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Air Logistics Equipping with Iridium Systems

By Tish Drake | June 8, 2007
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Iridium Satellite said Air Logistics, a U.S. helicopter company serving the offshore oil industry, is equipping 125 aircraft with Iridium-based satellite systems for voice communications and automatic flight following. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Iridium said Sky Connect, an Iridium manufacturer and reseller, will install its Mission Management Unit (MMU) on Air Logistics’ helicopters operating in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. The MMU provides voice, tracking and text messages via the Iridium constellation with a single-switch control. Using preprogrammed text report functions, the MMU will allow Air Logistics crew members to send standard messages and flight plans, including the number of passengers or current fuel load. “The features developed will translate into more efficient communications, thereby economizing our operating costs and allowing us to better serve our clients,” said Pat Graves, director of operations, Air Logistics.

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