Bell Helicopter Signs Contract for a Flight Training Device Configured as a Bell 412EP with Mechtronix Systems Inc.



    Mechtronix Expands into the Helicopter Market Landing Industry Leader as
    First Customer

    MONTREAL, March 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Helicopter, a worldwide provider of
vertical lift aircraft, has signed a contract for a Bell 412EP Flight Training
Device to be provided by Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI), a fast growing
provider of flight simulation technology. MSI decided to enter the simulator
commercial helicopter market as there is a huge market for modern low-cost
training devices, for which the MSI technology and industrial process is
perfectly suited.
    Bell Helicopter is the launch customer for the Ascent(R) training
equipments for helicopter. They have placed an order for a Bell 412EP
convertible to Huey II Ascent(R) Flight Training Device (FTD) using synthetic
display technology. This FTD is to be qualified as a level 5 FTD under the
FAA regulations. The device will be used by Bell Helicopter for entry level
pilots for cockpit familiarization, and to introduce Rotary Wing aircraft
handling skills at the initial stages of training.
    Following its Replication Architecture, MSI will be reproducing the
Bell 412EP by using its unique economic design and fabrication processes. This
high fidelity FTD will be delivered to Bell Helicopter's facility in Dallas,
Texas by the end of spring 2007.
    "We are confident that our track record with building cost effective
product solutions for aircrafts will meet the training requirements emerging
from the helicopter market as well," said Mechtronix CEO Fernando
Petruzziello. "We are glad to see that Bell like many other aerospace
companies, value Mechtronix' technology, its quality and affordability. We
look forward to providing Bell Flight Training Devices for years to come."

    Bell Helicopter

    Founded in 1935 as Bell Aircraft Corporation, Bell headquartered in Fort
Worth, Texas provides vertical lift aircraft. They have obtained certification
for commercial helicopter and have delivered more than 35,000 aircrafts to
their customers around the world. A pioneer in the helicopter market, they
were the first to introduce a tilt rotor aircraft, which lifts like a
helicopter and flies like an aircraft. Bell has plants in Texas and Canada and
has supply & service centers in Europe, Canada, Singapore and the United
States.

    About Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI)

    Born out of the micro-processor revolution in the early 80's, MSI is a
privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, one of North
America's aerospace clusters. Over the last 20 years, MSI has acquired the
resources and capabilities allowing the design of intelligent machines, such
as flight simulators. Relying on its unique and economically advantageous
fabrication process, MSI is one of the world's fastest growing providers of
flight training equipment. Its worldwide customers include major airline
companies such as Alitalia, Copa Airlines, CAFUC (China), Japan Airlines,
Lufthansa, and Northwest Airlines. MSI's newest addition to the Ascent(R)
series is the FFS X(TM) full flight simulator, including the Non Zero Flight
Time(TM) (NZFT(TM)) and the Zero Flight Time(TM) (ZFT(TM)) configurations. The
Ascent(R) offer also include Simulated Aircraft Hardware, FTDs, Full Flight
Trainers(TM) which are an integral part of the Aerosim-Mechtronix Integrated
Training Architecture(TM).




For further information:

For further information: Mechtronix Systems: Adeline Gautier, Marketing
Manager, +1 (514) 342-0800, agautier@mechtronix.ca; Media Relations US: Joseph
Dans, Fusion Public Relations, +1 (212) 651-4215, joseph.dans@fusionpr.com

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