Canadian Government Invests CA$2.3m In Aircraft Communications Project

The Government of Canada has granted Calgary-based FLYHT Aerospace Solutions CA$2.35m ($.17m) to upgrade its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) and commercialize its cloud-based UpTime software.

The Government of Canada has granted Calgary-based FLYHT Aerospace Solutions CA$2.35m ($.17m) to upgrade its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) and commercialize its cloud-based UpTime software.

The investment will aim to improve the AFIRS system, which detects early warning signs, monitors aircraft in real-time and other services such as tracking, aircraft health monitoring, equipment diagnostics, and cockpit communications. FLYHT aims to introduce the updated AFIRS system to the market by early 2019.

When announcing the investment this week, the Canadian government said there is a growing global demand for real-time predictive maintenance systems and tracking services “due to the increasing number of air services, carriers and recent aircraft disappearances”.

It also said that the investment, announced as part of the government’s Western Innovation Initiative, will help FLYHT become more competitive in the global marketplace while providing economic growth and job opportunities. 

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