Aircraft technology manufacturer Blue Sky Network’s HawkEye autonomous distress tracking (ADT) aircraft device has received certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The company received an approved model list supplemental type certificate (AML-STC) for use on the Boeing 737 type series.

The HawkEye ADT is an autonomous distress tracking device and solution to meet ICAO requirements developed in response to high-profile aircraft accidents.

HawkEye ADT provides airline operations centres and comprehensive ADT compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (ICAO-GADSS) regulations.

The HawkEye ADT unit comprises an advanced attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) that helps in finding the flight status in real-time.

It is also equipped with dual Iridium modem redundancy and voice connectivity via the Iridium satellite for 100% reliable global coverage and increased safety.

Blue Sky Network president and CEO Gregoire Demory said: “The HawkEye ADT enables airline operators to be fully compliant with the ICAO-GADSS requirements for autonomous distress tracking.

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“Aircraft delivered after 1 January 2021 need to be in compliance and the HawkEye ADT is the first solution currently available to meet this deadline.”

Blue Sky Network teaming partner Aircraft Tracking Solutions founder and CEO Jon Gilbert said: “This stand-alone intelligent product will set a higher expectation level in commercial aviation for aircraft normal and distress tracking in alignment with GADSS compliance.”

Headquartered in San Diego, California, Blue Sky Network is an Iridium Satellite Communications partner that specialises in deploying advanced satellite-based communication solutions to enable its customers track and manage their assets in real-time.

The company has customers, including aviation, marine, and land/mobile and distributors, in more than 50 countries.

Earlier this year, Blue Sky Network added Rock Seven’s RockAIR fleet tracking and messaging device to its portfolio.