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Spidertracks to celebrate 10th birthday

Monday, March 6, 2017

Article from Vertical

Aircraft management specialist Spidertracks will celebrate its 10th birthday this year and is kicking it off at Heli-Expo 2017. The New Zealand-based company is traveling to Dallas to show off its 10th birthday special and give two people the chance to win a trip to New Zealand.

The New Zealand-based company is traveling to Dallas to show off its 10th birthday special and give two people the chance to win a trip to New Zealand. Spidertracks PhotoThe New Zealand-based company is traveling to Dallas to show off its 10th birthday special and give two people the chance to win a trip to New Zealand. Spidertracks Photo

Starting from humble roots in the back-blocks of New Zealand in 2007, Spidertracks now helps thousands of aviation companies manage their operations more safely and efficiently every day.

Spidertracks’ CEO, Dave Blackwell says the only silicon in the valley where Spidertracks began was in the toolbox of some farmer’s tractor, but it became the birthplace of what is now a thriving global tech company. “Our story began when a helicopter went missing on a flight from one end of New Zealand to the other. It took 31 helicopters almost 1,000 hours of flying time over 15 days to find the wreckage.

“Watching this unfold was a local helicopter pilot and a young engineer who thought that nothing like this should ever happen again. After two years of building and testing, the Spider was born. Since then, Spidertracks have tracked almost six million flight hours of aircraft around the world. With Spiders operating in 101 countries, around 700 flights every day are taken with Spiders on board.”

While Spidertracks has accomplished a lot in its 10 years, the future is looking even brighter, says Blackwell.

“Now 10 years old, Spidertracks is fast evolving with the technologies available and with the requirements of the industry, but the fundamental driver of our success remains — a delightfully simple product philosophy and an outstanding team of people that take it to the world with their hearts and souls.

“As we move further into the safety management space, and bring to market a virtual flight data recorder (virtual-FDR), we’re also releasing supporting software within the Spidertracks ecosystem that all integrates to enhance planning, reporting, and data analytics that drive our customersʼ businesses.

“At the end of the day, we’re delivering the information that operators need to make better decisions without the barrier of cost that only the big operators can afford,” said Blackwell.

As for celebrations, Spidertracks has dropped the price by almost 50 percent on Spider 6 and 7 units, now just $1,000 until the end of March. As an extra offer, anyone who buys a new Spider at Heli-Expo goes into the draw to win two free tickets for a holiday in New Zealand. The prize will be drawn on the second day of the show, Wednesday March 8 at 15:00 3 p.m.).

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