Astronics Corporation Electronic Power Distribution System to be Installed on New Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet

Astronics Corporation Electronic Power Distribution System to be Installed on
New Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet

EAST AURORA, N.Y., June 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astronics Corporation
(Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global
aerospace and defense industries, announced today that its wholly-owned
subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp. (Astronics AES), will
be supplying Pilatus Aircraft Ltd with the Secondary Electronic Power
Distribution System (EPDS) for their new PC-24 aircraft.

Astronics designs and builds modern distribution systems which safely and
efficiently manage aircraft power. The Secondary Electronic Power Distribution
System selected by Pilatus for installation on their new PC-24 twin-jet makes
use of Astronics' electronic circuit breaker units. These units, with solid
state circuit breakers, are smaller and lighter than their conventional
counterparts and therefore can be conveniently located throughout the
aircraft.This placement creates a more evenly distributed system, while
reducing wire weight.Initial deliveries will begin in 2016.

"This award validates the viability of the Astronics EPDS to improve aircraft
safety, reduce crew workload and reduce aircraft weight in smaller business
jets, while improving electrical system reliability," noted Peter J.
Gundermann, President and CEO of Astronics Corporation.

Known for innovative technology and personalized customer response, Astronics
has offered efficient power system management and integrated solutions for
over half a century.


Founded in 1939, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is the only Swiss company to develop,
produce and sell aircraft to customers around the world: from the legendary
Pilatus Porter PC-6 to the best-selling PC-12, a single engine turboprop, and
the PC-21, the training system of the future. Pilatus is currently developing
the PC-24, the world's first ever business jet for use on short unmade
runways. Domiciled in Stans, the company is certified to ISO 14001 in
recognition of its efforts for the environment. The Pilatus Group includes
three independent subsidiaries in Altenrhein (Switzerland), Broomfield
(Colorado, USA) and Adelaide (Australia). With more than 1500 employees at its
headquarters, Pilatus is one of the largest employers in Central Switzerland.
Pilatus provides training for over 100 apprentices in ten different
professions – job training for young people has always been a very high
priority at Pilatus.


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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materially include the state of the aerospace industry, the market acceptance
of newly developed products, internal production capabilities, the timing of
orders received, the status of customer certification processes, the demand
for and market acceptance of new or existing aircraft which contain the
Company's products, customer preferences, and other factors which are
described in filings by Astronics with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking information in
this press release whether to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of
unanticipated events or changes in future operating results, financial
conditions or prospects, or otherwise.

CONTACT: Company:
         David C. Burney, Chief Financial Officer
         Phone: (716) 805-1599, ext. 159
         John Behrens, Director, New Business Development
         Phone: (425) 895-4303
         Investor Relations:
         Deborah K. Pawlowski, Kei Advisors LLC
         Phone: (716) 843-3908

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