Staying Safe in the Skies with the RockSTAR aircraft tracking system.
Knowing the whereabouts of an aircraft of any size has historically been a tricky problem. Original technologies were cumbersome and error prone, using HF and VHF radios, direction finding (VOR) and distance measuring equipment (DME) to work out a rough location in the air. It may come a surprise to hear that these original methods are still in use, along with long range radar. In fact they are still the main method for tracking aircraft in our skies today.
There has been some improvement in recent years with the adoption of reporting methods such as ADS-B (Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) and ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System). But as recent events have shown us, there is still a great deal of improvement in methodologies required for locating both regular scheduled flights and missing or overdue aircraft.
If an aircraft does go down or runs overdue, then other locating systems come into play, namely the ELT or EPIRB transponders, but it’s shocking to read the statistics on how often these fail to activate (in up to 86% of general aviation crashes – CAA and TAIC database), and how slow they are to give a position even if they are still functioning after a major mishap like a fire or crash.
RockStar – The Perfect Aircraft Tracking System
There is obviously a technological void that needs to be bridged, to increase the safety of passengers and crew by real time tracking-and this is where the next revolution of equipment comes in. As with many leaps in technology, improvements come with surprising simplicity and lower costs.
Live reporting GPS tracking systems such as the RockSTAR aircraft tracking system and its cousin the YellowBrick, are available now to be installed in aircraft, either individually (YellowBrick) or as part of a fleet management system (RockSTAR).
These aircraft tracking systems are not only incredibly cheap by aviation standards, but they are able to run independent of a power source and can be mounted in any part of the aircraft that is GPS friendly, not just the cockpit. Often referred to in the industry as “bread-crumb” trackers because of the virtual trail of fixes they leave on a map, they simply keep reporting their position with great accuracy, including speed, course and altitude for as long as the massive battery will last – over 2000 position reports on a full battery.
RockSTAR – Everything Built-in for the Ultimate Aircraft Tracking System
RockSTAR aircraft tracking system can be wired to aircraft power via a custom power block, in a tamper-proof arrangement where it will send an alert if power is interrupted, for any reason. Other advanced reporting capabilities include over-temp/under-temp, over-speed/under-speed and loss of power.
It really is a head-scratcher that the use of live reporting trackers like the RockSTAR and YellowBrick is not more widespread in the aviation sector, given the low cost of ownership and operation and the massive increase in safety that the system offers. In the unfortunate event of the loss of an aircraft, it’s simply a matter of following the digital trail to the last known position.
We can’t rely on old fashioned radio methods anymore. The future is here in the form of live aircraft tracking with the RockSTAR aircraft tracking system, proudly brought to Australia and New Zealand by G-Layer.