Jackson County Airport, Jefferson, Georgia
A little more than 2 months have passed since installing the GARD system at the Jackson County airport. So far, I am extremely pleased with the ease of use and the accuracy of the counts that the system generates.
We had initially thought that our airport had about 10-15 daily operations on average. Turns out that we are closer to 25 operations per day with some well over 80. Using the export function, I have generated spreadsheets and graphs to use at Airport Authority meetings and to show whomever asks.
Recently, we’ve had public questions about the need for our airport to exist. With our new GARD system, I can easily back up stats with facts. Great job to you and your team for figuring out a simple yet effective way to capture both radio traffic and the operation counts!
Twin County Airport, Hillsville, VA
As a small municipal airport you would think it would be easy to keep track of daily operations. This really isn’t the case, as a lot of our operations happen after normal business hours. The G.A.R.D. system can now capture all the happenings at Twin County. Where before all I had was a simple tracking sheet and would log approximately 63 operations a month, the operations count software actually shows we have near 200 operations per month!
The audio recording system has shown to be useful for reviewing activity near the airport. The other week we had an ELT activated on or near the field. After a walk around the airfield property and listening to the recordings we determined that the ELT was in the location of the flight line given its strength. Thankfully that is all it was.
Overall the G.A.R.D. system has reduced workload and given us more realistic data to utilize, not to mention the information for investigation in case something disastrous happens.
Maine Department of Transportation
The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) recently purchased a GARD System by Invisible Intelligence for the state owned Augusta State Airport. MaineDOT is also in the process of working out a program in which we will reimburse all Maine Public Airports up to 50% of the cost of a system. We are doing this because of the importance that we feel this product adds to the safety of customers at our Maine Airports.
We have already seen the safety benefit in the short amount of time that we and other Maine Airports have had the system in place. Numerous issues have been already identified through the recorded audio recordings, and safety training sessions have been conducted to make those airports safer for the traveling public.
The GARD System also provides data reporting that gives us a much better knowledge of the number of landings and takeoffs at those general aviation airports. Prior to this system, we really had no good data regarding those trips. That accurate information will be very helpful to us and the Airports in planning and prioritizing resources.
The low cost GARD System helps us in meeting our Department's Mission Statement of "providing our customers the safest and most reliable transportation system possible, given available resources".
Waterville Robert LaFleur Airport, Waterville, Maine
The Waterville LaFleur Airport has had the pleasure of using the G.A.R.D. for several months, and in those few months it has proven to be an invaluable tool on several fronts. As a General Aviation airport it has always been a struggle for us to quantify our operations counts. In the past, we have tried using my personnel to record daily activities; however it proved to be difficult to capture the records accurately. Additionally, we were not able to record aircraft during the times we were not open. Installing the G.A.R.D. has resolved this issue, and we are now able to provide an accurate, up to date report quantifying our aircraft operations. This not only allows us to provide our operations counts to the FAA and DOT, but assists us in projection required staffing level needs.
An additional benefit with using the G.A.R.D. that we have found to be extremely helpful was the ability to capture the audio files for use in the training environments. One example I can provide was an incident that involved an aircraft on approach, and an aircraft departing opposite ends of our main runway. Luckily, the event ended without serious incident. While this event could be categorized as a "close call", by using the audio files that captured this event, we were able to create a real world scenario that has been used in our based flight school's ground instruction, educating students on the importance of proper radio selection and use. On a similar platform, we have been able to educate and enforce our airfield radio communications with our own staff.
In conclusion, having had the system now, I cannot imagine not having it in the future. Its use has become part of our daily life.
Knox County Regional Airport, Owls Head, Maine
The purpose of this letter is to provide positive support for the recording system developed by Invisible Intelligence LLC. Specifically, their General Audio Recording Device (GARD).
Like most small, general aviation, non-towered airports, we did not have a system to record our local aviation radio transmissions. After an aircraft accident at our airport, neither the NTSB investigator nor our own investigator could easily or reliably recreate the radio conversations leading up to the incident. In an attempt to eliminate this issue going forward, we researched available systems to provide indexed recordings of our local frequency. We were about to pay a very large price for elaborate equipment and software with capabilities beyond what we really needed, but that was all that was available.
Invisible Intelligence LLC provided an inexpensive fix to our problem. I have been using their system since February of 2013 and am more impressed with its capabilities every day. It meets our original need, it provides easy to access files of each radio transmission, using very little memory and minimal maintenance needs. It also has become a great training tool for educating and correcting airfield drivers, especially the first responders (fire, ambulance and sheriff deputies) who may not be familiar with aviation radio protocols.
I access the system every day and have found an additional benefit of the system. I am now able to determine if any aircraft are using the airport after hours, during our voluntary curfew. Invisible Intelligence LLC’s most recent software upgrade also added the ability to calculate the total number of aircraft movements. This information is required by the FAA and has traditionally been very difficult to accurately estimate.
I strongly support the GARD System, it is an economical, simple yet elegant solution to several historically difficult issues at small airports.
Belen Alexander Airport, Belen, New Mexico
In September 2013 the Belen, NM airport purchased a GARD system to record UNICOM transmissions. Within the first week we had an incident, which was a FAR violation, and we forwarded the recording to the FAA.
The GARD system is very easy to install and use. It is literally plug and play.
I highly recommend this system for non-towered airports and towered airports that revert to UNICOM during the off hours.