Tech Bytes VIH Helicopters Ltd. will use Blue Sky Network tracking equipment for its global fleet. Over the coming year, Canada-based VIH will install more than 50 Blue Sky Network D1000C and ACH1000 kits on its entire aircraft fleet...
Skyplan announces partnering with Phoenix Fuel to form Phoenix Skyplan. Phoenix Skyplan will feature an expanded suite of services, including flight planning capabilities and licensed dispatchers.
Reveal Imaging Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced security inspection systems, wins a research contract from the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) with funding from the Department of Homeland Security to identify the optimal design for CT-based explosives detection systems (EDS) and to develop a hardware and software platform as a result of these findings.

EDS is the TSA-certified technology currently used to screen checked baggage in the US and abroad.

The investigation includes analysis of the tradeoffs between CT image quality, false alarm rates, and throughput. Reveal will receive up to $2.5 million for the 24-month effort.

The evaluation will include X-ray scanning techniques, using image resolution that is not commercially available in any certified EDS.

The first phase of the program will quantify the optimal CT configuration to minimize false alarms which require review by airport screeners.

In the second phase, the findings will be used to create a test platform for state-of-the-art CT technology.
Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X system (ASDE-X) by Sensis Corporation is now operational at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, having replaced the Airport Movement Area Safety System (AMASS). The FAA is in the process of deploying ASDE-X to a total of 35 of the nation’s busiest airports; ASDE-X is currently operational at eleven airports.
Sky-Nets launches free wi-fi service to FBOs at no cost, currently being used at Avcraft in Columbus, NE, Strand Air Service in New Richmond, WI, and Ward Aviation Services in Osceola, WI. The company provides free wi-fi to all FBO visitors, including equipment and services for the FBO. The program is funded through sponsorships.

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