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B/E Aerospace Wins FAA Approval, Expands Line of Cabin Interior Lighting Products.

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WELLINGTON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 7, 2003

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved B/E Aerospace, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:BEAV) LED wash lighting product for use on Gulfstream-IV business jets, B/E today announced. The company also announced the addition of two new offerings to its line of cabin interior lighting products.

"This FAA approval makes it simpler for customers to select our 5800 LED Wash Lighting product," said Mr. Gerard Stoehr, Vice President of B/E Aerospace. "Business jet owners and operators can now install our wash light on the Gulfstream-IV with no additional paperwork requirements for certification. Installation on other aircraft types will also be easier." The FAA granted Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for the B/E wash light based on a Supplemental Type Certificate installation on the Gulfstream business jet.

Employing LED (light-emitting diode) technology, B/E's wash light adapts to a wide range of cabin configurations and is optimized to maximize uniformity. B/E's LED wash lighting technology offers distinct advantages over traditional lighting technology:
-- The same high quality, natural white light consistent with traditional B/E systems

-- Greater reliability lasting 8 to 10 times longer than traditional fluorescent lighting systems

-- Lower maintenance costs

-- No electromagnetic interference with other systems in the cabin


This is the second product in B/E's integrated LED cabin lighting system to receive PMA approval. B/E's 5500 Passenger Adjustable LED Reading Light is also approved for installation on a wide range of general aviation aircraft including the Gulfstream G-IV and Canadair CL-600 and CL-601 business jets, as well as replacement of existing reading lights on the Learjet 31, 35, 36 and 60 aircraft, Raytheon 1900, B100, B200 and B300 and Beechjet 400 and 400A.

B/E is now marketing two new LED-based lighting products to business jet and airline customers. One of the new products, the Full Spectrum Digital Mood Lighting System, uses solid-state light units to produce both natural white light and a multitude of colors, with a wide range of programming options for dramatic color changing effects. The system replaces fluorescent lighting.

The other new product, the 5620 LED Dome Light, provides general overhead illumination for aisle, lavatory, galley and cargo areas. "We offer customer-specified plating finishes for the 5620 LED Dome Light, as we do with all our lighting products," said Mr. Stoehr. The new dome light, a direct replacement for existing popular competitive dome lights, has a cool-to-the-touch design that minimizes cabin heat and offers many of the advantages of B/E's LED- technology lighting systems.

B/E Aerospace, Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products, and a leading aftermarket distributor of aerospace fasteners. With a global organization selling directly to the world's airlines, B/E designs, develops and manufactures a broad product line for both commercial aircraft and business jets and provides cabin interior design, reconfiguration and conversion services. Products for the existing aircraft fleet -- the aftermarket -- provide almost two-thirds of sales. For more information, visit B/E's website at http://www.beaerospace.com.
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