ACR Electronics Announces Acquisition of SKYTRAC by Drew Marine UK Holdings

continue on with the new ownership. “We are excited to join forces with SKYTRAC because it will expand our aviation footprint and add a proven solutions-based team into our organization,” said Gerry Angeli, president of “Our

complementary products

ACR Electronics. and

technology can provide our customers with an expanded and comprehensive suite of aviation data, tracking, distress alerting, communications, and operational integrations,” added Angeli.

ACR Electronics Inc. recently confirmed that Drew Marine UK Holdings Ltd. has signed an agreement to acquire SKYTRAC, a full-service, data-driven solutions provider for the global aviation industry. SKYTRAC will report into ACR Electronics Inc.

The alignment of these two leading

companies will create a comprehensive product line and service offering for the aviation marketplace, to include the ACR Electronics’ ARTEX portfolio of survival products and the SKYTRAC range of innovative business solutions from data acquisition hardware and analytics software through program design and support.

Headquartered in Canada, SKYTRAC offers a one-stop response for reliable and secure data management solutions that elevate efficiency, safety, and drive revenue, from performance trending and business reporting to real-time asset tracking and situational awareness. SKYTRAC combines over 30 years of experience and technical expertise with a dedicated customer focus to bring innovative aviation solutions to the market. Its data acquisition hardware is installed by fixed- and rotary-wing clients worldwide and its SkyWeb data management system selected by thousands of users.

SKYTRAC will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary, retaining existing products, brand,

locations, engineering

capabilities, and sales. The entire team, including executive management will

In high winds and heavy swell, pilot Craig Bowman, aircrew Garth Fitzgerald and

SKYTRAC President Malachi Nordine said, “SKYTRAC and ACR share a mission to help aviation operators improve safety and efficiency. Supported by ACR, SKYTRAC will continue with the strong customer support and technology leadership that is in our DNA and that has cemented our position in the aviation industry. I am excited to work with our new ACR partners through SKYTRAC’s next growth phase as we continue to execute our strategy and find cooperative commercial opportunities like GADSS.”

Financial terms of the acquisition will not be released.

critical care paramedic Ben Harris retrieved the injured fisherman using a winch transfer from the vessel, which was off the southern coast of Western Australia, some 800km (500m) from the crew’s Jandakot base in Perth.

The crew, who are part of the team that operate Western Australia’s rescue helicopter service on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, were tasked with the rescue at just after 14:30 on the afternoon of November 6, and reached the vessel at 18:30.

The crew had about 10 minutes before last light to winch paramedic Ben Harris onto the vessel, splint the injured man’s leg and winch Harris and the patient back onto the Bell 412 helicopter. With refuel ground support assistance from Esperance Volunteer Marine Service, and SES volunteers and DFES personnel, RAC Rescue Helicopter 651 then flew with NVIS (Night Vision Imaging System) to get the man back to Esperance and transfer him to a Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft for the transfer to Royal Perth Hospital.

CHC Helicopter SAR Team Recognized for Operation with Commendation Award

CHC Group recently recognized the pilot and aircrew of Rescue 651 with a Commendation Award at the


SAR Awards in Canberra. This award commends the CHC Helicopter’s pilot and aircrew, along with a St. John Ambulance paramedic, for the rescue of a 27-year-old man with a broken leg off the vessel Fatal Attraction

near Israelite Bay, Western Australia, in late 2016.

“We are thrilled that our dedicated and experienced crew, in conjunction with St. John Ambulance, have been recognised with a national award from NATSAR Council,” said Vincent D’Rozario, regional director, CHC Asia Pacific. “Not a day goes by when there aren’t incredible SAR operations all over the world that fly under the radar. Our crews have saved so many lives and we are thankful to the NATSAR Council for holding these awards to acknowledge the terrific work done.” 19

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