La Jolla, Calif., November 6, 2007 – Blue Sky Network, the global logistics solution provider for two-way linking and managing transportation assets via satellite, today announced that VIH Helicopters Ltd. has chosen Blue Sky Network tracking equipment for its global fleet. Over the coming year, Canada-based VIH will install over fifty Blue Sky Network D1000C and ACH1000 kits on its entire aircraft fleet to aid in tracking requirements and aircraft communications across remote regions and worldwide helicopter operations.
Extending tracking capabilities to all of VIH’s bases in western Canada, Blue Sky Network will improve the communications for all VIH flights, both domestic and international. The equipment is already in use on the Cougar Helicopter division of VIH Aviation Group, assisting in offshore oil and gas service. Installing the same solutions on VIH Helicopters now allows for greater flexibility and increased security with international flight following of VIH aircraft through Cougar Helicopters’ 24-hour state-of-the-art dispatch center, while domestic dispatch can still be handled locally. This program adds additional safety and a unique value added service for VIH customers.
Blue Sky Network’s D1000C is a portable solution for near real-time fleet tracking with built-in GPS position reporting, an Iridium transceiver and telemetry data link. Paired with the ACH1000 control head, it provides VIH Aviation Group helicopters with voice and two-way messaging connectivity. This secure and easily installed equipment brings reliable fleet reporting and remote tracking capabilities to the VIH Group, satisfying Forestry AFF requirements.
“Prior to Blue Sky Network, we had not found a suitable tracking solution that was both economic and versatile enough for our varied international projects,” said Brian Mycroft, director of operations for VIH Helicopters. “Now we have one reliable and easy solution which also maintains the best access and control of our flight operations.”
The solution combines with SkyRouter, Blue Sky Network’s web-based software. SkyRouter easily integrates with Google Earth for asset tracking, communications and interactive updates on all fleet. The onboard unit transmits reports from the remote assets directly to the site for review by operations, dispatch, or even VIH customers, providing a real-time view of asset locations.
About Blue Sky Network
Blue Sky Network is the leading provider of global logistics solutions for two-way linking and managing remote transportation assets via satellite. Using its interactive Web portal, SkyRouter, with detailed mapping and integration with Google Earth, Blue Sky Network links enterprises to personnel and assets anywhere on earth over the Iridium satellite network. FAA-certified data and voice products enable users to customize features including safety and event reporting. Blue Sky Network’s exceptional customer service and management team make it the perfect partner for adding true global communication to your transport network. For more information, please visit <ahref=”http://www.blueskynetwork.com/”>www.blueskynetwork.com.
About VIH Helicopters Ltd.
In 1955, VIH was established in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with a single Bell 47 helicopter and has successfully grown to meet the challenges of an ever-changing industry. As Canada’s oldest privately owned helicopter company, VIH employs a team of over 250 professionals and provides a multitude of specialty helicopter services, with a fleet of approximately 55 helicopters ranging from IFR Bell 222 to Sikorsky S-61 and Kamov KA32 heavy helicopters. VIH pilots and aircraft maintenance personnel are some of the most skilled and specialized in the industry, with a safety record second to none. The company is a member of the VIH Aviation Group of companies who continue to operate their head office out of the same Victoria location from which the original company first began. Please visit <ahref=”http://www.vih.com/”>www.vih.com for more information.
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