Turkish Airlines Orders Mechtronix Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM) - First Airline to Order this Device to Conduct MCC Training in a Jet Environment



    MONTREAL, July 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI), the
fastest growing and third leading provider of flight training equipment in the
world, today announced the purchase by Turkish Airlines (THY) for the advanced
flight trainer, the Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM). THY plans to deploy this
cost-effective commercial jet Multi Crew Cooperation platform at its ab-initio
school by fall of 2008.
    The new simulator will serve the airline by familiarizing its students
with the commercial jet flight deck, FMS, EFIS, performance and speed. THY
becomes the first airline in Europe to select the Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM). In
addition to providing a jet flight model, the device can later be upgraded to
a generic turboprop providing extra flexibility. The Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM)
also offers exceptional Full Flight Simulator comparable visual system
fidelity featuring a 180degrees Field of View. The airline will be looking to
obtain FNPT II MCC certification under JAR-STD 3A.
    "We look at our purchase of the Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM) device as a
smart investment for MCC training that will give our pilots a unique and early
perspective in the training process on how to handle jet aircraft", said Baki
Boztepe, Director of flying academy at THY. "Our fleet consists of various
aircrafts and we need efficient technology that can be used for MCC training
in a jet environment meeting our goal by effectively integrating and
developing the best pilots in the industry. With the Ascent(R) device, we will
have a truly economical and flexible machine serving our ab-initio needs while
freeing up our other full motion simulators to perform the essential functions
such as type rating and recurrent training."
    "We are very pleased to provide a world class airline in the region like
THY with technology that is truly tailored to improve their pilot provisioning
programs," said Mechtronix President Mr. Xavier Hervé. "With this sale,
Mechtronix continues to show that it is providing the best and most cost
effective products to growing markets like Turkey and others around the world
that value high quality pilot supply. Our development of jet transition
devices and its growing demand in the market demonstrate that we are a true
leader in providing tools ideally suited to obtain a high level of proficiency
for new pilots.

    About the Turkish Airlines

    Turkish Airlines (THY), with a fleet of 102 aircrafts; organizes flights
to a total of 140 airports including 108 international and 30 domestic lines.
The carrier offers passengers the opportunity to reach 162 countries out of
965 airports. In order to keep alive its brand equity, which provides a
serious advantage in terms of competition, Turkish Airlines focuses on the
investments that support this brand equity such as offering quality,
entertainment systems within the aircrafts, comfortable seats, aesthetics,
quality of presentations and investing in highly qualified personnel. THY
follows the technological innovations and, with its developing and growing
fleet, invest heavily on the training of its employees. THY, with the
awareness and responsibility being a flag carrier of Turkey, regards flight
safety and service quality as its two indispensable items. For this reason, it
continues its studies for flight safety and service quality without any
interruptions. The studies, evaluated by Startrax; recognized THY for the
title holder of a four stars airline. THY is planning to expand 10 new routes
in 2008, maintaining its target of becoming a regional leader and a global
airline company prominent in Europe which is preferred for its service
quality, trustworthiness and competitive power.

    About Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI)

    Headquartered in the Montreal aviation hub, Mechtronix Systems Inc.
(www.mechtronix.com) 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.




For further information:

For further information: Turkish Airlines: Baki Boztepe, Director of
flying academy at THY, +90 212 663 6300, bboztepe@thy.com; Mechtronix Systems
Inc.: Adeline Gautier, Marketing Manager,  +1 (514) 342-0800,
agautier@mechtronix.com; Media Relations US: Joseph Dans, Rogue Wave Creative
Group, +1 (914) 393-7758, jdans@warwick.net

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