San Diego Executive Launches Portable Datalink and Voice Communication Company

Blue Sky Network, the leader in bringing portable data and voice communication to private and commercial aircraft

San Diego, CA – July 19, 2001 – San Diego executive Jon S. Gilbert recently launched a new company, Blue Sky Network. Gilbert is an entrepreneurial individual with an extensive business background leading highly successful organizations. Blue Sky Network combines his experience in data communications with his passion for technology and aviation.

Gilbert’s latest endeavor is the innovative Blue Sky Network – a company focusing exclusively on portable wireless communication technologies for anyone who owns, flies, or charters aircraft along with their clients and passengers. The company is launching two new product lines at the EAA (Experimental Aviation Association) AirVenture 2001 show later this month in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Blue Sky DataLink provides the user with Internet connectivity allowing for uploading of pilot selectable graphical real-time weather as well as e-mail capabilities to and from the aircraft anywhere in the world.

Using the same equipment as Blue Sky DataLink, Blue Sky VoiceLink provides the latest in portable satellite phone technology adapted for airborne use. The new and exclusive Blue Sky VL1000 Dual Mode Interface device allows the pilot to speak “hands free” using their existing headset and on-board intercom.

“As a pilot and active industry advocate I can see the need for a complete communication solution targeting small aircraft owners or fleet managers,” states Gilbert. “Really focusing on user needs is a key to Blue Sky Network’s strategy. We have a great team in place and expect the product lines to be widely deployed.”

Gilbert, a CPA by profession, held the position of CEO at Maintenance Warehouse, a $150 million, privately held San Diego company which was acquired by The Home Depot to augment their successful home improvement business. As CEO at ARCOMS, a company targeting marine, transportation, and satellite communications, Gilbert led the company’s growth in excess of 250% from $5 million in 1997 to nearly $18 million when he left his position in November of 1999.

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