Calgary, Alberta – June 15, 2016 – FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX-V: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) (the “Company” or “FLYHT”) is pleased to announce the sponsorship of Canadian North pilot and adventurer Laval St. Germain on his heroic Confront Cancer Ocean Row in support of the Alberta Cancer Society.
Laval departs from Halifax on June 15 on a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean, an estimated 100 day and 4500 km journey to Brest, France, to raise funds to fight cancer. Laval approached FLYHT to sponsor the trip’s communications needs including a satellite phone, GPS, wi-fi, tracking and data. His team of Flight Dispatchers, now turned volunteer Ocean Row Dispatchers, will monitor his progress from the Calgary operations centre.
“I have used and trusted FLYHT’s aircraft tracking and communications technology over the past ten years as a pilot,” commented Laval, the Chief Pilot and Former Director, Flight Operations at Canadian North. “I requested FLYHT’s sponsorship to enable the best technology to stay in touch with my support team and loved ones on my journey across the Atlantic.”
“FLYHT provides advanced connectivity and health monitoring for Canadian North aircraft that Laval has flown in remote regions of Canada,” remarked Matieu Plamondon, VP of Operations and Customer Fulfillment at FLYHT. “It was an important contribution for FLYHT to enable similar functionality to track his progress across the Atlantic. We support his adventurous spirit and applaud his philanthropy in raising funds for cancer, which has affected us all.”
Canadian North aircraft are installed with the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRSTM) to enable connectivity with flight operations when on remote flights in the Canadian Arctic. FLYHT provides satellite communications and a suite of software services to help Canadian North manage their operations. These services include out, off, on and in automation, flight following as well as engine and airframe exceedances and engine trend reporting to monitor the health of the aircraft.
Laval’s journey across the ocean will add to his list of accomplishments. He is the only Canadian to have climbed Mount Everest without using oxygen, he rode a bicycle in winter from the Arctic Ocean to Dawson City, Yukon (solo), and climbed six of the world’s seven highest peaks, among other adventurous feats.
You can track Laval’s journey on http://www.confrontcanceroceanrow.com or through the link on the FLYHT website, www.flyht.com.
About FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.
FLYHT is a leading provider of real-time aircraft intelligence and cockpit communications for the aerospace industry. More than 50 customers, including airlines, leasing companies and original equipment manufacturers, have installed our systems in order to increase safety, improve operational efficiencies and enhance profitability. FLYHT’s proprietary technology, the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRSTM), operates on multiple aircraft types and provides functions such as safety services voice and text messaging, data collection and transmission, and on-demand streaming of flight data recorder (black box), engine and airframe data. AFIRS sends this information through the Iridium Satellite Network to FLYHT’s UpTimeTM ground-based server, which routes the data to customer-specified end points and provides an interface for real-time aircraft interaction. AFIRS has flown over 2 million aggregate flight hours and 1.5 million flights on customers’ aircraft. FLYHT holds supplemental type certificates (STC) which allow for the installation of AFIRS on 95% of transport category aircraft.
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