Blue Sky Network Receives FAA Certification for Distress Tracking Solution

Blue Sky Network's HawkEye ADT is ready to support upcoming and existing aircraft tracking mandates with its new certification. Photo: Blue Sky Network

Blue Sky Network, an Iridium Satellite Communications partner, revealed that the HawkEye aircraft distress tracking (ADT) solution has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification with an approved model list supplemental type certificate (AML-STC) for Boeing 737 type series. The HawkEye ADT is an autonomous distress tracking device and solution to satisfy ICAO requirements developed in response to high profile aircraft accidents.

The compact HawkEye ADT unit incorporates an embedded Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) for determining real-time aircraft flight status. It also hosts dual Iridium modems and voice connectivity.

“The HawkEye ADT enables airline operators to be fully compliant with the ICAO-GADSS requirements for autonomous distress tracking,” said Gregoire Demory, President and CEO of Blue Sky Network. “Aircraft delivered after January 1, 2021 need to be in compliance and the HawkEye ADT is the first solution currently available to meet this deadline.”

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