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Keeping cloud-seeding pilots safe as Africa's rainy season begins

As they enter another rainy season across the skies of Western Africa, we re-visit the story of Malian Aero Company (MAC) and how they use Spidertracks to improve the safety of pilots engaged in..

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Nikki Michaels

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07 Mar 04:20 PM

Continuing to Grow: Meet the 3 New Members of the Spidertracks Team

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 solving problems for our customers.

 

Our latest round of hires sees three new additions to the Spidertracks crew. We spoke with Petr, Igor, and Fred to learn a bit more about them — where they’re from, what brought them to Spidertracks, and what they’re planning to do now that they’re here. Keep reading...

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16 Feb 10:53 AM

The Voyage of the Southern Sun: Circumnavigating the World with Spidertracks

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.

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25 Jan 09:34 AM

Spidertxt as Part of an Emergency Management System

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!)

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18 Jan 02:20 PM

How To Prepare For and Survive After an Emergency Event

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.

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13 Dec 11:45 AM

ICAO’s Annex 19: Who Needs to Do What by When

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.

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30 Nov 09:55 PM

Spidertracks and Sky Polaris: Using Aviation to Fight Global Warming

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.

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17 Nov 10:32 AM

Bringing Water to Africa: How Malian Aero Company Uses Spidertracks in Its Vital Cloud-Seeding Operations

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.

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08 Nov 02:43 PM

The Value of Person-to-Person Communication: Increase Efficiency and Minimise Losses with Spidertxt 2.0

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.

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01 Nov 01:59 PM

The Power of Connection During Hurricane Relief: How the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Used Spidertracks in the Aftermath of Irma

On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands with winds of up to 185 miles per hour — becoming the first Category 5 storm in recorded history to strike the region. Irma left Puerto Rico almost entirely without power; dropped 15 inches of rain on the Dominican Republic and northern Haiti; and rendered Barbuda ‘barely habitable,’ in the words of the island’s Prime Minister.

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