Astronics Corporation's Induction Starter Generator System Chosen for Pilatus New PC-24 Super Versatile Jet

Astronics Corporation's Induction Starter Generator System Chosen for Pilatus
New 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
supply Pilatus Aircraft Ltd with the Induction Starter Generator System (ISGS)
for their new PC-24 twin-jet.

The innovative technology built into the Induction Starter Generator System
from Astronics appealed to Pilatus during the design phase of their new
aircraft. A key feature of this system is the brushless starter generator
unit, which eliminates brush maintenance, one of the highest maintenance and
reliability items on business jets today.Deliveries will begin in 2016.

"The power generation and distribution system by Astronics provides unmatched
capability, reliability and safety, as well as a reduction in weight.We
believe that our ISGS, together with other new concepts and features, will
provide future PC-24 owners the performance and versatility they desire,"
noted Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO of Astronics Corporation.

The inherent nature of the Astronics ISGS improves power system reliability
and significantly reduces maintenance and overhaul costs associated with
conventional starter-generator systems utilizing brushes.In the engine's
proprietary 'Quiet Power Mode,' the Astronics ISGS provides sufficient
electrical power without the cost of oversizing the generator system or adding
the additional weight and cost of an Auxiliary Power Unit.

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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unanticipated events or changes in future operating results, financial
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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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