• Leading global provider for comprehensive communication services measurably extends Aerosat’s business aviation and VVIP market reach

East Aurora, NY | October 20, 2014– Astronics AeroSat, which designs and manufactures satellite connectivity solutions for aircraft, has signed an agreement with Satcom Direct to offer Astronics Aerosat FliteStream™, the business aviation industry’s dedicated global broadband connectivity solution. Astronics Aerosat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO). Astronics is a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries.

Dennis Ferguson, president of Astronics AeroSat, noted, “Satcom Direct’s leading position in the business aviation and VVIP market and large sales and service network greatly extends the market reach for our FliteStream solution and perfectly complements their capabilities and offerings. We believe our dedicated broadband solution for the business aviation world provides the most robust and predictable connectivity capability for the discerning business and VVIP traveler.”

The FliteStream service is customizable to meet each customer’s needs geographically as well as for bandwidth requirements.

“We are pleased to work with Satcom Direct and believe this relationship will accelerate the opportunities for the business aviation and VVIP markets to experience the unique capabilities of our system.” Mr Ferguson concluded.

– Companies to collaborate on Broadband Product integration.

APEX, Long Beach, CA | September 19, 2012– Thales, a leader in In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) today announced an initiative to partner with Honeywell to bring the next generation of global broadband aircraft connectivity to the world aviation industry.

The two aerospace companies are working to integrate the Honeywell developed GX Aviation Ka band satcom avionics and antenna systems, operating over Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Ka-band satellite constellation with Thales cabin network solutions. The combined offering will give commercial airline operators and their passengers four times the in-flight connectivity bandwidth enabling real-time TV channel viewing and social media connectivity as well as virtual office functionality for video conferencing.

By joining forces, Honeywell and Thales are building upon their collective 20-year history as leaders in the airborne satellite communications market to address the new challenges that have been set by the demanding connectivity market; coverage, consistent high bandwidth connection & commercially viable pricing.

“Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Ka-band satellite connectivity system is a game changer and continues our tradition of providing the commercial aerospace market with innovative, proven and reliable products;”, said Jack Jacobs, Vice President, Honeywell. “We expect that this connectivity system will provide airlines with significantly larger bandwidth at a cost-effective price.”

The combination of state of the art satellite communications equipment and a range of highly capable aircraft networks, applications and services will provide the industry with an unparalleled opportunity.

“GX Aviation satellite constellation provides huge volumes of bandwidth and is optimized for mobile platforms which guarantee seamless satellite handover and global systems management, guaranteeing to enhance the passenger experience”, said Stuart Dunleavy, Thales Avionics, VP of Media and Connectivity.

The deployment of a timely, fully aircraft certified and completely reliable end-to-end solution for both passenger communications (cellular, Internet, Intranet, streaming media) and e-Enabled Aircraft solutions (aircraft health monitoring, two-way messaging and progressive monitoring) is critical to meeting the airlines and passengers expectations.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa | August 30, 2011 – Rockwell Collins will play a major role in bringing global broadband connectivity to business, commercial air transport and government aircraft through a recently signed agreement with Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services.

Under terms of the agreement in principle, effective Aug. 25, Rockwell Collins will be the sole lead for the development, production and distribution of user terminals and provide service for future Inmarsat’s Global Xpress™ (GX) aeronautical services to the aviation industry. Inmarsat and Rockwell Collins have entered into negotiations that are expected to lead to definitive agreements by late 2011.

The GX offering, the only global Ka broadband connectivity with transmission speeds at least double that of Ku offerings, will begin after the launch of the first Inmarsat-5 satellite scheduled for mid-2013 with global services for commercial air transport, business aviation and government customers worldwide in 2014.

“This world-class partnership is a game-changer for airborne connectivity,” said Steve Timm, vice president and general manager, Flight Information Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “Our long and proven track record in providing industry-leading connectivity solutions for business, commercial and government aviation, combined with the differentiated services of Inmarsat GX will result in a compelling global broadband solution that will give passengers and operators the same level of connectivity in the air, as they do on the ground.”

“We welcome Rockwell Collins to the expanding GX family of key partners,” said Leo Mondale, managing director of Inmarsat GX. ”Their focus and success in channels to US and international government aero segment, commercial air transport and business aviation is well-known and they will bring a world-class team together to exploit the unique performance and bandwidth capabilities of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite services. Working together, Rockwell Collins and Inmarsat will set a new standard for airborne connectivity.”

Inmarsat currently has over 12,000 aircraft relying on global in-flight connectivity, and is the most widely used satellite operator in the industry. Inmarsat was the first to provide global safety services that comply with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization.