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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Posted by on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 2:26 pm 
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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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Posted by on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 2:24 pm 
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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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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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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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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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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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Astronics Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System Passes 2,500 Aircraft Milestone

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Confirms Acceptance of EVS as a Vital Component of Flight Safety

East Aurora, New York | October 4, 2017–Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz, announced today that more than 2,500 of its Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) have now been installed in rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.

“Astronics Max-Viz is thrilled to pass this milestone and anticipates that our device will become even more recognized throughout the industry as a vital component of flight safety,” said Tom Geiger, Business Unit Manager of Astronics Max-Viz.
“In addition, the recent ruling from the FAA permitting properly equipped aircraft to fly certain instrument flight rule (IFR) approaches to landing, in lieu of natural vision, should drive additional acceptance of this effective safety technology,” he added. Of the 2,500 installed systems, approximately 60 percent are on fixed-wing general aviation aircraft and 40 percent are operating on helicopters.
Astronics Max-Viz EVS provides pilots with an unprecedented level of situational awareness and safety by enabling them to see more precisely during day or night in adverse weather conditions, such as haze, smoke, smog and light fog, even in the darkest night. At night, pilots can also see and avoid clouds for a smoother ride. While landing, pilots using the Max-Vis EVS can identify the runway and view the terrain clearly to avoid wildlife and unlit obstructions.
With Supplemental and Type Certificates in both fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft, Astronics Max-Viz offers products built on more than 15 years of success in enhanced vision systems. For more information, visit
astronics.com.
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Posted by on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 3:33 pm 
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Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Introduces New Dual Frequency Converter Unit

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Revolutionary Versatility for Passenger and Utility Power in the Aircraft Cabin

East Aurora, NY | October 3, 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 wholly-owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), has added the Dual Frequency Converter Unit (DFCU) to its EMPOWER® system line of products for the business and VVIP jet industries.

A revolutionary departure from traditional converters, the DFCU produces 4,000 watts of either 115 or 230 volts AC to support passenger and utility power anywhere in the world. The new DFCU incorporates Astronics’ latest solid-state electronic circuit breaker (ECB) technology and offers programmable ECB outputs that can be custom configured to each cabin, eliminating the need for a secondary distribution panel and saving both cost and weight.

The DFCU is now commercially available and is already designed into an initial customer aircraft.

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Astronics Launches Next-Gen Radio Test Solution

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The ATS-3100 RTS offers a breakthrough solution to test legacy and modern military tactical radios

East Aurora, NY | September 8, 2017– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Astronics Test Systems (ATS), introduced its new ATS-3100 Radio Test Set (RTS) – a revolutionary test platform that ensures flawless military radio performance when failure to communicate is not an option.

The ATS-3100 RTS enables users to test both legacy and modern military tactical radios using a single platform. Astronics integrated the most crucial features for radio test into the new ATS-3100 RTS, giving users the capability to test both airborne and ground legacy radios (e.g. SINCGARS) plus modern wideband waveforms (e.g. 117G, ANW 2, TSM) from virtually any original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The ATS-3100 RTS is the newest member of the ATS-3100 PXI Integration Platform product family.

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Astronics PECO Selected to Supply Fuel Tank Access Doors for Boeing 777X and 787 Dreamliner Airplanes

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Awards validate the history of success on multiple Boeing aircraft platforms

East Aurora, NY | August 8, 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 wholly-owned subsidiary, Astronics PECO, was awarded a contract to provide its next-generation fuel tank access doors (FTAD) for the new family of long-range Boeing 777X aircraft. In addition, Astronics PECO received a follow-on award for its FTAD product for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The new 787 and 777X fuel tank access doors will utilize the latest in fuel tank door structural materials and designs for carbon fiber composite wing technologies. The doors will be manufactured by Astronics PECO in Clackamas, Oregon. These awards are in addition to a previous award in which Astronics PECO was selected to provide passenger service units (PSUs) for the 777X.

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Astronics Max-Viz Systems to Fly Aboard FAA’s Sikorsky S-76 to Study Enhanced Flight Vision for Instrument Heliport Approaches

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EFVS Rules Do Not Presently Exist for Helicopters Flying to Heliports

East Aurora, NY | July 11, 2017– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), through its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz, is collaborating with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a research project to study operational concepts for the use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) in helicopters.

The study is designed to develop a basis for possible application of enhanced vision systems in helicopters flying into heliports. While EFVS rules exist for approaches to runways at airports, comparable regulations for EFVS do not exist for helicopters flying to onshore or offshore helipads at heliports.

“Astronics is very pleased to provide both a Max-Viz 1500 and a Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) to the FAA for integration onto its Sikorsky S-76 medium-size commercial utility helicopter test aircraft for this study,” said Astronics Max-Viz’s Dale Farr, Manager of Sales and Business Development. “The Astronics Max-Viz EVS sensors will be used in flight tests and data acquisition for EVS and EFVS implementation,” he added.

Flight-testing is being conducted by the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, at the Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey. The center serves as the national scientific test base for the FAA. Programs include research and development, test and evaluation, and verification and validation in air traffic control, communications, navigation, airports, aircraft safety, and security.

The Max-Viz 1500 sensor will provide baseline testing, which will be followed with the installation of the Max-Viz 2300 for observation of LED lighting on the blended high resolution long wave infrared image. Flights are planned to occur in various weather and visibility conditions, day, night and twilight and via alternative approaches. Results of the study will be used by the FAA to evaluate the effectiveness of EFVS technology for helicopter flight safety and operational effectiveness.

Astronics’ top of the line EVS, the Max-Viz 2300, provides pilots with an unprecedented level of situational awareness and safety by enabling them to see more precisely during day or night in adverse weather conditions, such as haze, smoke, smog and light fog, even in the darkest night. At night, pilots can also see and avoid clouds for a smoother ride. Upon landing, pilots using the Max-Viz 2300 can view the runway and terrain clearly to avoid wildlife and unlit obstructions.

This advanced EVS is a lightweight, affordable, multi-spectral imager that blends the separate signal from a long wave infrared sensor with a visible light sensor to present pilots with a single, sharp, real-time image. The blended thermal image is black and white, but a separate color HD-compatible signal from the visible light camera is available for routing to a cabin entertainment system or cockpit for a complete color display. The Max-Viz 2300 system is certified to Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) DO-160G standards, which is the industry standard for the environmental testing of avionics hardware and is recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as the de facto international standard ISO-7137.

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Astronics Corporation to Showcase Its Latest Innovations at the Paris Air Show

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Power, Connectivity, Lighting and Other Solutions Will Be on Display

East Aurora, NY | June 19, 2017–
Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace and defense industries, announced that its latest innovations will be on display at the Paris Air Show from June 19 – 25,
2017. Astronics will highlight new solutions spanning connectivity, power, lighting and more for deployment on commercial, business and military fixed-wing and rotor aircraft.

“Astronics enjoys a long history of serving both commercial and military aircraft programs with a breadth of off-the-shelf and customized solutions for our customers,” commented Peter Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer of Astronics Corporation. “We’re excited to be here and demonstrate our extensive capabilities across multiple aerospace sectors with sophisticated, innovative technology solutions for aircraft connectivity, power and lighting.”

View the video to see what Astronics will be showing at this year’s Paris Air Show, June 19-25, 2017.

Attendees can expect to view demonstrations of these solutions in Hall 3, stand B148:

Solutions for the Connected Aircraft

  • Satellite antenna systems. Astronics AeroSat is showing its newest connectivity solution, the FliteStream® F-310 Series antenna system. Designed to take advantage of new spot beam satellite technology, the FliteStream F-310 delivers the highest bandwidth and fastest in-flight internet connectivity speeds in its class.
  • Avionics connectivity systems. Attendees can learn about Astronics Ballard Technology’s new small- size, lightweight webFB® system, an FAA-certified aircraft interface device (AID) that provides a cost- effective, easy-to-deploy solution for commercial airlines looking for secure connectivity for portable electronic flight bags (EFBs) and avionics data. Astronics Ballard Technology will also feature its AB3000, a customizable avionics I/O embedded computer offering easy integration plus power- packed performance with multiple built-in data bus interfaces and an Intel processor.

Solutions for the Powered Aircraft

  • In-cabin power solutions. Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES), the industry leader in passenger power, will demonstrate its EMPOWER® product line, including in-seat power supplies, AC outlet units, USB outlet units and dual AC/USB outlet units.
  • Power generation and distribution. In addition, Astronics will show its CorePower® product line that provides flight-critical power generation, power distribution and power conversion on a broad range of aircraft. Recent innovations in the CorePower® product line include solid-state power distribution, brushless starter-generators and significant advancements in power conversion technology.

Solutions for the Lighted Aircraft

  • Enhanced vision systems. Astronics Max-Viz will demonstrate how its newly certified Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) improves visibility of terrain and runways. Blending infrared and visible light sensors, the new Max-Viz 2300 EVS displays real-time heat sources, along with LED airport lighting, to make it safer for pilots to land in dark, challenging conditions.
  • Aircraft lighting systems. Astronics Luminescent Systems, Inc. (LSI) will be on hand to demonstrate its latest innovations in cabin lighting, cockpit panel lighting, exterior lighting and other lighting products, built on a 40-year history of serving the aircraft industry.
  • Emergency lighting and safety products. Attendees can preview several products from Astronics DME’s emergency systems line, including the newest Air Lite® LED flashlights, which offer significant weight savings and technological improvements over legacy flashlights. Other offerings include exit indicators with 50 different language options, universal precaution kits and first aid kits.

Finally, Astronics PECO will provide information on its custom manufacturing capabilities for the production of any aircraft component, including passenger service units, fuel access doors and many other customized solutions for commercial and military aircraft.

With a breadth of innovative solutions from Astronics, customers can enjoy streamlined vendor management, deep technical expertise and FAA-certified solutions. Company-wide, Astronics delivers cost- effective solutions with a collaborative spirit to solve customer challenges. Today, Astronics solutions are deployed throughout most commercial, business and military aircraft platforms worldwide.

For complete details on the products and services Astronics offers, visit Astronics.com.

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Astronics Receives EASA, Transport Canada and DGAC Mexico Approval for Wireless Aircraft Interface Device for use on Boeing 737s

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The webFB is the first approved wireless AID certified for use in the flight deck

East Aurora, NY | June 12, 2017– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Astronics Armstrong Aerospace and Astronics Ballard Technology, announced today it has received installation approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada, and Direccíon General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC Mexico) for its webFB® Wireless Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) device for use on Boeing 737 aircraft. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted the initial Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the webFB in 2016.

“These approvals will enable installation of the webFB on aircraft not only in the US, but now throughout Europe, Canada and Mexico,” said Jon Neal, Vice President and General Manager of Astronics Ballard Technology. “The webFB is a game-changer in terms of size, cost and ease of installation. The wireless webFB device enables airlines to provide avionics data connectivity to their portable EFBs with a simple install requiring minimal downtime. A fleet-wide implementation could be completed in days rather than years.”
The ultra-compact webFB easily fits in the palm of the hand, yet incorporates the capabilities of both an Aircraft Interface Device (AID) and a wireless server. The built-in AID safely gathers essential data from an aircraft’s ARINC 429 and 717 data buses and conveys it to custom software or EFB apps hosted on its internal server. Using a wireless connection to portable EFB tablets, the webFB securely delivers valuable information right to the fingertips of the flight crew.

In conjunction with the newly issued validations, Astronics is currently working with airlines that are actively conducting trials using the webFB to increase operational efficiencies. Airlines and software partners are developing a variety of enhanced EFB applications for the webFB including flight optimization, electronic tech logs, and real-time Quick Access Recorder (QAR) monitoring and event notifications. For software vendors, the webFB provides a rapid and practical solution for developing applications and deploying them into the flight deck and beyond.

Astronics Armstrong Aerospace developed the installation design and provided regulatory certification services for the webFB. “The simplicity of our 737 test port installation design allows our airline customers to quickly install the webFB device during routine overnight maintenance visits,” said Rob Abbinante, President of Astronics Armstrong Aerospace. The STCs also approve the installation of the Astronics AES EmPower® Flight Deck USB UltraLite Power System, which charges portable EFBs while in flight.

Astronics Ballard Technology will spotlight the webFB at the EFB Users Forum (booth 25) in Vienna, Austria, June 13-15. The webFB is available now. For complete product details and to request a quote, visit Astronics.com/BallardTechnology/webFB.

Astronics Ballard Technology is the industry-leader for reliable avionics data bus interface solutions and world- class customer support. Astronics Armstrong Aerospace is an innovative aviation engineering, design and manufacturing company that upgrades aircraft with new technologies.

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Astronics Test Systems Introduces New PXI Integration Platform

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New Configurable Platform Gives Companies a Head Start on PXI System Development

East Aurora, NY | May 22, 2017– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), through its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Test Systems, announced a breakthrough concept in PXI system development: the ATS-3100 PXI Integration Platform. The new ATS-3100 provides a starter “system-in-a-box” for engineers to rapidly create and configure new test, measurement, or other systems based on PXI, a versatile PC-based platform for measurement and automation systems.

“We’ve made it easier than ever before for system
designers to create PXI-based solutions,” said Brian Price,
Vice President of Astronics Test Systems. “We’re
eliminating the time wasted in configuring and debugging
complex cabling or the custom integration of instruments.
This new platform offers a streamlined, deployable solution
that does all the hard work for you. Simply plug in your instruments, install your software, and get going on producing your complete PXI system solution.”

“The core idea behind NI’s open software and modular hardware approach is flexibility that can be harnessed by the end user, “said Reggie Rector, Principal Solution Manager from National Instruments. “The ATS-3100 represents a highly integrated extension to the NI PXI platform to simplify the design and deployment of automated test systems.”

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Astronics Corporation Acquires Custom Control Concepts

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Market Share Leader in Cabin and In-Flight Entertainment Systems Enhances Astronics’ VVIP Aircraft Offerings
East Aurora, NY | April 3, 2017– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading supplierof advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, announced today that it has purchased the operating assets of Custom Control Concepts (CCC), located in Kent, Washington. CCC is the established market share leader in providing cabin management and in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems for the complete range of privately operated Boeing and Airbus aircraft, along with other select fixed and rotary wing aircraft models. Founded in 1998, CCC has completed more than 165 technology installations to date. Peter J. Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer of Astronics Corporation, said, “We are pleased to have CCC join our company and contribute their capabilities, technologies and strong customer relationships. We are very familiar with the VVIP market through our PGA Avionics subsidiary, and, while current market conditions are challenging, we believe the cooperative pursuits of PGA and CCC working together will provide best-in-class technology and innovation to our customers. The addition of CCC furthers Astronics’ commitment to be the global leader in this market as it recovers in the coming years.”

Astronics does not expect the acquisition to materially impact 2017 earnings, and has not released the terms of the transaction at this time.

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Astronics Corporation Acquires Custom Control Concepts

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Market Share Leader in Cabin and In-Flight Entertainment Systems Enhances Astronics’ VVIP Aircraft Offerings

East Aurora, NY | April 3, 2017– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, announced today that it has purchased the operating assets of Custom Control Concepts (CCC), located in Kent, Washington. CCC is the established market share leader in providing cabin management and in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems for the complete range of privately operated Boeing and Airbus aircraft, along with other select fixed and rotary wing aircraft models. Founded in 1998, CCC has completed more than 165 technology installations to date.

Peter J. Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer of Astronics Corporation, said, “We are pleased to have CCC join our company and contribute their capabilities, technologies and strong customer relationships. We are very familiar with the VVIP market through our PGA Avionics subsidiary, and, while current market conditions are challenging, we believe the cooperative pursuits of PGA and CCC working together will provide best-in-class technology and innovation to our customers. The addition of CCC furthers Astronics’ commitment to be the global leader in this market as it recovers in the coming years.”

Astronics does not expect the acquisition to materially impact 2017 earnings, and has not released the terms of the transaction at this time.

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Astronics AeroSat Announces New FliteStream® Aircraft Connectivity Solution

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FliteStream F-310 Ideal for Aircraft to Deliver the Benefits of Next-Gen Satellite Networks

East Aurora, NY | April 3, 2017–
Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Astronics AeroSat, announced its latest aircraft antenna system, the FliteStream® F-310. Designed to provide the high performance needed for new spot beam satellite technology, the FliteStream F-310 delivers the highest bandwidth and fastest in-flight internet connectivity speeds in its class.

“The continued evolution of our fuselage mount
antennas for commercial and VVIP aircraft illustrates Astronics’ continued focus on providing industry- leading airborne connectivity solutions,” said Matthew Harrah, President of Astronics AeroSat. “The new F-310 provides the high performance needed for next generation Ku-band High-Throughput Satellites (HTS), which utilize faster spot beam technology in place of traditional wide beams. We look forward to working with aircraft OEMs and service partners to install and offer the fastest user experience for in- flight internet connectivity.“

The new FliteStream F-310 provides Ku-band HTS connectivity with new technology that minimizes service interruptions when switching from spot beam to spot beam in flight. Designed to replace the current FliteStream F-210 product, the F-310 uses existing mounting provisions to eliminate any impact to aircraft installation designs and provides an easy path for OEMs to upgrade to the latest Ku-Band HTS networks.

AeroSat’s FliteStream solutions are the only products available with patented “Rexolite® Lens” technology, which enables AeroSat to create the most efficient, reliable, and highest-performing connectivity systems available. Key features of the new FliteStream F-310 solution include:

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