La Jolla, Calif., November 13, 2007 – Blue Sky Network, the global logistics solution provider for two-way linking and managing transportation assets via satellite, today announced that Rotorcraft Leasing Company selected Blue Sky Network’s communication solution for its entire fleet of nearly 100 aircraft. Working seamlessly with SkyRouter, its robust online asset management portal, the D1000C and ACH1000 provide Rotorcraft with instant, reliable two-way messaging, information regarding all flight plans, and the exact locations of all aircraft for improved oil and gas support operations in the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding areas. The solution allows any authorized person at Rotorcraft to track and communicate with aircraft in flight.
By replacing the previous system of manual aircraft tracking, Blue Sky Network delivers to Rotorcraft a convenient, Iridium Satellite and GPS-enabled solution. The Blue Sky Network solution reduces Rotorcraft’s reliance on its offshore radio network for manual location reporting by flight crews. Blue Sky Network also provides a consistent stream of data from each aircraft which Rotorcraft can use for a wide range of maintenance monitoring, operational control issues and billing functions.
“We firmly believe Blue Sky Network is the best choice for our satellite communication needs, as its solutions are reliable and surpass competing options,” said Gerry Golden, vice president and general manager for Rotorcraft Leasing Company. “Blue Sky Network offers superior customer oriented service and a more user friendly flight tracking and dispatching solution and cockpit interface, which significantly ease and expand the reach of our operations.”
“Being selected by Rotorcraft, the largest private operator in the Gulf of Mexico, is important validation of our solution and overall strategy. We know there are other flight tracking options available, and we are proud to have been chosen as the preferred solution provider,” said Jon Gilbert, president, founder and CEO of Blue Sky Network. “We look forward to working closely with Rotorcraft to provide the most efficient and economic fleet operations possible.”
The D1000C is a portable, GPS-equipped solution combining an Iridium transceiver and telemetry data link for near real-time fleet tracking and position reporting. Paired with the ACH1000 control head, Rotorcraft also has access to voice and two-way messaging connectivity between ground and flight crew.
The D1000C and ACH1000 solution integrates seamlessly with SkyRouter, an interactive and secure online portal. SkyRouter works with Google Earth for asset tracking, communications and interactive updates on all fleets. The in-flight unit transmits reports from the remote assets directly to the site for review by operations or dispatch, 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 www.blueskynetwork.com.
About Rotorcraft Leasing Company LLC
Rotorcraft Leasing Company LLC is a leading provider of complete helicopter services to the oil and gas industry throughout the Gulf of Mexico. RLC offers comprehensive logistics and transportation services of personnel and equipment to offshore production platforms and drilling rigs, with a fleet of more than 97 offshore equipped helicopters. Dedicated to safety since its inception in 1990, Rotorcraft is certified by the FAA to operate helicopter charters and leases under an FAR 135 certification. Rotorcraft also provides full service helicopter maintenance to all of its fleet and customers, utilizing its FAA-certified helicopter repair services facility. Please visit www.rotorcraftleasing.net for more information.
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