LEAT To Order 30 New RoadRunner™ Electronic Flight Instruments

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, March 1, 2016 – Astronautics Corporation of America announces a partnership with Globavia’s LEAT SpA to supply its new RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instruments (EFIs) to upgrade LEAT customers’ legacy helicopter cockpits. The announcement was made during a press conference at the 2016 HAI Heli-Expo.

Astronautics’ RoadRunner is a form-fit-function upgrade for helicopters that increases reliability and offers operators the choice of moving from electromechanical instruments to digital displays, eliminating obsolescence.

The new EFI offers operators enhanced safety, reduction in operating costs, and low installation downtime. The new EFI expands flight sensor capability with its Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) and Synthetic Vision System (SVS).

The two companies have agreed to partner on helicopter model upgrades to address the AW109, AB-212, and AB-412 helicopters.

LEAT—a Globavia business unit that operates as a stand-alone company—will design and build the cable adapter kit for RoadRunner upgrades in addition to selling, installing, and completing future repairs on the EFI units.

LEAT will also be responsible for Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for RoadRunner on AW109 aircraft. STC approval is expected by late 2016 or early 2017.

“Astronautics is pleased to provide the new, state-of-the-art RoadRunner to our long-time customer LEAT,” said President Chad Cundiff. “The RoadRunner will provide LEAT with a faster way to upgrade their customers’ existing EFIs or electromechanical instruments, givings these operators lower cost of ownership through significantly higher reliability and fewer parts on the aircraft.”

Astronautics has worked with Globavia for over 35 years. The company serves as Astronautics’ exclusive distributor to Finmeccanica for products, including instruments and Air Transport Indicator (ATI) EFIs.


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.

About LEAT

LEAT SpA is a Globavia Group company. LEAT provides design, manufacturing and qualification of avionic equipment, new product technology insertion, upgrading or replacement of obsolete equipment, MR&O services and calibration services. As an EASA 21J certified company, LEAT is also able to design minor and major changes of avionic configurations, interiors and structural repairs on small/large aircrafts. LEAT also has an accredited calibration laboratory (LAT. n. 061 certified by Accredia, the Italian Accreditation Body).