ATR PARTNERS WITH MECHTRONIX TO EQUIP REFERENCE TRAINING CENTERS

Turboprop Manufacturer To Deploy Seven Mechtronix
42/72 Maintenance Flight Simulation Training Devices Worldwide

MONTREAL, Feb. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Mechtronix Systems Inc., an MWC company, a world leading manufacturer of Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD), today announced that ATR has acquired seven Maintenance Flight Simulation Training Devices (MFSTD) - also named Virtual Procedure Trainer (VPT) by ATR - featuring all ATR current variants (72-500, 42-500, 72-200 and 42-300) to be deployed at "Reference Training Centers" (RTC) strategically located to serve ATR airline customers. With this multiple order, ATR relies on Mechtronix' expertise again and ensures optimal training to regional turboprop operators. Crew will have access to the MFSTD's to learn and practice systems and procedures for various training schemes including Type-Rating or recurrent checks.

"We are delighted to partner with Mechtronix again and equip our RTC's with their state-of-the-art simulation technology", said Jean-Pierre Cousserans, ATR Senior Vice-President Customer Services. "Our training policy consists in building a network of training centers close to ATR operators and in providing them with the most advanced and efficient flight training facilities and equipment. Our airline customers will benefit from Mechtronix high-end simulation technology that we have been using at our own training center in Toulouse for many years. We look forward to having our training facilities equipped with our new VPT's and continue to expand our flight operations services."

"It is great that two major players such as ATR and Mechtronix combine one's forward-thinking flight training policy with the other's advanced technology to provide world class training to ATR operators", added Mechtronix President Hervé. "Besides developing a FFT X™ to support entry into service of the new -600 series, we continue to develop flight simulation solutions for the -500 series, a regional turboprop that is very popular internationally. We are really glad to contribute to the provision of high quality training tools and solutions to ATR operators and strengthen our presence worldwide."

The MFSTD, or VPT as named by ATR, configured as the 42/72, is a crew training device enabling systems and procedure training. The MFSTD's will come with touch screens for an easy navigation on all panels, controls, indicators and displays within the flight deck. The ordered MFSTD's include innovative features such as active systems schematics and 3D interface for key systems. ATR trainees will experience high level fidelity and familiarize themselves with the aircraft cockpit environment, thus optimizing FFS training time.

About ATR and ATR Training Center (ATC)
Formed in 1981, ATR has grown to become the world's leading manufacturer of advanced 50 to 74 seat regional turboprop aircraft. ATR is a joint venture and equal partnership between major European aerospace companies Alenia Aeronautica (a Finmeccanica company) and EADS. ATR has sold more than 1,000 ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft, which are used by over 150 operators in 80 countries. These have accumulated a total of 18 million cycles. The ATR network of Training Centers is made of a major center (ATC) located in Toulouse, France and other centers, developed through partnerships in Thailand, Malaysia, India and North America. To guarantee optimal quality and efficiency of its training programs, ATC constantly updates its technical contents and courseware tuition methods.

About Mechtronix Systems Inc.
Mechtronix Systems Inc. (Mechtronix Systems), an MWC company, specializes in the design and manufacturing of Flight Simulation Training Devices for general, business and commercial aviation. Fuelled by 20+ years of passion and dedication, we are a top leader on the global flight simulation and training market with a presence in America, Europe and Asia. Based in Montreal, Mechtronix Systems offers a full range of products from full flight simulators to flight training devices, setting new industry standards for higher fidelity, reliability, cost efficiency and safety. To support our worldwide customers that include major airlines, training centers and training organizations, we have technical support centers strategically located around the globe. For more information, please visit www.mwc.mechtronix.com.

SOURCE MECHTRONIX SYSTEMS

For further information:

ATR Training Center
David Vargas
Tel: +33 5 62 21 66 14
presse@atr.fr

Mechtronix Systems Inc.
Adeline Gautier
Marketing Director
Tel.: +1 (514) 342-0800
agautier@mwc.mechtronix.com


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