Astronics Corporation Announces Business Jet OEMs Select EmPOWER® USB System

  Astronics Corporation Announces Business Jet OEMs Select EmPOWER® USB System

Aircraft Electronic Association’s International Convention & Trade Show

Business Wire

EAST AURORA, N.Y. -- March 26, 2013

Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced
technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries announced today
at the Aircraft Electronic Association’s International Convention & Trade Show
that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp.
(AES), has contracted with three business aircraft OEMs to supply its new
EmPOWER^® System, which supports USB capability. The EmPOWER^® System will be
installed on numerous aircraft models.

The selection was based on the system’s ability to support multiple passengers
with a mix of AC and USB power. The inherent safety features of the EmPOWER^®
28VDC to 115VAC System and the dual use AC/USB Outlet provides a clean and
easy installation to support the power needs of passengers and crew.

The flexibility of a combined AC/USB outlet is designed to conserve valuable
cabin space and to provide passengers with two power availability options at
each seat location. Should customers desire, separate AC and USB outlets can
be installed.

Keeping safety in mind for both the passenger and the aircraft, overcurrent,
overvoltage and thermal runaway conditions are managed locally by the system.
This protects both the passenger device power cable as well as the device. The
EmPOWER^® USB outlet unit is TSO-C71 certified and DO-160E compliant, while
the EmPOWER^® 28VDC to 115VAC in-seat power supply is TSO-C-73 certified.

“Astronics is committed to bringing industry leading electrical power systems
to the business aviation market. The EmPOWER^® product is an example of an
elegant, but simple, design solution, which allows business aircraft to meet
customer demands for power on aircraft,” noted Peter J. Gundermann, President
and CEO of Astronics Corporation.

For more than 15 years, Astronics has developed patented intelligent power
management systems. The patented EmPOWER^® System is currently in service with
over 170 Airline/OEM customers and installed in over 500,000 seat locations.
The 28VDC to 115VAC EmPOWER^® In-Seat Power Supply System was launched into
the business jet market in 2009 and was the first intelligent power management
system of its kind available to the business jet market.


Astronics Corporation is a leader in advanced, high-performance lighting,
electrical power, specialized avionics products and automated test systems for
the global aerospace and defense industries. Astronics’ strategy is to develop
and maintain positions of technical leadership in its chosen aerospace and
defense markets, to leverage those positions to grow the amount of content and
volume of product it sells to those markets and to selectively acquire
businesses with similar technical capabilities that could benefit from our
leadership position and strategic direction. Astronics Corporation, and its
wholly-owned subsidiaries, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp.,
Ballard Technology, Inc., DME Corporation, Luminescent Systems Inc. and
Max-Viz, Inc., have a reputation for high-quality designs, exceptional
responsiveness, strong brand recognition and best-in-class manufacturing
practices. The Company routinely posts news and other important information on
its website at

For more information on Astronics and its products, visit its website at

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Astronics Corporation
David C. Burney, 716-805-1599, ext. 159
Chief Financial Officer
Astronics Corporation
John Behrens, 425-895-4303
Director, New Business Development APC Sales & Marketing
Investor Relations:
Kei Advisors LLC
Deborah K. Pawlowski, 716-843-3908
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