Centre Québécois de Formation Aéronautique purchases Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM) from Mechtronix

        Flight Training Organization's Makes Second Major Purchase of
       Mechtronix Technology to Better Serve Large Commercial Base with
          FlexibleDevice for Use in both Jet and Turboprop Learning

    MONTREAL, March 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Centre Québécois de Formation
Aéronautique (CQFA), the foremost public aviation training school in Quebec
today announced its purchase of a new Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM) from
Mechtronix, the fastest growing and one of the leading manufacturer of flight
training equipment in the world. The new unit will feature a generic jet
flight model that is reconfigurable to a generic turboprop providing a modern
automated flight deck training experience in the jet environment amongst
    The Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM) will provide a flexible and cost efficient
solution for the school that serves a large portfolio of commercial aviation
customers. The new training device will let it better serve them and its
students by using the technology to bridge the gap in training between the
commercial and general aviation worlds. The Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM) will be
used for entry-level preparation, LOFT training and Continuous Training. The
CQFA will also seek Level 3 certification for the flight training device from
Transport Canada.
    "The Ascent(R) XJ Trainer(TM) offers us outstanding replication fidelity
and flexibility because it is reconfigurable between multiple aircraft models,
giving us a high quality simulator that lets us carefully tailor our training
to meet our commercial client's specific needs", said Serge Boucher, Director
of CQFA. "This simulator supports our training goals to attract more
commercial customers and offers our students with an excellent learning
environment that bridges the general aviation and commercial aviation worlds.
These elements when combined with its exceptional economics, led us to the
conclusion that Mechtronix was again the best choice for us when buying a
machine that will be vital to our success for years to come."
    "We are honored to be chosen again to provide essential flight training
technology to a leading Canadian school like Centre Québécois de Formation
Aéronautique," said Xavier Hervé, Mechtronix Systems' President. This confirms
our innate ability to produce innovative solutions that provide flexibility,
affordability and quality without sacrificing fidelity. We pride ourselves in
understanding the needs of the aviation community and flight training
organizations and delivering exceptional engineering technology that will
train a new generation of pilots for both.

    About Centre Québécois de Formation Aéronautique

    Creating in 1968, the Quebec Aviation Training Center (Centre Québécois
de formation aéronautique or CQFA) is the largest public aviation training
organization in Canada. Situated just north of Chicoutimi, in Saint-Honoré,
the Cégep is exclusive in North America, to offer the only French language
public school specialized in training aspiring pilots in Quebec. In 1984, the
CQFA, created its Continuous Education program to fulfill most of the needs of
people responsible for the management of air transport and the manpower
related to this service. Their strong teams of instructors are training
specialists, recruited from various leading airlines, have acquired many years
of experience in the specialty fields they will be teaching. After many
well-built years of development, the CQFA has yielded a solid reputation based
on good quality and diversification within the industry.

    About Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI)

    Headquartered in the Montreal aviation hub, Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI)
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 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 airlines and training centers such
as Alitalia, Copa Airlines, Japan Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Lufthansa
Flight Training. Mechtronix offers a full range of products from full flight
simulators to flight training devices, which are setting new industry
standards for higher fidelity, reliability, cost efficiency and safety. Recent
additions include the FFT X(TM) fixed base and FFS X(TM) full motion simulator
available in Non Zero Flight Time(TM) (NZFT (TM)) and the Zero Flight Time(TM)
(ZFT (TM)) configurations.

For further information:

For further information: Centre Québécois de Formation Aéronautique:
Jean Laroche, Director Research & Development, +1 (514) 217-7079,
jlaroche@cegep-chicoutimi.qc.ca; Mechtronix Systems: Adeline Gautier,
Marketing Manager, +1 (514) 342-0800, agautier@mechtronix.ca; Media Relations
US: J. Dans, Rogue Wave Creative Group, +1 (914) 393-7758, jdans@warwick.net

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