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.
Pilots and aircraft owners have volunteered to transport hundreds of sea turtles rescued in Massachusetts to facilities equipped to care for them.
The FAA is working to automate a contingency plan developed on the fly when Chicago Center was taken out by arson from within Sept. 26.
AOPA has urged College Park, Maryland, to make approval of a hotel construction project near the city airport conditional on reducing the building’s height.
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