Monitoring of General Aviation with AOPA-Tracker
Company — Interregional Non-Governmental Organization of Pilots and Owners of General Purpose Airctaft Project — Monitoring of General Aviation with AOPA-Tracker.
The AOPA-Tracker service is intended for automatic tracking of aircraft operation with use of individual satellite-aided trackers such as Garmin inReach.
The satellite-aided trackers have proven to be a convenient and cost effective communication means for transmission of aircraft position, nevertheless, the need to be enabled manually (by pressing button) reduces the efficiency in cases when the flight crew is not able to activate the tracker on its own due to an air accident.
The AOPA-Tracker service automatically tracks the flight line reference, and, if the the tracker stops transmitting location reports or such reports arrive from one point for half an hour, the service first attempts to contact the crew, and, if there is no response, it will notify friends and relatives of the pilot by sending SMS to their cellphones.
The general aviation pilots use the satellite-aided trackers for search and rescue in case of air accidents.
The Robinson's pilot told about survival in the mountains and calling for rescuers using the Iridium.
Aleksander Novoseltsev survived after hard landing of helicopter in the mountains of the Momsky region of Yakutia. On September 29, 2018, Novoseltsev flew from Srednekolymsk to Yakutsk by Robinson helicopter at 9 a.m. to place the helicopter to winter parking. Aleksander's helicopter got into a storm and landed in the windmilling regime, but since the slope was steep and due to wind, it was thrown aside to stones, and the helicopter collapsed on its side. After landing, the pilot immediately signalled the distress using the satellite-aided tracker, he communicated via it as via a pager and transmitted his coordinates. The satellite-aided tracker was the lifeline to the world. Aleksander wrote about the accident, his location and informed that he was injured — his head was bleeding and numb. He was told that a helicopter would arrive in an hour and a half.
The rescue helicopter arrived toward evening. There was little if any space for landing. The rescuers managed to land about three hundred meters away. They descended the slope on foot in deep snow, and took the pilot on a stretcher to the helicopter, which brought Aleksander to the hospital.