VIH Chooses New Flight Following and SatCom Partner

VIH Chooses New Flight Following and SatCom Partner

23-Jul-2010 Source: SkyTrac

SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by VIH Helicopters Ltd (formerly Vancouver Island Helicopters) to provide its next generation flight following and SatCom solutions. VIH Helicopters will equip its diverse fleet of Sikorsky, Kamov, Eurocopter, and Bell helicopters with SkyTrac’s next generation ISAT-200 system.

SkyTrac Systems will provide VIH Helicopters with more than the standard voice, text, and data. Facilitated by its in house software and hardware engineering capabilities, SkyTrac Systems will work with VIH to develop a solution to enable VIH to transport daily aircraft data logs over the Iridium satellite network. Pilots will complete flight logs at the end of each day which will then be automatically transmitted via satellite from the helicopter to VIH head office in Victoria, BC.

Corey Taylor, Operations Manager at VIH Helicopters, said “we chose SkyTrac to provide flight following and SatCom because of the company’s focus on innovation, system reliability, and custom integration capabilities. We conducted a thorough analysis of vendors in this industry, and SkyTrac came out on top.”

Steve Fuhr, Vice President and Director of Business Development commented: “SkyTrac Systems is proud to be associated with VIH. We are driven to provide innovative and value added solutions to our customers and are pleased to provide VIH with a custom integration that will greatly enhance the efficiency of its day to day operations.”

About VIH
As Canada’s oldest privately owned helicopter company, VIH Helicopters Ltd. has bases throughout Western Canada and employs a team of over 250 professionals. VIH operates a fleet of approximately 60 helicopters, consisting of 14 varieties, including Sikorsky, Kamov, Eurocopter and Bell.  Serving a diverse clientele on almost every continent, VIH has undertaken almost every task a helicopter can do, and pioneered many of those. VIH perceives that Aviation Safety is first and foremost, and new technology SatCom and tracking is crucial to that pursuit.

About SkyTrac

SkyTrac is the world’s trusted supplier of SatCom solutions for data, text and voice communications. With customers on every continent and from all areas of operation, from Oil & Gas to Air Medical to Law Enforcement to Search & Rescue, SkyTrac provides market leading solutions to market leading companies. SkyTrac has acquired a long list of Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) and the company’s hardware has been installed on a large number of rotary and fixed wing aircraft types from AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Cessna, Bell, Sikorsky, MBB, Beechcraft, de Havilland, LearJet and Raytheon.

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