[time-nuts] Aircraft ping timing
jfor at quikus.com
Sat Mar 22 09:58:22 EDT 2014
I'm not so sure it is worth much as parts, except possibly on the black
market. I believe the aircraft industry is big on tracking every part,
cradle to grave. After all an under spec bolt can cause a very expensive
> In retrospect it is kind of crazy that fleet owners will put tracking
> devices on $100K semi trucks and cranes yet $100 million aircraft have to
> rely upon 60 year old technology (Transponders) and ACARS to keep track of
> them. I don't question the utility of TCAS and Transponders, it is just
> the issue of not tracking such a valuable asset that is kind of crazy. Can
> you imagine how much an aircraft like that is worth in spare parts alone?
> -on the world market. If I were an insurer I would be asking questions of
> the industry.
> "Orbcomm is kind of troublesome.
> There is a tracking service used mostly by helicopters, which of course
> are notorious for falling off the radar due to low altitude. It is
> Iridium based.
> I've used or have know users various satellite messaging services over
> the years. Iridium is good. I was a Globcomm customer, but it was not
> reliable. A friend was on Orbcomm and it had issues as well. "
> Joe Leikhim
> Leikhim and Associates
> Communications Consultants
> Oviedo, Florida
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