ACR Electronics has just acquired Flight Data Systems, which the safety and survival equipment provider says will enhance its growing aviation product and service portfolio. The new acquisition will bring Flight Data Systems into the fold with emergency locator transmitter (ELT)-provider ARTEX and flight data and communications-provider SKYTRAC, which ACR Electronics just acquired last year.
According to Michael Wilkerson, ACR Electronics’ vice president, aviation and government businesses, the new acquisition will add a valuable new dimension to the company’s expanding group of aviation companies. “With ARTEX and SKYTRAC, we offer a suite of aviation data, tracking, distress alerting, communications and operational integrations,” says Wilkerson. “Now we can expand this offering with the latest airborne data acquisition systems, flight data recorders and ground support equipment.”
In addition to designing and manufacturing a range of airborne and ground support equipment, Melbourne, Australia-based Flight Data Systems provides services such as flight data monitoring and aircraft instrument repair and overhaul. Through the acquisition, the company will be an independent subsidiary of ACR Electronics without changes to operations and personnel. ACR Electronics says its new subsidiary will retain its existing products, brands, engineering capabilities, locations and sales.
Earlier this year, Flight Data Systems launched its new Sentry Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder, which the company says combines innovative technology for crash survivability with increased memory capacity and decreased size and weight. In addition to the company’s own line of products, it provides repair and overhaul services for a variety of aircraft instruments and avionics. The company also provides services for aviation logistics and electronics manufacturing and testing.
“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,” says Darren Privitera, managing director, Flight Data Systems.