I need to set up Automated Flight Following (AFF / API)

AFF and APIs can be set up in your account under management settings.

What is AFF?

AFF is Automated Flight Following and it allows you to send your tracking data through to third parties, such as the US Forest Service, the United Nations World Food Program, Lockheed Martin Flight Services Surveillance-Enhanced Search & Rescue, the National Aerial Fire Centre in Australia and many more. Some third parties require specific position reporting rates and your Spider may need to have the settings updated, this may also mean your Spidertracks charges may increase.

How to set up the AFF feed

1. Visit app.spidertracks.io  and log in with your email and password, then click on the 'Settings' icon.

2. Select the organisation that you would like to set up an AFF  feed.

3. Select AFF/API in the menu

4. Select the aircraft you would like to add to the AFF/API feed 

5. Select the public or private AFF consumer you would like to use

6. If you would like to apply the settings to all the Aircraft in your account, click 'Apply to All'

7. Click Save

8. To finish the setup, please send through the following details to the API provider:

  • Aircraft registration
  • The Spider IMEI
Where is my IMEI?

The IMEI can be found at the bottom of the Aircraft Settings page, which is a 15 digit number which will look like this 300234013726430.

Also See: Using the Spidertxt App to Set Up Automated Flight Following (AFF / API)

Who can pull data from Spidertracks?

Australia: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Australia: NAFC (1 - 2 minute position reporting interval)
Australia: Victoria Dept. of Sustainability & Environment
Canada: Alberta Forest Service (1 - 2 minute position reporting interval)
Canada: British Columbia Forest Service (1 - 2 minute position reporting interval)
Canada: Manitoba Wildfire Program
Canada: Ontario - Ministry of Natural Resources
Canada: Prince Albert Forest Protection Base
Canada: Yukon Wildland Fire Management
Germany: Convexis Rescue Track (1 - 2 minute position reporting interval)
International: Aeronet
International: Aerotrack Flightops
International: Apex Flight Operations (1 - 2 minute position reporting interval)
International: Blue Sky Network (1 - 2 minute position reporting interval)
International: FlightAware
International: Flightradar24 
International: Guardian Mobility Inc.
International: Heligrafics
International: IndigoSat MiTrac
International: Latitude Technologies Web Sentinel
International: myFLIGHTDATA
International: Openflyers
International: SARTrack Limited
International: Skyops
International: SkyTrac Systems Ltd
International: SOPFEU (1 minute position reporting interval)
International: TakeFlite
International: TracPlus Global Ltd
International: v2track
New Zealand: Rescue Coordination Centre
Switzerland: Rega Swiss Air Rescue
United States - FAA Alaska Flight Services
United States: Digital AirWare
United States: Leidos Flight Service (1 - 2 minute position reporting interval)
United States: National Park Service, Western Arctic Region, Alaska
United States: Satcom Direct (1 - 2 minute position reporting interva
United States: State of Alaska DNR (1 - 2 minute position reporting interval)
United States: US Forest Service (1 - 2 minute position reporting interval)


We also have an API available so third-party consumers can retrieve raw data from our system.

Third party consumers can configure either a Public or a Private data service to pull the raw data. If you are set up as a Public consumer Spidertracks' customers can elect you to pull their tracking data into your system.

The attached document is a comprehensive guide to assist you through all aspects of the integration process. Please note that there may be fees associated with pulling data from the Spidertracks API.


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Things to note

  • Some AFF Consumers require an update rate of 2 minutes
  • Radius mode is not available
  • You will be billed at your standard rate
  • Contractors to NAFC (Australia) may be charged a 'roaming fee' by the NAFC integrator
  • Other AFF Consumers may charge fees outside of the standard spidertracks fees
  • Third parties consuming data through the API may be charged a fee

If you require any additional information please contact support@spidertracks.com