Our Leadership

Steve Gross

President

Steve has spent his entire career in the aerospace and industrial manufacturing industry, vigorously working to ensure customers get high quality product, on-time, while maintaining a safe workplace. Prior to working at Avionic Industries, Steve held several roles in sales, engineering, quality, and operations.

Steve’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Integrated Product Development from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Rich Dagostino

VP of Marketing and Sales

Richard joined Avionic Instruments in 2017 as the Vice Presidents of Sales and Marketing with over 25 years of experience in the Aerospace Industry. As the VP of Sales and Marketing, Richard supports key aerospace partners; such as Boeing, Airbus, and Sikorksy, while driving EBITDA to the bottom line.

 

Prior to joining Avionic Instruments, Richard served as the Vice President of Military Aftermarket Sales at Meggitt driving new business generation, contract negotiation, profit & loss accountability, and market capture strategies. Richard is also a proud veteran of the US Navy.  

 

Richard holds a degree in Applied Sciences from Middlesex County College, a degree in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA from Rutgers Business School.  Richard received Electronics Certification as an Interior Communications Technician during his time in the armed forces.  

Steve Byrne

VP of Engineering

Stephen joined Avionic Instruments in 2019 with over 20 years of engineering experience in the Aerospace industry.  As the Vice President of Engineering, Stephen is responsible for all new product development and sustaining engineering activities across all product lines.  

 

Prior to joining Avionic Instruments, Stephen served as the Director of Engineering for Data Device Corporation (DDC) supporting new product development and sustaining engineering for the data bus product line.  Stephen first started within the Aerospace community designing communication systems with Northrop Grumman Corporation and Harris Corporation as an electronics designer prior to transitioning into various leadership roles while with DDC.  

 

Stephen holds a degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering from Stony Brook University.

Rigo Cruz

Director of Business Development

Rigo joined Avionic Instruments in 1992.  As the Director of Business Development, Rigo targets the expansion of Power Distribution and Energy Storage into key sectors of the Aerospace Industry.

 

Rigo is a seasoned veteran with over 30 years of industry experience. During his time with Avionic Instruments, Rigo has held multiple roles ranging from Application Engineer to several executive leadership positions.

Our Legacy

AVIONIC INSTRUMENTS LLC is a world-renowned designer, developer and producer of advanced power conversion, control equipment and electrical distribution components and systems. AVIONIC INSTRUMENTS LLC was founded in the early 1970’s, and has an extensive commercial and defense Customer and Prime Contractor, Government customer base. Our success is directly attributable to advanced power conversion and power processing technology developed for high-reliability/mission-critical applications and our solutions cover a vast portfolio of Aerospace Power Conversion, Electrical System Distribution (Primary and Secondary) and Energy Storage capabilities.

In 2009 ACME AEROSPACE was acquired by TransDigm; assimilated and integrated into AVIONIC INSTRUMENTS LLC as an energy storage product line. Since the acquisition, the two companies have combined and aligned its resources to provide a complimented technology offering to our Aerospace and Defense partners.

The integration of ACME AEROSPACE offers a strong battery product line with over 50 years of energy storage experience in the Aerospace and Defense industry and fully resourced production facility located in Tempe, Arizona.  The ACME AEROSPACE battery chemistries (both FNC and Lithium) and chargers have been chosen by many OEM’s such as Boeing, Embraer and Eclipse; to name a few. The ACME AEROSPACE technology offers key advantages in reliability and maintenance interval requirements that offer our end customers clear advantages in both the OEM space and aftermarket.

AVIONIC INSTRUMENTS LLC and ACME AEROSPACE have proven themselves as an organization to be counted on and capable of designing and integrating advanced power products on a diverse range of Aerospace and Defense platforms. In addition to a world class engineering design team, we are the bench mark for high-quality electronics production in support of major military and commercial programs. AVIONIC INSTRUMENTS LLC and ACME AEROSPACE are the sole source supplier of major power conversion and control components for Gulfstream Aerospace, Boeing (Commercial and Military groups), Airbus (Military and Commercial groups), Embraer, Bombardier/Learjet Aerospace, Lockheed Martin,L-3 Communications, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Sikorsky Aircraft, Bell Helicopter, and Airbus Helicopter. Both AVIONIC INSTRUMENTS LLC and ACMEAEROSPACE have also supplied many direct military programs for the US Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corp, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

AVIONIC INSTRUMENTS LLC and ACME AEROSPACE have developed a complete offering of commercially available Static Inverters, Frequency Converters, Regulated and Unregulated Transformer Rectifier Units, Light Dimming Controllers, Permanent Magnetic Generator Regulators, Bus Sense and Switch products, Bit Logic Control Relays, Generator Control Units, as well as Ni-Cd & Lithium batteries and battery chargers.

Recent developments have pushed our base technology to include software-based command and control systems in our base inverter and converter designs. Our new designs utilize this standardized DSP designs to employ active power factor correction front ends, selectable output design, multiple unit smart sharing systems, and data bus communication including CAN, and ARINC 429. In addition, this same DSP design approach is being utilized in our Acme Lithium-Ion battery and charger system, which was selected by Sikorsky for their new S-97 Raider Program.

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