Geneva, Switzerland, Arlington, VA and La Jolla, CA – May 7, 2003 – Flight Explorer®, the world’s leading provider of Internet-based real-time flight tracking and information systems, and Blue Sky Network, a pioneer in affordable, global satellite communication solutions for the aviation industry, today announced a partnership to provide worldwide satellite based aircraft tracking. The announcement was made at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE 2003) conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Blue Sky Network is in booth 7989.
Blue Sky Network has developed a new Iridium based solution, the BSN D-1000 with accompanying service. Blue Sky Network is offering the most affordable and convenient way to transmit GPS positions, send and receive email, and report sensor data from an aircraft. In partnership with Flight Explorer, the BSN D-1000 network brings independent online flight tracking into a whole new price range. Blue Sky Network has developed an advanced network utilizing the Iridium Satellite system to provide communication technology in near real-time to and from an aircraft. From the ground, with only a personal computer and Internet access, users and others can use Flight Explorer to track aircraft equipped with the BSN D-1000. The BSN D-1000 solution ties easily in with Blue Sky Network’s other SATCOM voice products.
Customers who purchase the Blue Sky Network D-1000 communication equipment and service will, as part of the agreement, be provided with a web-based aircraft tracking and dynamic mapping capability powered by Flight Explorer. For more comprehensive flight tracking capabilities of both their Blue Sky Network-tracked aircraft as well as all other IFR air traffic in the US, Canada, the UK and New Zealand, customers can use Flight Explorer Professional, the company’s flagship product. Flight Explorer Professional’s comprehensive tracking and management capabilities include the ability to generate numerous alerts and log files of specific events, interface with other applications; determine the last known location of an aircraft; display graphical and textual TFRs and much more.
“The combination of Blue Sky Network and Flight Explorer will provide those in the air and those on the ground in aviation-related companies with a new and powerful communication and information link,” said Walt Kross, CEO of Flight Explorer. “We’re very excited to work with the team at Blue Sky Network on this new offering for customers.”
Jon Gilbert, president and CEO of Blue Sky Network, said, “Blue Sky Network and Flight Explorer are a powerful combination that will deliver an important new dynamic in connecting and tracking with ground resources. We are very proud that the worlds leading flight tracking company is our partner in the new global arena.”
About Flight Explorer
Flight Explorer, based in Arlington, VA, is the world’s leading provider of Internet-based real-time flight tracking and weather information, reporting and display products. It produces Flight Explorer Professional, the industry’s most powerful, reliable and widely used aircraft situation display system. Customers include American Airlines, Atlantic Aviation, UPS, FedEx, US Airways, Continental, FAA, AirTran Airways, Atlantic Coast Airlines, American Trans Air, NetJets, Jet Aviation, Pentastar Aviation, TAG Aviation, the City of Chicago Department of Aviation, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport and airport and port authorities in more than two dozen states. Call 1-866-235-6870 or visit www.flightexplorer.com.
About Blue Sky Network
Blue Sky Network is pioneering affordable, global satellite voice and data communications for the aviation industry. With innovation and practicality over the Iridium satellite network, 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. For more information, please visit www.blueskynetwork.com or call 1-866-SKYPATH (1-866-759-7284).