July 25, 2013
By Ian J. Twombly
Experimental and light sport aircraft avionics powerhouse Dynon Avionics announced this week it has purchased Advanced Flight Systems. The deal will further solidify Dynon as the leader in the non-certified market, while giving stability and cost relief to Advanced Flight Systems.
Dynon President Robert Hamilton is quick to point out that the companies will remain largely separate, with only manufacturing to eventually be integrated. Otherwise, sales, marketing, engineering, and support will remain in each operation's current home location. Hamilton said the separation will ensure customers are still given a choice in their avionics platforms.
The deal should be mutually beneficial for both companies. As the leading manufacturer in the Experimental and LSA markets, Dynon is able to obtain volume discounts with suppliers that Advanced Flight Systems previously hasn't had access to. And as a small and nimble operation, Hamilton said Advanced Flight Systems can provide technology expertise and the ability to do unusual or quick designs. "We'll do more methodical things, while Rob [Hickman, Advanced Flight Systems founder] might do more unique stuff."
Having Hickman as a technical resource could help Dynon advance it's product lines as well. As an example, Hamilton said, Dynon makes a pitot tube and Hickman is an expert in angle of attack indicators.
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