Spirit Wireless has a variety of GPS (Global Position System) aircraft tracking systems to give position reports over a satellite. This information is typically accessed from a web-based mapping interface where current and historical information can be viewed. These devices come in many different forms: some are portable devices that can be moved between aircraft and others are fixed installations.
GPS aircraft tracking systems report aircraft-specific information such as speed, bearing and altitude and sometimes have built in voice or data communications capabilities. These systems have varying configurations for reporting intervals, typically from one-minute to fifteen-minute time intervals. Some devices also have the ability to report for AFF.
The satellite networks utilized by the equipment in the Aviation section of Spirit Wireless include Iridium and Globalstar Satellite Constellations.
Common uses for AFF devices are contractors flying for USDA during fire season and contractors flying for utility companies.
This type of data is important to aircraft operators to know the current status of their aircraft. OOOI is acquired differently in commercial aircraft than in general aviation aircraft.
How is OOOI Information Utilized?
OOOI can be very useful for aircraft operators in several ways. First, some GPS aircraft tracking devices have the ability to send notifications by e-mail upon the OOOI events, therefore notifying an aircraft operator immediately upon leaving the gate, take-off, touchdown and finally the arrival at the gate. These status updates keep the operator informed of expected arrival times and help with scheduling. Second, the reports and trip history generated by GPS aircraft tracking devices acts as proof of flight hours as required by law. Third, since this information is used to calculate many other statistics, the delivery of OOOI data allows for more accurate predictions for costs and maintenance.
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