New survey aircraft enters SA market

September 28th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Austrian aviation group Diamond Aircraft introduced its DA62 MPP special mission aircraft to the South African market at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018. Built on a modern airframe this fixed-wing remote sensing platform is well suited to geo-survey and reconnaissance applications. Its nose and main belly tray are both designed to carry survey equipment (100 kg and 150 kg respectively) such as lidar, large format cameras and even maritime or land radar. The aircraft has a total payload of 710 kg and 8-hour flight endurance. The modular configured operator station can accommodate one or two persons, and the hard points in the luggage compartment can be used to mount equipment racks. Certified for flights up to 20 000 ft, the plane is typically operated above 5000 ft and can fly at a minimum speed of 140 km/h / 75 kts. The DA62 MPP is powered by two 180 hp Austro (AE330) diesel engines. Avionics onboard include the Garmin G1000 NXi and fully integrated GFC700 Autopilot. The aircraft can be purchased as a turnkey solution which includes operator training.

Contact Bo Burger, CitiJet Air Charter, Tel 011 659-0914, boburg@worldonline.co.za