Astro-Med Awarded PMA Approval for Cockpit Printer by the FAA

Astro-Med Awarded PMA Approval for Cockpit Printer by the FAA 
Astro-Med Has Been Awarded Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) From
the Federal Aviation Administration; Astro-Med's PMA Approval Enables
the Company to Independently Sell Its ToughWriter 4 Ruggedized
Airborne Printers for Certificated Production and Retrofit Aircraft
Installations in the United States 
WEST WARWICK, RI -- (Marketwired) -- 04/18/13 --  Astro-Med, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ALOT) announced today that it was awarded Parts Manufacturer
Approval (PMA) by the FAA for a configuration of the ToughWriter(R) 4
ruggedized airborne printer. The PMA approval is significant because
it permits Astro-Med to independently provide its ToughWriter 4
ruggedized airborne printers for use on certificated production and
retrofit aircraft in the United States.  
PMA is a combined design and production approval for modification and
replacement articles. PMA was awarded after an intensive audit of
Astro-Med's Quality Management System focused on how Astro-Med
designs, manufactures, and installs replacement or modified
ToughWriter 4 ruggedized airborne printers.  
"Our success in being granted FAA FAR Part 21 PMA approval from the
Federal Aviation Administration is an important step in the expansion
of our Avionics business and it allows us to better serve a broader
spectrum of this market. With this first PMA under our belt,
Astro-Med intends to pursue additional printer models and other
products for PMA approval in parallel with expanding our aircraft
eligibility installed base. We are proud of having achieved this
milestone," said Thomas C. Carll, Vice President.  
The Astro-Med ToughWriter 4 ruggedized airborne printer is designed
for both cockpit and cabin environments and provides crisp, uniform
printing on 8.5-inch wide letter width roll paper. There are multiple
versions of the ToughWriter 4 to fit the varying demands of
commercial aircraft, and multiple options available including night
vision compliant display lighting, and different front panel colors
to match cockpit or cabin color scheme. For more information about
the ToughWriter 4, visit 
About Astro-Med, Inc.  
Astro-Med has been designing and manufacturing ruggedized
printers for more than a decade. These ruggedized printers and
related ruggedized Ethernet switches are used in the most demanding
military and commercial environments, including airborne, shipboard,
and ground vehicle applications. Astro-Med is currently furnishing
airborne printers for the Airbus A380 and A400M, the Boeing C-17,
B-787, B-777, B-747, and the Lockheed C-130. Astro-Med is certified
to AS9100, the quality management system specifically designed for
manufacturers of aerospace industry products. Additional information
about Astro-Med's ruggedized printer products is available at 
Thomas C. Carll
Vice President 
Tel: 877-867-9783 
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