The most frequently asked questions

 

« Despite a visual of nearby traffic, SafeSky did not share any traffic information »

SafeSky is not a radar, but collects traffic positions through the GPS of the mobile or tablet transmitted to the mobile internet network and sends them to the pilots in the same way, through the network. If an aircraft has no transmission means on board, such as ADS-B, FLARM, OGN or simply SafeSky, the traffic cannot be detected and will not be visible by any anti-collision system on the market, including SafeSky. To be seen at night, a car also needs to turn on its headlights...

« What happens when a mobile internet signal is lost? »

If a mobile device loses its signal, SafeSky will show a circle of uncertainty on the screens that will grow larger with each second. This grey circle shows the possible position of the aircraft taking into account its last position and velocity. As soon as the network connection is re-established, the position will be corrected and identified again.

« What is the minimum configuration required to use SafeSky? »

SafeSky is iOS and Android compatible, and works on smartphones and tablets. 

  • For Apple users, iPhone or iPad should have at least iOS 13 update to run SafeSky.
  • For Android users, it will require at least an Android phone or tablet version 7 Nougat and 1.5GB RAM. 

« A flashing red circle appears at the top of the screen. What does it mean? »

If the internet connection is temporarily lost, the green circle turns red to inform the pilot of a signal loss. This can happen in certain areas without network coverage, known as white zones. This phenomenon of network loss also occurs while crossing borders, caused by the change of mobile internet operator. Fortunately these losses are generally short, and the signal is quickly recovered. 

« I already use a transponder S mode. Why should I need SafeSky? »

The S mode transponder is only detected by secondary surveillance radars (SSR), and therefore air traffic control, as well as by aircraft equipped with a TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System). To date, the majority of aircraft flying between 0 and 5,000 feet is not equipped with this type of expensive equipment. Therefore, being equipped with an S mode does not protect you from a mid-air collision with other air users. 

SafeSky aggregates most of the ADS-B, FLARM and OGN traffic, in addition to its own traffic, and is therefore today the most complete platform to SEE and BE SEEN. Discussions are ongoing to integrate S mode traffic into the SafeSky interface in the medium term.

« In which countries SafeSky can be used? »

As of today March 28, SafeSky is available in Belgium and France (via App Store or Google Play). This is a deliberate choice to allow us to lay the foundations of a new community of pilots. In the following weeks, SafeSky will be available in other European countries, including the UK. And then the rest of the world will follow!

 

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