The IMS Company Expands via Flight Deck Resources Acquisition

Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:40pm EDT

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To Be Known as "IMS Flight Deck", the New Division Provides Electronic Flight
Bag Solutions
BREA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
The IMS Company, an entertainment and communications solutions provider to
in-flight entertainment, aerospace and travel industry markets, has announced
the acquisition of Flight Deck Resources (FDR), a leading provider of Electronic
Flight Bag solutions to commercial airlines, corporate aviation, air cargo,
general aviation and aircraft fleet operators worldwide. 

FDR, which will now be known as IMS Flight Deck, will join IMS Entertainment and
IMS Engineering as a division within The IMS Company, according to IMS chairman
and CEO Joseph Renton. 

"As a result of the acquisition, we have synergistically expanded our product
reach and will now have the ability sell products and services to our customers
not only in the cabin of the aircraft but also in the flight deck," said Renton.
"It is our ongoing strategy to find ways to prudently grow our business and we
see the FDR acquisition as one of those ways." 

A number of FDR`s executives and employees joined IMS Flight Deck and have moved
into IMS` facilities in Brea, California, thus ensuring a smooth and efficient
transition for current customers. "As a turnkey Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)
solutions provider, FDR-now IMS Flight Deck-is a single source for EFB hardware,
software, mounting and certification," said Renton. The acquisition is part of a
strategic initiative to provide an integrated package of products and services
that are comprehensive and complementary, Renton commented. 

IMS provides portable entertainment solutions, applications, wireless
communications, cabin avionics, media distribution systems, content delivery
network services, content and data-loading solutions, and advanced systems and
software engineering services, according to Renton. "The ability to provide a
comprehensive solution set for the flight crew and the flight deck of the
aircraft further demonstrates our commitment to a robust and compelling set of
aircraft solutions," he said. 

IMS Flight Deck offers the SkyTab Electronic Flight Bag product line in addition
to its proprietary EFB software applications. These Flight Deck Management
Systems (all single piece Class 1 and Class 2 portable EFBs under FAA
AC-120-76A) are capable of hosting and displaying navigational charts, digital
terminal procedures charts, GPS data, company policies, documents, aircraft
manuals and preflight planning applications. They also perform exceedingly
complex functions such as performance calculations, satellite communications,
display of real-time weather information and airport moving map applications,
said Renton. 

Despite the current economic environment, The IMS Company, the leading provider
of in-flight portable entertainment solutions, has continued to operate on sound
footing, according to Renton. Earlier this month IMS announced a large portables
sale and three year support agreement to supply portable media players (PMPs),
ground-based delivery infrastructure, and recurring content management services
for Kuwait Airways, and another sale for PMPs and content management services to
Gabon Airlines. 

About The IMS Company:

Founded in 1996, The IMS Company is an entertainment and communications
solutions provider in the travel industry and a systems and software solutions
provider to the aerospace industry and the military. IMS serves more than twenty
commercial airlines with portable entertainment, wireless communications and
content management services, as well as the provision of advanced systems and
software engineering support in the development and deployment of the latest in
in-flight entertainment, cabin avionics and media distribution systems. IMS also
provides engineering services and software development services to unmanned
vehicles and software-defined radios. IMS has expanded into the provisioning of
content services and hardware solutions for business aviation, rental car, rail
passenger, and related markets reaching the traveling public. In 2008, IMS was
named the 14th fastest-growing privately held company in technology-heavy Orange
County, California by the Orange County Business Journal, moving up from 24th
fastest-growing in the 2007 survey. For more informationsee: 

The IMS Company
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