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ETC Lands Unique Simulator Project with Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports.

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- ENVIRONMENTAL TECTONICS CORPORATION (Amex: ETC) will develop, install and maintain a unique computer- based Incident Command Simulator, and a Driver Simulator, for O'Hare International Airport under a major contract received from the City of Chicago. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2001. The Incident Command simulator, dubbed the Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS)(TM), is a truly leading-edge approach to training airport emergency response personnel to manage the intricacies of combating and controlling airport disasters, such as airliner crashes, passenger rescue, terrorist incidents, etc. It employs the first large scale use of Intelligent Virtual Reality (IVR(TM)). The ADMS approach is also unique because it can be tailored to portray the specific landscape, scenery and peculiar environmental conditions of any airport. It produces virtual disasters in active motion scenarios, with realistic visual and sound effects, in an almost life-size setting. It places airport Incident Commanders in different types of crash and/or fire situations in real-time, where they are forced to make instant decisions about platooning large teams men and equipment to control a given incident under instantly changing conditions, and to implement rescue operations. The ADMS has already been demonstrated at ETC's Orlando, Florida, Simulation Division to hundreds of experienced fire and rescue personnel from all over the world, and been very well-received. The Driver Simulator will be a real-time, interactive simulator used for training airport personnel in the proper operation of various types of airport vehicles in the O'Hare Airport complex. It will replicate the "bumps and grinds" of vehicular locomotion in the fast-moving and busy airport environment, including speed, steering, braking, etc.

"We have been working toward the Chicago project for over a year, and we are extremely excited about landing this contract," said William F. Mitchell, ETC's President and CEO, adding that "The long-term potential is considerable. The ADMS represents years, and thousands of man-hours, of development. We have put so much into it because we see such a substantial long-term yield in future sales. This is how the majority of such training will be conducted in the 21st century. Chicago's O'Hare Airport is one of the biggest and the busiest in the world. The fact that they chose the ADMS after very intense evaluation by their experts of its benefits, versus standard training methods, says a lot about their confidence in ETC.

"And looking forward, there are hundreds of major and mid-sized airports in the U.S. alone who both need, and can afford, an ADMS simulator. We are already working with several of them. O'Hare will become the showpiece for other airport representatives to visit and observe its effectiveness on a first-hand basis."

For nearly 30 years, ETC has been on the leading edge in the design, manufacture, installation, training and long-term maintenance of its products in the U.S. and over 60 countries worldwide. These products include: aircrew training systems, sterilization equipment, environmental simulation systems, clinical hyperbaric systems, entertainment/amusement systems, and related hardware and software products. ETC's main plant and offices are located in Southampton, PA, USA, with subsidiary locations in Orlando, FL, the UK, Warsaw, Poland and Ankara, Turkey.

Certain matters in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. This includes, but is not to limited to, market acceptance of new products, competitive actions, economic conditions, and other risks indicated in filings from time to time with the Securities Exchange Commission.
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