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DA62 SurveyStar ready to conquer the Survey Market

Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH and GeoFly GmbH recently signed a contract for the brand new DA62 SurveyStar. The contract was signed on June 16, 2020 at GeoFly’s homebase in Magdeburg (Germany).

Both companies will further collaborate in marketing the latest version of Diamond’s successful Special Mission Aircraft, the DA62 SurveyStar, in the European Survey Industry. Delivery and start of operations is scheduled before the end of the year.

The initial configuration will include a multi sensor setup for simultaneous data acquisition. The universal nose mount will carry a Riegl airborne LiDAR system, while the 20-inch hatch will be equipped with the latest Large Format Camera System from Vexcel in combination with Somag’s GSM4000 and an IGI Flight Management System. Depending on the final mission profile, the aircraft will be capable to perform mapping missions up to five (5) hours.

Mission Profile: GeoFly’s newest mission aircraft will be used for projects which requires very low and slow flying, as well for any typical medium height projects. The DA62 SurveyStar is meant to combine the advantages of a turbine aircraft (long maintenance interval & jet-fuel) with a far better efficiency than regular piston aircraft. It will increase the overall mission efficiency with respect to costs and maintenance downtimes on survey flights within low and medium altitude.

Aicke Damrau, Managing Director GeoFly commented, “For us at GeoFly it is very important to run an efficient operation and production in order comply with the latest customer demands. To achieve this target, we are using the newest sensor technology and various types of aircraft for different flight profiles. While we are using turbine aircraft for the higher altitude jobs, we have reached a certain limit of efficiency when using piston planes for low and medium altitude projects. The required 50-hour maintenance, in combination with high maintenance efforts on older aircraft and the failing Avgas situation outside Germany adds an increasing complexity to our wide operations and to the costs. This made us look out for new options on the aircraft market. We found the DA62 as the only real solution, because it offers much longer maintenance intervals, jet-fuel usage and has impressively low operating costs. Considering those advantages, we expect to lift our data acquisition for low and medium altitude flights into a totally new level of efficiency. It’s our strong desire to let our customer and partner directly benefit from this improvement and to increase our all success. We are looking forward a lot to welcome our DA62 SurveyStar to our fleet!”

Mario Spiegel, Sales Manager Europe and North America, commented, "We are very excited about having a launch customer for the DA62 SurveyStar, who is such a strong and professional player in the survey industry. With the DA62 SurveyStar we have reacted to the common weak points of the current survey aircraft in the market, which are reliability and parts availability as well as the 50-hour maintenance intervals, which will be history by introducing the DA62 SurveyStar. The combination of modern glass cockpit and the use of jet-fuel has great potential to revolutionize the survey market.“

About GeoFly:
GeoFly is a national and international operating aerial survey company, located in Magdeburg, Germany. During more than 10 years market presence, GeoFly has developed a broad experience in collecting & processing many types of spatial data by using different technical platforms and new technology standards. The tend to aim for high-quality standards & efficiency directly contributes to the satisfaction of GeoFly’s customers. Click here to learn more about GeoFly.

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