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Mechtronix sells two simulators to Australian firm

May 25, 2011, Montreal - Mechtronix Systems Inc. today announced that they have recently signed a contract for the purchase of Mechtronix Ascent XJ Trainer with an option for an Airbus A320 FFT X. The Ascent XJ Trainer, configured as a Generic Commercial Narrow-body Jet, will be used to train students for Multi Crew Cooperation and Jet Transition in a modern jet glass cockpit environment.

May 25, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

The unit will be installed and certified at FTA’s flight training facility in Adelaide, South Australia, during the fourth quarter of 2011 while delivery and in service acceptance of the A320 FFT X™ is envisaged for Q2 of 2012.
On contract signature, Pine Pienaar, FTA’s CEO commented “FTA has made this investment with a view to meeting increasing customer demands for the most advanced and fit-for-purpose technology available. Furthermore, the MPL compliance of the Mechtronix simulators will allow us to offer current and new customers a training platform alternative using FTA’s upcoming MPL training course. It is very important to us at FTA that our ab-initio curriculum remains appealing to pilot students and airline customers.”
“This is the first Ascent® XJ Trainer™ to be installed in Australia and we are very pleased that it is happening at a premier flight training organization like FTA”, added Mechtronix President Xavier Hervé. “Mechtronix has become a privileged partner for important aviation training organizations that are willing to upgrade their ab-initio curriculum with state-of-the-art technology to meet the requirements of a constantly evolving market. The Ascent® XJ Trainer™ and the A320 FFT X™ are highly innovative simulators that perfectly fit into an MPL or traditional ab-initio curriculum.”
The Ascent® XJ Trainer™ integrates a suite of advanced avionics such as TCAS, EGPWS, FMS and weather radar to familiarize students with a highly automated flight deck as well as the performance of today’s jet aircraft. The simulator provides a high level of visual fidelity via Raster/xT Image Generator from RSI and a 180×35° projected display. The highly flexible trainer is an ideal platform to perform transition training and bridge the gap between ab-initio training and commercial aviation.
The Ascent® XJ Trainer™ will be evaluated by the Australian aviation authorities, CASA, for qualification equivalent to JAR-FSTD A FNPT II MCC. The A320 FFT X™ is a type specific fixed base simulator that will be qualified JAR-FSTD A FNPT II MCC for use in the MPL program.


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