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Astronics’ Electronic Power Distribution System Selected for Bombardier’s Learjet 85 Business Jet

Feb. 24, 2009 – Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) announced that its new generation COREPOWER® Electronic Power Distribution System (EPDS) was selected for Bombardier’s (TBBD) new Learjet 85 business jet.


February 24, 2009
By Administrator

Astronics Corporation
(NASDAQ: ATRO) announced that its new generation COREPOWER® Electronic
Power Distribution System (EPDS) was selected for Bombardier’s (TSX:
BBD) new Learjet 85 business jet.  

With the use of its Arc-Fault electronic circuit breaker technology,
the Astronics COREPOWER® EPDS allows for significant weight savings,
increased flexibility and a higher level of aircraft wiring safety. 
Astronics EPDS complements the Learjet 85 business jet all-composite
structure designed for type certification under US Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) FAR Part 25.

Peter J. Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Astronics, commented, “We invest significant resources each year to
develop innovative, technologically advanced products that meet the
unique needs of our customers.  Our EPDS is the first FAA-approved
system of its kind.  We believe its capabilities to improve safety and
reduce aircraft weight and pilot workload will appeal to a broad range
of business jet manufacturers.”  

The COREPOWER® EPDS integrates seamlessly with the aircraft’s avionics,
reducing pilot workload with the automation of functions such as engine
start-up and electrical load management.  The EPDS also allows for the
integration of other systems, such as windshield heat, reducing the
cost and complexity of the aircraft. 

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COREPOWER’s EPDS electronic circuit breaker technology eliminates the need for circuit breaker panels,
relays and switches and reduces the complexity of aircraft wiring,
resulting in increased aircraft reliability and significantly reducing
aircraft weight.

ABOUT ASTRONICS CORPORATION
Astronics Corporation is a trusted leader in innovative, high
performance lighting and power management systems for the global
aerospace industry; automated diagnostic test systems, training and
simulation devices for the defense industry; and safety and survival
equipment for airlines.  Astronics’ strategy is to develop and maintain
positions of technical leadership in its chosen aerospace and defense
markets, and leverage those positions to grow at a rate greater than
the industries it serves. Astronics Corporation, and its wholly-owned
subsidiaries, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp. DME
Corporation, and Luminescent Systems 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 www.Astronics.com .

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