IFTC Istanbul receives Level D qualification for Mechtronix A320 Full Flight Simulator



    Qualification Marks First A320 Level D under JAA for Both IFTC Istanbul
    and Mechtronix

    MONTREAL, Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI), the
fastest growing and third leading provider of flight training equipment in the
world, announced today the successful Level D qualification for the
A320 FFS X(TM) recently deployed at IFTC (International Flight Training
Center) in Istanbul, Turkey. At the customer's request, the French civil
aviation authorities, Direction Generale de l'Aviation Civile, performed the
evaluation.
    The FFS X(TM) features the latest generation simulation architecture and
components - electric motion system, LCoS projectors and replication
architecture - making it much easier and less costly to own and operate than
"classic" simulators. The FFS X(TM) architecture relies fully on OEM data and
software for simulated displays and avionics thus significantly reducing the
requisite for aircraft parts and associated maintenance requirements. The
Turkish training organization is now fully equipped to provide A320 and
B737-NG dry lease simulator capacity as well as type rating courses to
airlines and pilots in the region; as the first training center to operate new
generation simulators in Turkey, IFTC Istanbul has a unique and attractive
offer.
    "The IFTC Istanbul simulation equipment is fully financed by SoftFlight
of The Netherlands together with a bank. We are proud to have chosen
Mechtronix to help us set up IFTC Istanbul and are relying on Mechtronix' next
generation simulation technology," says Marty van Veluw, general manager and
co-founder of SoftFlight. "We look forward to developing similar projects in
other regions."
    "We are very pleased to have achieved another important milestone and
look forward to offering A320 training" said Mr. Mekin Gozen, President & CEO
of Gozen Group, mother company of IFTC Istanbul. "The Mechtronix full flight
simulators we equipped ourselves with, namely a B737-NG FFS X(TM) and an
A320 FFS X(TM), will bring us the quality, fidelity and reliability we need to
become a world class training center."
    "We are delighted for IFTC Istanbul and Gozen Group. We would like to
thank them again for selecting Mechtronix as a Full Flight Simulator provider"
said Xavier Hervé, President of Mechtronix. "After IFTC Istanbul's
737-NG FFS X(TM) received Level D qualification and with our recent launch of
our A320 FFS X(TM) platform, the A320 Level D qualification represents another
key achievement for us. This further demonstrates Mechtronix' unique ability
to provide and manufacture state-of-the-art pilot training equipment for any
aircraft type for today's airlines and training centers seeking new and
alternative training business models."

    About International Flight Training Center Istanbul (IFTC Istanbul)

    IFTC Istanbul was established in 2007 as the training arm of the Gozen
Group. Based in Istanbul, Turkey IFTC Istanbul is a fully approved Type Rating
Training Organization (TRTO) specializing in providing flight crew training
services for A320 and B737-NG. High quality training courses are delivered by
an experienced team of instructors and examiners and can be tailored to meet
specific aircraft or operational requirements for all operators in the region.
The Gozen Group, founded back in 1979 by Mekin Gozen and Mete Bozyigit, has
been operating as Supervision & Representation Company, in accordance with the
regulation of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) supplying
ground services to more than 85 companies in the field of representation,
fuel, supervision, brokerage and security. The company is fully licensed by
the Civil Aviation Authority of Turkey and all relevant government
authorities. The headquarters are located in Istanbul with offices at every
major international airport through Turkey; Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Dalaman,
Bodrum & Izmir.

    About SoftFlight

    Founded in 2007 with headquarters in the Netherlands, Softflight is an
independent finance company specializing in the Flight Simulator industry.
Softflight offers customized simulator lease constructions as well as turnkey
solutions for simulator centers. Softflight operates worldwide with a team of
experienced financial professionals, providing its customers with the highest
level of expertise available in the market. The creation of Softflight began
with the awareness that finance companies were not focusing on the simulator
market, despite the obvious opportunities, and that this left a niche to be
filled.

    About Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI)

    Headquartered in the Montreal aviation hub, Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI)
is the fastest growing designer and manufacturer of flight simulators. Backed
by Canada's largest institutional investor, Mechtronix ranks in the top-3 of
the global flight simulator market, with a presence in America, Europe and
Asia. Through 20 years of passion and dedication, Mechtronix has developed a
unique expertise and proved extensively its vision and leadership for flight
training. Worldwide customers include major airlines and training centers such
as Alitalia, Copa Airlines, Japan Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Lufthansa
Flight Training and TACA Airlines. Mechtronix offers a full range of products
from full flight simulators to flight training devices, which are setting new
industry standards for higher fidelity, reliability, cost efficiency and
safety. Recent additions include the FFT X(TM) fixed base and FFS X(TM) full
motion simulator available in Non Zero Flight Time(TM) (NZFT(TM)) and the Zero
Flight Time(TM) (ZFT(TM)) configurations.




For further information:

For further information: IFTC Istanbul: Capt. Cengiz Arbac, General
Manager, +90 212 463 0900, c.arbac@iftc.aero; Softflight bv: Marty van Veluw,
General Manager, +31 (0)20 5672167, info@softflight.nl; Mechtronix Systems
Inc.: Adeline Gautier, Marketing Manager, (514) 342-0800,
agautier@mechtronix.ca; Media Relations US: J. Dans, Rogue Wave Creative
Group, (732) 919-0691, jdans@warwick.net

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