Get equipped with ADS-B and Spidertracks

The shift to smarter technologies is making air travel safer, more convenient, and more environmentally friendly. Combine the unique benefits of ADS-B and Spidertracks to ensure you stay compliant, and continue to fly safely every day.

arrow pointing down

Elevate Your Safety To New Heights With Virtual FDR™

Virtual FDR™ provides you with access to invaluable flight data and insights — wirelessly and automatically, without complex installation.

arrow pointing down

How Does ADS-B Work?

ADS-B works by having an aircraft's transponder regularly broadcast its position, speed, and identification information to Air Traffic Control (ATC), as well as to other aircraft that have the ability to receive ADS-B data.

A decentralised network of public and private ground-based receivers enables the collection of ADS-B data.

These receivers need to be 'on' and in line of sight in order for accurate location information to be received and transmitted. Obstacles and terrain can reduce the effectiveness of these stations.

This does not necessarily make ADS-B a globally dependable network.

See the table below to learn about how Spidertracks and ADS-B technologies work differently.

high definition flight tracks displayed on landscape background

Key Differences:


  • Satellite-based with Iridium® satellite network

  • Stay connected to your aircraft regardless of altitude, location or airspace

  • No black spots or loss of coverage, global connectivity

  • Consistent broadcast of key flight information and aircraft tracking - no action from the pilot required

  • No ground structure = no problem, aircraft connectivity is via satellite

  • Share flight tracks with customers, team members and loved ones - unlimited accounts at no additional cost

  • Private and secure network, with bank-grade encryption

  • You own your flight data

  • Set viewing permissions for different users

  • Unlimited two-way communication directly with pilots and crew

  • Real-time notifications, including take-off, landing, excessive ROC / ROD

  • Built-in emergency framework without the need for pilot interaction

  • FR24 AFF feed allows for ATC and other FR24 users to see tracking paths


  • Improved situational awareness - view other aircraft equipped with ADS-B in surrounding airspace

  • Constant broadcast of flight paths - transmits every second

  • No action from the pilot required

  • Collision avoidance - see where other aircraft are

  • Broadcast an aircraft's position to other aircraft that are also equipped with ADS-B

  • Flights paths are visible for ATC, other aircraft and the general public

  • Aircraft must be within range of sight of ground-based receivers to transmit information

  • Receivers need to be on and in light of sight for information to be received

  • Terrain and obstacles can limit coverage and effectiveness

  • No data ownership - your information is available for use by other flight services through public and private receivers

  • Limited range (approx. 150 nautical miles)

  • Limited coverage offshore / remote areas

  • Limited coverage at low altitude ( < 1000ft )

  • Subject to non-performing equipment (NPE)

Real-Time Tracking, Real-Time Updates With Virtual FDR™

With the ADS-B mandate now in full effect, it is important for you to stay compliant and continue to fly safely.

By combining ADS-B with the unique benefits of Spidertracks, this will lead to a compliant, safer, and greater operational efficiency for aircraft operators.

For total peace of mind, with no black spots or loss of coverage, we recommend using both ADS-B and Spidertracks in parallel so you can have compete situational awareness, accurate flight tracking, and ensure you and your team get home safely every day.

quote icon

We wanted to make sure we were tracking our aircraft well. We thought ADS-B [Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast] would be the magic bullet. Still, we ran into some big issues pretty quickly during training where we didn't see the aircraft. Immediately, we liked Spidertracks for the simplicity of the user interface and how easy it is to get the information we want.

- Richard Cannon, Southern Utah University, USA

Read case study →

Interested? Simply fill out the form below: