Blue Sky Network offers advanced U.S. Forest Service (USFS) compliant tracking devices and software to track and manage your firefighting assets. Combine this with 100 percent global coverage, satellite voice, and two-way messaging for a complete solution to improve safety and reliability during forest fire season.

Aerial Firefighting Solutions

Our hardware and software now meet Additional Telemetry Unit (ATU) requirements on Automated Flight Following (AFF) data. USFS regulation requires firefighting helicopters to collect ATU data and transmit it to state and national regulators through an AFF device.
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Increase Efficiency

Customize your aircraft’s positional reporting frequency during heightened conditions. Track all assets on one map, or individually, in real-time with 100 percent global satellite coverage.

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Easy to Use

The SkyRouter Web portal allows you to access, communicate with, and manage all your firefighting assets in the field. You can also log on to SkyRouter from any Android or iOS device.

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Lower Costs

Our USFS-compliant solutions feature dual-mode (GSM-Iridium) operation, allowing you to switch seamlessly from Iridium satellite service to lower-costing cellular service, when available.

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Our ATU-integrated products include: the D1000A Iridium SATCOM aircraft tracker; the HawkEye 7200A satellite tracking device; and the Flightcell DZMx satellite tracking and cellular solution.


Blue Sky Network offers a variety of FAA approved, fixed installation tracking devices with USFS-compliant features.

  • RS232 port for telemetry data retrieval
  • Altitude-based reporting intervals
  • Night vision compliant (NVIS A & NVIS B)
  • DO-160G compliant (environmental conditions and test procedures for airborne equipment)

Global Asset Tracking & Fleet Communications Tools

With SkyRouter, the industry-leading asset tracking and communications platform, you get real-time insight and instant communication with your fleet—from anywhere in the world.

  • iPhone & Android app available
  • Real-time tracking & mapping
  • Innovative map overlays
  • Customizable geofences
  • Global two-way messaging
  • Automatic report generation
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Advanced Flight Tracking Analytics

Increase operational safety while lowering your costs with advanced flight tracking analytics from SkyRouter.
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Lower Operational Costs

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Maximize Efficiency

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Gain Operational Insight

What is ATU?

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The U.S. Forest Service requires Additional Telemetry Unit (ATU) data on board firefighting aircraft to collect logistical mission data. This requires firefighting aircraft to report certain data in the AFF format, including: tank or bucket openings and closings; gallons filled and gallons dropped; and events with GPS data—time, latitude, longitude, altitude, speed, and heading.

ATU data can now integrate with Blue Sky Network software and hardware to transmit the information via the Iridium satellite network to the AFF service’s central fire suppression database.

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