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February 10, 2016 · Real Time Flight Tracking
Future Air has added to our web site an application that can provide real time tracking of your flight simply by using your cell phone.
It requires an app that can be downloaded onto Android, iOS, windows and java me/j2me cell phones. The app uses your phone’s GPS to send its location to our web site for display on a map. The map can be viewed in both real time and after the fact. Your phone can be set up to transmit in intervals of one, five or fifteen minutes.
Developed by Nick Fox at websmithing.com the app must be activated by you each time and the only function that it serves is to track its GPS location. When tracking is no longer required you simply turn it off. The data collected can be reviewed by you on a map and when no longer needed you can delete it. The information provided on the map includes: direction of travel, speed, distance traveled, date, time of day, latitude, longitude, reference name, and accuracy.
We encourage you to use this app. After all, should you have to actually make a forced landing it will provide Search and Rescue an excellent starting point that includes the last known location with actual co-ordinates, the time of that information and the direction of travel. In fact, as long as your cell phone continues to operate it will keep broadcasting its location to any cell tower within reach. Not necessary if you are able to make a phone call but if you are unconscious...
There is no charge for either the app or its use. We will be happy to show you how to set it up and how to access the results on the web site. We encourage you to try it out while simply going for a walk or while driving around town.
At Future Air aviation safety has always been a high priority. This is reflected in the training that we provide and the manner in which we conduct our operations. While we have never lost an airplane the possibility no matter how unlikely always exists. It is with this in mind that we added this capability for our clients to our web site. Its use can provide important input to a search and rescue operation significantly reducing your time to being found.
For more information talk to any of our staff.
“I completed my recreational, private with Future Air, training for the most part with Jose Goncalves. I was impressed with the high level of competence and accessibility to answer questions, even after hours when at home. I have recommended Future Air to anyone interested in learning to fly and will continue to do so in the future.”