• Sales for the quarter were $177.0 million
  • Consolidated orders for the quarter were $176.6 million
  • Backlog at the end of the quarter was $379.4 million
  • Initiates 2020 sales guidance in the range of $770 million to $820 million
  • Announces restructuring plan for antenna business

East Aurora, NY | November 5, 2019–Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense and other mission critical industries, today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended
September 28, 2019. Financial results include the divestiture of the Test Systems’ semiconductor business on February 13, 2019.

Peter J. Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “As expected, third quarter revenue was light, due in part to the continued grounding of the 737 MAX and the resulting capacity challenge affecting the global airline industry. Beyond this, we faced some headwinds that impacted our bottom line significantly. The headwinds included continued losses from the three struggling businesses discussed in previous quarters, higher tariff costs, a non-cash loss on the sale of the airfield lighting product line, and an increased reserve for a legal proceeding in Europe. In total, the detrimental impact of these issues on the quarter’s results was $15.4 million.”

He added, “We are implementing a number of strategic initiatives to alleviate several headwinds and to set up for a successful 2020. We are consolidating operations, rearranging supply chains and pushing development programs to completion. We expect our actions will begin to show positively in the first quarter, and become even more evident as the year progresses.”

For comparability purposes, in addition to reporting consolidated and segment results of operations on a basis consistent with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), this press release also contains certain financial information regarding consolidated sales, operating income and net income, as well as Test Systems segment sales and operating profit, adjusted to remove the sales and direct expenses of the divested semiconductor business from all periods presented. Management believes these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors in understanding the performance of the ongoing business. The reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures is contained in the section labeled “Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Performance Measures”.

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Provides engineering scale, broader range of solutions and strong market position in expanding mass transit opportunity

East Aurora, NY | October 4, 2019–Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries, announced today that it has acquired the primary operating subsidiaries from mass transit and defense market test solution provider, Diagnosys Test Systems Limited (Diagnosys). Diagnosys is a developer and manufacturer of comprehensive automated test equipment (ATE) providing test, support, and repair of high value electronics, electro-mechanical, pneumatic and printed circuit boards focused on the global mass transit and defense markets.

Astronics has acquired 100% of the equity of the three primary operating subsidiaries of Diagnosys, which are Diagnosys Holdings, Inc., Diagnosys Ferndown Limited and Diagnosys Electronics (I) Private Limited for $7 million in cash. The terms of the acquisition allow for a potential earn-out of up to an additional $13 million over the next three years based on achievement of new order levels of over $70 million during that period.

Peter J. Gundermann, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer commented, “Diagnosys is a leader in test solutions with a heavy focus on mass transit and defense markets, which is very much aligned with the strategy of our Test segment. The acquisition gives us a strong position in the growing mass transit test market as well as providing component-level solutions to our aerospace & defense test business. We expect that the company’s advanced technologies and customer base will provide us opportunities for continued growth into mission-critical test markets by enabling us to offer a broader range of solutions to our customers. We are pleased to welcome the employees of Diagnosys to the Astronics family.”

The acquired business has operations in Westford, Massachusetts as well as Ferndown, England, and an engineering center of excellence in Bangalore, India. Diagnosys has approximately 120 employees. Founded in 2008, the company offers complete ATE and bench test equipment solutions for support and maintenance of high value electronic circuit boards and modules in mission-critical reliability sectors. Diagnosys also provides an extensive range of service capabilities, including the overhaul and repair of electronics systems. Sales for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2019 were approximately $9.0 million.

East Aurora, NY | September 13, 2019– Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries, announced that it recently executed an agreement with Collins Aerospace’s to provide its Ku-band tail-mounted satellite communications (SATCOM) antenna technology for the Collins Aerospace KuSAT-2000 solution. Astronics AeroSat, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corporation, will supply the technology for this system.

“We are excited to provide our industry-leading tail-mounted antenna technology to Collins Aerospace as it teams with leading satellite operator SES to offer LuxStream, a high-speed broadband connectivity service for the business aviation market. Astronics is committed to supporting Collins Aerospace’s world-class sales and support teams,” said Matthew Harrah, President of Astronics AeroSat.

Collins Aerospace will be the primary point of contact for all sales and technical support requirements, giving dealers and customers an expedited and unified response to all questions concerning the LuxStream service and hardware solution. Collins Aerospace will receive direct support from Astronics’ technical team to address any customer requirements.

The PPS is a new, high-current power system for experimental and light sport aircraft.

East Aurora, NY | July 24, 2019–Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries, announced the release of the new Vertical Power Primary Power System (PPS) for use on aircraft flying with an airworthiness certificate in the experimental and light-sport categories.

The PPS offers an entirely new approach to the master, starter, and charging circuit for experimental and light-sport aircraft. It combines the functions of multiple high-current, electro-mechanical components into a single solid-state device that installs in minutes with plug-and-play simplicity. The PPS improves system reliability, saves space, and eliminates the need for the builder to research and design a homemade solution. For light-sport aircraft manufacturers, the PPS will improve customer satisfaction and lower costs through reduced installation time, weight savings, and increased reliability. The PPS is suitable for both new and retrofit installations.
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Facility opening celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and will serve as the new operational base for Astronics CSC

Waukegan, IL | July 19, 2019–Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certifications (CSC), has moved its operations to a new office and manufacturing facility in Waukegan, Illinois.

The new facility enables the expansion of manufacturing capacity and certification services. The facility officially opened on July 18, 2019 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Astronics senior executives along with representatives from the City of Waukegan.

“We are very excited to move into this beautiful new space. The combination of office space and manufacturing capability will help us meet increasing demand now and in the future,” said Michael Kuehn, President of Astronics CSC. “Astronics CSC now has the ability to develop, produce and certify products all within one location, which enables a faster, more efficient production process to satisfy customer product needs. We were also honored to have Sam Cunningham, the mayor of the City of Waukegan, join us to cut the ribbon during our ceremony, officially opening this wonderful facility.”

Waukegan is located approximately 20 miles north of Astronics CSC’s Lake Zurich Design Center. Both locations are linked by close proximity to I-94, a major interstate highway.

Key features of the newly leased facility include:

  • 123,000 square feet for factory production
    • 4,400 square foot FAA-approved repair station, where products can be repaired without need for third-party recertification
    • 11,200 square feet of warehouse storage
  • 44,000 square feet for office, divided between two stories for research and development, engineering, product support and administration

Astronics CSC serves as the global market leader for inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for aircraft, specializing 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.

Augments radio test solution offerings

East Aurora, NY | July 1, 2019– Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries, announced today that it has acquired Freedom Communication Technologies, Inc. (FCT) a developer and manufacturer of communication test equipment for the land-based mobile radio test market providing innovative solutions to Long-Term Evolution (LTE) high-speed wireless communications customers globally. Astronics has acquired 100% of the equity of FCT for $22 million in cash.

Peter J. Gundermann, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “FCT is a leader in wireless communications testing, primarily for the civil land mobile radio market. Their market focus and technology complements those we already have, and together, we will offer a broader range of test solutions to an expanded market. The acquisition gives us a stronger market position in the radio test arena, a strong brand for our offerings and a larger addressable market. We are excited to expand our test capabilities and to bring FCT on board with our Test business.”

Based in Kilgore, TX, FCT was founded in 2015 and offers communications analyzers for testing and maintaining Land Mobile Radio (LMR) communications systems. FCT also provides an extensive range of capabilities, including automated radio testing and alignment, coverage mapping, and interference analysis.

In 2018, FCT had $11 million in revenue and is expected to contribute approximately $10 million in revenue in the second half of 2019.

The ME1000 family of Mini PCI Express interfaces delivers the most avionics I/O in the smallest form factor for the embedded aerospace market

East Aurora, NY | June 10, 2019–Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries, announced the release of the new ME1000 family of mPCIe avionics interface cards for embedded aerospace applications. The ME1000 provides the highest amount of 1553 I/O in the compact mPCIe form-factor and is the only line to offer a concurrent RS-422/485 serial interface.

The ME1000 is a new mPCIe card designed and built by Astronics Ballard Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corporation. These rugged cards interface with MIL-STD-1553 databuses and enable host devices, such as small form factor mission computers, to reliably communicate with and monitor avionics equipment.

East Aurora, NY | June 11, 2019–Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries, announced today with great sorrow that Kevin T. Keane, a member of its Board of Directors for nearly 50 years and Board Chairman for 45 years, passed away on June 10, 2019 in Buffalo, NY.

Peter J. Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer, was appointed Chairman of the Board. He commented, “We are deeply saddened by this loss and our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Kevin played a pivotal role in the history of Astronics, joining soon after our founding. He worked tirelessly throughout his nearly five decades to transform Astronics and left a remarkable legacy that will benefit the Company well into the future. His extraordinary leadership, vision and enthusiasm will be deeply missed.”

Mr. Keane joined the Board and began his career with Astronics in 1970, and was named the Chairman in 1974. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from 1974 to 2002. He was actively involved in the community, serving on several boards and volunteering his time with numerous organizations.

East Aurora, NY | February 14, 2019–Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, announced today that it has closed the previously announced sale of the intellectual property and certain assets associated with its semiconductor test product line to Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857).

The terms of the transaction were renegotiated due to a change in business conditions related to the product line. The new terms include an upfront payment of $100 million in cash, plus a potential earn-out payment of up to $35 million based on certain performance milestones over the next 4 years. This compares with the previously announced $185 million purchase price, plus an earn-out payment of up to $30 million based on certain performance milestones. The renegotiated sales agreement does not include a manufacturing service contract as previously announced.

Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO of Astronics, commented, “We have strong confidence in Advantest’s ability to further the adoption of these solutions across the semiconductor industry and expect that the team and competencies we have developed will achieve new highs under their ownership. We will continue to develop and advance our aerospace & defense test solutions while employing our multi-system test software capabilities in a variety of applications.”

East Aurora, NY | December 19, 2018–Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, today announced the appointment of Mark Moran to its Board of Directors, effective December 14, 2018. The addition of Mr. Moran as an independent director brings the Astronics Board to nine directors, eight of whom are independent. He will serve on the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Kevin T. Keane, Chairman of the Board, commented, “Mark’s leadership and extensive world-class aerospace experience enhances our already strong board. His operational insights, developed across global and regional airlines, will add valuable perspectives, especially as the Company enhances its position in the connected aircraft market.”

Mark Moran, age 62, brings significant aerospace engineering and operations experience spanning nearly 40 years. He spent 17 years with Continental Airlines prior to its acquisition by United. During his tenure, which included eight years as the head of Operations, Continental grew to the fifth largest airline with 2,600 daily flights to over 260 airports. He retired from his position as Chief Operating Officer with Continental in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Moran served ten years with USAir/Piedmont, and before that, five years with Boeing Corporation (NYSE: BA). He is a graduate of Marquette University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.

The award winning new product, the ATS-6100 Wire Fault Tester, will be featured at the Defense Maintenance and Logistics Exhibition

East Aurora, NY | December 17, 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 Test Systems received an Innovators Award for its ATS-6100 WFT (Wire Fault Tester) from Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine. The judging panel consisted of a group of senior, expert professionals in the field of military & aerospace technology.

Introduced in September 2018, the ATS-6100 WFT received platinum level honors in the test
equipment category. Combining patented low energy, high voltage (LEHV) and spread spectrum
time domain reflectometer (SSTDR) technologies, it safely and precisely locates both hard and soft faults in wiring and insulation. The Windows-based tablet platform helps prevent catastrophic failure and unnecessary replacement of aging equipment for both military and commercial applications.

This is Astronics’ second Platinum Innovators Award from Military & Aerospace Electronics; the CTS- 6010 Tactical Radio Test Set received a 2017 award.

“We’re honored to be recognized for the second year in a row with a Platinum Innovators Award from Military & Aerospace Electronics,” commented Brian Price, Executive Vice President of Astronics Test Systems. “I congratulate our team on another phenomenal product as we continue to protect lives through optimal performance of mission-critical equipment.”

Alan Bergstein, publisher of Military & Aerospace Electronics said, “This prestigious program allows Military & Aerospace Electronics to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the military electronics industry. Our 2018 honorees are outstanding examples of companies who are making an impact.”

The Innovators Awards are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Value to the user
  • Sustainability
  • Meeting a defined need
  • Collaboration
  • Impact

The 2018 Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards honorees are featured in the December issue of Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine as well as on militaryaerospace.com.

Astronics Test Systems will demonstrate the ATS-6100 WFT in booth 205 at the Defense Maintenance and Logistics Exhibition this week in Tampa, Florida. Astronics will also demonstrate its radio test solutions and VIPER/T system. For complete ATS-6100 WFT product details, to view the solution sheet, or to request a quote, please visit Astronics.com.

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

Tail-mounted connectivity solution certified to provide high-throughput Ku-band connectivity

East Aurora, NY | December 4, 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 Corporation, has certified its next generation FliteStreamTM T-310 SATCOM connectivity solution for business aircraft.

Astronics AeroSat has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (“STC”) and Parts Manufacturer Approval (“PMA”) for installation onto a Gulfstream GIV-SP business aircraft.

The FliteStream T-310 is currently offered in partnership with
Satcom Direct (“SD”) as part of its SD Xperience end-to-end
solution. The FliteStream T-310 SATCOM solution includes the next generation iDirect CX780 modem, providing compatibility with both Ku-band wide beam and HTS spot beam satellite networks.

Matthew Harrah, President of Astronics AeroSat, said, “We are excited to achieve an FAA STC and PMA for the new FliteStream T-310 product line. This new product variant will provide an improved business aviation connectivity experience to passengers, making an ‘office-in-the-sky’ dream a reality. We look forward to continuing and expanding our relationships with Satcom Direct and Intelsat. We expect the FliteStream T-310 will be an important part of the SD Xperience package now and in the future.”

Astronics AeroSat’s FliteStream T-Series includes its patented Rexolite Lens technology, which creates the most efficient, reliable and highest-performing SATCOM antenna system available. The FliteStream T-Series provides high-speed internet & IPTV in a single antenna.

Astronics 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.

East Aurora, NY | November 14, 2018– – Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, today announced it has entered into an agreement for the sale of the intellectual property and certain assets associated with its semiconductor test business to Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857) for $185 million in cash. The sale additionally includes a $30 million earn-out opportunity based on achieving certain levels of revenue in 2019.

Astronics will enter into an agreement with Advantest to continue to manufacture the semiconductor test solutions for Advantest upon closing of the transaction.

Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO of Astronics, commented, “We acquired this product line in January of 2014 and it has since generated about $365 million in revenue through the third quarter this year. We have invested heavily in the technology and believe it has an exciting future. We came to the conclusion that this future will be better realized with a company that is focused on the semiconductor space. We will continue to be involved as a manufacturing partner with Advantest, which will provide continuity for our customers and employees. We look forward to continued success in the market.”

Approximately 45 personnel from Astronics, primarily in engineering, sales, and program management, will be offered positions with Advantest. The remainder of the Astronics workforce will be unaffected by the transaction. This transaction is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and other customary closing conditions. It is expected to close by the end of the year.

Astronics’ will continue to operate its aerospace and defense test business and report in two segments.

Expects 2019 Aerospace revenue of $710 million to $745 million

East Aurora, NY | November 14, 2018– Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, today provided initial 2019 revenue guidance for its Aerospace segment and affirmed recent Aerospace 2018 revenue guidance.

“In our third quarter press release, we revised our Aerospace segment revenue guidance for 2018 to $670 to $675 million, which we are affirming today. The midpoint of this range would show 26% growth over 2017,” commented Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO.

He continued, “We are also issuing initial Aerospace segment revenue guidance for 2019 of $710 to $745 million, which suggests organic growth next year of approximately 6% to 11%. We are encouraged by our strong booking performance of $617 million in the first nine months of 2018, and the continued strength of our aerospace markets.”

The Company also announced today the sale of assets related to its Semiconductor Test business, which is subject to usual closing conditions including a Hart-Scott-Rodino review.

Mr. Gundermann stated, “We are not issuing 2019 guidance today for our Test segment, given the pending sale and other developments in the business. We anticipate doing so by the end of the year. We have a backlog of $72 million, most of which is Aerospace and Defense, and are in negotiations for a large program expected to be worth $30 to $50 million, as previously announced. We expect the next 45 days will bring clarity about our Test segment in 2019.”

The Company also affirmed its Test segment revenue guidance of $120 million to $125 million for 2018. The Company expects to release its fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results in late February 2019.

EAST AURORA, USA | November 5, 2018 – 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 29, 2018. Results for the quarter and the first nine months of 2018 include the results of Telefonix PDT, which was acquired on December 1, 2017 and Custom Control Concepts (“CCC”), which was acquired on April 3, 2017. Earnings per share for all periods are adjusted for the 3 for 20 (15%) distribution of Class B Stock for shareholders of record on October 12, 2018.

Read the full release here.

Astronics Will Highlight ATS 5034 SLT Platform at the Upcoming International Test Conference

East Aurora, USA | October 30, 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 Test Systems, has received the Global SMT & Packaging Journal’s 2018 Global Technology Award in the test equipment category for its ATS 5034 System-Level Test (SLT) Platform.

The Global SMT & Packaging Journal presented the award on October 17, 2018 at the SMTA International 2018 conference in Chicago, Illinois. The ATS 5034 SLT Platform received the award based on the following criteria: innovation, speed/throughput improvements, quality contribution, cost benefits, environmental consideration, ease of use/implementation, and maintainability. Jon Sinskie, Astronics Test Systems’ Executive Vice President of Semiconductor Test, accepted the award on the company’s behalf. Astronics will highlight the ATS 5034 SLT Platform at the International Test Conference (ITC) in Phoenix, Arizona, October 30 through November 1.

“Our goal is to help customers reduce cost of test and ensure optimal performance of their critical electronics,” commented Sinskie. “We are honored to receive this recognition and I congratulate our team on developing such a groundbreaking solution. This platform’s capabilities to test a variety of devices for a myriad of applications are simply unmatched in the industry.”

About the ATS 5034 SLT Platform

The ATS 5034 SLT Platform uses system-level test to examine at-speed and functional performance characteristics of the device under test (DUT) to find defects missed during traditional ATE functional testing. Essentially, it tests the device in “mission-mode” or its end-use environment.

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.