Calgary-based AeroMechanical Services, under its FLYHT brand name, signed a five-year, $2 million contract with a Canadian airline for seven Automated Flight Information Reporting Systems (AFIRS) 220 and 12 AFIRS 228B systems, the company said.
The contract requires FLYHT to install AFIRS 220 or AFIRS 228B on 19 Boeing 737-200s, 767-200Fs and ATR–42/72s. The airline has been in business for over half a century and operates in major Canadian centers and remote northern regions. The airline also operates charter flights within the country.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome this Canadian operator as a new customer,” said Matt Bradley, vice president of business development at FLYHT. “With this addition, our Canadian customer list is now at eight airlines. The airline has indicated to us that our technology will add significant value to their operation and reinforce their commitment to safety and efficiency.”
FLYHT’s AFIRS enables real-time flight following and 24/7 connectivity between the aircraft and ground operations through the Iridium satellite communications system. According to the company, the airline will also utilize FLYHT’s other services including engine trending, airframe and engine exceedances, and Out, Off, On and In times. The airline will use the data AFIRS provides to operate its Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) program, a type of safety monitoring program.
Installations are scheduled to begin within the year and be completed over the next 18 months. The installations for the Boeing 767-200F and ATR–42/72 will commence upon FLYHT receiving all necessary certifications.