OAR utilizes a two-man flight crew per aircraft: one pilot and one system operator. Our flight crews are experienced wildlife professionals, many with advanced degrees in wildlife biology, ecology, and management. We are a licensed FAA Commercial Air Carrier and approved contractor for multiple private companies, and Federal and state agencies.
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS COMBINED WITH ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
ADVANCED REMOTE SENSING
OAR utilizes state-of-the-art multi-sensor imaging systems mounted on light, fixed-wing aircraft specifically designed for aerial survey operations. Our multi-sensor systems include multi-spectral sensors; high definition electro-optical (E0); Low-light video cameras; and laser range finders in each turret. Our Infrared (IR) system operates at mid-wave (3 – 5 pm) detection with 640 x 512-pixel resolution.
Our high-resolution EO (daylight, 2560 x 1440 pixels) camera as well as a low-light (640 x .0 pixel) camera feature continuous zoom capability from 36.3o down to 1.5o fields of view. All our sensors feature video recording capability, and our sensor operators can instantaneously toggle between EO and IR with the flip of a switch.
- Visible, Thermal, NDVI, and NDWI large-area image maps
- Digital Elevation Model (DEM) generation
- High-resolution infrastructure imaging for remote inspection
- Automated change detection
AUGMENTED REALITY AND MULTISPECTRAL IMAGING SYSTEMS
Along with our integrated camera and laser system, we also employ an Augmented Reality System (ARS) computer to allow our operators to capture video of precise locations, providing extremely accurate camera area coverage. The ability to georeferenced waypoints is extremely helpful because it prevents double-counting when we survey large groups of wildlife, as each individual bird can be marked with a waypoint. Polygons can also be placed around groups of animals to aid in counting and classification. The ARS enables our team to perform all these functions while in the air. Finally, when the Laser Range Finder is fired at a target on the ground, the ARS automatically generates a waypoint and geographic coordinates for the target accurate to 1-meter on the surface of the earth. Together, our in-flight imaging and computing capabilities create the highest quality and most capable wildlife detection and classification system available today.
Finding the right aircraft with a dedicated telemetry tracking system and a knowledgeable pilot is an essential starting point for any telemetry endeavor. Researchers will find it more economical to contract an aircraft specifically configured to meet the needs of the tracking protocol. A properly equipped aircraft and a competent pilot save not only time and funding, but enable the researcher to get the highest-quality data for which they are looking.
Owyhee’s dedicated telemetry aircraft are permanently or semi-permanently configured with sophisticated combinations of antennas and audio distribution systems to meet our clients’ needs.
Whether capturing footage of a single roosting bird, counting herds in rugged terrain, or mapping over 1 million acres a day, we have a plane and sensor to fit your demands.