First AFIRS 228 Production Units Shipped to Customers
14 Nov 2011
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Calgary, Alberta – November 14, 2011 — AeroMechanical Services Ltd. (TSX-V: AMA) (“AMA” or the “Company”), today will ship the first three production units of the next generation Automated Flight Information Reporting System (“AFIRSTM”) 228B to customers for implementation and integration testing.
The production units passed the quality assurance tests conducted by the Company prior to shipment as well as all hardware and software tests.
“The first shipment of 228 units is a major accomplishment and milestone for AMA,” commented Bill Tempany, CEO. “As with many of our 228 development achievements this year, this shipment is an indication of the Company’s success and hard work with our new product. The customers are excited to be the first to install this revolutionary technology.”
“Our team has worked extremely hard to reach this stage and it is important that we celebrate the shipment as it will propel us into the next stages of development.”
AMA will receive Supplemental Type Certificates (“STCs”) on many models when flight tests are completed later this year. A provisions STC has already been received for the Boeing 777, the Bombardier CRJ 900 and the Hawker 987 series and a launch installation has been completed on the Hawker. The equipment must undergo a flight test to complete each STC and the CRJ 900 will be the next to fly.
The 228B is the first release in the series of 228 products, which are a new generation of AMA’s AFIRS product line that has been delivered to over 35 customers globally for installation on over 300 aircraft on all seven continents. When the AFIRS 228S is completed in early 2012, the AFIRS 228 family will be fully certified to provide safety services, voice, data, text, and electronic flight bag (“EFB”) integration, including support of ACARS over Iridium and FANS over Iridium. It is anticipated that one version of the 228 – the 228U – will provide Link 2000+ Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (“CPDLC”) compliance for some aircraft types and will be available before the EU deadlines. The AFIRS 228 will be the first safety services certified platform to provide real-time data streaming through FLYHTStream, the Company’s patent pending triggered data streaming facility.
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 triggered 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.
AeroMechanical Services Ltd.
Thomas R. French, CGA
VP Finance and CFO
Barnes Communications Inc.
416-367-5000 ext. 225
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