AeroMechanical helps Indian Air Force pilots break world record

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    CALGARY, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - The head pilot of a risky, record-breaking world
flight in a tiny aircraft said no plane should leave the ground without the
tracking and communications equipment AeroMechanical Services Ltd. provided
for his round-the-earth odyssey.
    Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Rahul Monga and his co-pilot Wing
Commander Anil Kumar landed their tiny micro light plane in New Delhi Aug.
19th, shaving an eye-popping 19 days off the previous world record for a
similar aircraft.
    In the 79 days the two took to fly 40,497 kms, Monga said he was able to
rest easier knowing no matter where they flew, India-based air force control
officers were just an on-board phone call away.
    In addition, in the worst-case scenario where the two might have had to
make a forced landing, those control officers sitting in an air force base
near New Delhi always knew precisely where Monga and Kumar were and could call
in rescue officials no matter how remote the location.
    That's a luxury not available to commercial passenger jet pilots who are
out of radar or radio contact in large swaths of the world where there are no
land-based transmission towers.
    AeroMechanical's proprietary technology is satellite based so there is no
spot in the world left uncovered.
    "Every aircraft should have this technology on board," Monga said in an
interview after his flight over one of the 19 countries the two crossed.
    "The communication was fantastic and helped me shave days off the
existing record by frequent route alterations and in-flight communications. It
was also a very good flight safety aid and would have proven invaluable in any
survival situation if the need had arisen," Monga added.
    To view the Indian Air Force journey in Google Earth click here or type into your web browser and follow the
    The technology AeroMechanical provided is a lightweight, scaled-back
version of that provided for large aircraft.
    The full technology can also monitor up to 2,000 sensors on an aircraft
and beam any anomaly in real time back to the airline company. It saves
airlines up to $100,000 per aircraft per year through better maintenance,
operations and scheduling.
    The roster of AeroMechanical's current customer list of 19 airlines
includes such diverse carriers as Aloha Airlines, which flies trans pacific
and inter island routes, DAC Aviation, which provides services in the remotest
parts of Africa and Skyservice, whose aircraft alternate between North
American and European home bases as seasonal loads vary.
    AeroMechanical CEO Bill Tempany said he was glad his company was able to
assist in the creation of a new world flying record in an aircraft that with
pilots, fuel and baggage weighs less than 500 kilograms.
    "Our technology works in everything from a very small aircraft to some of
the biggest aircraft in the world," Tempany said, noting his company just
installed the technology in a Boeing 767 passenger jet that has a maximum
takeoff weight of roughly 160,000 kilograms or 352,000 pounds. In addition,
AeroMechanical is working toward an installation on an Airbus A330 this fall.

    About AeroMechanical Services:
    AeroMechanical Services Ltd. provides proprietary technologies and
services designed to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in the airline
industry. The corporation has successfully commercialized three products and
associated services currently marketed to airlines, manufacturers and
maintenance organizations around the world. Its premier technology Automated
Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) and UpTime allows airlines to
monitor and manage aircraft operations in real time, all the time, anywhere on
the planet.

For further information:

For further information: For an interview please call: Bill Tempany,
CEO, AeroMechanical Services Ltd., (403) 606-7436,

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