SAAMA Aviación is dedicated to providing professional services in fighting forest fires with high precision and quality.
Their pilots are vastly experienced, with time spent fighting fires in Europe and Chile.
SAAMA's pilots are trained and submitted to strict examinations at the Flight school in Europe, an organisation which has exclusive rights for the to train for this specific type of aerial work.
They are trained and submitted to strict examinations in the Flight School in Europe, being this the only Instruction Center that has the exclusive teaching for this type of aerial work and where the best and most qualified professionals in the field are trained.
The experience and professionalism of their instructors have given their staff the opportunity to teach lectures and classes in recognized institutions both in Chile and Europe.
For SAAMA, the goal was to maintain tracking in areas with low cellular coverage.
Given the nature of forest firefighting, SAAMA operates in remote locations in southern Chile where there is often no mobile network coverage. Previously, SAAMA used conventional tracking systems with cellular technology only; this meant that they lost contact with their aircraft at critical moments of operation. With dual-mode tracking, satellite and cellular options are available when they're flying in metro or remote areas.
"There were areas that cellular service did not cover and we were left with a trace of uncertainty."
In recent years, the government have increased their requirements for tracking aircraft for firefighting. Because of this, companies such as SAAMA Aviación are looking to update their systems to be able to compete in government bids.
"We worked with a GSM tracking system, with a telephone SIM card, but CONAF's (National Forest Corporation) contract required it to be able to be tracked in satellite network."
TracPlus allows SAAMA Aviación to maintain control and contact with their aircraft at all times. This is extremely important given the risk involved in fighting forest fires.
"Now in the fire season, two of our planes went to operate in southern Chile, to Cochrane, a huge remote area in the Chilean Patagonia where there was a big fire. They were there for about 20 days. And there's no cell phone or radar coverage. [TracPlus] let us know where they were and what they were doing." Hugo Miranda, Operations Manager
Thanks to the seamless integration of TracPlus GSM/cellular and satellite technology, SAAMA gets the best of both technologies. In areas with GSM coverage, SAAMA can reduce its operating costs by using this technology while keeping in touch in remote areas through satellite technology.
"TracPlus has given us outstanding results."
Beyond tracking, TracPlus offer business tools that increase safety and efficiencies for the business. This includes the recording of relevant aircraft information such as engine startup and shutdown. This information is then used to improve operations, but also to offer accurate flight data to government organisations for billing and compliance when required.
"TracPlus meets all our expectations. Start-up, real-time tracking and liquid launches."