Malev Hungarian Airlines Unveils the First FFS X(TM) in Europe

MALEV is Performing its Pilot Training @ Home

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Dec. 18 -- During a ceremony held on December 6th in presence of a number of European airlines, training providers and aviation authorities, Malev Hungarian Airlines unveiled the innovative Mechtronix FFS X(TM) Non Zero Flight Time(TM) (NZFT(TM)) simulator. The unit was originally acquired by Flight Simulation Company B.V. (FSC) of The Netherlands and has been located in Malev's Training Center at Ferihegy Budapest Airport, Hungary, for the Recurrent Training of Malev's pilots. It is the first FFS X(TM) simulator operating in Europe, soon to be followed by another unit for Lufthansa Flight Training, Berlin, in early 2007.

Malev recently obtained JAA qualification for the machine, a Level B certification under JAR-STD 1A. In addition to all recurrent training, the NZFT(TM) was qualified to perform all initial and transition type rating training tasks except the final Take-Off and Landing checking.

The FFS X(TM) is revolutionizing the aviation industry by allowing airlines to train their pilots at their base of operations, increasing their crew and fleet yields. The machine is offered at half the cost of traditional simulators and uses PC-based technology. Allowing an installation in standard buildings, this technology translates into reduced costs for operation and maintenance, further increasing the savings for airlines.

"We are extremely satisfied with the performance of the simulator and the professionalism that the Mechtronix team showed during the installation of the machine in Budapest. Its breakthrough technology makes it the best offer available on the market today, the easiest to operate and maintain" said Capt. Peter Krauth, Chief Operating Officer at Malev".

"We would like to thank Malev for the organization and success of this event and we are glad to hear that the airline recognizes the unique value of the FFS X(TM) NZFT(TM) by making it the core part of their flight training program," said Xavier Herve, President of Mechtronix Systems. "The NZFT(TM) is now certified by both the JAA and FAA, and it is an established business reality in aviation training worldwide. This confirms that our products enable airlines to adopt new models and save millions in crew coverage and related yields."

About Malev Hungarian Airlines

Malev Hungarian Airlines, the national air carrier of the Republic of Hungary, has been operating for more than half a century. It is ranked as one of the leading airlines of the Central-Eastern European region, with scheduled passenger, cargo, and charter services. Malev carries more than 3 million passengers annually on its scheduled and charter flights. Its aircraft are connecting 57 cities of 35 countries. Today Malev has one of the youngest Boeing fleets in Europe. The company owns 29 aircraft, the backbone of the fleet being the 18 new Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft. The other types are 2 Boeing B767-200ER, 5 Fokker F-70 and 4 CRJ-200.

About Flight Simulation Company B.V. (FSC)

Flight simulation Company B.V. is a full service aviation training organization that specializes in flight crew training, simulator services and consultancy based in The Netherlands. On a global scale, FSC delivers technical simulator services like simulator updates, modifications, and relocation. Their consultancy services include JAR regulatory consultancy as well as simulator purchase and brokerage services.

About Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI)

Born out of the micro-processor revolution in the early 80's, MSI is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, one of North America's aerospace clusters. Over the last 20 years, MSI has acquired the resources and capabilities allowing the design of intelligent machines, such as flight simulators. Relying on its unique and economically advantageous fabrication process, MSI is one of the world's fastest growing providers of flight training equipment. Its worldwide customers include major airline companies such as Alitalia, Copa Airlines, CAFUC (China), Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, and Northwest Airlines. MSI's newest addition to the Ascent® series is the FFS X(TM) full flight simulator, including the Non Zero Flight Time(TM) (NZFT(TM)) and the Zero Flight Time(TM) (ZFT(TM)) configurations. The Ascent® offer also including Simulated Aircraft Hardware, FTDs, Full Flight Trainers(TM) is an integral part of the Aerosim-Mechtronix Integrated Training Architecture(TM).


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Malev Hungarian Airlines
Krisztina Nemeth
Head of Corporate Communications
+36 1 235 3331

Robin Pijnaker
Director Sales & Marketing
+31 (0)630 121679

Mechtronix Systems
Adeline Gautier
Marketing Manager
(514) 342-0800

Media Relations US:
Joseph Dans
Fusion Public Relations
(212) 651-4215

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