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STARS adding SKYTRAC to H145 fleet

February 20, 2019  By Helicopters Staff

Calgary-based STARS Air Ambulance has selected SKYTRAC Push-to-Talk, featuring real-time in-flight data transfer capability, for its Airbus H145 fleet renewal program. In 2018, STARS selected became the first Canadian operator to select the H145 in HEMS configuration and SKYTRAC has been ordered as part of the initial STARS configuration. The first helicopters are scheduled for delivery in 2019.

STARS has a goal to buy nine Airbus 145s in five years to operate its six Canadian bases. (Photo: Jay Miller)

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The SKYTRAC hardware kit is designed to enable what SKYTRAC describes as fast and reliable group-talk, simultaneous uninterrupted flight tracking, and onboard satellite and cellular data transfer capabilities.

“SKYTRAC offers a flexible and reliable next-generation technology that enables our flight crew, ground crew and partner care providers to have easy access to the information they need to perform safely and efficiently at all times throughout a mission,” said Scott Young, STARS VP of operational and strategic initiatives.

The package supports real-time in-flight data streaming from any connected device in the cabin or cockpit, including mobile devices and tablets. The system also streamlines the download process for flight data monitoring and other flight logs to save time and reduce manual labour post fight.


“STARS has been a valued SKYTRAC client since 2003. We are proud to have been chosen by them and to work with Airbus on implementing our full air medical communications suite on the H145,” said Jan van der Heul, VP of sales, SKYTRAC.


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