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FLYHT to track pilot adventurer on his latest quest

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. has announced the sponsorship of Canadian North pilot and adventurer Laval St. Germain on his heroic Confront Cancer Ocean Row in support of the Alberta Cancer Society.

June 15, 2016  By Marketwired

Laval departs from Halifax June 15 on a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean, an estimated 100 km a day and 4,500 km journey to Brest, France, to raise funds to fight cancer. Laval approached FLYHT to sponsor the trip’s communications needs including a satellite phone, GPS, wi-fi, tracking and data. His team of Flight Dispatchers, now turned volunteer Ocean Row Dispatchers, will monitor his progress from the Calgary operations centre.

“I have used and trusted FLYHT’s aircraft tracking and communications technology over the past ten years as a pilot,” commented Laval, the chief pilot and former director, flight operations at Canadian North. “I requested FLYHT’s sponsorship to enable the best technology to stay in touch with my support team and loved ones on my journey across the Atlantic.”

“FLYHT provides advanced connectivity and health monitoring for Canadian North aircraft that Laval has flown in remote regions of Canada,” remarked Matieu Plamondon, VP of operations and customer fulfillment at FLYHT. “It was an important contribution for FLYHT to enable similar functionality to track his progress across the Atlantic. We support his adventurous spirit and applaud his philanthropy in raising funds for cancer, which has affected us all.”

Canadian North aircraft are installed with the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) to enable connectivity with flight operations when on remote flights in the Canadian Arctic. FLYHT provides satellite communications and a suite of software services to help Canadian North manage their operations. These services include out, off, on and in automation, flight following as well as engine and airframe exceedances and engine trend reporting to monitor the health of the aircraft.


Laval’s journey across the ocean will add to his list of accomplishments. He is the only Canadian to have climbed Mount Everest without using oxygen, he rode a bicycle in winter from the Arctic Ocean to Dawson City, Yukon (solo), and climbed six of the world’s seven highest peaks, among other adventurous feats.


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