SEA Partnership to Certify Boeing 737NG

SEA Partnership to Certify Boeing 737NG Cobham Satcom System, fitted with Inmarsat SwiftBroadband Safety capability

shenzhen-logosSEA has partnered with China Trancomm, Cobham, Inmarsat and Delta G Design to certify the Cobham Aviator 300 system, fitted with Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband Safety capability for Airline Operational Communications (AOC) messaging, on Shenzhen Airlines’ Boeing 737-800 fleet.

This system will make Shenzhen Airlines compliant with the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC)’s four-minute mandate. The mandate, more formally known as the Satellite Communications Implementation Plan for Airline Operations Control, requires airlines to operate and control voice communications independent of Air Traffic Control within four minutes.

The system will also interface to the airplane’s existing Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), allowing the flight deck data messages to be carried over Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, which is a significant advancement using this newer technology.

SEA engineers have completed the aircraft survey in Shenzhen, China, and development of the FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and CAAC Validation of Supplemental Type Certificate (VSTC) is well underway. To learn more about SEA’s STC program and aircraft modifications services, contact PMO@seaerospace.com.

Aeroflex to be Acquired by Cobham PLC for Approximately $1.46 Billion

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PLAINVIEW, N.Y.– May 20, 2014 — Aeroflex Holding Corp. (NYSE:ARX), a leading global provider of high performance microelectronic components and test and measurement equipment, today announced that it has entered into a merger agreement with Cobham PLC (LSE:COB.LN), a UK-listed company that designs and manufactures a wide range of equipment, specialized systems and components for the aerospace, defense, energy, and electronics industries. Under the terms of the transaction, Cobham will acquire Aeroflex for $10.50 per share in cash. Total transaction value is approximately $1.46 billion, including the assumption of Aeroflex’s net debt of $540 million at March 31, 2014.

The agreement, which has been approved by Aeroflex’s Board of Directors, represents a premium of approximately 26.1% over Aeroflex’s closing stock price on May 19, 2014, the last trading day prior to the announcement of the transaction, and a 28.4% premium to Aeroflex’s volume-weighted average price over the prior 30 trading days.

“This all-cash, premium transaction provides significant and immediate value to our stockholders,” said Len Borow, Aeroflex’s Chief Executive Officer. “We believe Aeroflex and Cobham are a natural fit and that Aeroflex will benefit from the larger scale, market presence, and resources of the combined organization. We look forward to working with Cobham to ensure a seamless integration for our teams and customers around the world.”

To read the full press release, visit the Aeroflex website: Aeroflex To Be Acquired by Cobham PLC For Approximately $1.46 Billion.

S-TEC and Chelton Flight Systems Acquired in Management Buyout

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MINERAL WELLS, TX – Genesys Aerosystems Group, Inc. announced last week that it has acquired Chelton Flight Systems, Inc. and S-TEC Corporation, previously doing business as Cobham Avionics, from Cobham in a management buyout.

Genesys Aerosystems was formed by Roger Smith, President, and General Manager of the two acquired companies, Rick Price and Gordon Pratt, co-founders of Chelton Flight Systems, and Tammy Crawford, Director of Finance, for the purpose of acquiring the businesses. Key customers include AgustaWestland, Airbus Military, Air Medical Group Holdings, Bell Helicopter, Carson Helicopters, Embraer, Grob Aircraft, Sikorsky, Textron AirLand, and commercial, military, and government fleets around the world.

Chelton Flight Systems, originally founded in 1997, developed the world’s first FAA-certified synthetic vision flight display system and GPS/WAAS navigator and has grown to become a leader in integrated cockpit avionics systems for special-mission aircraft. Key technologies include synthetic vision with three-dimensional highway-in-the-sky navigation, integrated flight management and hazard alerting, and ultra-compact, highly ruggedized sensors that provide ultimate customer benefits of increased safety, improved dispatch rates, mission flexibility, and seamless future growth. FAA-approved for all classes of aircraft, the company’s uniquely customizable open-architecture systems dramatically reduce integration costs and schedules for both OEM and retrofit applications. Chelton Flight Systems products have been certified on over 700 different aircraft types.

S-TEC Corporation, founded in 1978, offers a full line of autopilots for airplanes and helicopters. From low-cost analog wing levelers to sophisticated, digital, three-axis systems with Flight Director and envelope protection, S-TEC has FAA certification for nearly 1,000 aircraft types and has delivered over 40,000 autopilot systems. The company’s new HeliSAS brings digital, full-authority autopilot technology to the market in a package weighing an unprecedented 15 lbs. Available as a stability augmentation system only or with all autopilot modes, HeliSAS dramatically enhances safety for light single- and twin-engine helicopters.

“We are a dynamic and growing company,” says Smith. “We will continue to support our customers with state-of-the-art technology, agile development, excellent quality, and superb product support. The name is changing but the people and our commitment to our vision are not.”

For more information, call 817-215-7600 or visit www.genesys-aerosystems.com.

Source: www.genesys-aerosystems.com/pressrelease.html, released 4/16/14