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First Air sets standard for data streaming capability

April 15, 2014, Calgary, Alta. - FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. has announced that its customer, First Air, is adding FLYHTStream’s automatically triggered, real-time data and live black box streaming capability to its current fleet of B737, ATR and B767 aircraft.


April 15, 2014
By Carey Fredericks

First Air operates throughout the Canadian Arctic in some of the harshest conditions on earth, and as a result is continually striving to find ways to improve the safety and operational efficiency of the airline.  Enabling FLYHTStream raises the standard of tracking and automated alerting that is unsurpassed in the industry.

Brock Friesen, President and CEO of First Air said, “FLYHT’s Automated Flight Information System (AFIRSTM) ensures we have 100% visibility on our aircraft at all times.  We are proud to be industry leaders in adopting the FLYHTStream capability to ensure First Air has the highest level of operational awareness available on any aircraft flying today.  It is another important step in our continual process of enhancing safety.”

Vic Charlebois, VP of Flight Operations at First Air added, “FLYHTStream will alert us when an aircraft needs assistance, without distracting the crew from the primary task of flying the aircraft safely.  Financially, AFIRS has paid for itself by saving First Air tens of thousands of dollars in flight management expenses, and FLYHTStream is only an incremental cost that is incurred when triggered, making the solution very cost effective."

Matt Bradley, President of FLYHT said, “FLYHT is proud to work with a team as passionate and committed to safety as First Air. It is exceptional to see an airline be proactive to act immediately in the interest of safety instead of waiting for a regulation. We are pleased our patent pending FLYHTStream technology will be enabled on the airline’s entire fleet.”