AeroMechanical Services Ltd. Upgrades System for Continuous Aircraft-to-Ground Data Communication



    
    AeroMechanical Services Ltd.                  TSX-V Trading Symbol "AMA"
    A Tier 2 Industrial Issuer
    

    CALGARY, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - AeroMechanical Services Ltd. ("AMA" or the
"Corporation") is pleased to announce that pre-deployment testing has been
completed on new communication technology that has the ability to stream data
from aircraft to ground anywhere, anytime, in real-time. AMA and an unnamed
customer will perform an aircraft-in-service evaluation of the Automated
Flight Information Reporting System (afirs(TM)) Emergency Mode data streaming
within the next few weeks.
    Under the brand FLYHT(TM), AMA manufactures the afirs 220. In certain
conditions, this "smart box" can trigger a streaming mode to begin
transmission of essential position and Flight Data Recorder ("FDR")
information. The system provides a continuous automated link between onboard
avionics (including GPS and FDR), the Iridium global satellite network and a
ground-based web-server that automatically routes messages to any number of
designated recipients, all within seconds.
    AMA president Richard Hayden, said, "We at AMA are excited to offer this
important capability to the entire aviation community. This capability is not
only valuable in improving responses to in-flight issues, but in the rare case
where an aircraft is lost, this data stream can provide immediate insight into
the exact flight path, location, and the possible cause of the accident."
    Following the June 1, 2009 Air France ("AF 447") tragedy, whose FDR's are
yet to be recovered, calls were made by industry and airlines to develop a
"live black box" capable of streaming critical flight information in real
time. Which could then provide insight into in-flight incidents and aid in
rescue missions and accident reconstructions in the event that an aircraft's
black box can not be recovered. Although AF 447 was well equipped with
satellite communication technology and ACARS, not having the ability to
automatically stream position and flight data in real-time meant that the
messages were limited in available diagnostic information.
    The afirs system solves this dilemma through a combination of normal
transmissions through short burst data, and emergency streaming of critical
position and FDR information. The use of Iridium means that there are no
coverage gaps in the afirs data streaming anywhere on the globe. This
development is a significant contribution to aircraft safety and operational
efficiency, especially for aircraft flying outside of radar and
terrestrial-based communication coverage areas.
    A common complaint with data-streaming technology is that it isn't
economically viable due to the massive bandwidth and infrastructure
requirements. But AMA's patented technology compresses flight data to fully
utilize available bandwidth allowing it to send substantially more information
than an aircraft with a standard satellite communications system. The
emergency mode data streaming enhancement to the afirs 220 system is the
subject of a new patent application filed by AMA.
    Currently, more than 30 operators on six continents have contracted AMA
for the afirs 220 system and these operators will be immediate beneficiaries
of this new application of the existing technology.
    The system also has a 2-way voice capability so crews can contact ground
personnel, and also an event button that can be manually initiated in the case
of a hijacking or other non-system related emergency.

    About AeroMechanical Services Ltd. www.amscanada.com

    AeroMechanical Services Ltd. provides under the brand name, FLYHT,
proprietary technological solutions and services designed to reduce costs and
improve efficiencies in the airline industry. The company has successfully
patented and commercialized three products and associated services currently
marketed to airlines, manufacturers and maintenance organizations around the
world. Its premier technology, afirs UpTime, allows airlines to monitor and
manage aircraft operations anywhere, anytime, in real-time.

    
              afirs, UpTime, FLYHT and aeroQ are Trade Marks of
                         AeroMechanical Services Ltd.

    Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Service Provider (as
    that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.
    

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For further information:

For further information: on AMA contact: Tom French, CFO, AeroMechanical
Services Ltd, (403) 291-7427, tfrench@amscanada.com; Bob Beaty, The Howard
Group Inc., Toll Free: 1-888-221-0915, Info@howardgroupinc.com,
www.howardgroupinc.com

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