Anyone familiar with GPS-enabled, location-based services available on many smartphones will appreciate the benefits from the new geo-fencing condition capability, dubbed advanced variable response (AVR), offered by Blue Sky Network on its HawkEye 7200 portable satellite tracking unit.
Blue Sky (Booth No. 2609) business development vice president John Peterson said AVR allows operators to set certain responses when a helicopter equipped with the Hawkeye 7200 passes through specific locations. This provides flight department managers greater control by emphasizing the most pertinent flight data for given mission parameters and “ultimately making fleet management easier, safer and less expensive.
“For example, position reporting frequencies could be turned off when an asset is at its home base, resume normal reporting after leaving the base and increase reporting frequency when entering regions considered more dangerous,” Peterson explained.
At Heli-Expo 2014, Blue Sky Network is also emphasizing other features that make HawkEye 7200 attractive to rotorcraft fleet operators, including an all-in-one design with an integrated lithium-ion battery, dual Iridium and concurrent GNSS tracking capabilities, and Bluetooth connectivity to the company’s iPad and iPhone flight-tracking app.
The HawkEye 7200 also works with Blue Sky Network’s cloud-based SkyRouter secure tracking and management web portal.