Aircraft Lost at Sea

An Early Search
With the growth of air traffic following the First World War, it was inevitable that aircraft would be lost over the oceans. It was equally inevitable that hydrographers would be called into humanitarian service to help with both search and rescue and, sadly, in the recovery effort associated with such disasters. The following is the story of one of the earliest attempts to find and recover an aircraft and its occupants that were lost at sea. A rich and powerful man's son plummets from the sky off the coast of Massachusetts (USA) pre-cipitating a media frenzy and a massive search... (read more)
2009-12-04 04:00:24

Amelia Earhart's Aircraft Search

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (acronym TIGHAR, pronounced ‘tiger') foundation has organised several trips to Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati based on the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan landed and eventually died on this remote Pacific island. For this purpose, OceanServer Technology recently loaned an Iver2 AUV outfitted with side-scan sonar to the organisation. The Iver2 vehicle was operated by Seabotix to sweep large areas of the Nikumaroro Lagoon and collect side-scan sonar images. The AUV sonar data was used to identify geo-referenced targets of interest that could then be further investigated... (read more)
2010-08-19 09:28:26

Chartworx Holland to Provide ECS for Aircraft

Optimare Sensorsysteme AG, based in Bremerhaven (Germany) has taken delivery of nine operational and planning versions of TheMAP 210 Electronic Chart Systems manufactured by Chartworx Holland BV. Six of these systems will be installed by Optimare in the Dornier 228 Aircraft of the Netherlands Coast Guard.   A complete spare system will be kept available on the ground and two systems are available for planning and analysis purposes in the Coast Guard office. The systems have been adapted to fully integrate with the Side Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) systems on board of the aircraft while special defined layers like Terminal... (read more)
2007-07-02 03:47:59

GeoAcoustics DeepTow 2000 Detects Crashed Aircraft

Incostas has detected an aircraft that crashed in the Carribean Sea on 4th January 2008 with the help of their GeoAcoustics Deep Tow. The aircraft, carrying 14 people on route between Caracas, Venezuela and the Los Roques islands, was 24 miles south of its destination at the time of the crash. On 9th April Incostas mobilised their GeoAcoustics Deep Tow 2000 side scan to undertake a search for the aircraft in approximately 400 metres water depth on board the vessel Punta Brava from the port of La Gauaira.   Due to the versatility of the side scan sonar it was... (read more)
2008-07-10 11:13:23

Two Missing Aircraft Located near Venezuela

USA-based C & C Technologies, Inc. in cooperation with SEA Corporation, the Italian and Venezuelan Authorities and Mr Luca Missoni confirmed that two aircraft lost off the archipelago of Los Rocques, Venezuela, have been located and positively identified. As of 5:30PM local time on 19 June 2013, the missing LET L-410 aircraft (registration number YV-2081), was located by the crew of C & C's Research Vessel Sea Scout. The LET L-410 was lost south of the island on 4 January 2008 carrying fourteen passengers and crew from Caracas, Venezuela, to Los Roques. The missing BN2 Islander aircraft (registration number YV-2615), was... (read more)
2013-07-01 09:04:36

Upgrade for Belgian Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

The mission equipment of the Belgian maritime surveillance aircraft OO-MMM of type Britten-Norman BN2A-21 Islander is being upgraded in the OPTIMARE hangar at the Regional Airport Bremerhaven-Luneort, Germany. The activites include the installation of the OPTIMARE's airborne maritime surveillance system MEDUSA for enhanced mission management.   The aircraft's Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) system is also being upgraded. The Mission Management System is composed of a new mission operator console hosting a new mission computer with the latest MEDUSA software suite installed.   The end user is the Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models (MUMM) which is the 6th... (read more)
2011-12-13 11:06:34

Dornier Do17 Aircraft Successfully Lifted from English Channel

On 11 June 2013, experts from the UK's RAF Museum salvaged the Dornier Do17 Luftwaffe aircraft – which was shot down offshore Kent more than 70 years ago – and brought it into port. A previous attempt to lift the aircraft from its resting place 50 feet below the surface on 2 June was thwarted by bad weather when a sudden increase in wind strength made the sea too choppy to complete the lift. Following that abortive effort, lifting equipment was attached to what were believed to be the strongest parts of the aircraft’s frame in order to raise it... (read more)
2013-06-13 09:18:34

First Take-off of Unmanned Aircraft Scheduled from RV 'Falkor'

RV 'Falkor' has left Darwin, Australia, to explore the poorly understood air-sea interactions across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The team of sea surface experts and marine geochemists on the expedition will use newly developed technologies to examine the ocean’s role in exchange processes. A variety of tools will be used including unmanned aerial systems (UASs) and a remote-controlled kayak. The unmanned aircraft with a wingspan of 3.6 metres will take off from research vessel 'Falkor' to scan the sea surface with cameras and highly sensitive thermal and optical measuring instruments. This research supports understanding the ocean’s role in global... (read more)
2016-10-10 10:41:18

UKHO Ensures Safe Arrival of Aircraft Carrier into Portsmouth

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) supported the safe arrival of HMS 'Queen Elizabeth' into Portsmouth on 16 August 2017 by providing specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise and data capabilities. Following initial dredging operations to make Portsmouth’s navigation channel and entrance deeper, hydrographic data was collected by the survey launch HMS 'Gleaner' using multibeam echosounder technology to confirm the available water depth. As well as providing advice during data collection, the final dataset was then validated by the UKHO to ensure it was the to the highest Category Zone of Confidence - a criteria used to determine the accuracy... (read more)
2017-08-16 10:37:19

Ten Years of Exploration with AWI’s Research Aircraft Polar 5

On 1 October 2017, the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) research aircraft Polar 5 had been in service for precisely ten years. In that time, the Basler BT-67 has flown more than 1.3 million kilometres to fulfil essential scientific and logistical duties. In the course of 48 measuring campaigns, predominantly for atmospheric research and geophysics purposes, the aircraft has landed on both the Arctic sea ice near the North Pole, and at the South Pole. Polar 5 is tailor-made for polar research: in the span of eleven months, the 65-year-old plane was essentially rebuilt... (read more)
2017-10-11 03:49:30
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