Since our last team member update in October 2017, we’ve only continued to grow over here at Spidertracks, with each member of the team committed to our core goals: making aviation safer and..
For Aussie Michael Smith, flying was a childhood dream put on hold until he was 35 — when he finally earned his licence to, in his words, ‘avoid an early mid-life crisis.’ Once he got up in the air, he turned his attention and effort to a lofty goal: recreating the 1930s Qantas Empire Imperial ‘flying boat’ route from Sydney to England via Asia, India, the Middle East, and Europe.
25 Jan 09:34 AM
As part of this month’s focus on safety and survival following an emergency, we’ve discussed how to prepare for and survive after an emergency event and assembled a quick-look checklist you can use to ensure you’re prepared if you’re ever faced with a difficult situation. (Download it here if you haven’t already!)
18 Jan 02:20 PM
Knowing what to do in the event of an aviation emergency is an essential tool in every pilot’s kit. In this post, we’ll take you through what you need to be prepared for a possible emergency, as well as how to survive in the unlikely event one actually happens.
22 Dec 02:06 PM
There are certain rules in aviation that we can confidently characterise as commonsense — but what about the less obvious rules? The ones that are federal- and regional-specific, for example? In this post, we’ll talk about how regulators actually regulate: what happens to cause rule changes, if and when operators get a say, and how to stay informed and up-to-date on any changes in regulation.
13 Dec 11:45 AM
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nations agency widely recognised as the global authority on aviation rules and regulations, has implemented new safety management provisions that become applicable in 2019. Here’s what that means for you.
06 Dec 04:48 PM
When humans landed on the moon in 1969, we achieved something huge with something very small. The device that enabled this feat, the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC), had a similar computing power to that of a modern toaster. For comparison, an iPhone 7 is around 32,000 times faster than the best Apollo-era computers.Today’s aviation operators are accustomed to the lagging hardware developments and non-competitive pricing that come with heavy legacy systems. In contrast, consumer products...
Flying around the world is never an easy feat, even for someone who’s already successfully completed the journey. Just ask Michel Gordillo, whose latest circumnavigation for the Sky Polaris project took him an astonishing 12 years to prepare for.
17 Nov 10:32 AM
Rain is essential to human life on Earth — but climate change has made it impossible for areas that once received sufficient water to thrive. In Africa, Mali-based Malian Aero Company (MAC) has become the undisputed leader in the primary technique used to combat this destructive dryness: cloud-seeding.
08 Nov 02:43 PM
The ability to adapt on the fly is important in just about any job — but in aviation, flexibility and adaptability present some particular challenges. When your plans change while you or one of your pilots is in the air, it takes a real toll on your efficiency as an aviation operation and can end up costing you thousands of dollars a year.