SafeSky supports Search & Rescue amid Turkey's earthquakes

Safesky works on smartphones and tablets with an internet connection. Images: Safesky

SafeSky, the internet based traffic awareness app, is helping search & rescue teams in Turkey following devastating earthquakes in the region.

SafeSky says it was approached by the Turkish Airforce Search & Rescue teams to assist with their air operations following the earthquakes. The SAR pilots are specially trained officers who play a crucial role in coordinating operations and providing critical medical assistance and transport to disaster areas.

In response, SafeSky has provided the SAR helicopter and aeroplane teams with full access to its situational awareness app.

“Our app significantly enhances their flight safety and coordination in a high-risk and busy mid-air airspace, allowing the SAR teams to focus their efforts on their crucial emergency relief roles,” said a statement from SafeSky.

“The aerial fleet counts several dozens of aircraft which do not all have electronic conspicuity equipment, creating high risk with no traffic situation awareness.

“Today approx 75 helicopters and airplanes use SafeSky on a daily basis.”

As an offshoot for this effort, SafeSky is now available for all pilots in Turkey.



How does SafeSky work? It is a mobile application using the GPS chip in a smartphone or tablet to send your position to SafeSky’s servers. That’s then transmitted in the opposite direction to other users of the app thus sharing your location


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