Marlink and IDG Europe complete Smalltrack trials


Swedish Air Ambulance King Air 200

Marlink and IDG Europe have completed trials of the Smalltrack portable tracking system on a fixed wing aircraft operated by Scandinavian Air Ambulance and a helicopter operated by Scandinavian MediCopter in Sweden.

Marlink’s next generation location-based Iridium tracking device features a new, compact and lightweight design, Smalltrack is a highly mobile device with user-friendly operation and installation.

The system operates on the Iridium satellite network and can be used in any location without connecting to external power or antenna sources.

The fixed wing aircraft Smalltrack testing took place on a Beech Super King Air 200 over a period of five days.  The helicopter testing was aboard an AS 365 Dauphin N2, with daily flights for 3 weeks.

Håkan Österhed, VP Aero Sales, IDG Europe said: “Working closely with Marlink, Scandinavian Air Ambulance and Scandinavian MediCopter we have demonstrated Smalltrack’s ability to deliver highly reliable asset tracking on small aircraft. The system itself is incredibly easy to install and because everything is built-in, it can operate faultlessly without any external connections.”

Danny Côté, president Enterprise, Marlink added: “Highly compact, mobile and reliable, Smalltrack is the ideal ‘carry-on’ tracking device for small fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. The trials with our partner IDG Europe demonstrate the convenience of the system for small aircraft pilots, who will benefit from the added layer of safety and security tracking provided, without having to add another item to pre-flight check lists.”