SOURCE: Aerospace Products International

Aerospace Products International

August 11, 2009 00:01 ET

ELITE Names API as Authorized Distributor in Southeast Asia and China

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwire - August 11, 2009) - Aerospace Products International, Inc. (API), a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FAVS) and a leading supplier of innovative distribution and supply chain services for the aviation industry, has been selected by ELITE Simulation Solutions as an Authorized Distributor of its IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) training software, flight controls and flight training devices throughout Southeast Asia and China.

ELITE, which stands for Electronic IFR Training Environment, develops everything from desktop training software programs to full cockpit training simulator systems with multi-screen, high-definition, visual environments. ELITE's spectrum of simulators includes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved advanced Air crew Training Devices (ATDs) and European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA)-approved Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainers (FNPTs).

ELITE selected API because of API's established distribution network in Asia Pacific coupled with API's commitment to provide total support capability to flight training academies worldwide, such as Lufthansa's ATCA in the United States, Sky-Blue Aviation Academy in China and National Flying Training Institute (NFTI) in India.

"API is pleased to have been selected by ELITE to distribute its products in Southeast Asia and China," said Dr. Ahmed Metwalli, API's President and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Metwalli added, "We are expanding our services in Asia Pacific. We are adding subsidiary locations and new product lines to meet the needs of our customers. Our training centers have asked for ELITE simulation products -- now we have them. As the aviation industry expands in this part of the world, API will continue to grow to meet its needs."

API is an Authorized Distributor to the aviation industry for over 160 high-quality OEM product lines. As a supply chain partner, API strives to boost its customers' product support and customer satisfaction ratings by increasing product availability and providing reliable service. API's ability to be a one-stop shop is further expanded with the addition of ELITE Simulation Solutions.

About Aerospace Products International

API offers worldwide customer service 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year (+1.888.API.24X7 or +1.888.274.2497) through strategically located distribution centers and partnerships in the USA, Canada, China, Philippines and Europe.

Aerospace Products International, Inc., headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., is the leading provider of innovative distribution and supply chain services for the aviation industry. API distributes aircraft parts and related products and components to manufacturers, maintenance providers, and operators of some of the most widely used commercial, corporate and general aviation aircraft. In addition to its product supply services, API offers the aviation industry extensive supply chain management and third-party logistics services and solutions, including forecasting and procurement services, inventory management, rotables management, and product sales. API also offers overhaul and repair services for brakes and starters/generators, and builds custom hose assemblies. Its parent company, First Aviation Services Inc., is a worldwide leader in providing services to the aviation industry. More information is available at http://www.apiworldwide.com.