AeroMechanical Services granted expanded certification approval capability

    27 Jun 2011


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Calgary, Alberta — June 27, 2011 — AeroMechanical Services Ltd. (TSX-V: AMA) (the “Company” or “AMA”) today announced Transport Canada Civil Aviation (“TCCA”) has expanded the delegated authority that allows AMA to approve the structural design aspects of an airworthiness certification for aircraft. 

The expanded capability was accorded to Jon Busaan, AMA’s Manager of Certification Engineering, whose qualifications meet TCCA requirements for delegation in the area of aircraft structures.  Mr. Busaan has worked with AMA since 2005 and is a Professional Engineer with 14 years of aeronautical engineering experience.  He is the third individual at AMA to receive TCCA delegation.  Two other AMA staff members possess systems and equipment delegation, which enables them to approve changes to aircraft electrical systems.

In order for AMA to install its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (“AFIRSTM”) onboard aircraft, a Supplemental Type Certificate (“STC”) is required.  A STC constitutes approval to modify an aircraft design while retaining airworthiness certification and is necessary to permit retrofit installation of aeronautical products such as AFIRS.  An organization must be appropriately delegated or be a certification authority (TCCA, FAA, EASA, etc.) in order to approve a change to an STC

“From a customer delivery standpoint, having these delegations in-house means less time is required to obtain an STC to install an AFIRS system onboard an aircraft,” said Jeff Brunner, Vice President of Operations.  “If we encounter any issues during installation we can approve the necessary changes and continue without the involvement of an external party.”

AMA’s expertise in airworthiness certification enabled it to join a select group of Canadian companies in October 2008 who are approved by TCCA as a Design Approval Organization (“DAO”).  Very few organizations achieve DAO status because of the time and expertise required to meet TCCA standards.  AMA’s DAO status, along with the delegations it has received allows the Company to obtain and revise its own STCs with minimal Transport Canada oversight.

About AeroMechanical Services
AeroMechanical Services Ltd., under the brand name FLYHTTM, provides proprietary technological products and services designed to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in the airline industry.  The Company has patented and commercialized three products and associated services currently marketed to airlines, manufacturers and maintenance organizations around the world. Its premier technology, AFIRS™ UpTime™, allows airlines to monitor and manage aircraft operations anywhere, anytime, in real-time.  If an aircraft encounters an emergency, AMA’s emergency data streaming mode, FLYHTStream™, automatically streams vital data, normally secured in the black box, to designated sites on the ground in real-time.  The company has been publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange since 2003 under the trading symbol AMA.

AFIRS, UpTime, FLYHT, FLYHTStream and aeroQ are trademarks of AeroMechanical Services Ltd.

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AeroMechanical Services Ltd.
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