SPAES GmbH installs Spidertracks in BK 117

SPAES GmbH & Co. KG has installed Spidertracks’ real-time aircraft tracking system on the instrument panel of a BK 117 helicopter.

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The BK 117, equipped with the Spidertracks system, is used for operations in regions in which data transmission is only possible by satellite transfer. SPAES Photo
The BK 117, equipped with the Spidertracks system, is used for operations in regions in which data transmission is only possible by satellite transfer. SPAES Photo

The device is a satellite-supported tracking system. With the support of the system, flight paths can be tracked worldwide via internet in real time.

“For the installation of the system, parts were manufactured and the cables were routed. The spider can be mounted variably in the cockpit,” said Joachim Kies, head of operational business at SPAES.

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The portable device has an antenna and can be used immediately. It transmits GPS position data during the flight, height and speed information data, as well as the direction by the Iridium satellite network to a server. The data transfer automatically starts with power supply.

The helicopter, equipped with the tracking system, is used for operations in regions in which data transmission is only possible by satellite transfer.

A minor change has been created in the EASA Part 21J design organization of SPAES.

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