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Artex introduces spidertracks Flight Tracking System

Aug. 11, 2008, Aurora, OR – Artex Aircraft Supplies has  announced that it has signed an agreement with spidertracks ltd to distribute the portable “spidertracks” flight tracking system.

August 11, 2008  By Stacy Bradshaw

Aug. 11, 2008, Aurora, OR – Artex Aircraft Supplies, part of the Cobham Avionics and Surveillance Division, announced today that it has signed an agreement with spidertracks ltd to distribute the portable “spidertracks” flight tracking system.

The spidertracks unit utilizes GPS location data transmitted through the Iridium Satellite network to a web interface allowing real-time flight following / flight tracking on the internet. Demand for such a simple-to-use system has increased dramatically as AFF has become mandatory for operators contracting with the US and Canadian Forest Services.

The spidertracks unit allows tracking of location, altitude, speed, direction and date / time information of any aircraft or mobile asset anywhere in the world. The coordinates are transmitted via the Iridium network of 66 satellites to a secure server allowing access to any designated recipient anywhere in the world via the Internet. For aircraft operating on behalf of the US or Canadian fire or forestry services or similar, the data is sent directly to the respective national operations center and used by operational teams to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their ongoing operations.

The unit is portable and can be installed quickly and easily by the operator without additional installation certification, yet has the functionality of much more complex, heavier and expensive options. Because of its portability it can be transferred between aircraft at no additional cost and no external antennae are required.  Commercial configurations allow tracking of all units in a fleet with one log-in on website.


An optional two-way communication keypad enables pilots to control the frequency of the data transmission, log events or send pre-set messages, while in flight.

About Artex
Artex Aircraft Supplies, Inc. located in Aurora, OR, is part of Cobham Avionics & Surveillance, a division of Cobham plc, a publicly traded billion dollar international aerospace, flight operations, precision engineering and avionics company based in the UK.  Artex designs and manufactures a wide array of Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) for General, Business, Commercial and Military aviation applications as well as battery packs and ELT accessories.
For more information, including details on new products visit or call 1-800-547-8901


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