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AeroMechanical Services and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Unveil Flight Tracking Operations Command Centre in Lagos

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AeroMechanical Services and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Unveil Flight Tracking Operations Command Centre in Lagos

AeroMechanical Services and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Unveil Flight Tracking Operations Command Centre in Lagos

CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AeroMechanical Services Ltd. (TSX-V: AMA) through its FLYHTTM brand, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) today officially commissioned NCAA’s new Flight Tracking Operations Command Centre (OCC) in Lagos, Nigeria.

“We look forward to our sustained partnership with the NCAA to assist the Director General in achieving his goals for Nigeria.”

There were around 200 guests at the commissioning, including senior delegates from airlines, aerospace agencies and government.

AMA and the NCAA formed a partnership to develop the OCC one year ago, as press released March 30, 2010. The state-of-the-art facility is AMA’s first such project, for which the design, construction and commissioning were all completed according to schedule.

“We are extremely pleased to contribute to the NCAA’s status as an African leader in aviation safety,” said Derek Taylor, Sales Director at AMA. “We look forward to our sustained partnership with the NCAA to assist the Director General in achieving his goals for Nigeria.”

The features of the OCC include flight following and an alerting capability that is run by a satellite-based system entirely independent of radar. Satellite communications ensure that aircraft are tracked anywhere on the planet, without interruption. Currently, Nigeria is the only country to mandate radar-independent flight following position data.

“The NCAA now has an aircraft tracking system that will allow us to precisely monitor aircraft movements within our airspace,” said Dr. Harold Demuren, Director General of the NCAA. “Safety is very important to us and our new Operations Command Centre will greatly enhance the security of Nigerian airspace. It will also help us to manage the growth of air traffic that we expect in coming years as the volume of commerce increases in Nigeria.”

Dr. Demuren made history in September 2010 when he was elected as the first African to preside over the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It was under his leadership that Nigeria achieved FAA Category 1 Certification in 2010.

The commissioning featured a presentation from AMA on the products and services it will provide in association with the OCC. As well, an African airline that has used AMA’s on-board AFIRS product for the past five years shared information about the capabilities and benefits they have realized with the system.

“The OCC project demonstrates AMA’s technological sophistication and product expertise,” added Mr. Taylor. “It further consolidates our presence in Nigeria and enables us to continue our ongoing marketing of AFIRS to airlines throughout Africa.”

About AeroMechanical Services

AeroMechanical Services Ltd., under the brand name FLYHT, 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 Trade Marks of AeroMechanical Services Ltd.

www.flyht.com

About the NCAA

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is the regulatory body for aviation in Nigeria. It became autonomous with the passing into law of the Civil Aviation Act 2006 by the National Assembly and assent of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Act not only empowers the Authority to regulate Aviation Safety without political interference, but also to carry out Oversight functions of Airports, Airspace, Meteorological Services, etc as well as economic regulations of the industry.

http://www.ncaa.gov.ng/

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