James Kramer, President of Astronics LSI. “Airframe manufacturers, airlines, and private owners can now incorporate these lights onto new and retrofit aircraft to take advantage of the lifecycle cost savings these lights deliver through high efficiency, low power, and long life operation.”

About the Astronics LED Landing and Taxi Lights

The Astronics LED lights replace the traditional filament-based lighting systems used for landing and taxi lighting on aircraft, delivering a MTBUR (mean time between unscheduled removal) in excess of 30,000 hours compared with some traditional incandescent configurations that are rated at only 100 hours, saving maintenance time and effort and plane down time. Additional features include:

  • 3 standard sizes – PAR 36, PAR 46, and PAR 64
  • Maximum performance – shock and vibration resistant with no filaments to break and a robust glass lens construction with special anti-fog coating
  • Power savings – comparable luminance at 80% less power than legacy systems
  • All aircraft use – approved for use on hundreds of aircraft models from Airbus and Boeing to Embraer and Gulfstream
  • RTCA DO-160 certified
  • Versions of these lights already flight proven on aircraft around the world

Astronics Luminescent Systems Inc. (LSI) is the supplier of choice for lighting systems for aircraft cockpits, cabins, and exteriors. With products ranging from avionics panels and light plates to anti-collision and formation lights to emergency cabin lighting and passenger information signs, Astronics LSI collaborates with customers to create reliable, optimal solutions. Forerunners in the industry with the innovative use of LED, HID and electroluminescent lighting technologies, LSI products provide illumination and safety for commercial and military aircraft worldwide.

 

 

Astronics will collaborate in the mission to enable seamless in-cabin connectivity experiences

East Aurora, USA | October 11, 2018– Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced that it has joined the Seamless Air Alliance as an “Adopter Member.”

The Seamless Air Alliance is a consortium of companies dedicated to
the development and promotion of aircraft connectivity standards to
facilitate a simple, delightful experience for passengers. The goal of
the organization is to create standards that ensure continuous
connectivity from gate-to-gate anywhere in the world with the
additional potential benefit of reducing the hurdles associated with the acquisition, installation and operation of inflight connectivity systems.

“By joining the Seamless Air Alliance, Astronics continues to take a leading role in aircraft In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFE&C) system development and certification by shaping next generation IFE&C hardware technology explorations and advancements,” explained Matt Harrah, President of Astronics AeroSat. “With next- generation satellite technologies coming on board, it is important to look across network technologies to optimize the on-board connectivity architecture for providing the most appropriate system configurations for airlines’ business models. Astronics looks forward to collaborating with the other Seamless Air Alliance members to develop new connectivity standards that will improve the passenger experience.”

“We are very pleased to have Astronics join the Seamless Air Alliance and contribute their expertise alongside other market leaders defining the next generation of inflight connectivity,” said Jack Mandala, Seamless Air Alliance Chief Executive Officer.

Astronics AeroSat provides aircraft IFC antenna and radome systems and Astronics CSC provides aircraft inflight entertainment hardware systems, as well as certification services.

Astronics will collaborate in the mission to enable seamless in-cabin connectivity experiences

East Aurora, USA | October 11, 2018– Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced that it has joined the Seamless Air Alliance as an “Adopter Member.”

The Seamless Air Alliance is a consortium of companies dedicated to
the development and promotion of aircraft connectivity standards to
facilitate a simple, delightful experience for passengers. The goal of
the organization is to create standards that ensure continuous
connectivity from gate-to-gate anywhere in the world with the
additional potential benefit of reducing the hurdles associated with the acquisition, installation and operation of inflight connectivity systems.

“By joining the Seamless Air Alliance, Astronics continues to take a leading role in aircraft In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFE&C) system development and certification by shaping next generation IFE&C hardware technology explorations and advancements,” explained Matt Harrah, President of Astronics AeroSat. “With next- generation satellite technologies coming on board, it is important to look across network technologies to optimize the on-board connectivity architecture for providing the most appropriate system configurations for airlines’ business models. Astronics looks forward to collaborating with the other Seamless Air Alliance members to develop new connectivity standards that will improve the passenger experience.”

“We are very pleased to have Astronics join the Seamless Air Alliance and contribute their expertise alongside other market leaders defining the next generation of inflight connectivity,” said Jack Mandala, Seamless Air Alliance Chief Executive Officer.

Astronics AeroSat provides aircraft IFC antenna and radome systems and Astronics CSC provides aircraft inflight entertainment hardware systems, as well as certification services.

Milestone affirms Astronics’ position as the leading provider of wireless access points for commercial aircraft

East Aurora, NY | September 24, 2018–Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification (CSC) has shipped more than 10,000 cabin wireless access points (CWAPs) to enable inflight connectivity systems on aircraft. With this milestone, Astronics’ CWAPs serve as the most broadly accepted 802.11ac CWAPs in the market today.

“We started this product line in 2015 under the former company name of Telefonix, and in just 3 years have become the world leader in enabling entire fleets of aircraft to provide fast, reliable inflight connectivity access for improved passenger experiences,” said Michael Kuehn, President of Astronics CSC. “We work with the major inflight entertainment providers, and by listening closely, we’ve been able to deliver streamlined, high-performance CWAPs with the features they need to augment today’s advanced IFE systems.”

About the CabinACe-2 Cabin Wireless Access Point

Part of the Summit Line of inflight entertainment hardware systems from Astronics CSC, the CabinACe-2 is the most recent version of its CWAP with a design that leverages the market leading access point from Aruba Networks, Inc. The CabinACe-2 is currently in production and has undergone extensive testing in compliance with Boeing Line Fit (BLF), Airbus Interior Services (AIS), as well as DO-160G retrofit testing. Extremely efficient in design and easy to install, features include:

  • Linefit offerable for Boeing and Airbus aircraft
  • Aruba/HPE Wave 2 Support, providing enterprise class security and control features
  • Exclusive worldwide radio support firmware, enabling the regulatory domains to be changed dynamically based on geo/location data
  • 200,000+ hour MTBF
  • DO-160G certified with Astronics-provided Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) through its own FAA/EASA STCs
  • FCC, ISED, CE and Chinese MIIT regulatory approval.

Astronics CSC provides current system configuration testing and creates performance enhancements in its Wi-Fi System Integrations Lab. Customers can purchase the CabinACe-2 as a standalone component or as part of a complete Summit Line of inflight connectivity hardware from Astronics.

Astronics CSC serves as the experienced, global market leader for in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for aircraft. The Company specializes in connectivity hardware, integration engineering, and certification services. Together with other Astronics subsidiaries, Astronics CSC offers the most complete set of IFEC hardware solutions available from a single vendor.

FliteStream SATCOM connectivity and AeroShield radome solutions certified on

East Aurora, NY | September 19, 2018 – Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics AeroSat, recently received the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Validation of Supplemental Type Certification (VSTC) of its satellite communications (SATCOM) connectivity system. Specifically, the VSTC validates Astronics AeroSat’s FliteStream F-310 connectivity system and its new ARINC 791-style AeroShield radome and adapter plate system. Complete data for this inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) solution is available in CAAC VSTC0870.

According to Matthew Harrah, President of Astronics AeroSat, “We are excited to announce the completion of our CAAC VSTC covering our inflight internet connectivity systems on Boeing 737-800/900/900ER aircraft for China installations. This enables Astronics to offer our Chinese customer base a proven & reliable IFE&C solution for next-gen Ku-Band high-throughput satellite (HTS) networks, which includes installation and all structural, antenna, and radome system components. The customer can pair the FliteStream IFC with either the Astronics CSC’s SummitTM line of in-cabin IFE equipment for an integrated, scalable, high-performance solution or with their own IFE equipment supplier of choice.”

With industry-leading technical performance, Astronics AeroSat’s FliteStream fuselage-mounted antenna systems are ready to improve the Chinese airline passenger connectivity experience.

“This CAAC VSTC, along with the in-process European EASA STC, and the near term A320-family STC, will provide global opportunities for airline operators and passengers to experience the benefits of our FliteStream & AeroShield connectivity solutions,” Harrah continued.

About the FliteStream F-310 Satellite Connectivity System

Astronics AeroSat’s FliteStream solutions are the only products available with patented lens-horn technology, which creates the most efficient, reliable and highest-performing SATCOM antenna system available. The FliteStream F-310 integrates next-generation satellite modem technology and is the only system in production today that is compatible with next generation Ku-band high throughput satellites and iDirect Velocity networks, which provides maximum internet and data speeds in a single antenna.

Key features include:

  • Seamless connectivity for passengers to browse the internet, send and receive emails, make calls using Voice-Over-IP (VoIP), access virtual private network (VPN) services,
    conduct video conferences, and enjoy favorite
    work or entertainment applications
  • Most efficient Ku-band SATCOM antenna system, critical for maintaining low angle satellite coverage while flying at higher latitudes, where most flights occur
  • A three-piece LRU system: antenna, antenna controller & modem, and high power transceiver
  • Compliance with RTCA DO-160 and RTCA DO-178

About the AeroShield ARINC 791-Style Radome & Adapter Plate System

Astronics AeroSat’s AeroShield radome and adapter plate solution is the only next-generation ARINC 791- style solution that provides optimal Ku-band performance combined with the lowest drag design, while meeting all FAA & EASA bird strike safety requirements.

Key features include:

  • Aerodynamic shape to reduce drag and increase fuel savings
  • FAA & EASA bird strike compliance for large radome installations, to reduce certification time and cost
  • Sealing robustness against fluid intrusion from water, ice, deicing fluids and other environmental conditions
  • Advanced aluminum adapter plate design to minimize total IFC system weight
  • Connectivity systems commonality & interchangeability across entire fleetsAstronics AeroSat keeps people connected no matter where they fly. For over a decade, Astronics AeroSat has provided fuselage- and tail-mounted SATCOM solutions for general aviation, business aviation, commercial transport, VVIP, and military aircraft around the world. Learn more at Astronics.com.

Technologies will explore new ideas for how connectivity can enhance future passenger experiences and airline operations

East Aurora, NY | September 17, 2018– Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, will demonstrate two new technologies intended to improve an aircraft’s passenger experience and operational efficiency at the upcoming APEX Expo in Boston, in booth #343, from September 25-27.

Introducing the Astronics Smart Aircraft System

Throughout the three-day event, Astronics will demonstrate its
pioneering Smart Aircraft System technology, which includes
the new Intelligent Bin Solution. This patent pending system
uses Internet of Things (IoT) connection technologies to
detect and report in real time the status of overhead stowage
bins, which speeds aircraft boarding processes and reduces
passenger stress. The company will preview software
applications that provide a visual indication of remaining bin
space, even if the bin is closed, to enable cabin and gate crews to quickly direct passengers to available bin locations and know when to start checking bags.

In addition to providing a more efficient boarding process that can reduce costly delays, the bin sensors deliver cabin safety benefits during the flight by detecting outgassing events from hazardous devices, such as lithium-ion batteries, minutes before smoke or fire occurs. With this early detection, a notification is sent instantly to crewmembers who can proactively take action and contain in-flight battery events before they cause passenger alarm and lead to costly aircraft diversions.

“We started researching and investing in wireless sensing technology several years ago in anticipation of airline customer needs,” explained Jon Neal, President of Astronics Ballard Technology. “This research has expanded into a comprehensive IoT sensing and wireless mesh system that will help airlines gain valuable insight to drive operational savings in all aspects of flight. We are excited to be previewing it at APEX Expo.”

Astronics was recently granted several U.S. patents on the innovative technology with others pending. The latest generation Intelligent Bin System prototype is currently in laboratory testing with a major airline in anticipation of in-service trials in an operational environment.

Previewing Li-Fi Applications for Aircraft

In a second technology demonstration, PDT, an Astronics Company, will demonstrate some new potential applications for the emerging technology of Li-Fi, in a collaboration with pureLiFi. Li-Fi leverages light to send information, in contrast to Wi-Fi, which uses radio waves. Proven capable of transferring data at an unprecedented several Gigabits per second, Li-Fi could eventually empower passengers to download an HD video in just a few seconds, for example.

“This is a brand new technology and we are exploring ways in which it can improve the passenger, and even crew, experience on an aircraft in terms of connectivity,” said Mark Schwartz, Vice President of PDT. ”Li-Fi may be a future passenger experience delighter and we are excited to explore and discuss these possibilities with it.”

Powered Solutions

Keeping passengers’ electronic devices (PEDs) powered is increasingly important on the connected aircraft as more airlines incorporate a “bring your own device” business model for enjoying inflight entertainment. In support of this, Astronics will demonstrate a myriad of innovations including the recently introduced wireless charging module as well as the new EmPower® USB Type-C outlets and companion in-seat power supply system.

Astronics brings a long history of innovation and successfully introducing new technologies and products to market, including the EmPower passenger in-seat power technology that has had a profound impact on the passenger experience. The new technology explorations plus proven power solutions can provide a foundation for future aircraft manufacturers, airlines, IFE providers and other industry participants to improve experiences for passengers while also improving cost and time efficiencies for aircraft operators.

Astronics will give demonstrations of these and other technologies on-demand throughout the three days of the exhibit. Appointments can also be made by emailing events@astronics.com.

The partnership will provide a regional component service and repair center to support inflight connectivity products for Asia Pacific airline customers

East Aurora, NY | September 4, 2018–Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification has entered into a long-term agreement with Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO Group). Under the agreement, the two companies will establish a service center to provide Astronics and its airline customers with Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) services in China and Asia Pacific.

In accordance with the agreement, HAECO Group
subsidiary HAECO Component Overhaul (Xiamen)
Ltd. will establish a fulfilment center to provide specialized engineering and component services, including test, maintenance and repair of Astronics CSC’s SummitTM inflight connectivity LRUs. HAECO Component Overhaul (Xiamen) offers extensive experience as the authorized repair center for a wide range of component OEMs, with a proven track record of serving component repair needs of airlines in the region.

Astronics CSC selected HAECO Group for this partnership because of the company’s comprehensive aircraft engineering and maintenance operations in the Asia Pacific region. “As our Summit line of IFEC products experiences increasing demand in the Asia Pacific and China markets, we sought a partnership to enable a regional component service and repair center to deliver localized support for these customers,” said Michael Kuehn, President of Astronics CSC. “We’re happy to announce the appointment of HAECO and look forward to continuing to strengthen this relationship.”

Clement Au, General Manager of HAECO Component Overhaul (Xiamen), said, “We are excited to begin a business partnership with Astronics CSC. With our combined technical expertise and vast experience, we are confident that the Component Services Centre will provide reliable, high quality in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) product maintenance services to airlines in the Asia Pacific region.”

Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification serves as the experienced, global market leader for in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for aircraft. The Company specializes in connectivity hardware, integration engineering, and certification services. Together with other Astronics subsidiaries, Astronics CSC offers the most complete set of IFEC hardware solutions available from a single vendor.

East Aurora, NY | July 31, 2018– Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Max- Viz will offer special prices for its Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for experimental and homebuilt aircraft. The special prices are good for orders received at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 23-29 and online during the same time period.

To qualify for this promotional offer, orders must specify delivery prior to December 31, 2018.

“This special pricing is applicable for the Astronics
Max-Viz X1+HR (High Resolution) and X1 EVS,
uncertified versions,” said Tom Geiger, Business Unit Manager for Astronics Max-Viz. “During EAA AirVenture, the X1-HR system, normally priced at $18,000, will be available for $16,800. Similarly, the X1 EVS, regularly priced at $6,000, will be $5,700,” he added.

The X1+HR sensor uses a sophisticated system with 640×480 pixel resolution long wave infrared thermal imager with electronic zoom to assist pilots of experimental and homebuilt aircraft, which often operate from unimproved airstrips with wildlife and other obstacles. It is compatible with any display that accepts NTSC or PAL/Analog RS-170 signals.

The Max-Viz X1 and X1+HR are single line-replaceable units built into an aerodynamically shaped housing for easy installation. The un-cooled infrared detectors output a composite RS-170 video signal, presentable on any analog video-capable aircraft display. The system also features integral window heaters to maintain operation under conditions from -55 degrees Celsius plus automatic pixel recalibration to keep the picture sharp.

Both lightweight systems allow pilots to scan the taxi way and runway during takeoff and approach for obstructions, such as wildlife, vehicles, and construction barriers, which may not be visible and are not in any synthetic vision database. The Max-Viz EVS will help pilots see and avoid terrain before the ground proximity warnings. The Max-Viz X1 or Max-Viz X1+HR will enhance safety for the experimental pilot community by enabling pilots to see up to 10 times further than unaided human vision in visibility- obscured conditions, such as smoke, haze and light fog, during the day or at night.. Both systems are uncertified for experimental flying enthusiasts.

Astronics Max-Viz will be exhibiting these solutions in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, at EAA AirVenture in Hangar C, booth 3078.

With Supplemental and Type Certificates in both fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft, Astronics Max-Viz offers products built on more than 15 years of success in enhanced vision systems. View the EVS offerings in detail at www.astronics.com.

For Experimental and Homebuilt Aircraft

East Aurora, NY | July 16, 2018–Astronics Corporation, (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Max- Viz will offer special prices for its Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for experimental and homebuilt aircraft. The special prices are good for orders received at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 23-29 and online during the same time period.

To qualify for this promotional offer, orders must specify delivery prior to December 31, 2018.

“This special pricing is applicable for the Astronics
Max-Viz X1+HR (High Resolution) and X1 EVS,
uncertified versions,” said Tom Geiger, Business Unit Manager for Astronics Max-Viz. “During EAA AirVenture, the X1-HR system, normally priced at $18,000, will be available for $16,800. Similarly, the X1 EVS, regularly priced at $6,000, will be $5,700,” he added.

The X1+HR sensor uses a sophisticated system with 640×480 pixel resolution long wave infrared thermal imager with electronic zoom to assist pilots of experimental and homebuilt aircraft, which often operate from unimproved airstrips with wildlife and other obstacles. It is compatible with any display that accepts NTSC or PAL/Analog RS-170 signals.

The Max-Viz X1 and X1+HR are single line-replaceable units built into an aerodynamically shaped housing for easy installation. The un-cooled infrared detectors output a composite RS-170 video signal, presentable on any analog video-capable aircraft display. The system also features integral window heaters to maintain operation under conditions from -55 degrees Celsius plus automatic pixel recalibration to keep the picture sharp.

Both lightweight systems allow pilots to scan the taxi way and runway during takeoff and approach for obstructions, such as wildlife, vehicles, and construction barriers, which may not be visible and are not in any synthetic vision database. The Max-Viz EVS will help pilots see and avoid terrain before the ground proximity warnings. The Max-Viz X1 or Max-Viz X1+HR will enhance safety for the experimental pilot community by enabling pilots to see up to 10 times further than unaided human vision in visibility- obscured conditions, such as smoke, haze and light fog, during the day or at night.. Both systems are uncertified for experimental flying enthusiasts.

Astronics Max-Viz will be exhibiting these solutions in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, at EAA AirVenture in Hangar C, booth 3078.

With Supplemental and Type Certificates in both fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft, Astronics Max-Viz offers products built on more than 15 years of success in enhanced vision systems. View the EVS offerings in detail at www.astronics.com.

Achieves Milestone of 10 Billion Semiconductor Devices Tested To Date

East Aurora, NY | July 10, 2018– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics Test Systems, announced the shipment of its 2,000th semiconductor tester and that its equipment has tested more than 10 billion semiconductor devices to date. For the past two decades, Astronics Test Systems has served as a partner to the world’s largest semiconductor device manufacturers, helping to ensure that critical electronics go to market with zero defects.

Since 1996, Astronics’ test solutions have evolved
from low-volume system-level test (SLT) to massively parallel test solutions, including burn-in tools and system-level testers, to keep pace with the increased volume and complexity of semiconductor units under test. Astronics’ custom test solutions ensure optimal performance of complex electronic products by providing increased test coverage at a lower overall cost of test.

“This is an exciting time to design custom test solutions for our semiconductor customers. We are honored by the trust that these companies continue to place in our ability to tackle increasingly complex test challenges,” said Jim Mulato, President of Astronics Test Systems.

Innovations in semiconductor technology are driving the momentum for SLT. Moore’s Law not only reduces the size of transistors, but also causes a proportional increase in untested transistors as well as yield overkill, also described as “throwing away good parts.” Astronics SLT solutions improve fault coverage despite these new test challenges.

Automotive semiconductor devices are newcomers to SLT and gaining more attention in the test industry. Astronics Test Systems will be at SEMICON West, presenting “Key Considerations for an Automotive Semiconductor SLT Strategy,” at the Test Vision 2020 workshop. To learn more, visit Astronics Test Systems in booth 2405, July 10-12, 2018 at SEMICON West in San Francisco, California, or online at Astronics.com.

Astronics Test Systems leverages nearly 60 years of experience to offer automatic test expertise to electronics manufacturers in the aerospace, military, semiconductor, medical, space, mass transit, and automotive industries. Astronics’ test solutions ensure the world’s most advanced electronic products perform as designed, every time.

Achieves Milestone of 10 Billion Semiconductor Devices Tested To Date

East Aurora, NY | July 10, 2018– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics Test Systems, announced the shipment of its 2,000th semiconductor tester and that its equipment has tested more than 10 billion semiconductor devices to date. For the past two decades, Astronics Test Systems has served as a partner to the world’s largest semiconductor device manufacturers, helping to ensure that critical electronics go to market with zero defects.

Since 1996, Astronics’ test solutions have evolved
from low-volume system-level test (SLT) to massively parallel test solutions, including burn-in tools and system-level testers, to keep pace with the increased volume and complexity of semiconductor units under test. Astronics’ custom test solutions ensure optimal performance of complex electronic products by providing increased test coverage at a lower overall cost of test.

“This is an exciting time to design custom test solutions for our semiconductor customers. We are honored by the trust that these companies continue to place in our ability to tackle increasingly complex test challenges,” said Jim Mulato, President of Astronics Test Systems.

Innovations in semiconductor technology are driving the momentum for SLT. Moore’s Law not only reduces the size of transistors, but also causes a proportional increase in untested transistors as well as yield overkill, also described as “throwing away good parts.” Astronics SLT solutions improve fault coverage despite these new test challenges.

Automotive semiconductor devices are newcomers to SLT and gaining more attention in the test industry. Astronics Test Systems will be at SEMICON West, presenting “Key Considerations for an Automotive Semiconductor SLT Strategy,” at the Test Vision 2020 workshop. To learn more, visit Astronics Test Systems in booth 2405, July 10-12, 2018 at SEMICON West in San Francisco, California, or online at Astronics.com.

Astronics Test Systems leverages nearly 60 years of experience to offer automatic test expertise to electronics manufacturers in the aerospace, military, semiconductor, medical, space, mass transit, and automotive industries. Astronics’ test solutions ensure the world’s most advanced electronic products perform as designed, every time.

A year-long trial of the webFB smart AID/server enabled airline to streamline data collection and improve operational efficiency

East Aurora, NY | May 15, 2018– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced that Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) has selected the webFB® Wireless Electronic Flight Bag device, offered through its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Ballard Technology. NAS will install the webFB on all of its Boeing 737 Next Generation (NG) aircraft to improve and automate aircraft data collection.

“We are very excited to be working with Norwegian Air Shuttle on this project. Their application is an ideal match for the high- reliability ARINC 717 data capture capabilities of the webFB,” said Jon Neal, President of Astronics Ballard Technology. “They also recognize the tremendous advantage of a simple, easy-to- install solution that minimizes aircraft downtime and allows them to quickly retrofit their fleet and gain immediate benefits.”

Aleksander Geist, Senior Avionics Engineer with Norwegian Air Shuttle, says, “For quite some time, we have been searching for a solution to improve and automate the collection of aircraft data, which currently is a manual process using physical media. The webFB, in conjunction with our EFBs, offer a very flexible and cost-effective solution. Astronics Ballard Technology has been very responsive in our aircraft trials and we are pleased with the data acquisition performance and the long-term benefit it will have for our organization. We are already looking ahead to future use cases that will allow us to further leverage our webFB technology investment.”

Astronics participated with NAS in a year-long operational trial of the webFB to validate the suitability of the device in operation and the economic benefits of the solution. In the application, the webFB gathers data from the aircraft’s ARINC 717 databus and wirelessly routes it to the electronic flight bags (EFBs), where it is automatically transferred by NAS to a data center and used for post-flight analysis. With the webFB already operating on 10 aircraft, NAS will install the product on all of their additional Boeing 737NG aircraft.

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Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification Receives STCs for EmPower Installed in the Flight Deck

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EmPower Now Approved for Retrofit Installations in Multiple Boeing Aircraft Models

East Aurora, NY | May 15, 2018– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification (CSC), recently received Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for retrofit installations of Astronics’ EmPower® in the flight deck on multiple Boeing aircraft types. Astronics CSC completed the STCs in conjunction with retrofit projects for multiple airlines, in which more than 600 aircraft will provide the EmPower outlets for pilot use.

The STCs are for installations of 110VAC and USB outlet
combinations, plus power supplies and associated wiring kits,
on Boeing 737, 757, 767, and 777 aircraft. Astronics expects to receive additional STCs for more Boeing and Airbus aircraft later this year in conjunction with additional airline retrofit programs. Airlines can leverage these STCs for quick and simplified installations of EmPower flight deck power.

Pilots are increasingly using electronic flight bags (EFBs) and the number of real-time applications they are using on those devices is rising. Increased usage can drain power, and airlines are requiring easily accessible outlets integrated into the flight deck. Astronics’ EmPower products are already a standard linefit option on Boeing and Airbus, and these new STCs represent an additional retrofit opportunity for airlines to provide consistency within their fleets.

“We were honored to be selected by several airlines to create this retrofit solution for flight deck power,” said Michael Kuehn, President of Astronics CSC. “Our global experience in certification services is helping these airlines quickly provide a unified flight deck power experience across their entire fleets, which offers seamless convenience for their crews.”

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Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Introduces New Regulated Power Conversion Unit

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Unit Delivers Unparalleled Advances in Efficiency, Smaller Size, and Weight Savings

East Aurora, NY | April 4, 2018– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), is expanding its CorePower® line of products with the new Regulated Power Conversion Unit (RPCU). While this unit performs the same function as a traditional transformer rectifier unit (TRU), it leverages solid-state technology to provide dramatic improvements in performance and efficiency.

“Industry trends, like the ‘More Electric Aircraft’ initiative, are driving the need for additional, cleaner power that provides configuration flexibility for various platform types – ranging from fixed wing and VVIP aircraft to unmanned vehicles. The RPCU serves these emerging needs while also providing the cost and weight reductions that are fundamental requirements across the aerospace industry,” said Kellsey Justus, Vice President of Airborne Power and Control at Astronics AES.

The RPCU converts aircraft power from AC to DC, while
improving the efficiency of the electrical system from a typical
85% to 94% to deliver more available power at the same rating.
Astronics’ introduction of the RPCU will initially include two
variants, a 250A and a 150A unit. The 150A version eliminates
the need for an internal fan to provide greater installation
flexibility, such as in locations near a mission system operator or in a VVIP aircraft cabin. The RPCU operates through variable frequency and voltage inputs while tightly controlling the output voltage.

With over 50 years of experience in power management, Astronics AES has developed patented intelligent power management systems flying on various aircraft to date. Located in Kirkland, Washington, Astronics AES is an industry-leading manufacturer of aircraft electrical power systems, including power generation, distribution, and control. For more details, visit Astronics.com.

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Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Awarded Aircraft Power Contracts with Multiple Asia-Pacific Airlines

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Over 500 Narrow-Body Aircraft to Install EmPower®
Passenger and Flight Deck Power Systems

East Aurora, NY | April 2, 2018– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), has been selected by multiple Asia-Pacific airlines to install the EmPower® in-seat power and flight deck power systems.

Several major airlines in Asia will install the EmPower systems from 2018 to 2025, including two Chinese low-cost carriers. These recent awards will place in- seat power within 500 additional narrow-body aircraft serving the Asia-Pacific region. The installations are scheduled on both Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

Multiple Asia-Pacific airlines will install in-seat power systems from Astronics AES on more than 500 narrow- body aircraft.

The systems include various EmPower configurations,
including 110V 60Hz and high-power (2.1A) USB for use with laptops and other personal electronic devices (PEDs), such as iPads® and smartphones. The Flight Deck Power System includes high-power (2.1A) USB as well 110VAC to power electronic flight bag tablets.

“Airlines throughout the Asia-Pacific region continue to invest in upgrading and expanding their narrow-body fleets, incorporating a ‘bring-your-own-device’ entertainment strategy that requires convenient access to power,” said Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO of Astronics Corporation. “Astronics is honored that these airlines continue to select our EmPower system solutions to power the information devices used by crews in the cockpit plus the personal electronic devices used by passengers in the cabin.”

For more than 20 years, Astronics has developed and delivered intelligent power management systems to the world’s aerospace industry. With more than one million outlet units delivered, the patented EmPower® in-seat power system is currently in service with over 230 airlines.

Located in Kirkland, Washington, Astronics AES is an industry-leading manufacturer of aircraft electrical power systems, including power generation and distribution. For more details on aircraft electrical power, visit Astronics.com.

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Posted by on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 3:18 pm 
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Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Certifies and Delivers New UltraLite In-Seat Power System

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Set for line-fit on Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft for TUI Airlines

East Aurora, NY | March 28, 2018–Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), received its first line-fit certification of the new EmPower® UltraLite in-seat passenger power system on a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft for TUI Airlines.

The EmPower UltraLite system is a new, lightweight architecture providing high output USB power for passenger use without the need for a power supply unit installed at each seat group. The result is a lower cost, lower weight system over traditional, seat- group-based architectures.

The UltraLite system is now line-fit offerable on any
Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and will be line-fit
delivered on Airbus in the third quarter of 2018. “We
are pleased to announce TUI Airlines as the line-fit
launch customer for our revolutionary new UltraLite system, and are confident that our in-seat power solution will deliver an excellent passenger experience. The installation went flawlessly and the system is performing well,” said Dennis Markert, Director of Business Development, Astronics AES.

For more than 20 years, Astronics has developed and delivered intelligent power management systems to the world’s aerospace industry. With more than one million outlet units delivered, the patented EmPower in-seat power system is currently in service with over 230 airlines.

Located in Kirkland, Washington, Astronics AES is an industry-leading manufacturer of aircraft electrical power systems, including power generation and distribution. For more details on aircraft electrical power, visit Astronics.com.

 

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Posted by on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 3:00 pm 
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SITAONAIR to Deliver Next-Generation Connect Aircraft ‘Smart Core’

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France | March 12, 2018–SITAONAIR is delivering a next-generation connected aircraft ‘smart core’ that will significantly enhance airline data communications and operations. The company has partnered withAstronics Ballard Technology to provide an integrated product solution using their new webCS® Wireless Aircraft Communications Server along with SITAONAIR’s e-enabled application software.

This closely-integrated software and hardware solution greatly reduces deployment complexity and will bring even greater value to SITAONAIR’s airline customers – delivering enhanced capabilities and operational efficiencies – empowering airlines to realize the promises of the connected aircraft.

The ‘smart core’ brings together the vast connected aircraft data collected by SITAONAIR’s e-Aircraft® DataCapture solutions for cockpit, cabin, and aircraft operations. It then distributes this SITAONAIR-processed data onboard using Astronics Ballard Technology’s flexible webCS, a smart AID/server/router that securely bridges avionics data with wired and wireless networks in a single compact box.

SITAONAIR already plays a central airline e-enablement and data management role, in an age where the volume of data generated by aircraft has sky-rocketed from five parameters in 1958, to more than 200,000 today. As testament to its expertize, SITAONAIR last year launched its pioneering e-Aircraft® DataCapture solution – a result of the company’s collaboration with Air France to deliver ‘virtual black box’ flight recording solutions for automatic data collection.

Today’s offering of an integrated product will further enhance airline customers’ data management approach. The combination of SITAONAIR’s established portfolio of passenger, crew and flight operations solutions with Astronics Ballard Technology’s innovative hardware and strong technical expertise in the area of aircraft avionics interfacing, will form a central pillar of airlines’ connectivity and e-enablement strategies, delivered to airlines as a managed service.

Dominique El Bez, SITAONAIR Vice President, Product and Strategy, says: “Our new partnership marks an evolution in SITAONAIR’s e-enablement strategy and is a true hallmark of the connected aircraft age. The arrival of our smart core for an intuitive, integrated connected aircraft reinforces SITAONAIR’s pioneering open platforms vision, by encompassing complete, flexible and scalable aircraft data management solutions both onboard and on the ground.”

Jon Neal of Astronics Ballard Technology says: “We are extremely pleased to be selected by SITAONAIR to provide the secure platform on which to build this total e-enablement solution. We share their desire to allow airline customers to access their data to enable and empower better decision-making that will streamline and transform their operations.”

To explore the SITAONAIR connected aircraft portfolio, including its e-Aircraft DataCapture®, AppsConnect® and ACARS over IP services, visit www.sitaonair.aero, speak to your local SITAONAIR contact or submit an enquiry form.

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Posted by on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 4:03 pm 
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Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Introduces New DC Electronic Circuit Breaker Unit

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Revolutionary Versatility for Rotorcraft, Business Jets, and Other Aircraft Power Systems

East Aurora, NY | February 26, 2018– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), is expanding its CorePower® system product line with a new 28VDC Electronic Circuit Breaker Unit (ECBU). As the newest addition to its successful line of ECBUs, the new unit provides 24 channels of 28VDC power in a lightweight, compact design that simplifies electrical system complexity while improving power system flexibility. The new ECBU incorporates Astronics’ latest solid-state electronic circuit breaker (ECB) technology and offers programmable ECB outputs that can be custom configured to each mission or aircraft.

This unit combines new features based on years of flight experience and customer feedback. Aircraft manufacturers have asked for simpler, smaller and lighter ECBUs for installation in tight spaces. They have asked for the ability to be able to configure the units themselves based on varied missions and endcustomer requirements. We’ve listened closely, and with this new ECBU, we give them the tools to achieve their goals. In the future, this new family of products will enable customers to easily grow their system with components, such as an AC ECB card or I/O card, to craft a custom architecture for varied platforms,” said Kellsey Justus, Vice President of Airborne Power and Control at Astronics AES.

As previously announced, a version of this unit will be certified on the Textron Denali aircraft. Astronics is taking orders for the 1448 DC ECBU now.

For over 20 years, Astronics AES has delivered intelligent power management systems to the world’s aerospace industry. The patented CorePower® system has served in over 10,000,000 failure-free ECB flight hours. Located in Kirkland, Washington, Astronics AES is an industry-leading manufacturer of aircraft electrical power systems, including power generation and distribution. For more details on aircraft electrical power, visit Astronics.com.

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Astronics Test Systems Welcomes Samer Kabbani as EVP of Sales and Business Development

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Former president of Delta Design Systems at Cohu brings deep technical and industry experience 

Irvine, California | January 3, 2018–

Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), through its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Test Systems (ATS), today announced the expansion of its senior staff with the hiring of Samer Kabbani as Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development.

Mr. Kabbani’s notable career spans more than 20 years in the semiconductor capital equipment industry, where he served in a variety of engineering, corporate business development and executive management roles. He joins Astronics Test Systems after a 14-year tenure at Cohu, where he served in key senior management roles, including president of Delta Design Systems. Mr. Kabbani led the strategy and overall execution of the business unit’s automation, thermal and vision product lines.

“We are thrilled that Samer is joining the Astronics family,” comments Jim Mulato, President of Astronics Test Systems. “He is a seasoned executive and a proven entrepreneur with a demonstrated track record of delivering innovative products to top tier customers. We anticipate that he will make an immediate impact as we continue to evolve ATS as the premier provider of test solutions across multiple sectors.”

“I am delighted to join Astronics and be part of their innovative culture,” Mr. Kabbani stated. “With several industry-leading products under its belt and a highly agile and talented team, Astronics Test Systems is growing across a number of exciting industry opportunities. I look forward to playing an integral role in deploying disruptive and highly enabling solutions to our customers.”

Mr. Kabbani holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and has completed various management and development programs to further his education at the University of California, San Diego and Northwestern University. Throughout his career, he accumulated more than 20 patents and is a registered inventor in the areas of IC thermal management, photoresist processing, factory automation, vision alignment and inspection.

Astronics Test Systems leverages nearly 60 years of experience to offer automatic test expertise to electronics manufacturers in the aerospace, military, semiconductor, medical, space, mass transit and automotive industries. ATS designs solutions in collaboration with customers to ensure optimal performance of the world’s most advanced electronic products.

 

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Posted by on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 3:42 pm 
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Astronics Corporation Creates New Connectivity Systems and Certification Group

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New group comprised of Telefonix PDT acquisition and Astronics Armstrong Aerospace

East Aurora, NY | December 18, 2017–Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, today announced that it has formed the Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification (CSC) group by combining the recently acquired Telefonix PDT and Astronics Armstrong Aerospace. The new group will serve the needs of aerospace connectivity providers with a complete set of hardware, integration engineering, installation design, and certification services to enable aircraft in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC).

“We serve the world’s leading in-flight entertainment and connectivity providers, and this transition represents further commitment to offer our customers the most complete set of connectivity hardware, installation design, and certification services available from a single supplier,” said Peter J. Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer of Astronics Corporation. “Astronics CSC combines the best of both worlds – offering a suite of connectivity solutions that can be delivered a la carte or as a complete solution set, according to customer needs. With all of this capability in-house, we anticipate shortening a customer’s time to market for new, certified IFEC systems.”

Astronics CSC will continue to offer the products and services formerly offered by Armstrong Aerospace, working both within Astronics and with its industry partners to certify and install new IFEC, power, and other systems on commercial and business aircraft.

Astronics CSC will also continue to offer the products previously marketed by Telefonix PDT, including its cord reels and in-flight connectivity hardware such as wireless access points, servers, and control components. Product Development Technologies (PDT), a product design and development consultancy, will operate independently within the Astronics CSC structure.

The new Astronics CSC group will complement the connectivity and data solutions from other Astronics subsidiaries, including Astronics AeroSat, manufacturer of SATCOM antennas, and Astronics Ballard Technology, manufacturer of cockpit connectivity components.

Astronics CSC will continue to operate from its existing office locations in the greater Chicago area with current personnel. Michael Kuehn, formerly the president of Telefonix, will serve as the president of Astronics CSC.

For details on the new group, please visit Astronics.com.

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Posted by on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm 
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Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Announces Certification of CorePower® System on Pilatus PC-24

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Final Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency Approval Received and Pilatus Set to Deliver to First Customer

East Aurora, NY | December 11, 2017–Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced today that its CorePower® System, provided by its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), was recently certified by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd on the new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet platform.

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Posted by on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm 
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Astronics Corporation Completes Acquisition of Telefonix Inc.

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East Aurora, NY | December 1, 2017– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, announced that it completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Telefonix Inc. and a related company, Product Development Technologies, LLC, (together as “Telefonix PDT”) for approximately $104 million in cash on December 1, 2017. The acquisition was financed with Astronics’ line of credit.

Astronics previously announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Telefonix PDT on October 27, 2017.

Telefonix PDT, located in Waukegan and Lake Zurich, Illinois, designs and manufactures advanced in-flight entertainment and connectivity equipment, and provides industry leading design consultancy services for the global aerospace industry. The company’s products include wireless access points, file servers, content loaders, passenger control units and cord reels, as well as engineering services for its customers.

The impact of the acquisition to earnings in 2017 is expected to be nominal. Astronics anticipates that Telefonix PDT will contribute approximately $70 million to $75 million in revenue in 2018 and that the acquisition will be accretive to earnings.

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Posted by on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 12:29 am 
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Astronics Corporation Reports 2017 Third Quarter Financial Results and Issues Preliminary Guidance for 2018

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East Aurora, NY | November 7, 2017–Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017. Earnings per share for prior periods are adjusted for the 3 for 20 (15%) distribution of Class B Stock for shareholders of record on October 11, 2016. Results include the acquisition of Custom Control Concepts (“CCC”) on April 3, 2017.

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Posted by on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm 
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Astronics Test Systems Announces Expansion of System-Level Test (SLT) Platform for Semiconductor Testing

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Scalable version of the platform makes incorporating an SLT strategy easier and more affordable for more test scenarios

East Aurora, NY | October 30, 2017–Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Test Systems (ATS) is introducing an expansion of the ATS 5034 System-Level Test (SLT) Platform. Featuring new semi-automatic solutions in a scalable system, the ATS 5034 now offers lower volume, higher mix, small lot, and/or longer test duration options for semiconductor manufacturers.

With this introduction, the company now delivers configurations that facilitate the industry’s fastest, easiest development path from single-site to massively parallel system-level test for semiconductor packages of all types.

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Posted by on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 2:22 pm 
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Astronics Corporation Announces Acquisition of Telefonix Inc.

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East Aurora, NY | October 27, 2017–Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Telefonix Inc. and a related company, Product Development Technologies, LLC, (together as “Telefonix PDT”) for approximately $104 million in cash, funded with Astronics’ senior revolving credit facility. The acquisition is expected to close by year end, and is subject to typical closing conditions, including a review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.

Telefonix PDT, located in Waukegan and Lake Zurich, Illinois, designs and manufactures advanced in-flight entertainment and connectivity equipment, as well as providing industry leading design consultancy services for the global aerospace industry. The company’s products include wireless access points, file servers, content loaders, passenger control units and cord reels, as well as engineering services for its customers.

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Posted by on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 2:15 pm 
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