Astronics Advanced Electronic System (AES) has been selected by a fifth aircraft manufacturing program to supply its next-generation CorePower electrical power distribution system (EPDS). AES is a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics (Booth No. N5129), based in East Aurora, N.Y.
The CorePower EPDS is based on a digital, customizable architecture. Features include built-in load management and automatically adjustable circuit protection. Other components, such as system control interface units, can also be incorporated with the new system via onboard networks such as AFDX to provide complete redundancy and monitoring of the system and flight displays.
Astronics said the CorePower EPDS reduces pilot workload by enabling a simpler, more integrated and less cluttered cockpit environment. It provides greater crew control over aircraft operation and functions, and lessens aircraft complexity and weight due to reductions in the number of system components and the amount of wiring.
“Astronics AES has been an innovator in the modernization of business jet and rotary aircraft power and distribution systems,” said Peter Gundermann, Astronics president and CEO. “We believe our program win with several aircraft manufacturers for the CorePower EPDS is a testament to the value of this system.”
The company’s first-generation electrical power distribution system has accrued more than 14 million hours on 250 business jets.