Safety in the sky is addressed by Blue Sky Network, which is an Iridium Satellite Communications partner, with their HawkEye ADT system that 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 described as 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 advanced Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) for determining real-time aircraft flight status. It also hosts dual Iridium modems and voice connectivity for reliable 100 percent global coverage.
Gregoire Demory, President and CEO of Blue Sky Network said that the HawkEye ADT enables airline operators to be fully compliant with the ICAO-GADSS requirements for autonomous distress tracking. 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.
Jon Gilbert, Founder and CEO of Aircraft Tracking Solutions, Blue Sky Network’s teaming partner added that starting in 2015 and leveraging Blue Sky Network’s best of breed products and features, they developed a terrific product to meet the anticipated regulatory requirements. They integrated advanced sensors and processors to allow independent determination of possible distress scenarios without the exclusive reliance on onboard aircraft systems — they made it autonomous. This stand-alone intelligent product will set a higher expectation level in commercial aviation for aircraft normal and distress tracking in alignment with GADSS compliance.