Surveying, and the applications of the material gathered, is vast field with room for a diverse range of surveying vehicles. Within this range, there is a corner that can only be accomplished by helicopter. The ability to fly at any height between 10 ft and 10’000 ft at any speed between 0 and 100kts and to follow the terrain with an extremely high degree of accuracy, makes the helicopter the King of awkward spots and the perfect vessel for survey flying. This survey work can range from LiDar mapping, change/development over time, power line inspections, pipe line inspection, infrastructure mapping/inspection, census, development progress, land survey, stockpiling and many more.
Even in the age of drones, the helicopter’s superior endurance, ability to fly at greater heights and within restricted airspaces, not to mention the ability to carry survey engineers and camera operators, has secured this specialised market.