TACA Airlines orders Mechtronix Airbus A320 FFS X(TM)



    TACA Adopts Mechtronix "Train at Home" Business Model and Brings a
    Simulator to its Base of Operations

    MONTREAL, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - TACA Airlines, a Latin American leader
in commercial aviation headquartered in El Salvador, signed an order for an
A320 FFS X(TM) Zero Flight Time(TM) (ZFT(TM)) to be provided by Mechtronix
Systems Inc (MSI), a fast growing provider of flight simulation technology.
The FFS X(TM) ZFT(TM) is to be certified to level D FAA regulations. TACA has
also purchased from Mechtronix' partner, Aerosim Technologies three A320
Virtual Procedure Trainers(TM) (VPT(TM)) and have an option for Computer Base
Trainer(TM) (CBT(TM)) and Flight Management System Trainer(TM) (FMST(TM)).
    This is TACA's first simulator which will be installed at its new
facility in El Salvador as an integral part of a new Training Center that will
strengthen and further improve an already well-rounded training and flight
safety program. The airline has been sending their pilots for training to
numerous different training centers namely in Toronto, Miami, and other North
American training centers. The FFS X(TM) will enable them to use
state-of-the-art technology and allow them to perform both 100% of initial and
recurrent training. They will also be using the device for 3rd party training.
The FFS X(TM) will be ready for In-Plant Acceptance in spring 2008.
    "Mechtronix "Train @ Home" business model gives the choice to airlines
such as ours to train our pilots at our operations base. This facilitates our
business operations for keeping the pilots on the line, and have unlimited
access to the simulator," pointed out TACA's Chairman of the Board and CEO,
Mr. Roberto Kriete. "We chose Mechtronix FFS X(TM) and Aerosim VPT(TM) for
their state-of-the-art technology, costs, and their expertise and
understanding of our needs; which gives us the confidence that we can continue
building our training curriculum with them. I want to express my recognition
to Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI), for giving us the opportunity to take
advantage of their experience and their top technological quality standards."
    Aerosim Technologies President Mr. Dave Rapley indicates: "We are glad to
be contributing to the opening of a new training center in Central America for
TACA Airlines. It is great to see that TACA understood they will be able to
off load training time on the FFS X(TM) on to the VPT(TM). They will be able
to maximize their yields for their training platform."
    "We are happy to be working with fast growing airlines such as TACA whom
are coming towards Mechtronix to help them become independent with their
training curriculum. The "Train at Home" business model validates that it is
less costly for an organization to own a simulator than to train abroad,"
commented Mechtronix President Mr. Xavier Hervé. "Our FFS X(TM) technology
allows these airlines to own their own simulator due to affordable costs,
simplicity of ops and the highest of fidelity."

    About TACA Airlines

    TACA Airlines was originally founded in the 1930s as a cargo company and
has its home base of operations is in El Salvador. TACA serves 9 major cities
in the United States, Toronto in Canada, Mexico City, all of the countries of
Central America and the business and tourist destinations in South America and
the Caribbean. Their fleet consists of Airbus 321, 320 and 319 which they
initiated a full fleet revolution in 1998.

    About Aerosim Technologies

    Aerosim Technologies, based in Burnsville, Minnesota, designs,
manufactures, and markets PC-based flight simulation software used around the
world by aircraft manufacturers, commercial airlines, flight training centers
and universities for training of flight management procedures, flight
operations, and maintenance. The company actively provides training solutions
to the air transport, business aviation and general aviation industries as
well as the military.

    About Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI)

    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. MSI's newest addition to the 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
Mechtronix line includes Simulated Aircraft Hardware, FTDs, and Full Flight
Trainers(TM) as an integral part of the Integrated Training Architecture(TM).




For further information:

For further information: TACA Airlines, Claudia Arenas, Corporate
Communications Director, +502 2279-5700, carenas@taca.com; Aerosim
Technologies, Jennifer Montville, Marketing Manager, +1 (952) 746-8323,
jennifer.montville@aerosim.com; Mechtronix Systems Inc., Adeline Gautier,
Marketing Manager, (514) 342-0800, agautier@mechtronix.ca; Media Relations US,
Rogue Wave Creative Group, Chris Dans, Director of Accounts, (201) 819-6248,
chrisdans@yahoo.com

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