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Spidertracks launches Virtual FDR

7th March 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Spidertracks has launched a new Virtual-Flight Data Recorder (FDR) that extends real-time flight following capabilities into the Flight Operations Quality Assurance domain, the company announced on 4 March.

Virtual FDR extends the real-time flight following capabilities of the Spider hardware by logging a 4D vector at 15 second intervals, as well as with every 30° change in heading. This data is then transmitted in a bundled package with the next scheduled position report. This provides a smoother track and an accurate representation of the aircraft’s actual flight path and movements.

Dave Blackwell, CEO, Spidertracks, said: ‘As a trusted provider of aviation safety services we have elected to use Iridium NEXT as our primary channel for all mission critical flight data. This gives the customer assurance of receiving high quality data every time without reliance on the availability of a cellular signal or messing around with an SD card.’

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