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Bell Helicopter selects HawkEye PT

February 27, 2012  By Carey Fredericks

Feb. 27, 2012, La Jolla, Ca. -  Blue Sky Network today announced that its HawkEye PT – a handheld, Iridium tracking and messaging solution – will be used across Bell Helicopter’s support and services division, tracking all aircraft en route from Bell’s service center in Piney Flats, TN, to destinations across the globe.

An industry leader with unmatched name recognition, Bell has delivered more than 35,000 aircraft to customers around the world. Founded in 1935 as Bell Aircraft Corporation, Bell continues to set the pace for the industry and expand the scope of vertical lift.
“The Blue Sky Network solution was an ideal fit for us as it’s completely portable, so we can use it on one aircraft one week and a different one the next. This solution offers both tracking and messaging. Reliability is even more important. We ship multi-million dollar aircraft everywhere and we need to know where they are at all times and be able to reach out to them at any time. The PT was the right choice for meeting all these needs,” said Dan Berndt, Product Manager for Bell Helicopter Piney Flats.
Bell’s services and support division is responsible for state of the art customization, aircraft refurbishment, maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions, personalized service offerings, and more. It is responsible for ensuring completed, refurbished and/or repaired aircraft make it to their final destinations on time and in perfect condition.
“Bell’s flexibility and reliability needs would have been addressed by any Blue Sky Network Solution, as all our solutions are easily configurable and tap the Iridium satellite network, but their unique need for portability as well made our hand-held HawkEye PT the best fit,” said Blue Sky Network CEO and Founder, Jon Gilbert.


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