New Zealand’s Spidertracks (Stand D70) is celebrating its return to Helitech with a stand featuring its range of portable GPS tracking units, including the newly released Spider S5. When carried aboard a helicopter, Spider relays position information to its website (also being shown), from where operators can view aircraft tracks in real time and receive SOS alerts to phone and e-mail. And with the newly released Spidertxt application, aircrew can SMS information to colleagues on the ground. A key feature of Spidertracks is ‘Watch’. When activated, the website waits for position reports to be received. Should these stop, it automatically sends out SOS messages to any number of individuals set up in the account. Unlike an ELT, which needs to survive an impact, the Spidertracks system does not need the device to function after an impact.
Rated as carry-on equipment, the Spider does not require a type certificate. It is designed to be simple to use because, as Spidertracks spokesman Luke McCarthy says, “in an emergency people shouldn’t have to think about what to do; it should just happen.” For more visit www.spidertracks.com