Blue Sky Network, a global provider of GPS tracking and communication solutions, has launched a portable D410A flight-following and messaging transceiver, with its first flight spanning two continents. The Iridium satellite-powered D410A will track the location of a jet traveling from Brazil to the United States Jan. 6. The trip will be viewable to the public via a live map on Blue Sky Network’s website over the next several days.
The D410A will allow an Embraer Phenom 100, piloted by Ben Marcus of jetAviva, to stay in touch via regular GPS reports and two-way texting capabilities. Beyond these basic flight tracking features, the D410A charts an aircraft’s location and facilitates web-based message transmission via Blue Sky’s SkyRouter web portal, a Yahoo!-based map accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.
“Traveling over the Atlantic, from Brazil in particular, has at times shown to be a perilous mission, with ground personnel losing contact with planes that don’t carry global flight tracking equipment,” said Carlton van Putten, Blue Sky Network’s senior VP of sales and marketing. “This flight will demonstrate the robustness of the D410A and its ability to keep an aircraft safe and secure during a long journey, anywhere in the world, in spite of its compact size, speedy installation, and minimal cost.”
The pocket-sized D410A includes features such as an integrated antenna, optional Blue Sky Messenger software for Windows Mobile PDAs, and 2-yr Li battery. It lets pilots track speed, altitude, and GPS location and is built to withstand the harshest environments, according to company officials.
For more information: BlueSkyNetwork.com.