BAFA receives FNPT II MCC qualification for Mechtronix Trainer

    Belgian Flight Training Organization is ready to provide MCC training in
    jet environment following qualification of its Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM)

MONTREAL, Nov. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Mechtronix Systems, a division of Mechtronix World Corp., the fastest growing and third leading provider of flight training equipment in the world, today announced the successful certification of the Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM) recently installed at Ben Air Flight Academy (BAFA). The unit, located at Antwerp in Belgium, is configured as a large twin-engine jet aircraft and has been certified FNPT II MCC under EASA regulation by the Service Public Fédéral Mobilité et Transport; it will also be used for Phase 2 of the MPL Program.

The Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM) is equipped with a conversion kit to commercial turboprop and fully functional FMS, EFIS, TCAS, EGPWS, weather radar, and offers exceptional Full Flight Simulator comparable visual system fidelity featuring a 180 degrees Field of View. These features will allow students to familiarize themselves with the automated flight deck as well as the performance and speeds of today's modern jet aircraft.

"The Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM), our second Mechtronix' unit, is the ideal tool to prepare our students to the jet environment", stated Mr. Marc Kegelaers, CEO of BAFA. "While training for MCC, they will get familiar with modern automated jet environments. Mechtronix' Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM) is the best device we have found available on the market to introduce the EFIS environment and the functionalities of the FMS. This is a considerable advantage to our students and our academy as our pilots will be more knowledgeable and proficient, while we are maximizing our price/training capability ratio".

"We are honored to be once again associated to BAFA", said Mechtronix' President and COO Mr. Xavier Hervé. "The Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM) is a clever choice for any training organization that wishes to bridge the gap between general and commercial aviation. We have based this trainer on advanced systems developed through building Full Flight Simulators and we have packaged them in a flight training device. As a result, the end user is training on a device that has the same fidelity as a full flight when it comes to avionics and systems. Another example of the quality of the XJ is that it is fitted with the same Image Generator as the one in our full flights, which brings an unmatched image quality for a FTD. We trust BAFA will attract the new generation of pilots with this high quality training device".

About Ben Air Flight Academy (BAFA)

With its headquarters at Antwerp International Airport and flight operations at Ostend International Airport, the Ben Air Flight Academy (BAFA) is a Flight Training Organization recognized by the Belgian CAA. Airline Transport Pilots, Professional Pilots, Flight Instructors and Private Pilots are all trained at BAFA. BAFA combines over 25 years of experience in training professional pilots with a modern, dynamic and professional approach. Backed by the Investment Company FinCo, BAFA has embarked on an ambitious investment program which so far has lead to the purchase of nine "all Glass Cockpit" trainer aircraft, an Ascent(R) FNPTII flight Simulator and now the Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM). As a result, BAFA has grown to become the leading Flight Training Organization on the Belgian market. The many former BAFA trainees who have in the meantime developed careers as commercial aviation pilots are now employed by all the Belgian airline companies and many foreign ones including Brussels Airlines, DHL, Jetair Flight, Thomas Cook, TNT, VLM, Ryanair, EasyJet, Tyrolean, Flying Group, ASL and others. For more information, please visit

About Mechtronix Systems Inc.

Mechtronix Systems Inc. (Mechtronix Systems), a division of MWC, specializes in the design and manufacturing of Flight Simulation Training Devices for general, business and commercial aviation. Fuelled by 20+ years of passion and dedication, we belong to the top-three of the global flight simulation and training market with a presence in America, Europe and Asia. Based in Montreal, Mechtronix Systems 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. To support our worldwide customers that include major airlines, training centers and training organizations, we have technical support centers strategically located around the globe. To learn more, visit


For further information: For further information: Ben Air Flight Academy: Marc Kegelaers, CEO, +32 3 280 47 00,; Mechtronix Systems: Adeline Gautier, Marketing Director, (514) 342-0800,

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