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Iridium Satellite, LLC
6701 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD, 20817
Press release date: June 7, 2007
BETHESDA, Md. - June 7, 2007 - Iridium® Satellite today announced that Air Logistics, one of the largest U.S. helicopter fleets serving the offshore oil industry, is equipping 125 aircraft with Iridium-based satellite systems for voice communications and automatic flight following.
Sky Connect, an Iridium value-added manufacturer and reseller, will install its Mission Management Unit (MMU) on Air Logistics' helicopters operating in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. The MMU provides voice, tracking and text messages via the Iridium constellation with a single-switch control.
Using preprogrammed text report functions, the MMU will allow Air Logistics crew members to send standard messages and flight plans, including the number of passengers or current fuel load.
"Helicopter fleets represent a rapidly growing market for Iridium, " said Greg Ewert, executive vice president of Iridium Satellite. "Iridium's fully meshed satellite network offers a unique combination of global gap-free coverage, high-quality voice and low-latency data links, using lightweight, low-drag antenna arrays. Iridium's partners, such as Sky Connect, have developed a wide range of cost-effective satellite voice and data solutions for aeronautical communication requirements."
"We worked closely with the Sky Connect team to develop the ideal solution for our mission, " said Pat Graves, director of operations, Air Logistics. "The features developed will translate into more efficient communications, thereby economizing our operating costs and allowing us to better serve our clients."
"This is one of the industry's largest-ever tracker product sales and underscores the importance of these systems to the marketplace and the real-world solutions they provide, " said Wiley Loughran, Sky Connect's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "It's been a privilege to partner with an industry-leading operator such as Air Logistics."
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Iridium Satellite LLC is the only provider of truly global satellite voice and data solutions with complete coverage of the earth (including oceans, airways and Polar Regions). Iridium delivers essential communications services to and from remote...
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