San Diego, CA – July 11, 2002 – Aviation satcom solution provider Blue Sky Network announced today that it has begun shipping its latest Motorola based Iridium satellite telephone system for aircraft. FAA certified and priced at $6,995, the fixed cabin or cockpit installation solution is a turnkey kit that costs about one-fourth the price of similar fixed satcom installation units in the market.
“Iridium is the most cost effective provider of worldwide, Pole to Pole, satellite communications. Incorporating calling plans to match, Blue Sky intends to mirror that value in aviation with the C-1000 by providing the lowest entry level FAA certified fixed satcom product available,” said Jon Gilbert, President and CEO of Blue Sky Network. “Our C-1000 has all the features and benefits of the Motorola/Iridium quality and service and now we’ve made it very affordable for business and general aviation.”
Blue Sky has also just introduced a dual channel antenna affording the opportunity to have two installations in the aircraft with a single punch: typically a portable Iridium phone in the cockpit and the C-1000 fixed installation in the cabin which can be used simultaneously. This gives the customer the ability to have the same benefits of satellite connection on the ground as in the air. All kits include an Iridium specific TSO’d antenna (single or dual channel), antenna cable(s) to the remotely mounted satellite modem unit, all mating connectors, and an installation guide. Professional installation, activation and a service plan are required.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Blue Sky Networks is pioneering affordable, global satellite communications for the aviation industry. With turnkey kits starting at $1,995 and monthly service plans starting at $34.95, Blue Sky is determined to offer aviation customers unbeatable performance and value in satellite communications. Blue Sky Network is a member of aviation associations AEA, NBAA, AOPA, EAA and HAI. The company is headquartered in La Jolla, California.