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Briefing September 2013 Issue

Briefing: September 2013

Continental Buys Thielert, Dynon Acquires AFS

Continental Motors announced in July that it had acquired the assets of Thielert Aircraft Engines, which had been operating in bankruptcy for several years. Continental and its parent, the China-based AVIC International, said the management of Thielert would be integrated into Continental’s Mobile, Ala., headquarters, but the manufacturing of Thielert’s Centurion diesel engines will continue in Lichtenstein. Also in July, Dynon Avionics, which manufactures avionics for experimental and light sport aircraft around the world, announced that it had acquired Advanced Flight Systems. AFS, located in Canby, Ore., manufactures avionics for the experimental market, including EFIS products, an aircraft monitoring system, and angle-of-attack products that incorporate patented technology. AFS will continue to operate as a separate company, with its own staff, headed by company founder Rob Hickman. Dynon, based in Woodinville, Wash., said in a statement it aims to use its financial resources “to keep AFS strong and vibrant in the experimental community.”

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