‘Insights’ from Spidertracks: Making The Inaccessible, Accessible

April 18, 2021

Our latest Virtual FDR release, ‘Insights’, is enabling proactive safety information and delivering tangible value for fixed and rotary-wing operators around the globe.

We released our Early Adopters program for ‘Insights’ in April 2021, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Operators have reported that they now have information about safety occurrences on the flight without complicated reports or costly installations. 

Insights is made possible through our latest innovative hardware, the Spider X. Based on the aircraft data collected by the Spider X, Virtual FDR Insights will feed both operational and safety insights into an operator’s FOQA program. This device collects critical data such as roll, pitch, yaw, speed and altitude, and delivers this wirelessly to the Spidertracks platform. This data is then used to deliver actionable information in a simple and easy format. ‘Insights’ gives you the ability to not only see where your aircraft are flying — but more importantly — know how they’re flying. 

With ‘Insights’, operators will have the ability to define and set specific parameters about their aircraft that you want to measure, such as excessive roll, a high rate of descent, maximum altitude, and/or a heading change, to name a few. Insights also comes with powerful reporting tools so operators can analyse, measure, and interpret information such as the location of safety events, percentage of flights with safety events, trends of safety events by type of event, etc. 

“We’ve got a key position in the market where we’re monitoring thousands and thousands of aircraft performing critical missions,” said Steve Whitaker, Spidertracks Chief Operating Officer. “We looked at how we can build on what we’ve got to help provide our customers with a proactive safety system to enable a FOQA/FDM program.” 

“The same barriers exist today in flight data monitoring that existed in tracking when we started,” said Whitaker. “The boxes are $20,000 and it’s a 30-hour install. Even the higher end operators that we speak to can’t justify rolling that out across their fleet. Less than 10 percent of the market is utilizing [FDM] right now.  We have a cost-effective solution that provides an entry to a FOQA program with the basics they need to get an understanding into their safety.”

We’re leveraging more than 14 years of expertise to offer aircraft owners and operators an easy entry into FDM. Our latest evolution, Insights, breaks down the barriers of entry to FDM by delivering actionable information on safety events during a flight that indicate high-risk manoeuvers, in a simple and digestible format.

“We are extremely impressed with the accuracy of the data and information from the aircraft. The ability to set our own thresholds is invaluable as well as identifying pilot behaviour. We have been able to implement changes and see immediate improvements. The potential is endless” notes John Mandernach, Regional Partner of Maverick Helicopters.

Spidertracks is helping operators improve the safety of their operations in nearly every sector, from aerial firefighting and airborne law enforcement, to wildlife rescue and flight school services. Their goal is making it simple for the operator, both from an install perspective and getting immediate value from the data. Resulting in increased safety, and operational efficiencies.

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