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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedSpidertracks launches next-generation aircraft tracking system
New Zealand-based aircraft tracking company Spidertracks this week launched its next-generation aircraft emergency location system, designed specifically for GA pilots and operators. Spidertracks says its Aviator service—in conjunction with a new on-board device, the S3—is a complete aircraft locating solution, with automatic activation and tracking from takeoff to landing.

The company’s aircraft location system has been paired with a new social networking-based website allowing pilots to share their flights and their love of flying with other aviators.

Spidertracks marketing manager Rachel Donald says Aviator is primarily an emergency location system designed to improve the survivability of pilots and crew in an accident situation. “You can’t rely on your ELT to survive the crash and transmit,” she said.

“The records show ELTs fail to transmit in the majority of aircraft accidents because the units or the aerials are damaged in the crash.
“When the ELT doesn’t work searchers are reliant on your flight plan or last known radar position,” she continued. “The search area could be huge. We don’t think that is acceptable.”

When using Spidertracks’ S3 device and the Aviator service, position reports are sent from the aircraft via the Iridium satellite network to the company’s website. It will automatically send emergency SOS messages within minutes of an accident, with guaranteed reliability because the alerts are generated by the system, not the hardware in the aircraft.

Access to the Aviator website is free and open to pilots who aren’t Spidertracks customers but who want to follow other pilots.

The S3 will retail at $995 and Spidertracks is offering new pricing plans to suit the number of hours pilots fly. To learn more, visit Spidertracks in Booth 3133 during EAA AirVenture 2010 or online at www.SpiderTracks.com.

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