Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has entered into an agreement with Air Methods to provide its fleet with Honeywell´s Sky Connect Tracker III satellite communications and helicopter tracking system, the company said.
This will give Air Methods helicopter operators and fleet managers a full suite of products in one box to keep their fleet coordinated, in communication and safe around the world.
Under the agreement, Honeywell will upgrade Air Methods´ existing Sky Connect Tracker II system to the Sky Connect Tracker III system, providing new units as required and supporting Air Methods with monthly services.
The new system will enable phone and text services while in the sky through the Iridium satellite network, giving pilots the ability to stay in touch in remote places with no available cell reception. In addition, the new system will enable fleet managers to track the location of their helicopters anywhere in the world while providing functionality for flight data monitoring.
Honeywell´s solution will allow Air Methods to stay in touch with pilots through voice and text and also to gain access to critical flight data monitoring information they must have under a required mandate from the Federal Aviation Administration for all emergency medical service operators.
Air Methods will also have the ability to collect data from onboard systems to record and communicate aircraft performance and potential maintenance needs, enabling a safer and more efficient fleet.
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