- October 7, 2008, 9:45 AM
All 10 copies of the Eurocopter AS 332L2 at Bond Offshore Helicopters will now fly the Blue Sky Network Model D1000A modem unit for flight-following service. Carlton van Putten, Blue Sky’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, said 11 of the units have just shipped to cover Bond’s entire fleet along with a spare. Bond Offshore flies missions for crew change, VIP charter, and search and rescue from Aberdeen, Scotland. Van Putten, in Orlando this week in Booth No. 4755, said that nearly 75 percent of his business is for Part 135 operators who don’t file flight plans or have flight-following from ATC, and particularly the air ambulance market, with fastest growth from oil, gas and mining companies outside of the U.S. “We’re also expanding our product line to reach the landside mobile and the marine markets, where most of these exploration companies also have assets,” he said.