Transport Canada designates AeroMechanical as a Design Approval Organization

    AeroMechanical Services Ltd.          TSX-V Trading Symbol "AMA"
    A Tier 2 Industrial Issuer

    CALGARY, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - AeroMechanical Services Ltd., (AMA) announced it
has reached a significant milestone by receiving the designation as a Design
Approval Organization (DAO) from the Canadian Minister of Transport.
    This designation will greatly expedite the installation process of AMA's
data monitoring, recording and satellite communications equipment on its
customers' aircraft both in Canada and abroad, resulting in increased
throughput capacity and cost savings. It will also allow AMA to authorize
minor changes to the design of its Automated Flight Information Reporting
Systems (afirs) approvals on behalf of Transport Canada Civil Aviation and to
expedite major changes (Supplemental Type Certificates or STC's) in
coordination with Transport Canada. By holding the DAO designation AMA has
been delegated by Transport Canada the ability to perform engineering,
integration, testing and certification for avionics equipment installations.
    The DAO designation is reserved for a select few organizations that
develop and demonstrate competency and accountability for certification of
aircraft modifications. Fewer than 40 companies in Canada have been granted
this status. In order to obtain the designation as a DAO, AMA developed and
has committed to detailed engineering and organizational procedures against
which it will be audited for compliance. This privilege is also a result of
the confidence that has built up over more than six years of close cooperation
with Transport Canada on the numerous approvals (34 LSTC and STC's) already
obtained for the company's products on a variety of aircraft, including the
Dash 7, Dash 8, Airbus A319/320/321, Boeing 737, 757, 767, Fokker F100, CRJ,
McDonnell Douglas DC-10, and Hawker Beechcraft 800XP series. In addition to
the Canadian approvals, many of these STC's have been approved by other
agencies around the globe, this allowing use of AFIRS in other regions: 11 in
the US (FAA), 6 in Europe (EASA), 4 in China (CAAC), and one in Egypt; others
are pending or in process.
    "This designation recognizes the engineering capability of AMA. The DAO
will further enhance the design approval and support services available to our
customers," said Jeff Brunner, Manager of Certification Engineering and DAO
Administrator for AMA.
    AMA President Richard Hayden added, "This designation is a credit to our
engineering team and processes. STCs are required for any equipment to be
installed on any aircraft around the globe and the DAO designation will allow
AMA to expedite the STC application process, representing a significant
competitive advantage for AMA."

    About AeroMechanical Services Ltd.

    AeroMechanical Services Ltd. provides proprietary technological solutions
and services designed to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in the airline
industry. The company has successfully patented and commercialized three
products and associated services currently marketed to airlines, manufacturers
and maintenance organizations around the world. Its premier technology,
afirs(TM) UpTime(TM), allows airlines to monitor and manage aircraft
operations anywhere, anytime, in real-time.

              afirs, UpTime, FLYHT and aeroQ are Trade Marks of
                         AeroMechanical Services Ltd.

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

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For further information:

For further information: on AMA contact: Tom French, CFO, AeroMechanical
Services Ltd., (403) 291-7427,; Bob Beaty, The Howard
Group Inc., Toll Free: 1-888-221-0915,,

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