With every new technological innovation and development, the aviation industry grows incrementally safer. The widespread adoption of real-time aircraft tracking, for example, extended to smaller operations the communication capabilities and safety benefits long enjoyed by commercial airlines and elevated general aviation to a new level of security.
But even with safety at an all-time high, small incidents still occur regularly. According to the Aviation Safety Network, 2018 has seen 78 safety incidents across the globe, 26 of which have been non-fatal training accidents in the United States alone. It’s important to be prepared for any eventuality — and implementing a system such as Spidertracks can give you the tools you need to appropriately and confidently handle any accidents or issues that might come up.
In this post, we’ll take a look at a few of 2018’s safety occurrences and discuss how Spidertracks may have been able to help in those situations.
Alerts at the push of a button
After taking off from a small airfield in California, an aircraft on a cross-country training flight suffered a loss of engine power and was forced to land on farm terrain. During the forced landing, the landing gear collapsed — damaging the plane but fortunately leaving both pilots unharmed.
With Spidertracks on board, the pilots’ operations team would’ve known the minute the aircraft lost power — either by one of them pressing the SOS button on the Spider during trouble checks or by Automated Watch Mode automatically calling for help when the aircraft loses electrical power.
Tracking even in remote locations, and minimal recovery time
In a similar incident, an aircraft was forced to land in open-field terrain northwest of Omaha, Nebraska following a loss of engine power. The plane struck trees and fencing on impact with the ground and was damaged significantly, but the two pilots were thankfully uninjured.
Many incidents take place in remote regions where coverage may go in and out or vanish entirely. This can cause serious communication problems and result in potentially life-threatening delays when it comes to locating downed aircraft. But this is where Spidertracks comes in; our platform offers comprehensive, cross-channel coverage that gives you a complete overview of your aircraft at all times. You’ll always know exactly where they are — which is crucial, especially in emergency situations.
Try it for yourself.
As an aviation operator, it’s vital that you put safety first. This means taking proactive steps to prevent incidents with your aircraft, so you ensure the safety of your pilots and the reputation of your business. Having a Spider onboard is a simple way to exponentially increase the safety of your operations — and in addition to the hardware itself, Spidertracks offers many other important features and capabilities that will help prepare you in the event of an emergency.
The best way to find out what we mean? Take us for a spin! Head here to trial Spidertracks and experience firsthand what we can do for your aviation operation.