In this day and age technology offers a great many advances and opportunities. However, this can also bring a wide range of risk and none is more obvious to pilots and aircraft owners than the influx of drones into the skyline.
Here at Oceania Aviation, Safety is one of our core values and we firmly believe that all pilots should be able to take to the skies with complete confidence. With this in mind and the need to address the "drone situation" here in New Zealand, we have become the exclusive agent for Soncell in order to bring their SPI 24 drone detection system to the kiwi market.
The SPI 24 or Signal Presence Detector has been designed to detect and alert the user of drone activity within a 3km radius. With the unit fitting in the palm of your hand, this device easily sits in the cockpit offering pilots a visual indicator of drone activity and signal strength.
The SPI 24 detects FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum) signals used by the large majority of commercially available drone. It also detects activity from 2400 - 2485 MHz.
With a 3km detection area, the SPI 24 will detect and notify pilots, both visually and audibly, on drone activity and signal strength. This will ensure pilots have adequate warning and time to take the required action.
The device has a visual LED bar-graph that indicates the signal strength of a nearby drone allowing the pilot to better assess his surroundings and take action. A red display indicates FHSS detection while a yellow display indicates to background interference.
At the same time as the visual warning, the device provides an audible warning that can be monitored through the 3.5mm socket.
The SPI 24 comes with an internal rechargeable Li-Po battery that provides the user with approximately 12 hours of operation. Allowing a full days work with the user to recharge overnight ready for the next day.
Fitting in the palm of your hand, the SPI 24 is easy to use and move between aircraft. Its outer dimensions are 105 mm x 65 mm x 19mm and weighs 80 grams including battery.