Ravenair do not own any camera systems or sensors. We specialise in providing turnkey solutions for an aerial platform, we operate some systems on behalf of our clients or carry their staff as Task Specialists under Specialised Operations Declaration.
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. Ravenair do not own any camera systems or sensors. We specialise in providing turnkey solutions for an aerial platform, we operate some systems on behalf of our clients or carry their staff as Task Specialists under Specialised Operations Declaration.
SPO Operations are conducted using the Ravenair UK PART-OPS (CAT) Approved Air Operator's Certificate Suite of Operations Manuals and Procedures with variations where appropriate. This achieves additional compliance over and above historic Aerial Work Conditions. The AOC allows the legal carriage of passengers to observe equipment in use. 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.
The work horses of the aerial survey fleet are 16 P68B/Observer aircraft All P68 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 long range capability.
Ravenair currently provides services to major energy, 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 and power-line 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.