Spidertracks Introduces New S3 Tracker

In debuting the Spidertracks S3, the New Zealand company has brought the price of its GPS-based tracking system down dramatically. The previous Spidertracks system cost $1995 for the unit plus monthly and per-message fees. With the S3, the buy-in is less than half: $995. Plus, there are several data plans that can bring the ongoing costs way down for infrequent flyers. They range from $15 to $50/month for tracking alone, variable by the number of hours per month. Notifications sent from or to the Spidertracks unit are extra.

What’s more, the S3 is a very compact unit, designed to sit atop the glareshield (where its two GPS engines have a clear view of the sky). The system uses standard GPS for positioning, plus it includes a data link through the Iridium system to send tracking and "canned" messages, which can then be seen on a website or transmitted to users through text messages.

Spidertracks also allows dedicated tracking through a system called Spiderwatch, which acts similarly to SPOT; if tracking is lost while the unit is presumed active, Spidertracks will alert selected individuals, who may then contact emergency responders.

For more information, visit the Spidertracks website.

KITPLANES Editor at Large Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for 23 years and in magazine work for more than 25. He is a 4500-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glastar Sportsman 2+2.

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