Bob McWhirterLast year was a rough ride for shareholders of Flyht Aerospace Solutions (Flyht Aerospace Solutions Stock Quote, Chart TSXV:FLY) but big catalysts could be on the horizon \u2014or they at least should be if the airline industry had any sense about it, says Robert McWhirter of Selective Asset Management, who thinks that last week\u2019s Boeing 737 Max 8 crash in Ethiopia is a further instance where Flyht\u2019s technology could be put to good use. \u201cYou look at the heartbreak from the recent plane crash and it becomes a process of, \u2018Let\u2019s get the diggers out to find the flight recorder, let\u2019s send it to France and let\u2019s see if we can actually analyze it.\u2019 This is stupid \u2014 there\u2019s an existing system that\u2019s rock-solid, has millions of hours of flight on it and has already been proven by existing large customers,\u201d says McWhirter, in conversation with BNN Bloomberg on Monday. Makers of satellite-connected communications technology, Calgary-based Flyht has seen its share price slide from an initial $2.70 in mid-2017 to a low of $1.00 by the close of 2018. The stock has performed better so far in 2019, currently trading up 51 per cent year-to-date. Last fall, the company made a pair of notable announcements, one being positive results from flight-tests of its Automated Flight Information Reporting System with Boeing and Brazillian aerospace company Embraer and the other being the purchase of Colorado-based satellite communications company Panasonic Avionics. McWhirter says the Panasonic acquisition is a positive but that the real prize will come when more airlines choose to adopt Flyht\u2019s technology. \u201cThe purchase was a huge advantage for the company and it gives them an existing client base, as well. But it\u2019s not really what\u2019s going to put the match to the gasoline,\u201d he says. \u201cChina has said that by the end of 2019 or 2020 by the latest, all the planes that are operating in China must have satellite-based voice communication, and Flyht is the only company that offers this.\u201d \u201cWe think that the near-term opportunity is in China, and if it turns out that they get the wins that are possible then I think you\u2019ll see the stock easily lift between now and the end of the calendar year,\u201d he says. \u201cI don\u2019t own the stock, yet I\u2019ve owned it in the past and sold it when it was around $2.25-$2.50. Now that it\u2019s approximately half of that, the opportunities are probably nearer and better and I think it\u2019s probably time to be revisiting and purchasing the stock,\u201d he says.