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Universal Helicopters Turns to SKYTRAC for Flight Report Automation

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SKYTRAC Automates Standard Reporting Processes, Sends Key Flight Data from Aircraft to Operations, Maintenance & Billing Departments via Satellite-Connected Forms

SKYTRAC Automates Standard Reporting Processes, Sends Key Flight Data from Aircraft to Operations, Maintenance & Billing Departments via Satellite-Connected Forms.

Universal Helicopters has selected SKYTRAC systems to automate crew position and flight reports, and to track airframe maintenance metrics for their AS350, Bell 206 and Bell 407 aircraft.

With services extending into Canada’s High Arctic, UHNL required a solution that could transmit timely and accurate flight data back to a centrally located operations team even when operating in some of the world’s most remote locations.

SKYTRAC provides a combined software and hardware system that stores custom digital versions of UHNL reports on SKYTRAC’s unique ISAT-200A hardware – a lightweight and all-in-one satellite transceiver, data acquisition unit and EFB Aircraft Interface Device. Crew can easily retrieve and review forms pre-populated with key flight and maintenance metrics before submitting comprehensive electronic reports back to corporate headquarters via Iridium Satellite connection. Once submitted, a custom SKYTRAC Automated Programming Interface will manage secure transfer of data to 3rd party maintenance planning and accounting software where parameters, including engine cycle times, can be used to manage part life, maintenance scheduling and billing.

“The SKYTRAC EFB is an investment in Universal Helicopters. This innovative technology will have an effect on all aspects of our business from our safety program, pilots, maintenance engineers, administration to finance. We believe that the SKYTRAC EFB will produce cost savings in the long run,” said UHNL President/CEO Shane Cyr.

“UHNL was one of SKYTRAC’s earliest global flight following customers. We are pleased to work with an operator that continues to lead the industry in the adoption of modern safety and organizational management tools. The combination of electronic reporting and satellite data streaming opens up a vital communications channel between air and ground crews, simplifying workflows, reducing manual entry errors and allowing staff to focus on their own critical departmental tasks. At SKYTRAC, we continue to drive innovations that reduce operator costs while improving safety and efficiency,” said SKYTRAC VP Sales Jan van der Heul.

SKYTRAC systems specializes in providing aviation data management solutions that increase operator safety, profitability and efficiency. SKYTRAC Digital Cockpit solutions include Onboard Document Management, Custom Hosted Forms, Cockpit Weather, EFB integration and real-time voice and text communications interfaces. SKYTRAC solutions also include real-time flight following, real-time event and distress tracking and flight data monitoring for fixed and rotary wing operators.



Universal Helicopters Newfoundland and Labrador LP (Universal Helicopters) currently operates 19 aircraft including the Bell 407 (4), Bell 206L4 (1), Bell 206LR (9), Airbus AS350B3e (1), Airbus AS350B2 (2), Airbus AS350B2(SD2) (1) Airbus AS350BA (1). In addition to serving the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, provides service into the Ungava Peninsula, the high Arctic, and other parts of Canada. The company holds an International Operating Certificate and has completed several contracts in Greenland and the United States. Universal Helicopters began operations in 1963 as Universal Helicopters (NFLD) Ltd. and was once a part of the Okanagan Helicopters group. Now a separate and independent company, Universal Helicopters has acquired a vast amount of experience providing specialty helicopter services in austere and remote areas for 50 years.


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 business decisioning to real-time asset tracking and situational awareness – SKYTRAC offers a one-stop response to meeting more of your company’s needs. For more information go to

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