Since its founding, GeoAir has always been the photographic flights company’s most innovative and best equipped in Mexico. From the beginning we worked with a navigation system driven by GPS, called UCE of the German company IGI. In the same way, we were the first to include technology DGPS (Differential GPS) on our flights as we used the most modern camera at the time, the Zeiss RMK TOP 15/23 and TOP 30/23.
Our first plane, a Cessna 206 Turbo, was brought from Germany to Mexico, and along with it came all the knowledge of photogrammetry. From our earliest years we have had a presence in Central America and the Caribbean, and years later extended our operations to the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. After this expansion came the purchase of our second first twin-engine aircraft, a Piper PA-23-250 Aztec Turbo.
The advent of digital technology was no exception and with her were pioneers in Mexico. In 2008 we executed the first digital flight over Mexico City cadastral purposes and GSD resolution of 8 cm and 15 cm, capturing more than 12,000 digital photos. Our new digital camera large format, a Vexcel UltraCamD, already had a gyro-stabilized base and an inertial unit or IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), AeroControl business model IGI.
For this important project, it needed a faster aircraft and was then acquired another twin-engine Cessna 402B. This aircraft, with certified modification, has a range of 8 hours of flight, which can be a determining factor when leverage small windows of time in harsh climates.
Digital technology now dominates the market for aerial photography, as in the rest of our daily lives, so that today only we flew with digital large format cameras and medium format for special applications, such as taking oblique photographs up to nine cameras that shoot at different angles at the same time.
The change from analog to digital technology was certainly a big step. Instead of containers movies now only we handle hard drives with terabytes of information, and instead of sending films to the United States for developing, process digital data in our offices immediately after landing, greatly minimizing waiting times Customer and improving our quality control. GeoAir the images taken from the major cities in Mexico, can now be seen on the maps most used on the Internet.
Our experience with the execution of flights LiDAR data from 2005 and since 2012 we have our own laser scanner, Leica ALS60 with a maximum frequency of 200 KHz pulses. This year we have also increased our fleet by acquiring a Cessna 441 turboprop Dash 10 turbines, with a ceiling or maximum altitude of 35,000 feet and a speed of 300 knots. This aircraft is ideal for large areas and small scales, coupled with the speed that gives us to reach our area of interest in less time.
The applications of our digital pictures areas are diverse, but include: realization of land, analysis and environmental protection, development of mines, roads, railways, canals, infrastructure development, telecommunications networks, measurements of areas and volumes, thematic mapping, etc.
Our customers are similar in many ways, from countries, states, cities, municipalities, ministries, foreign technical and financial assistance, such as the UN, GTZ (Germany), and JICA (Japan), private companies engaged in mining companies photogrammetry and many more.
GeoAir has participated in several high-impact projects such as the digitization of cadastral Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Managua, Guatemala, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, San Jose, Costa Rica, Santo Domingo, Georgetown (Antigua and Guyana), Aruba , Curacao, Panama City, among others. As part of our experience in renowned projects, we have been participants in the “Panama Canal expansion project” project since 2010, providing each year digital aerial images of high resolution that help to track important work it plans to open in 2014.
While still flying in over 33 countries, GeoAir continues to take steps with the future in mind to stay as the most innovative company in Mexico and Latin America, using efficiently our excellent human and material resources.