What is Spidertxt?
Spidertxt 2.0 is a two-way operational messaging tool which allows aviation businesses to stay connected to their aircraft and people, no matter where they are in the world. Spidertxt is person-to-person communication through either desktop or mobile devices that provides simple and reliable communication anywhere in the world.
Download these instructions at the bottom of the page.
- Login to go.spidertracks.com
- Click on 'Settings' on the bottom left side of the 'Flying Page'
- Click on 'Manage' on the center of the screen
- On the left side, click on 'Spidertxt'
- Click 'Enable' on the center of the screen.
Everyone in your organisation will be able to use Spidertxt immediately through the website and through their mobile applications.
The trial will turn into a paid subscription after 30 days if not deactivated.
Download the Applications:
iOS - Search for Spidertracks in the App Store
Android - Search Spidertxt in the Google Play store
In iOS, if prompted, you need to allow Spidertracks to send you push notifications. To check push notifications are enabled, go to your phone settings, notifications and tap on Spidertracks.
- Go to Spidertxt from the main menu. Any members within your organisation that have signed up an account will be listed on the Spidertxt page.
- Click on a member to view recent history, scroll back through messages, or send a new message.
- Message length is limited to 120 characters.
- A notification will be shown on the menu sidebar if unread messages exist.
- Login to the Spidertracks application with your Spidertracks email and password
- Tap the main menu slider at the top left of the application and select Spidertxt
- Spider 6 or Spider 7 connection: The first time you connect to a Spider 6 or Spider 7 you will need to manually connect. Please follow these steps:
- Please go to your iPhone settings and make sure that Bluetooth is enabled, please do NOT pair at this stage.
- Click on Connection on the bottom menu. Your Spider will show in the list of Spiders, click Connect. The connection may take a few minutes depending if the Spider has clear view of the sky. The next time the Spider powers up within Bluetooth range (10m) to your phone, with the application open, it will automatically attempt to connect.
- Then click on New Message and you will be able to see your account members that have already signed up.
- Spider 4 or Spider 5 connection: If you are connecting a Spider 4 or Spider 5 you will need to connect to the Spider every time. In the connect page, tap Search for a Spider 4 & 5, then tap on the Spider within the list to connect.
- You need a good view of the sky during this connection process. Once connected the connection status bar on the messages page will turn green.
- Write a new message by clicking on the new message icon, or from the message history screen, tap on an existing conversation to send another message.
- People on the ground can also send and receive messages when not connected to a Spider, through Wifi and cell data. If you do not want to use cell data to send messages, please turn this off in settings.
- Please make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your Android. Do not pair at this stage.
- Open the Spidertxt app and log in using your email and password.
- Click on "Not Connected" and wait for the app to find the Spider 6 or Spider 7.
- Click on the Spider and wait for the Spider to connect (you will see waiting for validation)
- Click on "New Message" and select the member that you want to text.
- Please note that for this step you need to have the Spider with clear view of the sky
- If the Spider doesn't have clear view of the horizon, it might take longer to connect or in some cases it won't connect. You should not have this problem when flying.
- Please note that the status will stay as "Sending" until the recipient opens the app and reads the message.
Spider 4 or Spider 5 connection: If you are connecting a Spider 4 or Spider 5 you will need to connect to the Spider every time. Tap Search for a Spider 4 & 5, then tap on the Spider within the list to connect.
Note: For Spidertxt on Android you currently need to install the separate Spidertxt App, additionally to the Spidertracks viewing app. Please make sure you download the latest version.
Notes on Enabling Spidertxt
- When you enable Spidertxt 2.0 all members of your organisation will be notified about the one month free trial.
- After the free trial you will be invoiced for Spidertxt if it is not disabled by an administrator.
- Everyone using Spidertxt must have an account at go.spidertracks.com and be a member of your organisation in order to send and receive messages to and from other members of your organisation.
Spidertxt 2.0 is USD 15.00 per aircraft per month which gives you unlimited messages between anyone in your team. Note, this is charged for all aircraft registered on your account even if the Spider in the aircraft is not capable of connecting to an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for special upgrade options to get the latest Spider for your aircraft.
Some limitations of this release are:
- Text to email or SMS recipients is not supported; you are only able to send to members of your organisation
- Characters must be ASCII only, accents and emojis are not supported
- Message history sync between the website and Android is not supported
- Automatic Bluetooth connection for Android is not supported
- Wifi and cell data messages are not supported in Android, communication only available through the Spider
Spidertxt 2.0 is compatible with iOS (Apple iPhone 4S and newer, iPad, iPod Touch running iOS 10 or later)* and Android devices with the latest firmware. The handset or tablet must have Bluetooth.
- Spider 7
- Spider 6
- Spider 5
- Spider 4**
You can check if your Spider is ready for Spidertxt 2.0 on this page www.spidertracks.com/spidertxt. All Spiders must have the latest version of firmware. Please contact email@example.com if you are unsure of your firmware version.
** Early versions of Spider 4 are not compatible with iOS. If you have a Spider 4 and are unsure whether or not you are iOS compatible, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only the latest version of browsers are supported, excluding Internet Explorer 11.
You can find find a downloadable PDF version of Spidertxt 2.0 User Guide at the bottom of this article.