Avionica Names Anthony Rios Chief Operating Officer

– Anthony Rios,
Chief Operating Officer

 

MIAMI, FL – November 1, 2018 – Avionica today announced that vice president of sales Anthony Rios has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Rios is charged with driving strategic prioritization and accountability for Avionica, with a focus on operational excellence.

 

“Tony is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers results for Avionica,” said Raul D. Segredo, president of Avionica. “I have complete confidence in Tony’s ability to drive Avionica’s world-class product offerings with industry-leading operational practices that will extend Avionica’s innovation, growth, and market leadership.”

 

Effective immediately, Rios will assume responsibility for engineering, marketing, operations and corporate alignments, as well as direct and prioritize the company’s investments. In his previous role as sales leader for Avionica, Rios oversaw the company’s global sales in the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Australia and South America. He will continue to report to Segredo in his new role.

 

“Avionica’s offerings have never been more compelling, and we are bringing more quality, choice and value to our customers,” said Rios. “I am humbled and energized to help lead the company in its next phase of growth and innovation through operational excellence.”

 

As Sales VP, Rios used his training as an engineer and certified pilot, along with his extensive experience in all aspects of avionics and product development to grow Avionica into a leader in innovation and quality.  He has more than 17 years of experience in all aspects of avionics and embedded system products, including specification, development, regulatory certification, manufacturing, and aircraft integration of airborne products for Avionica’s Quick Access Recorders (QAR), Terminal and Cabin wireless LAN systems (TWLU/CWLU), and SATCOM systems.

 

Rios joined Avionica in 2001 from Florida International University, where he worked as a Unix System Administrator. At Avionica he started as an engineering Intern, before becoming a Software Engineer. He was named Research and Development Manager in 2007, then Engineering Director and Vice President of Engineering in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Rios was named Vice President of Sales in 2015.

 

Rios is a native of Miami, and he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from Florida International University. With a passion for all things aviation, Rios holds an FAA Commercial Pilot License (SEL-PPL, MEL-PPL, MEL-CPL, Instrument, High Performance/Complex, CE500 Type Rating) and regularly fly General Aviation aircraft for business and pleasure. He is actively involved in various ARINC working groups, and is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

 

About Avionica
Avionica is a world leader in innovative, miniaturized aircraft data collection and wireless data transmission equipment*. They have delivered more than 8,000 Quick Access Recorders (QAR)around the world with Supplemental Type Certification on more than 300 aircraft models including air transport, business and general aviation aircrafts. Headquartered in Miami for 25 years, Avionica is a world leader in aircraft data collection and data transmission manufacturer, designing and producing innovative, safety-qualified, state of the art solutions that are revolutionizing air transportation. For more information, visit www.avionica.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

*Avionica’s wireless data collection system measures 99.5% smaller than comparable wireless Quick Access Recorders (QAR) while weighing 97% less. The size feature makes the miniQAR compatible with any rotary and fixed-wing airframe in operation today.

 

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Avionica VP of Engineering Simone Drakes Named AMT 2018 Next Gen 40 Under 40 Award Winner

– Simone Drakes,
Avionica VP of Engineering

 

MIAMI, FL – October 24, 2018 – Avionica Vice President of Engineering (FAA, DER) Simone Drakes is a recipient of this year’s “40 Under 40” award from Aircraft Maintenance Technology Magazine, a publication for aircraft maintenance professionals that is focused on the latest technology and maintenance best practices, as well as business trends and outlooks.

 

Aircraft Maintenance Technology Magazine presents the “40 Under 40” award to individuals under 40 who have demonstrated leadership roles in the field of aircraft maintenance.  Ms. Drakes and the other recipients of the award were honored in the September 2018 issue of AMT Magazine where the Next Gen 40 Under 40 Awards are an annual feature.

 

“Avionica is a company that believes strongly in investing in its employees and developing talent from within,” said Raul D. Segredo, President of Avionica. “Simone is a shining example of innate talent that flourished due to a combination of upbringing and drive, and we’ve been thrilled to give her the opportunity to lead our engineering team. We’re all very proud of Simone.”

 

This is the second such honor bestowed upon Ms. Drakes in 2018, coming on the heels of being honored in the South Florida Business Journal’s Forty under 40 Awards in May (http://bit.ly/2BYYSYd).

 

“I bring dedication and tenacity to each project, allowing us to forge through different obstacles to get the job done,” said Ms. Drakes. “Raul always tells me that he’s amazed at how I can motivate people towards an audacious goal. Problem solving is a team effort, and our results are always team oriented.”

 

See the article in the September 20, 2018 issue of Aircraft Maintenance Technology Magazine at the following link: http://bit.ly/2zDidfH

 

About Avionica
Avionica is a world leader in innovative, miniaturized aircraft data collection and wireless data transmission equipment*. They have delivered more than 8,000 Quick Access Recorders (QAR)around the world with Supplemental Type Certification on more than 300 aircraft models including air transport, business and general aviation aircrafts. Headquartered in Miami for 25 years, Avionica is a world leader in aircraft data collection and data transmission manufacturer, designing and producing innovative, safety-qualified, state of the art solutions that are revolutionizing air transportation. For more information, visit www.avionica.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
*Avionica’s wireless data collection system measures 99.5% smaller than comparable wireless Quick Access Recorders (QAR) while weighing 97% less. The size feature makes the miniQAR compatible with any rotary and fixed-wing airframe in operation today.

 

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Avionica and GE Aviation Expand Digital Partnership

JV accelerates data collection and processing for the Connected Aircraft

 

AUSTIN, TX – May 10, 2018 – Avionica and GE Aviation today announced that they have expanded their partnership by forming a joint venture through GE’s acquisition of an ownership interest in Avionica.  The JV allows the companies to accelerate edge processing and wireless connectivity to maximize the value of aircraft data.  The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

The new agreement will benefit customers by improving the flow of aircraft flight data and enrich the data at speeds and scale supported by industrial internet technologies.

“We are determined to take aerospace data usage, related product delivery and customer support to the next level,” said John Mansfield, chief digital officer for GE Aviation. “Our customers increasingly require a lightweight solution for data flow to and from their fleet. The flow of rich and continuous data provides insights into asset condition that were not previously possible.”

 

The JV combines Avionica’s suite of flight data management solutions, which includes Wi-Fi, cellular and satellite connectivity, with GE Aviation’s analytics expertise and digital products to address customer needs in flight analytics, aircraft health management and flight operations. The JV will enable new levels of efficiency across a wide range of flight operations including air transport, general aviation and agriculture. The combined solutions are available with existing certifications for more than 300 models of aircraft including Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, HondaJet, Cessna, as well as Thrush agriculture aircraft.

 

Raul Segredo, Avionica’s president, says “Avionica’s wireless data collection and transmission technology enables advanced data analytics by accessing important flight information, such as engine and aircraft health data, wherever the aircraft is operating around the world.”

 

Avionica’s satellite and cellular wireless technologies support the transfer of both small and large flight data sets with global coverage, economical cost and easy installation. The combination of real-time and post flight connectivity with edge technology provides customers options to increase the value of flight data while managing connectivity costs.

 

Mansfield continued, “Applying physics and data science expertise together, on continuous data, helps create the analytics needed to provide increased detection lead time, reduce maintenance burden and improve asset availability.”

 

Timely and complete data access enables more precision in the predictive maintenance applications that will impact the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations. From industrial use aircraft to business jets and commercial airliners, GE is enabling Industrial Internet apps that turn operational data into insights for better and faster decision making.

 

Avionica products are now part of GE’s digital offerings to customers. GE’s worldwide service network and diagnostics expertise supports Avionica products.

 

About Avionica
Avionica is a world leader in innovative, miniaturized aircraft data collection and wireless data transmission equipment*. They have delivered more than 8,000 Quick Access Recorders (QAR)around the world with Supplemental Type Certification on more than 300 aircraft models including air transport, business and general aviation aircrafts. Headquartered in Miami for 25 years, Avionica is a world leader in aircraft data collection and data transmission manufacturer, designing and producing innovative, safety-qualified, state of the art solutions that are revolutionizing air transportation. For more information, visit www.avionica.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

About GE Aviation
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines, and avionics, digital solutions and electrical power systems for aircraft. GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.geaviation.com/digital.  Connect on Twitter

 

*Avionica’s wireless data collection system measures 99.5% smaller than comparable wireless Quick Access Recorders (QAR) while weighing 97% less. The size feature makes the miniQAR compatible with any rotary and fixed-wing airframe in operation today.

 

Media contacts:
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Jennifer Villarreal
Communications & media relations leader
Avionics Systems and Digital Solutions
+1(616)241–8643

 

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Korean Air Selects satLINK MAX

— Meets Flight Tracking Requirements for Korea’s Civil Aviation Authority —

 

MIAMI – January 19, 2018 – Korean Air has selected Avionica’s satLINK MAX to meet flight tracking requirements mandated by South Korea’s Office of Civil Aviation (KOCA) that take effect in 2018. Installation of Avionica’s satLINK MAX Iridium SATCOM have been completed on several of Korean Air’s fleet of 55 Boeing 737 aircraft. Fleet wide installation is expected to be complete by the end of 2018

 

“We’re proud to add Korean Air to our growing list of global airline customers,” said Raul Segredo, president of Avionica. “We know there are several solutions available for aircraft tracking with 15-minute or one-minute position reports as mandated by the KOCA starting next year, but we believe our satLINK MAX is the most capable and cost effective of all the options.”

 

Avionica’s satLINK MAX Iridium SATCOM is lightweight with simple installation resulting in minimal aircraft time on ground. It complies with the next-generation Iridium SATCOM and can successfully transfer current Avionica satLINK content to the new 737MAX aircraft being delivered to Korean Air next year with no wiring modification needed.

 

Industry flight tracking recommendations require position reporting every 15 minutes in normal operations.  However, in abnormal operations, ICAO’s Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) includes Autonomous Distress Tracking (ADT) recommendations for up to one minute. This is a requirement that existing HF Data link (HFDL) systems are unable to meet reliably.

 

“Avionica’s, lightweight, safety-service approved satLINK MAX is the best solution to provide the performance necessary to track aircraft to within six nautical miles of precision,” said Anthony Rios, vice president of Sales at Avionica. “Korean Air will also realize significant savings on their SATCOM operational cost with Iridium.”

 

In order to achieve the most precise aircraft tracking, Korean Airlines will also add FANS and ATS Safety Voice communications to these B737 aircraft. With this, Korean Airlines can now receive preferred flight routing as the North Pacific flight control centers increasingly adopt FANS flight management communications systems.

 

“We are very proud to partner with Korean Air in challenging the industry with better flight data and communications solutions. Korean Air’s confidence in Avionica is a testament to the exceptional products and value Avionica delivers to its airline customers,” said Rios.

 

About Avionica
Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Miami, Avionica is the world’s leading aircraft data collection and data transmission manufacturer, designing and producing innovative, safety-qualified, state of the art solutions that are revolutionizing air transportation. For more information, please visit www.avionica.com. Connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

MAX for MAX: Avionica’s satLINK MAX Earns STC on 737 MAX 8

 

 

 

MIAMI – January 19, 2018 –  Avionica successfully completed the first Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for their flagship Iridium transceiver, the satLINK MAX. The STC was performed on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

 

“Earning this STC on the new generation 737 MAX is a great accomplishment for Avionica,” said Mr. Raul Segredo, president of Avionica. “It’s another in the growing list of STCs that we’ve completed for our family of products.”

 

Developed in parallel with the 737 MAX, the satLINK MAX is Avionica’s solution for multichannel communication on the Iridium global satellite network. It offers two flight deck Air Traffic Service (ATS) Safety Voice channels with priority capability, one Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) channel that is certified for FANS-1/A(+) and optimized for maximum throughput, and one additional channel that can be used for cabin communications or dedicated datalinks.

 

“satLINK MAX is the perfect solution for 737 MAX 8 and other commercial aircraft because of the size, weight and functionality of the system,” said Avionica Engineering Vice President Ms. Simone Drake, who is also a Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for the company. “The power of the system enables satLINK MAX to provide Quick Access Recorder (QAR) and Aircraft Interface Device (AID) functions on an EFB, as well as server capabilities to host applications, such as e-Techlogs.”

 

The optional avWIFI enables seamless integration with portable electronic devices, such as EFBs, smartphones and any wireless tablets, which can be used to connect to the secure system to utilize hosted applications on the server or to make voice calls through the Avionica satLINK mobile app.

 

Using the avRDC MAX, Remote Data Concentrator and QAR, a significant reduction in installation time and weight can be realized, while also providing convenient support for Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) and live aircraft data access to Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs).

 

Avionica’s avCM Cellular Module offers both automated QAR data offloading to a backend avSYNC server system and on-ground internet access for EFB updates and operational datalinks.

 

About Avionica
Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Miami, Avionica is the world’s leading aircraft data collection and data transmission manufacturer, designing and producing innovative, safety-qualified, state of the art solutions that are revolutionizing air transportation. For more information, please visit www.avionica.com. Connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

 

Avionica Extends thier avWiFi STC for e-Enablement Connectivity

 

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MIAMI – May 12, 2017 – Avionica announced today that they received an amended Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for their avWiFi product. The expanded STC builds on Avionica’s connectivity capabilities from the cockpit to the terminal, as well as the connection between the cockpit and the airline’s database at the gate so a carrier can take advantage of low-cost broadband data transfer.

 

Kalitta Air is the first Avionica customer using the amended avWiFi STC for on-the-ground, dual-path internet access. In addition to terminal wireless applications, the avWiFi STC seamlessly supports crew wireless applications with approval for all phases of flight. Avionica’s avWiFi and STC approval includes stringent FAA testing requirements to ensure flight and cabin crews maintain connectivity throughout the flight.

 

“This is another important step toward e-Enablement and EFB connectivity,” said Anthony Rios, vice president of sales for Avionica. “It builds on our long history in terminal wireless that began in 2003 with our secureLINK. We appreciate Kalitta’s support and assistance in this development project that now allows Avionica to provide our customers with Gatelink services on a large array of aircraft.”

 

In addition to adding the Boeing 767 series aircraft with Kalitta’s fleet, Avionica has also partnered with Air Greenland to add the Bombardier DHC-8-200 series aircraft to the growing list of Avionica e-Enablement and connectivity platforms. With the avWiFi, Air Greenland enables Terminal Wireless connectivity for automated flight data downloads.

 

The amended STC for avWiFi has an Approved Model List (AML) that includes the following airframes:

Boeing 777-200/-300 series

Boeing 767-200/-300/-300F/-400ER series

Boeing 737-300/-400/-700/-800 series

Boeing DC-10, MD-10, MD11 series

Bombardier DHC-8-200 series

About Avionica
Headquartered in Miami for 25 years, Avionica is the world’s leading aircraft data collection and data transmission manufacturer, designing and producing innovative, safety-qualified, state of the art solutions that are revolutionizing air transportation. For more information, please visit www.avionica.com. Connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Avionica Supplies e-Enablement for Icelandair’s B737MAX Aircraft

MIAMI – April 30, 2017 – Avionica, Inc. has been contracted by Icelandair to provide products and services to e-Enable Icelandair’s 16 new B737MAX aircraft. Beginning this year and continuing through 2019 when final aircraft deliveries are made, Icelandair will install Avionica’s e-Enabled avionics that include satLINK MAX Iridium satellite communications system and aviONS Onboard Network Server.

“Avionica’s integrated e-Enablement solution allows Icelandair to deploy an advanced e-Enablement system at a fraction of the OEM catalog price. By using avSYNC service, Icelandair will save more than USD$4M in hardware and communications services on the new 737MAX fleet,” said Bragi Baldursson, Head of Design for Icelandair.

Avionica’s solution for Icelandair includes:

satLINK MAX Iridium satellite communications system

aviONS Onboard Network Server

avCM 4G cellular device

avSYNC QAR download

satLINK MAX is the industry’s only 4-channel, FANS-1/A and ATC Voice Safety Service approved Iridium SATCOM system. The multitude of Iridium channels enables Icelandair to maximize e-Enabled aircraft connectivity without restricting critical Voice and FANS-1/A safety services.

aviONS provides an open-platform network solution supporting airline and third party e-Enablement systems. aviONS enhances airborne connectivity with global 4G Cellular using avCM and aviONS’s WiFi connectivity for crew wireless applications including efficient in-flight reporting of cabin discrepancies.

To manage connectivity, Avionica’s avSYNC global data transfer network provides automated data transfer between aircraft and their operation center. As Icelandair’s e-Enabled aircraft focus is efficiency, avSYNC’s ability to automate data synchronization of onboard applications would become a key component of its strategy.

“We are very proud to continue our partnership with Icelandair in challenging the industry with better flight data and communications solutions. Icelandair’s confidence in Avionica’s e-Enablement and global communications solution as an alternative to costly catalogue options is a testament to the exceptional value Avionica continues to deliver for Icelandair,” said Avionica Vice President of Sales, Anthony Rios.

 

Headquartered in Miami for 25 years, Avionica is the world’s leading aircraft data collection and data transmission manufacturer, designing and producing innovative, safety-qualified, state-of-the-art solutions that are revolutionizing air transportation. For more information, please visit www.avionica.com. Connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Cathay Pacific Selects Avionica

 

MIAMI – January 16, 2017 – Cathay Pacific Airways has selected Avionica as the integrator and supplier for their e-Enabled, airborne global connectivity program. Starting in early 2017, Cathay Pacific’s second generation e-Enabled system will be deployed across the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon fleet including the B777, B747, A320 and A330 aircraft types. In selecting Avionica, Cathay Pacific obtains extensive expertise in STC development and installation support for their e-Enablement solution. Avionica’s e-Enablement hardware package provides Cathay Pacific a single, common set of hardware across Boeing and Airbus fleets.

 

“Avionica offers Cathay Pacific an integrated airborne hardware solution for e-enablement and fulltime global connectivity. As part of their STC integration experience, Avionica’s STC design data package is among the highest quality that we have seen,” said Rob Saunders, Head of Engineering Business Improvement and Lean at Cathay Pacific Airways.

 

This selection marks an important milestone in the development of airline e-Enablement as Avionica continues its expansion into Asia’s air transport market with their versatile global voice and data connectivity solutions. Accordingly, Cathay Pacific will achieve fleet wide deployment of an advanced e-Enablement program – a program that is at the heart of Cathay Pacific’s efficiency enhancing initiatives.

 

Avionica’s solution available to Cathay Pacific includes:

satLINK MAX Iridium satellite communications system

aviONS Onboard Network Server

avCM 4G cellular device

avSYNC QAR download

 

satLINK MAX remains the industry’s only 4-channel, FANS-1/A and ATC Voice Safety Service approved Iridium SATCOM system. The multitude of Iridium channels enables Cathay Pacific to maximize e-Enabled aircraft connectivity without restricting critical Voice and FANS-1/A safety services.

 

aviONS provides an open-platform network solution supporting airline and third party e-Enablement systems. aviONS enhances airborne connectivity with global 4G Cellular and WiFi connectivity. Cathay Pacific will tap aviONS’ WiFi connectivity for crew wireless applications including efficient in-flight reporting of cabin discrepancy.

To manage connectivity, Avionica’s avSYNC global data transfer network is available to provide automated data transfer between aircraft and their operation center. As Cathay Pacific’s e-Enabled aircraft focus is efficiency, avSYNC’s ability to automate data synchronization of on board applications would become a key component of their strategy.

“We’re excited to have been selected by Cathay Pacific in deploying the e-Enabled aircraft solution across their fleet of aircraft. We welcome Cathay to the family of customers that entrust their hardware, STC integration, and data management to us,” said Avionica Vice President of Sales, Anthony Rios. “Cathay is leading the charge in e-Enablement. With this selection, Avionica becomes the lead enabler to achieve that.”

 

About Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific Airways is a Hong Kong-based airline offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to nearly 200 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa, using a fleet of more than 140 wide-body aircraft. The company is a member of the Swire group and is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Cathay Dragon is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific, and the airline also has a 60% stake in AHK Air Hong Kong Ltd, an all-cargo carrier operating regional express freight services. Cathay Pacific has made substantial investments to develop Hong Kong as one of the world’s leading global transportation hubs. The airline is a founder member of the oneworld global alliance.

 

About Avionica
Headquartered in Miami for 25 years, Avionica is the world’s leading aircraft data collection and data transmission manufacturer, designing and producing innovative, safety-qualified, state of the art solutions that are revolutionizing air transportation. For more information, please visit www.avionica.com. Connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Contact: Anthony Rios

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