Astronics AeroSat Launches FliteStream(TM) VVIP

Astronics AeroSat Launches FliteStream(TM) VVIP

  *Industry's First Dedicated VVIP Connectivity Solution
  *Leverages Strategic Alliance with Harris CapRock

EAST AURORA, N.Y., Oct. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astronics Corporation
(Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global
aerospace and defense industries, announced today that Astronics AeroSat, its
wholly-owned subsidiary and manufacturer of satellite antenna systems,
launched FliteStream^™ VVIP, a satellite broadband service designed for the
VVIP market. FliteStream is the aviation industry's first dedicated global
connectivity solution for the VVIP fleet. It will leverage the services of
Harris CapRock Communications, a premier global provider of managed
communication solutions for remote and harsh environments. The one-stop
FliteStream VVIP solution is designed for performance, growth and customer
convenience, and features AeroSat's highly efficient, patented Ku-band antenna
technology and a Certification Assistance Program^™ that includes a full
installation design and STC data package.Worldwide, 24/7 AOG support with a
single point of contact is also included.

FliteStream VVIP service plans include customer-selectable options for
geographic regions and bandwidth requirements.These service plan options will
ensure that each VVIP operator will receive the service level that meets the
unique needs of his or her demanding business.

"Because the FliteStream VVIP solution is not shared with commercial airline
passengers, the VVIP business executive's connectivity experience will always
be robust and predicable, not susceptible to choke points in areas of high
density airline traffic," according to Frank Blanda, Astronics AeroSat's Chief
Technology Officer.

"The strategic alliance with Harris CapRock, a well respected communications
provider, enables Astronics AeroSat to take the lead in improving the quality
of the VVIP passenger communications experience by offering this high level of
global connectivity.We're now positioned to serve the VVIP market by offering
a complete solution, including both the airplane hardware and a worldwide
connectivity service.We also offer the completion centers and MROs any level
of support desired, from installation design through complete certification,
or any level in between," said Dennis Ferguson, President of Astronics AeroSat

Harris CapRock has more than three decades of experience in delivering
mission-critical communications for commercial and government markets.As the
world's largest provider of communications to extreme environments, Harris
CapRock has the expertise and reach to deliver reliable, high-quality service
worldwide, making them the ideal service provider for this elite aviation

"This agreement enables Astronics AeroSat to bring a powerful worldwide
connectivity capability to the most elite business travelers in the world,"
said Tom Eaton, President, Harris CapRock. "Harris CapRock's existing global
infrastructure and multi-band network already provide highly dependable
managed communications to thousands of remote and harsh locations and we're
excited to extend those capabilities to support Astronics AeroSat in its
services to operators of VVIP aircraft."


Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq:ATRO) is a leader in advanced, high-performance
lighting, electrical power 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., Max-Viz, Inc., AeroSat and
PECO, 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 Web site at

For more information on Astronics and its products, visit its Web site at

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