Experimental aircraft to showcase cutting-edge technology that enhances safety and operations for the global aviation industry

September 19, 2017–
Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, will demonstrate its advanced new SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) solution in a flight trial with FLYHT, a leader in real-time aircraft intelligence and cockpit communications.

The evaluation will commence later this year using an experimental trial aircraft that enables a range of conditions to be assessed. It will use the capabilities of Inmarsat’s next-generation SB-S solution to provide secure, high-speed global connectivity to enhance airline safety, security and operations. FLYHT will provide equipment and software, including its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRSTM) product and UpTimeTM Cloud flight management server, together with technical support for the flight trial.

Captain Mary McMillan, Vice President of Aviation Safety and Operational Services at Inmarsat, said: “This important flight trial will showcase the advanced capabilities of SwiftBroadband-Safety, together with FLYHT’s powerful platforms, to provide operational benefits to airlines in the form of real-time aircraft diagnostics, performance monitoring, detection of exceedance-critical parameters and improved operational efficiency.

“In addition, we will demonstrate how our currently available technologies can provide the industry with cost effective solutions to emerging safety requirements, such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s imminent new requirements on aircraft flight tracking.”

Tom Schmutz, FLYHT’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “This is a great opportunity for FLYHT to work directly with Inmarsat and install our newest technology solution on an aircraft that can demonstrate Inmarsat’s “Black Box in the Cloud” capability. FLYHT brings significant expertise in the areas of Autonomous Distress Tracking and the Timely Recovery of Flight Data and we look forward to testing our solution with Inmarsat and the other trial partners.”

Inmarsat is transforming the global aviation industry by bringing complete connectivity to every aircraft and flight path in the world. As the only aviation broadband provider capable of connecting the complete aircraft from cabin to cockpit, Inmarsat’s SB-S brings ‘always on, always secure’ high-speed broadband into the cockpit, transforming aviation safety and optimising flight operations to save airlines both time and money. SB-S is currently in use with Hawaiian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and United Airlines. It has been selected by Airbus as Light Cockpit Satcom solution on its popular A320 and A330 families.

Inmarsat’s world-leading safety and operations services are complemented by next-generation inflight passenger broadband solutions GX Aviation and the European Aviation Network (EAN).

Calgary, Alberta & Las Vegas, Nevada | October 9, 2011 — AeroMechanical Services Ltd. ( the “Company”), through its FLYHTTM brand, offers real-time position and data streaming on business aircraft through its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (“AFIRSTM”).

FLYHTStreamTM, a patent pending triggered position and data streaming mode of AFIRS, was first demonstrated in 2009 and is deployed on transport category aircraft operated by several of FLYHT’s customers. FLYHTStream is now available for business aircraft as the result of a successful test program on a business aircraft.

FLYHT’s next generation airborne system, the AFIRS 228, was installed and tested on May 17, 2011, on a Hawker Beechcraft 750 aircraft in Chester, United Kingdom. Throughout a series of altitude, attitude, and speed changes, the test confirmed AFIRS capability to automatically and continuously stream flight data (FDR parameters) and 4D GPS position information even during extreme maneuvers (+/- 90 degree rolls), which normally would cause satcom links to be interrupted.

FLYHTStream utilizes AFIRS, the Iridium satellite constellation, and secure internet data delivery. If the aircraft is operating normally and then enters an abnormal condition, FLYHTStream is triggered in one of three ways; automatically, based on a pre-defined abnormal airborne event, such as an excessive pitch or roll, loss of engine or engines, cabin depressurization; by the crew using a single button push; or remotely from the ground over Iridium to AFIRS by authorized personnel. FLYHTStream is intended to be used primarily as a remote troubleshooting tool when abnormal situations are detected and report from the aircraft to ground support. However, its automated triggered transmission capability is ideally suited for alerting and tracking the aircraft during an emergency.

In July, the French Bureau d’ Enquetes et d’Analyses (“BEA”) accident investigation organization released an interim report on the Air France 447 incident that included 10 new Safety recommendations, including a recommendation that the International Civil Aviation Organization (“ICAO”) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (“EASA”) require triggered data transmission from an aircraft in flight in the near future (quote on page 81 of the report).

”FLYHTStream has demonstrated triggered data streaming feasibility and technical maturity to the extent that a highly-respected international agency is confident in the benefits of triggered data transmission for the industry and traveling public,” said Richard Hayden, president. “We are already working with a well-known business aviation operator who is interested in implementing FLYHTStream for both enhanced troubleshooting of remotely-based and in-flight aircraft and also to enhance their emergency response effectiveness”.

FLYHTStream’s capabilities for automated triggered position and data transmission, meet or exceed the intended requirements of the rule-making proposal of the BEA, including to automatically transmit the exact position of an aircraft and key black box data in real time with one second resolution from anywhere on the globe to designated IP addresses. FLYHT has accepted an invitation from the BEA to present FLYHTStream to ICAO at a special meeting in November.

AFIRS is the only certified and deployed system that has demonstrated the capability to deliver data from an aircraft’s black box in real time. AFIRS’ other functions include Iridium voice, 2-way texting, transmission of regular position and status messages, real-time alerts from abnormal events, EFB support, and fuel management. AFIRS uses the Iridium satellite network, and FLYHT is an Iridium partner and certified Value Added Reseller.

The AFIRS 220 which first deployed FLYHTstream has been operating on FLYHT’s customers’ commercial, military and business aircraft for over seven years with 25 Supplemental Type Certificates (“STCs“) and over 35 customers globally. The first production release of FLYHT’s next generation AFIRS 228 is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, with numerous STCs to follow. When the full AFIRS 228 series is complete in early 2012, the AFIRS 228 family will be fully certified to provide safety services voice, data, text, and electronic flight bag (“EFB”) integration, including support of ACARS over Iridium and FANS over Iridium. One version of the 228 – the 228U – will provide Link 2000+ Controller Pilot Datalink Communications (“CPDLC”) compliance for some aircraft types and will be available before the EU deadlines. The AFIRS 228 will be the first safety services certified platform to provide real-time triggered data streaming.

AFIRS 228 Units To Be Installed On Boeing 777 Aircraft

Calgary, Alberta | October 7, 2011 —
AeroMechanical Services Ltd. (the “Company”), through its FLYHTTM brand, has signed a contract with an existing customer to install FLYHT’s next generation product, the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (“AFIRSTM”) 228 onboard Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

The contract requires FLYHT to install the AFIRS 228 on two Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The established carrier based in the United States uses the two aircraft for international and inter-continental routes. The customer will use the full suite of AFIRS features including engine trending, airframe and engine exceedance reporting, Out, Off, On and In times, as well as real-time flight following and 24/7 connectivity between the aircraft and operations through the Iridium satellite communications system. The system has no gaps in coverage, which allows the customer to fly polar routes with full communications ability, and it assures that all messages are delivered to the airline in real time to maximize safety, and improve operations and maintenance.

“We are pleased to see interest in the new generation of AFIRS from current customers who use the AFIRS 220,” said Bill Tempany, CEO of FLYHT. “The Boeing 777 is equipped with leading technology and the AFIRS 228 will enhance the aircraft’s capabilities and the information the customer can retrieve off the aircraft.”

The agreement for the AFIRS 228 equipment and services over the five-year contract term is valued at approximately US$362,000, excluding optional services. A provisions only Supplemental Type Certificate for the AFIRS 228 from Transport Canada has been received and the Company is waiting for validation from the Federal Aviation Administration before installs begin in the first quarter of 2012.

Calgary, Alberta & Las Vegas, Nevada | October 9, 2011 — AeroMechanical Services Ltd. (the “Company” or “FLYHT”), through its FLYHTTM brand, reports the next generation Automated Flight Information Reporting System (“AFIRSTM”) 228B is nearing completion of DO-160F Environmental Certification testing.

DO-160F tests are conducted on production standard AFIRS 228 units manufactured by FLYHT to determine their performance characteristics in extreme environmental conditions similar to those that may be encountered in airborne operation such as temperature, altitude, humidity, vibration, and electromagnetic interference. In total, AFIRS units have passed over 300 individual tests, conducted to test different settings, voice and data modes and transmission frequencies to help ensure AFIRS does not interfere with communication, navigation or flight control systems on any aircraft. With the completion of the tests, FLYHT’s Transport Canada manufacturing certificate will be updated to allow the manufacturing and sale of the AFIRS 228B.

“The equipment has performed perfectly to date,” commented Bill Tempany, CEO. “Our customers and the marketplace have been waiting with anticipation for the 228’s release. AFIRS contributes to our customers’ operational effectiveness, dispatch availability, and compliance with evolving Air Traffic Control regulations, saving both time and money with a multi-function single Line Replaceable Unit (“LRU”) that can handle many functions.”

The DO-160F testing is the final process before completion of multiple Supplemental Type Certificates (“STC”). With these first-article approvals in hand (STCs and a manufacturing certificate), FLYHT can then obtain follow-on STCs, which will allow for AFIRS 228 installation on additional aircraft. FLYHT will complete STCs for the Hawker Beechcraft 987 series, the Bombardier CRJ 900 and Challenger 300, Boeing 737 NGs, 757-200, 767, 777, Airbus 319, 320, 321 and A330 series and the others in progress. A provisions STC has already been received for the Boeing 777 and the Hawker 125 series and a launch installation has been completed. The equipment must undergo a flight test to complete each STC.

The 228B is the first release in the series of 228 products, which are a new generation of FLYHT’s AFIRS product line that has been delivered to over 35 customers globally for installation on over 300 aircraft on all seven continents. When the full AFIRS 228 series is completed in early 2012, the AFIRS 228 family will be fully certified to provide safety services voice, data, text, and electronic flight bag (“EFB”) integration, including support of ACARS over Iridium and FANS over Iridium. One version of the 228 – the 228U – will provide Link 2000+ Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (“CPDLC”) compliance for some aircraft types and will be available before the EU deadlines. The AFIRS 228 will be the first safety services certified platform to provide real-time data streaming through FLYHTStream, the Company’s patent pending triggered data streaming facility.

Beijing, China & Las Vegas, Nevada | October 9, 2011 — SKYBLUE Technology Development Ltd., (SKYBLUE) has received of an extension to the only Iridium frequency bandwidth approval for aviation Satellite Communications (SatCom) in China.

SKYBLUE has been working with FLYHTTM (TSX.V: AMA), to obtain the necessary bandwidth approval for the Company’s Automated Flight information Reporting System (AFIRSTM). The license from the Chinese authorities to use the specific bandwidth for voice and data communications in China has been extended after many years of effort and verification of FLYHT’s equipment. This approval, which has been renewed for the third time, allows AFIRS equipment to be installed on aviation assets in China until the next renewal at the end of 2017. FLYHT is also in possession of several Validation of Supplemental Type Certificates (VSTC), from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

SKYBLUE is the exclusive distributor of AFIRS products in China as well as the exclusive reseller of AFIRS Iridium-based data and voice services to the aviation community in China. As part of its mandate and requirements from the CAAC, SKYBLUE provides hardware, software and services to airline customers.

FLYHT will host representatives from SKYBLUE at the 2011 Annual Convention of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Las Vegas, NV, from October 10 to 12. The two groups will meet Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and operators at the show to discuss regulations in China and the SatCom equipage of aircraft compliant in China. FLYHT is currently working with business aviation OEMs for equipage of AFIRS on their new aircraft for delivery to China.

CAAC has implemented a number of forefront requirements for aviation safety and communications including, but not limited to, requirements for flight following, Quick Access Recorders (QAR), and continuous voice and data communication that is independent of air traffic control in all Chinese airspace. The AFIRS product line meets or exceeds all the current and known future requirements.

The AFIRS 228 will be the first safety services certified platform on the planet to provide black box data streaming via FLYHTStreamTM, FLYHT’s patent pending triggered data streaming solution. It is expected that China will work on regulations requiring data streaming capabilities.