The company continues to increase its Arizona engineering workforce
and expands its physical footprint in North Phoenix
MILWAUKEE, WI, August 22, 2017 – Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Milwaukee, has increased the size of its Phoenix location. Astronautics has had a presence in Phoenix for over 10 years, and the latest expansion nearly doubles the square footage of its operation. Over the past 18 months, Astronautics has steadily increased the size of its engineering workforce in Phoenix.
“As Astronautics continues to expand its product portfolio and capabilities, our business needs to grow as well. We are excited to announce this expansion of our Phoenix facilities. It reflects our success in attracting a world-class workforce in Phoenix and our commitment to the Valley of the Sun,” said Chad Cundiff, president of Astronautics.
Astronautics cockpit displays and connected aircraft solutions serve commercial and military aircraft, both fixed-wing and helicopters. The systems and applications engineers in Phoenix are working on several of the company’s key programs, including:
- Astronautics’ Air-Ground Communications System (AGCS). The company announced in June a major contract from Airbus Helicopters to provide its new AGCS—a connectivity solution—on all forward-fit, production Airbus helicopters. Airbus Helicopters is the largest supplier of turbine helicopters to the rotorcraft market. Astronautics’ network server system—the company’s first connectivity platform—flies onboard all Airbus A400M military transports and enables real-time communication between the aircraft’s mission and avionics systems.
- Astronautics’ Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). Astronautics is currently designing its newest EFB—the block point 5 (BP5)—for all fielded and production Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes. The BP5 will enhance functionality, including decreased boot and load times to improve performance and interfaces for tablet connectivity. Astronautics’ BP4 EFB has been standard equipment on all 787s since the airplane entered service in 2009. Astronautics and Boeing introduced the first EFB to the air transport marketplace 15 years ago on the 777 airplane.
- Cybersecurity expertise. The company recently completed a methodology for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to identify and assess potential aircraft cybersecurity threats as part of the FAA’s development of policies, regulations, and training to ensure flight safety and aircraft security.
- Astronautics’ RoadRunner™ Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI). The company is certifying its newest primary flight display, the RoadRunner EFI. The RoadRunner EFI offers operators a fast and cost-effective way to upgrade from electromechanical attitude direction and horizontal situation indicators to electronic functionality with options for enhanced safety features such as synthetic vision and terrain and weather warning systems.
About Astronautics Corporation of America
Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of avionics equipment and systems for the commercial and military aerospace industry. Key product areas include electronic primary flight displays, engine displays, mission computers, electronic flight bags and certified servers for airborne applications. Services include system integration and custom software for critical applications. Since its founding in 1959, Astronautics has been providing tailored engineering solutions to help clients achieve mission success.