Aerial Survey

Ravenair provides aircraft for aerial survey, reconnaissance, air-to-surface photography, air-to-air photography, aerodrome lighting evaluation and many other types of survey operations requiring an airborne platform.

Operations are conducted under the Ravenair EU PART-OPS Air Operator’s Certificate issued by the UK Civil Aviation Authority on behalf of EASA, which gives additional compliance over and above Aerial Work conditions. The AOC allows the legal carriage of passengers/operatives to observe or operate camera and monitoring equipment. The company holds many CAA exemptions, permissions and approvals to allow deviations to standard flying practices such as passage through restricted areas, congested terminal areas, height restrictions and flight through off-shore wind farms.

EASA PART-SPO will be applied in the UK on 21st April 2017. Ravenair has already made its Declaration to the UK CAA. The Declaration has been returned by the CAA under Reference NCD-201. Ravenair have also made a High Risk Application which has been reviewed by the UK CAA. For more information on PART-SPO please see the web links at the bottom of this page.

The work horses of the aerial survey fleet are eleven P68B/Observer aircraft and three Piper Aztec aircraft. All eleven P68 and three Aztec aircraft are modified with camera ports to allow cameras, sensors and monitoring equipment to be fitted. The P68 aircraft also have various bubble window arrangements for visual observer missions. One P68 is an Observer variant which has a fully glazed nose section which gives an excellent viewing experience.

The aircraft offer twin engine safety and the P68 has a high wing configuration above the fuselage offering an un-obstructed downward view. The survey fleet also has impressive endurance with the majority of aircraft having longrange fuel tanks.

Ravenair currently provides services to major oil, petrochemical companies, Global IT organisations, government departments, wildlife and conservation organisations. Other customers include airport authorities, rail infrastructure organisations, television and news production, newspapers and specialist digital image data collection companies. Current operations include pipeline inspection and survey, environmental survey data collection (birds and other wildlife), tracking of tagged birds, air-to-surface and air-to-air photography, aerodrome lighting inspection,radar testing, global mapping, LiDAR and other types of capture with specialist, bespoke sensors.

On 21st April 2017 EASA PART-SPO will apply to Aerial Survey and associated types of flying. Ravenair holds an EASA PART-OPS (CAT) Air Operators Certificate, we comply with the highest aviation standards. Our EASA PART-SPO Declaration was submitted on 20th January 2017. For more information on EASA PART-SPO and the changes it brings to the industry please see the CAA website below. Ravenair will continue to operate the AOC standards whilst having made the EASA PART-SPO Declaration. Particular attention should be made to High Risk Authorisations listed by the CAA.

EASA PART-SPO weblink to CAA

High Risk Authorisations weblink to CAA


A shortened version of the Ravenair EASA-SPO Declaration can be downloaded here: