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Star Confirms GADSS Compatibility

TORONTO, June 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. (CSE:SNA) (CSE:SNA.CN) (OTCQB:SNAVF) ("Star” or the “Company”)  having participated in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (“ICAO”)  Working Groups, was pleased to see that ICAO’s Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (“GADSS”) Advisory Group, formed in 2014, updated their Concept of Operations and Standard and Recommended Practices late last year.

The tragedies of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and Air France flight 447 highlighted the limitations in the current air navigation system, which have hampered timely identification and localisation of aircraft in distress. This has also significantly hindered effective search and rescue efforts and recovery operations. On the rare occasions when accidents occur, rescuing survivors has the highest priority, followed by the recovery of the flight recorders. Analysis of data from these recorders is usually key to identifying the cause of the accident, and contributes towards enhancing safety.

In May 2014, ICAO convened a multi‐disciplinary meeting with States, Industry, and related specialists to reach a common agreement in making global aircraft tracking a priority.  

ICAO’s Concept of Operations recommends that starting in November 2018, there should be autonomous aircraft flight tracking every 15 minutes over oceanic areas, and as of January 2021, that there should be autonomous location and tracking of aircraft in distress at least once every minute.

Star’s STAR-A.D.S. ® System already exceeds compliance with all of the ICAO GADSS recommendations and evolutions planned from 2018 to 2021 and beyond.

It can securely and automatically track any type of retrofitted aircraft, worldwide.

Location and general flight data (position, flight level, heading etc.) are sent at pre-determined intervals on a routine flight, while all data are recorded. It can transmit real-time flight data and system alerts. The precision of localization of the system is within 1NM.

The STAR-A.D.S. ® System is compatible and fits with all existing information and data management procedures. All transmissions are encrypted and secured.

For future evolutions of the recommendation dealing with the recovery of flight data (and as the system records all relevant data on-board), it can automatically and securely download information directly to the ground as a ‘virtual black box’.

In addition, the STAR-A.D.S. ® system, upon completion of the flight, provides automatic generation of all End of Flight Reports, and historical flight information filing for post flight data mining. 

About Star Navigation:

Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. owns the exclusive worldwide license to its proprietary, patented In-flight Safety Monitoring System, STAR-ISMS®, the heart of the STAR-A.D.S. ® System. Its real-time capability of tracking performance trends and predicting incident-occurrence enhances aviation safety and improves fleet management while reducing costs for the operator.

Stars’ M.M.I. Division designs and manufactures high performance, mission critical, flight deck flat panel displays for defence and commercial aviation industries worldwide. These displays are found on aircraft and simulators, from P-3 Orion and C-130 aircraft, to Sikorsky and AgustaWestland helicopters, as examples.

Certain statements contained in this News Release constitute forward-looking statements. When used in this document, the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “expected” and similar expressions, as they relate to Star or its management are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect Star’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors could cause Star’s actual performance or achievements to vary from those described herein. Should one or more of these factors or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Star does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Market Regulator (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this release.

Please visit www.star-navigation.com or

Jean-Louis Larmor, (416) 252-2889 Ext. 230

jean-louis.larmor@star-navigation.com

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