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CALGARY, March 6 /CNW/ - AeroMechanical Services Ltd. ("AMA or the
Company") held a webcast on March 05, 2008 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time to update
on the Company's initiatives in China.
The following information was discussed in the webcast.
In early 2007, a policy change occurred within the Chinese government
whereby a specific bandwidth approval would have to be issued before AMA could
provide its service to China. In July 2007, the Company was informed that the
installations could not commence as this bandwidth approval had not yet been
issued. The Company announced on December 5, 2007 that it had received a
purchase order from the Aircraft Data Communications Company ("ADCC") for the
first 10 afirs(TM) units. At the time of the press release, the Company
indicated that one more bandwidth approval was still required. AMA expected
that approval early in 2008.
However, the bandwidth approval had shifted to a new regulatory body of
the Chinese government which resulted in having to undergo a newly defined
testing requirement. This new regulatory body requires testing both in the air
and on the ground in order to ensure there is no interference between the
bandwidth used by afirs(TM) and the current Chinese satellite system.
The new regulatory body of the Chinese government has requested that only
a few installs occur and be tested in the air and on the ground before it will
release the remaining bandwidth approval. AMA does not expect any technical
interference with the current Chinese satellite system. A similar test by
China Spacecom, the original regulatory body, was successful so expectations
are high for a successful test.
The ADCC has indicated to AMA that this testing should be completed by
the end of June 2008. Assuming the bandwidth approval is received by then, AMA
anticipates receiving payments in July 2008. Installations and activation of
its products and services are expected near the end of July or beginning of
During the webcast, Mr. Zei, COO of ADCC made the following additional
- AMA has made technology available for tests and assisted in moving the
process forward in China.
- The four contracted Chinese airlines have requested the Original
Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's) to install afirs(TM) and Civil
Aviation Authority of China ("CAAC") will formally ask OEM's such as
Boeing and Airbus to do factory installs of afirs(TM) technologies
once approvals are received.
- Verified Supplemental Type Certificate ("VSTC") approvals of A320 and
757 are scheduled to be completed in May 2008.
Mr. Zei further indicated that "We are confident that afirs(TM) will
obtain the necessary approval, clearing the way for the installation of
afirs(TM) on Chinese commercial aircraft."
A recorded version of the webcast will be available from Wednesday,
March 5 at 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time until Wednesday, March 12 at 11:59
PM Eastern Standard Time. To listen to the recorded version of the webcast
call one of the two numbers listed bellow then enter the pass code followed by
the "No." key.
416-640-1917 Pass code 21265096 followed by the number sign (Toronto)
877-289-8525 Pass code 21265096 followed by the number sign (Toll-Free)
The full power point presentation is available on AMA's website at
About AeroMechanical Services Ltd.
AeroMechanical Services Ltd. provides proprietary technological solutions
and services designed to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in the airline
industry. The company has successfully commercialized three products and
associated services currently marketed to airlines, manufacturers and
maintenance organizations around the world. Its premier technology afirs(TM)
UpTime(TM) allows airlines to monitor and manage aircraft operations anywhere,
anytime, in real-time. Due to the competitive nature of the marketplace AMA is
maintaining its position to withhold the airline's name and specific location.
For further clarification of potential contract values please refer to AMA
FLYHT, afirs, UpTime, and AeroQ are Trade Marks of
AeroMechanical Services Ltd.
The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.
For further information:
For further information: on AMA contact: Tom French, CFO, AeroMechanical
Services Ltd, (403) 291-7427, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.amscanada.com; Bob
Beaty, The Howard Group Inc., Toll Free: 1-888-221-0915,