Woolpert Expands Manned Aircraft Fleet
Firm acquires Reims F406 Caravan II for high- and low-altitude aerial mapping
Woolpert has expanded its fleet of aircraft with a Reims F406 Caravan II to perform both high-altitude and low-altitude aerial data acquisition more efficiently.
“In recent years, Woolpert has frequently been tasked with two divergent missions — high-altitude imagery and LiDAR collections, and low-altitude bathymetric LiDAR collections,” says Brian Albers, Woolpert’s chief pilot. “While both of these missions are different, we’ve found they can be addressed with one aircraft.”
The non-pressurized, twin-turboprop F406 was built by Reims Aviation in cooperation with Cessna. It was recently purchased by Woolpert and joins Woolpert’s fleet of six aircraft.
Jonas Svoboda, Woolpert’s aerial acquisition discipline leader, says the F406 has more electrical capacity than most similarly sized aircraft, providing an excellent platform that can handle multiple sensors. It also produces less vibration than a piston-driven aircraft, which will allow for more precise LiDAR and imagery collection.
“The F406 can do both ends of the imagery and LiDAR collection spectrum more quickly and yield the highest quality product,” Svoboda says. “It positions us well for the future.”
Woolpert is a national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm that strategically blends engineering with technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic R&D department, Woolpert works with business partners like Google; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aerial systems (UAS); and continually works with advanced water technologies, asset management, building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. For more than 100 years and with 24 offices across the U.S., Woolpert serves the needs of federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the U.S. armed forces.