KaarbonTech has become the first company to receive a special permission from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to fly a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle within London airspace.
The first flight, commissioned by The GeoInformation Group, took place over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the home of the London 2012 Games.
Flight plans, prepared by qualified pilots, were approved in advance by both the CAA and London City Airport. London City Airport controls the airspace around the Olympic Park.
KaarbonTech selected the SenseFly eBee aircraft to carry out the survey. The eBee is proven for ability and speed and carries a high resolution camera (16Mp) which can capture a photo every 3-4 seconds and means that approximately 1sq km can be captured per flight.
The aircraft was airborne on three occasions, each for a maximum of 45 minutes, and during that time captured high quality imagery of both the velodrome and outdoor cycling zone along with the hockey centre.
The high resolution imagery collected during the flights was subsequently processed and delivered to the client along with a highly accurate Digital Surface Model made from millions of point measurements compiled from on-board sensors. This data material will be used in both managing the facility and in marketing material.
Mark Entwistle, Managing Director of KaarbonTech, said:
“It was a privilege for KaarbonTech to survey a site as iconic as the London Olympic venue and to have our flight plans approved by both the Civil Aviation Authority and London City Airport. Our pilots are highly qualified and utterly professional in their approach to safety and preparation.”
Aerial surveying used Unmanned Aerial Vehicles piloted by experienced professionals is an option increasingly being used by major leisure and public access venues.
Notes to editors:
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) implements a strict permissions system before allowing companies to operate in the UK. All pilots must pass flight tests to CAA standards and companies must have an approved operating manual showing how they complete surveys safely. In June 2013 KaarbonTech became the first company in the UK with qualified pilots and an approved operating system.
KaarbonTech provide unmanned aerial surveying across the UK to a range of clients using the SenseFly eBee and SenseFly Swinglet. They offer in house data processing and produce topographical maps, digital elevation models, volumetric measurements and orthomosaics to meet client’s requirements.
Clients include the Womad Festival, National Trust, Burghley House and Lee Valley Country Park (host to the London 2012 white water sport events).
KAARBONTECH TAKES 1ST PLACE WITH THE NEW EBEE UAS
Developments in the Unmanned Aerial Surveying market are fast paced. It’s a rapidly growing industry with technology at its heart. Mark Entwistle from KaarbonTech knows the importance of leading the way in such a market, as he announces the first 2 pilots approved by the CAA for the new eBee.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) implements a strict permissions system before allowing companies to operate in the UK. All pilots must pass flight tests to CAA standards and companies must have an approved operating manual showing how they complete surveys safely.
KaarbonTech passed both areas with ‘flying colours’ in June, making them the first company with qualified pilots and an approved operating system. Mark Entwistle explains, “Safety is a number one priority for us with quality a close second. There are many operators and systems in the marketplace and we believe the eBee to be setting the standard in terms of both quality and safety.”
The eBee, from Sensefly has a 16MP camera allowing it to shoot aerial imagery at down to 3cm/pixel resolution. The images can then be used to create maps and elevation models with a precision of 5cm. Its aerodynamic profile allows cruising speeds of 36-57km/h (10-16m/s). The eBee can resist winds of up to 45km/h (12m/s) increasing the survey success rate in British weather.
KaarbonTech already provide aerial surveying across the UK using the Swinglet UAS, another Sensefly plane. They also process all their data in house to produce topographical maps, digital elevation models, volumetric measurements and orthomosaics for the complete service.