I have started a thread discussing Safesky on the forum of the UK GA magazine, Flyer. I’m prevented from including links so look for forums flyer co uk and choose General Aviation, then Do We Need Radar?.
My view is Safesky represents a major step forward in safety and effectiveness of general aviation, and more commercial aviation operating in environments where other collision avoidance is not available. There is some interest in how Safesky, and such things as SkyDemon, cooperate with mobile providers.
If you can comment on some of the questions listed below, I will post your responses on the forum.
- Do you liaise with network providers to clarify how they view airborne use of their networks given they do not expect transmitters to be above ground level. They might be pleased about what you are doing (people may purchase additional SIMs to make use of Safesky etc) or they may view this as disruptive to the network as it may create traffic management problems since the operation is outside their design limits.
- If you do liaise with them, are they helpful? Do they provide any technical guidance of how to utilize network facilities to best meet your service needs? Do they let you know about planned and imminent changes that might affect your app?
- Do they provide you with any information about current and future coverage plans?
- In the UK there is an initiative called ESN which will replace special mobile provision for emergency services . Of interest is that it aims to cover aircraft up to 10000 feet and appears to partly use 4G. As it stands one would assume it may not be accessible to ordinary mobile/tablet users but it might be relatively easy to make some of its coverage available to safety systems like Safesky. Have you seen this, and do you see any possibilities of how this might extend Safesky coverage?