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OS aircraft move base

The Ordnance Survey (OS) Flying Unit is to be based at East Midlands Airport

The national mapping agency and Institute Corporate Member has announced that its Flying Unit will be based at East Midlands Airport - with 2 aircraft to capture aerial photography. The unit has moved from Blackpool.

OS will be based at the airport for the next 3 years and its 2 aircraft will be using it as a base to capture high-quality aerial imagery from the highlands of Scotland to the south coast. Aerial imagery is used to update the master map of the country - which records over 5,000 changes daily.

OS has used aircraft to record changes to the landscape for over 50 years. In the early days, it operated from a number of different bases, but the move to East Midlands brings together all the Flying Unit resources in one place.

The 2 aircraft - a Cessa 402 and Cessna 404 - carry cameras which record change at a highly detailed level. Between March and November they can capture some 50,000 high-resolution images - which are used to update the mapping database and aerial photography mapping products.

The cameras are among the highest resolution in the country - recording 196 megapixels on each image. During the 2011 flying season, the cameras captured over 51,000 useable frames, including those covering all the Olympic sites and 140 other target areas.

OS's Head of Remote Sensing explains that they have moved to make commercial and operational efficiencies connected with the current contract with the aircraft service provider, RVL Group, which has recently opened a new purpose-built hanger at East Midlands.

Details from OS below.

  • 03 March 2012
  • CMAG

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