Honeywell has received FAA supplemental type certificate approval for installation of its Sky Connect Tracker III in S-76, AW139 and AS350 helicopters. Sky Connect Tracker III uses the Iridium satellite network to provide all-in-one voice, text and tracking services. Honeywell said its dual-redundant servers currently handle more than 5 million tracking, text and telemetry messages each month.
Sky Connect announced yesterday that it is selling 75 of its Iridium-based Tracker systems, along with a purchase option of 50 more, to Era Helicopters. Lake Charles, La.-based Era will use the systems in its fleet of Agusta, Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky helicopters. Era primarily serves the offshore oil industry and already operates 20 helicopters equipped with the system that includes a satellite telephone voice link.