27 January 2012
In June 2011, the DOI implemented a contract change for all Alaskan aircraft operators who carry DOI employees and cargo. They’re now required to have an operational Iridium satellite aircraft tracking system on board. Spidertracks was assigned to meet this new requirement.
Spidertracks’ aircraft tracking units provide reliable, cost-effective and portable tracking solutions to meet DOI requirements. The spidertracks units are fueled by aircraft power and their portability means separate units are not required for each aircraft. The units are also self-contained without the need for external aerials, allowing the pilot to conveniently mount one on the dash of any aircraft.
The Spider S3 and Spider S4 aircraft tracking devices provide DOI aircraft operators with: automatic flight following (AFF), real-time situational awareness, geo-fence capabilities, automatically programmed two-way notification messaging for take off and landing, two way SMS messaging using Bluetooth enabled units, and the ability to send texts or emails via satellite from beyond mobile or radio coverage.
Spidertracks operations manager, James McCarthy, is pleased that spidertracks was able to offer a revolutionary solution for DOI compliance: “It’s been a positive and exciting venture, having DOI aircraft operators work with our Spider S3 and Spider S4 units to enable them to remain in regulatory compliance while transporting personnel and cargo throughout the Alaskan region”.
Spidertracks is a New Zealand–based company, offering a system proven in more than 60 countries. They have specialized in working with Pt 135 operators around the world, including U.S.-based companies: Papillion and Sundance Helicopters. They’re also the preferred solution for contractors who are required to carry AFF-compliant systems, to assist them to enhance the safety and efficiency of their operations.