AeroVironment Appoints Vice President and General Manager for their Energy Technology Center

March 12, 2008

MONROVIA, Calif.--AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV), a leader in unmanned aircraft systems and efficient electric energy systems, today announced that Michael Bissonette, formerly assistant general manager of AV's Energy Technology Center (ETC), has been appointed vice president and general manager of the ETC. Bissonette assumes the role previously occupied by Joseph Edwards, who has stepped down in preparation for his retirement.

"Mike brings a wealth of experience, with more than 25 years supporting and leading new product development initiatives in technology and aerospace businesses. Since joining AV he has demonstrated the skills and dedication necessary to lead this strategic segment of our business," said Tim Conver, chairman, chief executive officer and president of AV. "I wish to thank Joe Edwards for his 11 years of outstanding contributions to AeroVironment, first as chief financial officer then as general manager of the Energy Technology Center. We will miss his wisdom, honesty, and wit."

AV's Energy Technology Center focuses primarily on the development of innovative, efficient electric energy technologies for internal and external customers, and also develops, produces and supports a line of electronic test equipment used for research and development activities. The ETC developed the Advanced Battery Charger sold with AV's small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and the propulsion system developed for AV's Global Observer stratospheric persistent UAS, which is under development. Architectural Wind, an innovative clean energy generation system for buildings, is also a development program underway within the ETC. Prior to joining AV, Bissonette served as senior director of new product introduction program management for Western Digital Corporation, where he worked for 11 years. A native of New York, Bissonette has resided in Southern California for the past 28 years.

Edwards will remain with AeroVironment through April 2008 focusing on special projects for the office of the chairman.

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