November 12, 2010
Spidertracks is showing its next-generation aircraft emergency location system at AOPA Aviation Summit. Specifically designed for GA pilots, Spidertracks said its system tracks the aircraft’s altitude, speed, direction, and position, transmitting the data via the Iridium satellite network every one or two minutes. In the event of an accident, it will automatically send out emergency messages to the pilot’s friends and family.
The Spider S3 system turns on automatically, and maintains a permanent record of flight tracks in an online logbook. The hardware retails from $795, and operating costs begin at $10 per month. Spidertracks donated a unit to the AOPA Foundation’s online auction.
Later this year the company will launch its new, social networking-based website that lets pilots share their flights online. The Aviator website will include an online logbook that updates automatically, and allows others to track your flights in real time. Flight tracks can be shared through social network sites like Facebook.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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