Tracking System Credited With Saving Life of Student Pilot
25 May 2009
A New Zealand developed tracking service has been credited by a
leading flight school with potentially saving a student's life.
John Penno, chief flying instructor of Mainland Air, based in
Dunedin, confirmed that one of its students had become lost while
flying in Central Otago earlier this month.
"A student from our international course was flying from Dunedin
to Queenstown on a solo cross country navigation exercise, during
which he became lost.
"Using TracPlus, we can track the location of our training
aircraft on our office computer. We could see he was having
difficulty and were able to direct him towards Queenstown."
When the student became lost a second time, Mainland flight
instructors guided him back to Dunedin, again using the tracking
service. When the pilot landed, he was badly shaken and
"There is no question that TracPlus allowed us to avoid a tragic
outcome in this situation," said Penno. "With no radar coverage
south of Canterbury, the ability to see where our aircraft are,
wherever they are, as in this case, is a life saver."
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