Columbia Helicopters Selects SKYTRAC Flight Data Monitoring

Complete HFDM package includes real-time analytics and satellite-based FDM data downloads

Columbia Helicopters, a leader in heavy-lift helicopter operations for commercial and government services, has selected SKYTRAC Flight Data Monitoring to improve real time awareness on their Chinook 234 missions.

The SKYTRAC solution features real-time analysis of engine exceedances and operational deviations. The system also uses SKYTRAC’s Satellite Data Download feature to offload full flight logs on landing. Columbia will benefit from fast and reliable access to critical information while minimizing FDM data retrieval effort and speeding analysis times.

A cockpit camera assembly adds additional FDM analysis capabilities with the option for recording flight deck console activity.

SKYTRAC also supports Columbia Helicopters with real-time voice and text, automated flight following services and cockpit WiFi.

“SKYTRAC has delivered a true one-stop solution to Columbia with real-time FDM services, comprehensive flight data analysis, and flight following, voice and text solutions. All this is offered through a single, lightweight data acquisition unit to deliver the optimal performance at optimal cost,” said SKYTRAC VP Sales Jan van der Heul.

“We are excited to work with SKYTRAC on our HFDM program. SKYTRAC’s real-time processing and data offloading capabilities provide us with faster, easier access to critical flight data. SKYTRAC HFDM will help us in our mission to deliver safe, world-class heavy-lift helicopter services,” said Columbia Helicopters Director of Operations Quality Christian Boatsman.


Columbia Helicopters Chinook 234



SKYTRAC is aviation’s full-service, data-driven solutions provider. Since 1986, SKYTRAC has pioneered the development, evolution and commercialization of flight following, flight data and communications technology. Today, with systems certified on over 900 airframes and an online data management portal that is the go-to tool for over 6,500 global users, SKYTRAC is truly the partner of choice for data-guided business insights. From performance trending and operations reporting to real-time asset tracking and situational awareness – SKYTRAC offers a one-stop response to meeting more of your company’s needs.


About Columbia Helicopters
Columbia Helicopters was founded in the Pacific Northwest in 1957, and has built a reputation as a global leader in heavy-lift helicopter operations and a trusted expert in Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul services. Columbia helicopters provides a range of services to the United States and the U.S. Department of Defense. With an experienced crew and a highly capable fleet, Columbia Helicopters has a longstanding record of success in the commercial sector providing commercial airlift services to Firefighting, Oil & Gas, Logging, Forestry and Construction industries.