Satellite tracking and communications specialist Rock Seven has announced a new partnership with FlightAware, the global-leader in live flight-tracking and data provision, to provide enhanced live flight-tracking information for its customers.
Confirmed during the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the collaboration will allow Rock Seven to transmit data from its RockSTAR and RockFLEET tracking units for integration into FlightAware’s flight tracking and management system. The compatibility between the systems will result in significant benefits for Rock Seven customers who will now have access to FlightAware’s live web-based flight tracking, real-time fleet maps and flight alerts for business aircraft operators.
An established manufacturer of Iridium-based satellite tracking and communication systems and airtime provider, Rock Seven supplies its customers with handheld Iridium devices as well as units for permanent installation on aircraft. With no annual contract and pay-as-you go use, the lightweight RockSTAR is a global communication device and tracking system which uses the Iridium satellite network to send and receive messages. The recently-launched RockFLEET is a robust, fixed device with multiple mounting options which is designed to operate as a standalone GPS tracker and provide accurate global tracking, with battery back-up, Machine-to-Machine data capability and Bluetooth connectivity for i0S and Android devices.
Nick Farrell, Director, Rock Seven, said: “We are excited to collaborate with FlightAware and confident that it will result in real benefits for customers looking for a portable, inexpensive unit, with pay-as-you-go service, in addition to industry-leading flight-tracking technology. FlightAware will basically use the position and altitude data from our device and feed that into their systems so customers can take advantage of all the additional features. Our RockSTAR handheld units will help support and streamline flight operations and provide customers with the ability to move devices between aircraft if necessary.”
Through the new partnership, FlightAware is now able to support satellite datalink from Rock Seven’s Iridium tracking units and therefore provide a sub-$500 worldwide satellite-based flight-tracking solution for operators who do not have an integrated cockpit solution. The largest flight-tracking website in the world, FlightAware already offers existing worldwide datalink integration with the industry’s largest data-link providers.
RockSTAR and RockFLEET users will now be able to benefit from services specific to aircraft operators, such as flight manifests and analysis of routes. Access to the web-based information will enable the user to stream live flight and map updates and view worldwide en-route navigation data along with other maps and overlays.
Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, said: “Our new partnership with Rock Seven provides business aircraft operators with a cost-effective tracking solution with the RockSTAR and RockFLEET Iridium units which provide a very fast update rate. In turn, this enables us to offer a global service tracking service for our customers which is even more comprehensive and accessible. We are confident Rock Seven’s customers will benefit from FlightAware’s flight-tracking technology.”
FlightAware is exhibiting at this year’s NBAA on Stand 4845