G-RIPA

P68 Observer survey aircraft on ground

Bought in 2009 from the Vulcanair factory in Italy, G-RIPA is a six-seater Vulcanair Partenavia P68 Observer 2, twin engine survey aircraft. It features long range fuel tanks, allowing it to carry out extended surveys, as well as a large survey camera hatch that allows a variety of sensors to be used.

This model offers fantastic visibility for pilots and crew whilst on survey thanks to the special Perspex nosecone and the high wing position, a major advantage for certain survey requirements.

The twin engines mean that the aircraft can be used offshore and also in remote areas.

Features

  • Twin engine, propeller driven
  • Large factory-fitted camera hatch and power supply for a host of sensor arrays and control systems
  • Clear Perspex nose section and high wing position for excellent visibility
  • Long range fuel tanks allowing flights of up to seven hours or 1,000 nautical miles
  • Four to six seats with flexible configurations
  • Able to fly in remote and hard to reach areas, both onshore and offshore.

Technical specifications

Maximum airborne weight: 2,084 kg
Engines: Lycoming IO-360-200hp
Maximum airspeed: 200 knots
Maximum flying altitude: 18,000 feet
Maximum operating range: 1,000 nautical miles, 7 hours

G-GIGA

survey aircraft

G-GIGA is a six seater Vulcanair P68C, twin-engine survey aircraft purchased in 2011 direct from the manufacturer. The aircraft has a number of factory fitted features, including long range fuel tanks, partial glass cockpit, a large camera hatch and auxiliary power.

Reliability and twin engines mean that the aircraft can be used offshore and also in remote areas for prolonged periods of time.

Features

  • Twin engine, propeller driven
  • Large factory-fitted camera hatch and power supply for a host of sensor arrays and control systems
  • High wing position for excellent visibility
  • Multi-door passenger aircraft
  • Long range fuel tanks allowing flights of up to seven hours or 1,000 nautical miles
  • Four to six seats with flexible configurations
  • Able to fly in remote and hard to reach areas, both onshore and offshore.

Technical specifications

Maximum airborne weight: 1,990 kg
Engines: Lycoming IO-360-200hp
Maximum airspeed: 200 knots
Maximum flying altitude: 18,000 feet
Maximum operating range: 1,000 nautical miles, 7 hours

G-JPEG

Islander survey aircraft on ground

The biggest aircraft in our fleet, G-JPEG is an incredibly versatile aircraft with a wide variety of uses. Its large payload capacity and big, factory fitted camera hatch allows it to carry numerous survey sensors and up to eight crew and passengers.

Coupled with its ability to fly safely at slow speeds, it offers an unusually stable and flexible aircraft for detailed aerial surveys. G-JPEG can undertake surveys in almost any environment and carry an exceptionally wide variety of sensors.

Features

  • Twin engine, propeller driven
  • Ten seats
  • Large, factory-fitted camera hatch and power supply able to accommodate large sensors such as LIDAR
  • Ability to fly low and slow, offering a very stable survey platform
  • Large payload capacity
  • Factory refurbished

Maximum airborne weight: 2,994 kg
Engines: Lycoming IO-540-K1B5 300hp
Maximum airspeed: 141 knots
Maximum flying altitude: 10,000 feet
Maximum operating range: 430 nautical miles / 3 hours

Air Operator Certificate and PART-SPO

Our Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and PART-SPO registration demonstrate our commitment to operating at the highest standards of health and safety. Together they provide our clients with complete flexibility in carrying expert technicians and task specialists on board our aircraft during surveys.

We operate under our own AOC, fully authorised and audited by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to the same rigorous standards required of major airlines.

We are also the first company to successfully register to operate under the new PART-SPO regulations. PART-SPO is a major update to the way that aerial surveys are regulated, signalling both a significant tightening of requirements and a new approach by the CAA.

It covers special operations from aerial photography to aerobatics, parachuting, cloud seeding and animal herding. APEM is registered for aerial photography, surveying and calibration.

If you have any queries, please contact Ben Chapman, principal pilot.
Alternatively you can email us here. Or call 0161 442 8938.