Mechtronix Unveils First A320 FFS X(TM) For IFTC & TACA Airlines



    Mechtronix Next Generation Full Motion Simulation Technology for A320 is
    displayed at launch ceremony in Montreal

    MONTREAL, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI), the
fastest growing leading provider of flight training equipment in the world,
today officially announced the unveiling of a new generation A320 FFS X(TM).
The unit was available for trial by customers, the aviation community and the
press during the June 11th ceremony. The high fidelity A320 FFS X(TM) is the
second of several built from Mechtronix for IFTC, the training arm of Gvzen
Group, TACA airlines and soon to be divulged customers. Mechtronix event marks
the first official deployment of a true replication technology for an A320
training device after years of collaboration with the aircraft manufacturer
and related OEM's.
    The new design approach is derived from Mechtronix' extensive conversion
of Airbus data and the exclusive use of OEM software to reproduce a flexible
world class A320 training environment that replaces standard designs that have
always relied on traditionally expensive avionics hardware platforms. The
A320 FFS X(TM) training device will now be maintained by training centers and
airlines like IFTC and TACA using a more cost-effective software generated
environment with the highest of reliability. It will enable growing airlines
like these to lower pilot training costs, keep pilots on the line and
"train@home(TM)", thus increasing safety by providing more time for them to
conduct recurrent and continuous training.
    As of the unveiling event, IFTC has already achieved a successful In
Plant Acceptance (IPA) on its Mechtronix A320 FFS X(TM) and is being installed
at its Istanbul facility for a JAA Level D qualification. "We look at our
acceptance and the unveiling of the Mechtronix A320 FFS X(TM) technology as
the culmination of a successful collaboration with Mechtronix that uniquely
registered our prospective needs to provide us with world class flight
simulation for our new facilities and business model", said Mekin Gvzen,
President & CEO of the IFTC. "We greatly appreciate the opportunity to be one
of the leaders in the development and deployment of this ground breaking
technology."
    TACA's A320 FFS X(TM) is currently undergoing IPA and will be installed
at its El Salvador facility in the autumn, for Level D qualification from the
FAA. "We see the pending deployment of the Mechtronix A320 FFS X(TM)
technology at our home facility as a direct investment effort towards our
flight crews' training and expertise, being able to conveniently keep our
training at our base of operations. The availability of this world class
simulation presents a distinct competitive advantage for the airline", said
Roberto Kriete, TACA's Chairman and CEO. "Working with Mechtronix in the
development process also as a partner has been rewarding and we look forward
to our joint efforts paying off with the approval and deployment of the unit
in TACA's new training center in El Salvador."
    "We are very pleased to finally unveil the latest technology in the
A320 simulation market and appreciate the collaborative support we have
received from the OEM, our customers and the other people who supported this
initiative", said Mechtronix President Xavier Hervé. "With these Airbus sales
and new collaborations, Mechtronix continues to show its leadership not only
in design, but in working closely with OEMs and clients to recognize their
unique needs in a dynamic world market that demands excellence. It is a true
credit to our employees from top to bottom that we can finally introduce the
next generation of technology in the Airbus market and expand our growing
global share of the market place even more."

    About the Mechtronix A320 FFS X(TM)

    The new A320 FFS X(TM) features a rich high fidelity A320 environment for
pilots training at all levels from B to D. Its visual cue feature offers
options for HDTV-resolution projectors with front or back resolution,
state-of-the-art image generators and collimated minimum 40" x 180" or more
Field Of View visual display system. Upgrades for the different levels of
qualification on the A320 FFS X(TM) can be made by software enhancements
without the need to purchase new avionics boxes to make the changes. A Non
Zero Flight Time(TM) or Level B FFS X(TM) A320 will provide the needed
training capability for all recurrent & checking training needs. A Level C FFS
X(TM) A320 will provide all recurrent level training, initial and transition
type rating. The Zero Flight Time(TM) or Level D FFS X(TM) will meet all
training pilot training needs at all levels. The Mechtronix A320 FFS X(TM)
also includes cockpit layout and structure, ground handling, A/C Systems,
flight controls, forces, Sound Cue, navigation, weather and air Traffic
Control. The Mechtronix A320 FFS X(TM) can stand alone in a building and
features a 36- or 60-inch stroke motion base electrical or hydraulic 6 DOF.

    About International Flight Training Center (IFTC)

    IFTC was established in 2007 as the training arm of the Gvzen Group.
Based in Istanbul, Turkey IFTC 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 Gvzen Group, founded back in 1979 by Mekin Gvzen 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 TACA Airlines

    TACA is a leading Latin American airline that integrates Central America
with the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America;
serving its customers with 35 Airbus aircrafts. TACA's flight safety has been
internationally recognized and certified. A single vision guides more than
5,500 employees, operating 135 daily flights, an average 12 hours of flight a
day per aircraft, offering a world class service with Latin taste. During 2007
the airline served 4 million passengers and reached a sales volume of
approximately US$938 million. More information on TACA and its services can be
found at www.taca.com.

    About Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI)

    Headquartered in the Montreal aviation hub, Mechtronix Systems Inc.
(www.mechtronix.ca) 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 training
organizations such as CAFUC (China), JAL training center (California), KLM
Flight Academy (Holland), University of North Dakota (USA) and the University
of Zilina (Slovakia). It 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. Recent additions
include glass simulation training devices designed for technically advanced
aircraft (TAA).




For further information:

For further information: Captain Cengiz Arbac, Director of External
Affairs/Special Projects, GVZEN Air Services, Istanbul Flight Training Center
(IFTC), +90 212 663 7777, c.arbac@iftc.aero; TACA Airlines: Claudia Arenas,
Corporate Communications Director, +502 2279-5700, carenas@taca.com;
Mechtronix Systems Inc.: Adeline Gautier, Marketing Manager, (514) 342-0800,
agautier@mechtronix.ca; Media Relations US: Rogue Wave Public Relations: J.
Dans, Tele.: (914) 393-7758, jdans@warwick.net; Source: Mechtronix Systems

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