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ACR Electronics Strengthens Position in Aviation Industry with Acquisition of Flight Data Systems
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL—June 5, 2018 — ACR Electronics, Inc., the global leader in safety and survival technologies, today confirmed that Drew Marine UK Holdings Ltd. has acquired Flight Data Systems Pty. Ltd., a provider of flight data recorders, ground support equipment, and electronics manufacturing for the global aviation industry. Flight Data Systems will report into ACR Electronics, Inc., a Drew Marine operating unit.
The acquisition of Flight Data Systems represents the latest addition to ACR Electronics’ growing portfolio of aviation brands, which include ARTEX Emergency Locator Transmitters and SKYTRAC, a flight data and communications technology leader. The new unified affiliation between three of the industry’s leading companies will enable ACR Electronics to offer an enhanced product line and service offering for the aviation market place.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with locations in the United Kingdom and United States, Flight Data Systems designs and manufactures a range of airborne and ground support equipment, including its newly-launched Sentry Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR). Suitable for manned and unmanned applications, the company also provides extensive aviation services including Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) and Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) services along with Flight Recorder services and read-outs, and utilizes in-house testing capabilities for crash worthiness and environmental.
Flight Data Systems’ operations and personnel, including executive management, will continue to function as usual under the new ownership as an independent subsidiary, retaining existing products, brand, locations, engineering capabilities, and sales.
“Flight Data Systems adds a valuable new dimension to our expanding group of aviation companies and we are really looking forward to introducing our customers to such a comprehensive and complementary range of products, technologies and services,” said Michael Wilkerson, Vice President of ACR Electronics - Aviation and Government Businesses. “With ARTEX and SKYTRAC, we offer a suite of aviation data, tracking, distress alerting, communications and operational integrations. Now we can expand this offering with the latest airborne data acquisition systems, flight data recorders and ground support equipment. We are delighted to join forces with a company that shares the long-held commitment of ACR Electronics to lead the industry with strong R&D facilities and a focus on innovation.”
Flight Data Systems Managing Director, Darren Privitera, said: “Flight Data Systems has over 25 years of experience in developing innovative products and creating leading solutions for commercial and military aircraft so I am really excited about this new partnership with ACR Electronics that will combine our expertise and knowledge. With ACR Electronics’ support, we hope to continue to offer unique systems and MRO services to our global customers with the joint aim of improving safety and efficiency on aircraft.”
Flight Data Systems has CE, FCC, EASA and CASA Part 145 Certifications, with management systems registered to ISO 9001/AS9100C.
Financial terms of the acquisition will not be released.
About ACR Electronics, Inc.
ACR Electronics, Inc., designs and manufactures a complete line of safety and survival products for the brands ACR, ARTEX, Skytrac, Ocean Signal, United Moulders (UML), and NAL Research. Available products include Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs), Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), ARTEX Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs), Flight Data Monitoring, GADSS, Search and Rescue Transponders (SARTs), Strobe Lights, Life Jacket Lights and Inflators, Boat Search Lights, and other associated safety accessories. ACR’s facility Quality Management System (QMS) is certified by TUV USA and is certified in accordance with AS9100C / ISO 9001:2008 standards. Recognized as a world leader in safety and survival technologies for over 60 years, ACR has provided life-saving equipment to the marine, outdoor, aviation industries as well as to various government agencies worldwide. For more information go to www.ACRARTEX.com
About Flight Data Systems Pty. Ltd.
Commencing operations in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia, Flight Data Systems Pty. Ltd. (FDS) is a specialist company providing aviation services and products to over 250 commercial and military customers worldwide.
FDS aviation services and products include:
Design & manufacture products for ground support equipment and airborne components
Product sales and services for GSE, flight recorders and UAVs
Flight Data Monitoring (FDM)
Flight Recorder Services & Readouts – Data & Voice
Component / Instrument maintenance repair and overhaul
Laser guided Munitions sales and services
Quality and Logistics Management Services
Flight Data Monitoring Services for both military and airlines customers are performed from a new, highly secure flight data analysis. The location of the new facility is in close proximity to Melbourne Airport and the CBD via freeway access.
FDS has evolved and continued to invest in the latest technology for operations, testing and repair, as well as the design and development of our product range. FDS will continue to provide quality products of recognized innovative design and leading services that meet our customers’ needs and exceed their expectations.
Flight Data Systems Introduces Sentry™ Cockpit Voice & Flight Data Recorder
SARASOTA, February 12, 2018 – Flight Data Systems (FDS), an international manufacturer of advanced airborne data acquisition systems and ground support equipment, has announced the introduction of the Sentry™ Cockpit Voice & Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR).
Sentry™ utilizes the patent-pending Memory Shield Technology, an innovative memory insulation technique that meets the crash survivability requirements of ED-112A while minimizing size, weight and power, yet offering increased memory capacity.
“FDS has over 25 years of experience in the Flight Data Recorder industry providing ground support equipment and MRO services for the world’s recorder manufacturers,” said Darren Privitera, Managing Director and Founder of Flight Data Systems.
“We took the best features of the industry’s recorders and added innovative approaches to data acquisition and memory protection making Sentry a leading solution for commercial and military aircraft,” added Mr. Privitera.
In addition to the required ARINC-717 interface used on standard CVFDRs, Sentry offers additional interfaces creating a flexible architecture that supports forward-fit and retrofit aircraft programs.
These interfaces include ARINC-429, Ethernet, RS-422, and MIL-STD-1553B, as well as analog and discrete sensor inputs, including synchros and LVDTs.
Sentry can also be converted into a combined Flight Data Acquisition Unit (FDAU) and CVFDR by adding the expanded data acquisition modules from the Modular Acquisition Unit (MAU), a miniature data acquisition system designed and manufactured by FDS and in use on commercial and military aircraft worldwide.
In addition, other MAU modules, including a Quick Access Recorder, Pitot-Static Input, GPS Splitter and Receiver Unit, and Wireless Data Transfer can be added to Sentry, combining multiple LRUs into one system.
“Sentry is a very unique system in that it is not just a CVFDR but rather a crash survivable data acquisition platform that can host a wide range of capabilities into one single LRU,” declared Mr. Privitera.
To see the Sentry Cockpit Voice & Flight Data Recorder and learn about their other products, visit Flight Data Systems at booth C3545.