Blue Sky Network Provides Erickson Air-Crane with M2M Satellite Tracking Solutions for Aerial Firefighting
Cloud-based web portal New SkyRouter, in combination with D1000 Series hardware, improves safety and efficiency during firefighting operations
La Jolla, Calif. – August 13, 2013 – Blue Sky Network, a leading supplier of satellite tracking and communication solutions for aviation, land and marine use, today announced that its New SkyRouter cloud-based web portal and its D1000 Series has been selected by Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (NASDAQ: EAC). New SkyRouter provides comprehensive satellite tracking, and when used in combination with Blue Sky Network’s leading D1000 Automated Flight Following (AFF) compliant tracking hardware, it provides Erickson assets with near real-time data while on location, and enhanced situational awareness and fire retardant usage. With Blue Sky Network, Erickson is benefiting from increased efficiency, safety, and two-way communication around the world.
Erickson S-64 Aircrane Helitanker
“Blue Sky Network’s satellite tracking solution enables crucial communication with our pilots and aircraft in remote areas. Communication is constant and uninterrupted, an essential feature during firefighting operations,” said Erickson Marketing Communications Manager Brian Carlson. “We selected Blue Sky Network because they provide superior reliability and coverage for our fleets, and enable us to differentiate our operations during critical missions such as aerial firefighting.”
Erickson has become a leading, and rapidly growing, global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of end markets, including firefighting. The company acquired Evergreen Helicopters, Inc., a diversified global provider of cargo and personnel air transport services to government and commercial customers. By leveraging tools like Blue Sky Network’s New Sky Router and D1000 Series tracking hardware, the company benefits from features like satellite tracking and M2M communication to help ensure fires are extinguished efficiently. Erickson has deployed aerial firefighting resources worldwide in areas like Australia, Italy, Greece, and the southwestern United States.
To support Erickson, Blue Sky Network’s D1000 Series contains a RS232 port that enables the collection of intelligent asset data, such as the amount of fire retardant being dropped on fires, from external sensors. When paired with the ACH1000, the D1000 Series provides the ability to make voice calls and the benefit of two-way messaging between aircraft and command centers. With New Sky Router, the D1000 Series allows fleet managers to maintain, view and communicate with multiple assets simultaneously on a single map from a centralized command center.
“We maintain a strong commit to the aviation industry and continue to enhance our offerings in cockpit with M2M asset intelligence,” said Jon Gilbert, CEO and founder of Blue Sky Network. “Our longstanding relationship with Erickson and the continued incorporation of our solutions into their fleets is a testament to industry adoption of compelling features that enhance fleet operations and our ability to support critical missions like aerial firefighting.”
For more information on Blue Sky Network’s products, please visit: www.blueskynetwork.com.
About Blue Sky Network:
Blue Sky Network is a principal supplier of satellite tracking and communication solutions for the aviation, land mobile and marine industries. Our solutions leverage the power of the Iridium satellite network to deliver reliable GPS tracking, voice, two-way messaging, and asset monitoring for improved fleet management. Blue Sky Network’s leading fleet management web portal, New SkyRouter, is a comprehensive cloud-based solution designed to support multi-asset types working seamlessly with Blue Sky Network’s advanced tracking hardware. Blue Sky Network has also pioneered advanced technologies, such as dual-mode tracking solutions (GSM-cellular and Iridium-Satellite) and HawkEyeLink, which provides a Bluetooth interface for smartphones and tablets in the cockpit to communicate over the Iridium network. Founded in 2001, Blue Sky Network is headquartered in La Jolla, California with customers and distributors worldwide. For more information about our company and solutions, visit the Blue Sky Network website at www.blueskynetwork.com.
About Erickson Air-Crane:
Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated is a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers. The Company currently operates a diverse fleet of 85 rotary-wing and fixed wing aircraft, including a fleet of 20 heavy-lift S-64 Aircranes. This fleet supports a wide and worldwide variety of government and commercial customers, across a broad range of aerial services, including critical supply and logistics for deployed military forces, humanitarian relief, firefighting, timber harvesting, infrastructure construction, and crewing. The Company also maintains a vertical manufacturing capability for the S-64 Aircrane, related components, and other aftermarket support and maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for the Aircrane and other aircraft.
Founded in 1971, Erickson Air-Crane is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and maintains facilities and operations in North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa and As