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GE Aviation buys Austin Digital

August 2, 2012  |  GE Aviation West Chester, Ohio

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Paul McElhinney, president and CEO of GE Aviation Services, said the acquisition of Austin Digital will add "some of the best flight operations technology."

GE Aviation acquired Austin Digital, a Texas company that provides analysis of flight operations data.

Austin Digital’s capabilities will strengthen GE Aviation’s services offerings for airlines and business jet operators, it said in a news release this week. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The company will operate as part of GE Aviation Services, a business unit that includes optimization and diagnostic services designed to keep fleets operating efficiently and cost effectively.

“GE is committed to delivering solutions that help our customers operate aircraft more efficiently, with reduced environmental impact,” Paul McElhinney, president and CEO of GE Aviation Services, said in the release. “The acquisition of Austin Digital brings some of the best flight operations technology to GE Aviation’s Services business.”

Austin Digital uses proprietary information technology to analyze digital flight data and other operational data to improve safety and efficiency for operators, GE said.

Flight data analysis encompasses a variety functions related to safety, maintenance, fuel usage, emissions, and component life, it said.

Evendale-based GE Aviation, part of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), is the world’s largest manufacturer of jet engines. It has several thousand employees in the Dayton region and is investing $51 million in a new research and development center in Dayton.

Austin Digital is based in Austin, Texas, with about 40 employees.