Maverick Helicopters will be the launch customer for Spidertracks’s Insights virtual flight data recorder technology on its Spider X. Announced at Heli-Expo 2020, Spider X is billed as an affordable “plug and play” solution for flight data monitoring.
“The same barriers exist today in flight data monitoring that existed in tracking when we started. Our latest evolution, Insights, aims to bridge the gap and break down those barriers by utilizing data captured on Spider X to calculate safety events that indicate high-risk maneuvers, and deliver it in a simple and easy format,” said Spidertracks CEO Dave Backwell.
The company notes that Insights not only enables aircraft owners and operators to see where, but how their aircraft are flying. Spider X collects aircraft data including heading, roll, pitch, yaw, airspeed, vertical speed, altitude, and exceedances and then delivers it wirelessly to the Spidertracks platform.
Maverick Helicopters flies air tours in Las Vegas and Hawaii with a fleet of Airbus H130s logging more than 250,000 passengers annually. “We’re looking forward to more data and information from our aircraft and seeing the benefit for our business and its operations and also highlighting areas where there may be inefficiencies,” noted John Mandernach, Maverick regional partner. “The potential is endless.”