Fri, Dec 10, 2004
Everything Will Be Housed In Portland
Advanced Flight Systems says it's acquired the line of
angle-of-attack instruments from Proprietary Software Systems.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"This acquisition represents an exciting expansion of the
Advanced Flight Systems product line," said AFS President Rob
Hickman. "We are committed to expanding our aviation products
offering and feel the AOA line makes an excellent expansion
category. Mr. Frantz has created a truly best-in-class system that
fits our goal of always providing state-of-the-art products, solid
value, and superlative support. We are in this business for the
long run and our customers will see a continuing stream of
improvements to both our current products, and new products."
Angle-of-Attack is aimed at unlocking Navy carrier pilots'
secrets and putting a priority on safety. The idea here, according
to AFS, is that all approaches should be flown at the same optimum
approach angle-of-attack, not at the same IAS. With AOA, the
company says general aviation pilots can now do precision
approaches like military and airline pilots, accurately gauging Vx,
Vy, best glide, L/D max and maximum endurance AOA. The reason,
according to AFS, is because angle-of-attack is not a function of
weight, bank angle, fuel load, density altitude, etc.
The AOA includes a color display and aural voice system which
warns of critically high AOA, gear position errors and
installation/hardware errors. There are no ugly probes, vanes or
protrusions to slow you down or accumulate ice. Currently in the
process of relocating AOA production to its facility in Portland,
Oregon, AFS says it looks forward to a smooth transition that
should be completed next month.
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