General aviation pilots can now fly safer when their SPOT products are linked to aircraft alerting and surveillance services
Covington, LA (June 17, 2015) - Globalstar, Inc., (NYSE MKT: GSAT), the leader in affordable satellite messaging and emergency notification technology through its SPOT service, announced today that Lockheed Martin Flight Service (LMFS) will integrate and provide automated position monitoring for VFR (Visual Flight Rules) flights.
Using a SPOT Gen3® or a SPOT Trace®, GPS tracking reports are generated and forwarded to LMFS. The system keeps track of the aircraft and if the aircraft stops moving or stops sending position reports, an alarm is triggered immediately at LMFS. The aircraft’s most recent GPS coordinates are available to be forwarded to Search and Rescue (SAR) authorities, significantly narrowing the search radius and providing faster SAR response.
The SPOT Gen3 also features an SOS button that can send an instant distress message along with GPS position information to GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center, immediately initiating SAR operations.
"We are pleased that SPOT devices are now integrated into our Surveillance-Enhanced Search-and-Rescue services," said Jim Derr, Director, Lockheed Martin Flight Service. “Pilots now will be able to leverage additional tracking and rescue services that are crucial to their flight planning."
“We are excited to work with Lockheed Martin, as together their services and our products will become even more powerful emergency notification and tracking devices,” said Jake Rembert, VP of Sales. "Our units have helped initiate over 3,500 rescues worldwide, which has included aviation rescue operations. Being able to get help fast in the event of an emergency is critical and we offer friends and family on the ground peace of mind by knowing where you are."
For a limited time this summer, SPOT units are 50% off. SPOT Gen3 can currently be purchased for $74.99 after rebate, with basic service plans starting at $14.99/month or $149.99/year. SPOT Trace can currently be purchased for $49.99, with basic service plans starting at $9.99/month or $99.99/year.
SPOT is exhibiting at EAA July 20-26 at Booth 3000. Please stop by to learn more about this groundbreaking collaboration and how to score a FREE SPOT device.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar offers these services to commercial and recreational users around the world. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite data modems and flexible service packages. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. Note that all SPOT products described in this or any Globalstar press release are the products of SPOT LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia. SPOT Connect is a trademark of SPOT LLC.
About Spot LLC
SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., provides affordable satellite communication and tracking devices for recreational use. SPOT voice devices use the Globalstar network to transmit two-way communication. SPOT messaging devices use both the GPS satellite network and the Globalstar network to transmit text messages and GPS coordinates. Since 2007, SPOT has provided peace of mind by allowing customers to remain in contact completely independent of cellular coverage, having initiated over 3,500 rescues worldwide. For more information, visit FindMeSPOT.com. Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of SPOT LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia. SPOT Connect is a trademark of Spot LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.