PART-SPO applies to activities as varied as aerial photography, aerobatics, parachuting, cloud seeding and animal herding. It covers commercial specialised operations and non-commercial specialist operations using a complex motor-powered aircraft.

APEM is registered for aerial photography, surveying and calibration.

APEM’s managing director, Dr Keith Hendry, said: “We’re focussed on operating at the highest standards of health and safety, as well as giving our clients as much flexibility as possible.

“That’s why we made a major commitment to securing our Air Operator Certificate in 2013, fully authorised and audited by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. It means operating to the same rigorous standards demanded by the likes of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

“Our new PART-SPO and our Air Operator Certificate together give us the flexibility to carry staff from client companies and organisations in our survey aircraft.

“Going forward this will be a requirement for all aerial survey operators.”

  • APEM P-68 aerial survey aircraft on survey, now with PART-SPO certificate
  • APEM P-68 aerial survey aircraft with technician, PART-SPO
  • APEM aircraft carrying out aerial survey over a wind farm

APEM has flown over 1,000 aerial bird and mammal surveys for the offshore wind industry in the UK, Germany and the USA. These include the world’s largest and most detailed digital aerial surveys of offshore wildlife, currently underway off the coast of New York state.

Along the way the company has worked with most of the major wind farm developers operating in the UK and internationally.

Developments in ultra-high resolution digital cameras have allowed aircraft-mounted cameras to photograph huge areas more quickly, cost effectively and safely than ever before, while providing data that can be independently verified.

Last year APEM’s in-house development team deployed a ground-breaking new camera system, Shearwater III. This next-generation system was developed to push image resolutions to as high as 0.5 cm per pixel ground resolution.

The new PART-SPO regulations covering aerial surveys come into force in the UK from April this year.

If you have any queries, please contact David Taylor, ground operations manager.
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