Aeronautical Radio Inc., the Annapolis-based company also known as ARINC, has struck an agreement with three major airlines to provide a satellite system for voice and data communications, the company said last week.

The agreement with American, Northwest and United airlines will provide communications between aircraft and on-ground systems for operational control and air traffic services. ARINC serves more than 2,500 aircraft equipped for air-ground data service, a company statement said.

Reynolds International, a subsidiary of Reynolds Metals Co., has bought an Austrian aluminum can manufacturer, the company said.

Reynolds said last week that the Austria Dosen plant had been a 50-50 venture between Reynolds and an Austrian firm, Austria Metall Aktiengessellschaft. Richmond-based Reynolds did not disclose terms of the deal. ASC Office Furniture of Alexandria was acquired by James Pruess, a former vice president of Signet Bank, for an undisclosed amount. The company changed its name to ASC Office Environments.

Raxco Software Inc. of Rockville acquired the tape management-product line of Edison Software Systems of Metuchen, N.J.

The Washington office of Porter/Novelli received a three-year public relations contract from the Contact Lens Council, a consortium of contact lens industry manufacturers and associations based in Washington.

George Hoyt & Associates Inc. of Alexandria was awarded two contracts for undisclosed amounts by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to conduct passenger surveys.

United States Video Corp. of Vienna received a contract from the American Society of Internal Medicine of Washington to create a videotape program.

Telecommunication System Management Inc. of Sterling was awarded a contract for an undisclosed amount to provide telecommunication services for the Internal Revenue Service in its L'Enfant Plaza offices.

Bass & Bradshaw Inc. of Alexandria was awarded a contract for an undisclosed amount to do a marketing systems analysis for Mount Vernon Nursing Center of Alexandria.

Centre Management of Landover and Professional Facilities Management of Providence, R.I., received a contract to manage the Springfield Civic Center and Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass.

Rosse & Associates Inc. of Hunt Valley, Md., received the advertising contract for McCormick & Wild, a venture between McCormick Flavor Division of Hunt Valley and Rudolf Wild of Heidelberg, West Germany, to manufacture and sell natural fruit flavors in North America.

Gray Kirk & Evans of Baltimore was awarded a contract by the Hahn Co. of Baltimore to handle the advertising for Towson Town Center.

Omnicom Inc. of Vienna and Distributed Systems Solutions International Inc. of Los Angeles agreed to plan, develop and implement open systems interconnection networks.

Health Innovations Inc. of Reston and Century Computing Inc. of Laurel agreed to develop hand-held, computerized products to help consumers change their health behavior.

Takeout Taxi of Herndon opened a new location in Fairfax City.

Fortuna's of Kensington opened a fourth store in downtown Washington.

Infodata Systems Inc. of Falls Church formed a subsidiary that specializes in converting images and text to electronic formats suitable for word processing systems.

Technology, Management and Analysis Corp. of McLean opened an office in Tysons Corner that also will be the headquarters for TMA's Systems Integration Division.

Ask Mr. Foster Travel of Landover changed its name to Carlson Travel Network.

Biospherics Inc. of Beltsville opened a telecommunications center in Cumberland, Md.

Arkota Consulting Group of Alexandria developed Trakit, a job-tracking and invoicing software system for the computer graphics industry.

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