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Your link to the Geospatial World

ASOG 2019 Focus Areas: Professional Development

If you’re looking to expand your professional geospatial footprint and want to participate in an association or society in your part of the world, here’s a great website that appears to have identified and cataloged a great number of organizations from around the globe.

So, if you’re a civil aerial surveying and mapping Airborne Sensor Operator or a mil ASO wanting to transition to the civil side of aerial remote sensing, this is a very good site to help you in your professional development.

World Directory

 

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ASOG 2019 Focus Areas: Professional Development, Career Management, Networking (Aerial Mapping & Surveying)

If you’re an aerial mapping and surveying ASO, this event would have been a great professional opportunity (minimum - only 40 EUR for one day to walk the show). This year’s InterGeo 2019 Conference & Exposition was held at the Messe Stuttgart exhibition center in Stuttgart, Germany (17-19 Sept). If you didn’t know, InterGeo/InterAerial conference and trade fair focuses on geodesy, geoinformation, and land management. If you walked the floor(s), you would have seen the full spectrum of the commercial sector that makes up the European geospatial industry (from hardware and software developers to plenty of service providers).

Besides the full spectrum, there was a healthy level of participation by the aerial mapping and surveying sector (something that an ASO would find interesting, informative, and career enhancing - both manned and unmanned). One of the main highlights for ASOG members who attended was the launch of the European Association of Aerial Surveying Industries (EAASI). EAASI’s focus is to represent the European aerial surveying industry in all its facets. One of their working areas is education, standards, and certification, i.e., which includes Airborne Sensor Operators or Aerial Sensor Operators. If you’re interested to learn more, look at their webpage at https://www.eaasi.eu/. Also, from an ASOG perspective, we might be able to help them with the depth of experience in our group…more to follow.

In addition to getting exposed to who’s who and trending technology, the event was another great opportunity for ASOG members to meet in person and share past experiences and open new opportunities. One of the great dynamics (besides having fun) that takes place when ASOG members meet at events like this is the sharing and connecting of our individual professional networks with one another which in-turn expands those networks two-fold. I want to give a big thanks to Philippe Debru, Frederic Batrelle, Bob Moll and Lyndon Yorke for taking the time to meet, walk, talk and connect with others. Plus, I enjoyed getting feedback on how to make ASOG better for themselves and our professional community.

Patrick

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Object Detection

ASOG 2019 Focus Areas: Technology trends

As many of you know, ASOG is not a commercial project. When we post or share commercial white papers or press releases, it’s for the purpose of helping individual ASOs with professional development, i.e., what’s trending in the different ASO industry sectors, career management and technology, i.e., “keeping you ahead of the aircraft!”

The article below was shared by Astrid (new ASOG member) regarding trending technology. In this case, after flying many hours and collection data, turning that raw data into something that end-users can appreciate. Also, even though the article is focused on drone operations, some of the baseline points the author (Picterra) makes can apply to manned operations.

How Big is the Drone Services Market?

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Alpha, Bravo, Charlie – How Copy!

ASOG 2019 Focus Areas – Tactics, Techniques, Tips and Procedures

I know I keep saying “It’s just not a Pilot responsibility,” but I have to say it again. There’re many regulatory responsibilities, and actions pilots are required to know and conduct that Airborne Sensor Operators should have at least a working knowledge. In this case, it’s radio operations. As many of us know, radio operations are a critical part of aviation and the aerial work environment. As a professional crewmember, especially in the civil/commercial aerial remote-sensing sector, it’s important to be skilled in how to operate radios and communicating with others in the flying environment. Having this skill will maximize your utility, situational awareness and value during any flight operation.

So, if you’re new to the profession or you’ve been acting like a passenger and making your fellow crewmember the pilot fly solo, make it a point to train up. To get you started, here’s a collection of useful links that will give you a professional level of knowledge and capability to help you aviate, navigate, and communicate with your fellow crewmembers:

AOPA Radio Communications and ATC (Online Course / Free / Registration required)

Talking to Air Traffic Control | Radio Basics | ATC Communications (Video / Free)

RADIOTELEPHONY COMMUNICATIONS 1 HANDBOOK (PDF/Free)

PlaneEnglish - The Aviation Radio Simulator (App / Subscription)

 

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New Publication - The Shadow Aircrew Member

I want to give a big thanks to AVBuyer for allowing ASOG to inform the aviation community of our profession. Check out their latest issue of GA Buyer Europe Magazine (September 2019, page 21) for an article highlighting the Airborne Sensor Operator profession.

https://issuu.com/worldaviation/docs/ga_buyer_europe_september_2019/20

 

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ASOG 2019 Focus Areas: Tactics, Techniques, Procedures, and Tips

ASOG members, I want to share some information that has been crossing my computer screen in the last month regarding aerial public safety drone operations. If you’re a public safety operator or someone just interested in airborne public safety operations and looking to get smarter on public safety drone operations, the following organizations, events, and article appear to be a good professional development source or opportunity.

As many of us know, the drone or unmanned sector is evolving as we speak regarding technology, application, and regulations. Because of this, it’s great to see organizations and individuals try to study, standardize, train and inform. As a side note, the following organizations and article are US focused. If you know of similar organizations or articles associated with your country or global region, please share.

Police Drone Program: The Chief Wants One. Now What?

DRONERESPONDERS

DRONERESPONDERS / Public Safety Summit

APSA PUBLIC SAFETY DRONE EXPO 2019 / General

APSA PUBLIC SAFETY DRONE EXPO 2019 / Educational Program

 

ASOG Desk Editor (Patrick)
Image Source: Jessica Lea/DFID

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ASOG 2019 Focus Areas: Trending Technology

If you’ve been tracking aviation news this month (see links below), the USAF conducted its first test of a Robot Pilot (ROBOPilot). From a manned aircraft Airborne Sensor Operator (ASO) perspective (the operator in the back of the aircraft), WHAT IF your fellow crewmember the pilot was a ROBOPilot:

• Would you fly in this configuration?

• What would be different, i.e., what would be different regarding responsibilities, CRM, managing dynamic re-taskings, emergencies etc.?

Article: Air Force Research Laboratory successfully conducts first flight of ROBOpilot Unmanned Air Platform

Video: ROBOPilot First Flight 

 

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Image Source: AFRL

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AI Finds damages on wind turbines

ASOG 2019 Focus Areas: Technology Trends
Source: ASOG Supporter – Aero Enterprises GmbH

It’s always great to share trending technology and practices, especially from our members and Supporters. In this case it’s from one of our Supporters, Aero Enterprises. Look at their latest efforts (below) to leverage AI technology with inspecting wind turbines. If you want to know more or have any questions, you can reach out to Robert Hoermann, you’ll find him in our members network area.

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What a great time! Especially for ASOG’s first organized event. ASOG Vienna area members gathered last night to catch-up or met new faces in our profession. From an ASOG perspective, it was super to see both young and old Professionals in the aerial remote sensing industry gather in a casual setting. It was quite apparent last night members forged new professional relationships and future opportunities.

Not in stone, but the next ASOG Professional Networking Social Event will take place next month at InterGeo/InterAerial Solutions conference & exhibit in Stuttgart Germany. Currently, several members from the US, France, Austria, and the UK are planning to rendezvous. If you're attending the trade show and want to join the group for dinner after one of the show days, let me know.

Side Note: Big “thank you” to JP for organizing last night’s event!

Members R to L: Jean-Pierre (JP) Paquette; Julia Zmolnig; Benjamin Kabelik; Georg DeCock (Mr. ASOG Ambassador); Marcus Gurtner; Tanja Wimmer-Ryan; Patrick Ryan

 

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If you’re new to the non-transportation side of aviation, “Special Mission Aircraft” by Ken Elliott, published in the AVBuyer, is a good article that focuses on the non-transport side of our professional domain. Even though the article is written for manned aircraft owners and operators looking for new markets or anyone interested in aviation, this article is a FL400 read for any aerial remote-sensing professional. Ken breaks up his theme by generally defining or discussing:

• Special Mission Aircraft
• Special Mission Roles
• Acronyms for Special Missions Roles
• Special Mission Roles Categorized
• International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
• Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
• Some Primary Special Missions Considerations
• SM Roles in Depth: Medevac
• Weather
• VVIP Transport
• ISR
• Communications
• Maritime Patrol
• Border Protection
• Mapping, Geological & Observation
• Flight Inspection
• Selecting the Right Aircraft for SM
• The SM Flight Department

What are your thoughts?

Special Mission Aircraft – Introduction

Special Mission Aircraft – Introduction (Part 2)

 

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ASOG 2019 Focus Area: Career Management

As I was doing some research the other day, I came across this link (see link below), which gives a general look or comparison of different company ASO job descriptions and other career data. What do you see as right or wrong? Also, what are the common job requirements across most of these companies and/or the other information presented?  

Working As A Sensor Operator

 

ASOG Career Center (Patrick)

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ASOG member and Advisor Wayne Dahlke just sent these jobs for posting. If you’re interested, please contact Wayne directly.

Position #1
Deputy Chief Engineer ($80/hr. on Contract, 160k on conversion, Negotiable on DOE)

Client is a lead sensor system integrator focused on providing advanced sensor technology to address C4ISR mission requirements.

Responsibilities:

• Experience developing project Work Breakdown Structures, Statements of Work, and schedules.
• Evaluates project initiatives, designs, and design changes at the system level for cost/schedule/performance impacts.
• Demonstrates a working knowledge of optical, electro-mechanical, and software systems and their application in an operational environment.
• Ability to convey technical designs, ideas and results to non-technical audiences and provide briefings to high-level government personnel.

Required:

• Minimum 6-8 years demonstrated strong performance as an Engineer, with optics and spectral experience in developing, analyzing, defining and documenting sensor system life-cycles and designs.
• Minimum 2 years of project management or IPT Lead experience.
• Master's degree preferred in Systems, Optical, and/or Engineering disciplines
• Experience with EO/IR systems is highly desirable
• Experience with supporting the design, development, and review of systems engineering design artifacts, including Concepts of Operations (CONOPs), requirements analysis, interface design, system design documentation, system performance analysis, and technical writing.
• Broad understanding of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs)
• DOORS proficiency.

Position #2
Project Engineer ($70-75/hr. 150k on conversion, Negotiable on DOE)

Client is a lead sensor system integrator focused on providing advanced sensor technology to address C4ISR mission requirements.

Responsibilities:

• Interfaces with all aspects of the team to resolve system engineering issues and actions.
• Performs life-cycle systems engineering for sensor systems.
• Evaluates project initiatives, designs, and design changes at the system level for cost/schedule/performance impacts.
• Experience with working directly with end users to discover and solidify requirements, and to exchange feedback on implemented and potential functionality.
• Demonstrates a working knowledge of optical, electro-mechanical, and software/firmware systems and their application in an operational environment.
• Ability to convey technical designs, ideas and results to non-technical audiences and provide briefings to high-level government personnel.

Required:

• bachelor’s degree in systems, Optical, Electrical, Mechanical, or other related Engineering discipline (Master’s degree preferred)
• Experience with optical and electronic systems.
• Experience with imaging EO/IR systems is a plus.
• Experience with proposal writing and Basis of Estimates
• Experience with supporting the design, development, and review of systems engineering design artifacts, including Concepts of Operations (CONOPs), requirements analysis, interface design, system design documentation, system performance analysis, and technical writing.
• Minimum 5 years demonstrated strong performance as an Engineer, with optics and spectral experience in developing, analyzing, defining and documenting sensor system life cycles and designs.
• Minimum 2 years of project/program management and/or team leadership experience.
• Experience developing project Work Breakdown Structures, Statements of Work, and schedules.

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ASOG 2019 Focus Areas: Tips, Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures

As many ASO’s knows, it seems like half of your time is spent troubleshooting some type of hardware or software problem. If you’re a new ASO and want to add more to your troubleshooting skills or you’re an old-head ASO wanting to compare notes, here’s a link to an excellent website written by Jason Maxham (plus a Free E-Book) that I think provides a good perspective to this critical ASO competency…Troubleshooting!

O’…Because it’s a good source of information, I’ll add it to the ASOG Link Library.

 

The Art Of Troubleshooting

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Real Estate Reconnaissance

I’m always amazed to see the different applications and industry sectors Airborne Sensor Operators (ASO) participate. In this case, Real Estate. Before you view the clip, the ASO in this news report is Amber Surrency (ASOG member since Nov 2017). Keep up the great work, Amber!

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Tom Churchill (CEO of Churchill Navigation and ASOG connection) just sent us a note inviting ASOG members and connections for a Demo Flight next week at the Airborne Public Safety Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. If you’re interested, contact Tom (tom@churchillnavigation.com) to arrange a demo flight or drop by his Mobile Command Center to view live video during flights in progress. His team will show the latest ARS features, new hardware that includes VOIP mission intercom, and their new EO/IR turret. Tom said they can take up plenty of people, and everyone gets their own console!

From an ASOG perspective, this is a great professional develop opportunity for both young and old ASOs/Aircrew and STEM students & teachers.

If you want to learn more, here’s a video of Tom and N208CN from last month’s Paris Airshow.

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White Paper – Introduction to ARTEMIS

ASOG 2019 Focus Areas: Technology Trends

First, I want to say thank you to Peter Myers (ASOG member since Oct 2017) for writing this paper specifically for ASOG and especially for the airborne public safety community. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Peter at several events in the last year, and I think his innovative technology could enhance the capabilities of any aerial search & rescue platform, i.e., location system using Cellular protocol to estimate the distance from aircraft to a mobile phone.

If you’re interested in learning more, read Peter’s paper. Also, if you have any questions for Peter, I’m sure he’ll be happy to answer them. You can contact him via his webpage (https://www.artemis.smithmyers.com/) or drop him a PM via the ASOG website e-mail service.

Introduction to ARTEMIS

 

ASOG Desk Editor (Patrick)

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Now, this is interesting and something new for our profession, i.e., a professional competition, something like the early days of aviation, i.e., Charles Lindbergh, etc. I’ve been tracking Patrick Meier (WeRobotics/UAViators) for many years. It looks like he and his team are challenging flyers, sensor operators, and analysist to bring new tactics, techniques, technologies, and procedures to the aerial remote sensing community. If you’re interested, check out these links:

UnusualSolvers  

WeRobtics

UAViators  

 

ASOG Desk Editor (Patrick)

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The Final Days of the Paris Air Show

ASOG 2019 Focus Areas: Networking, Professional Development, Trending Technologies

Top Left: Soon-to-be ASOG members Barbara Artesian and Mario Ponte of Alkan discuss the Viking Guardian 400 demonstration world tour with George at the Paris Airshow.

Top Right: ASOGs Bennie Steyn of Hensoldt Optronics (South Africa) discussing his Argos2HD turret on the SCAR-POD with George at PAS19.

Bottom: ASOG member Piet De Backer (L) and George flank soon-to-be member Giovanni Braghetti of LTas (Roma) @PAS19 airshow this week.

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ASOG in Paris

Lower-Left Photo: (L to R) Patrick Ryan, Philippe Debru, Georg De Cock (ASOG Ambassador)
Lower-Right Photo: (L to R) Patrick Ryan, Peter Myers

ASOG 2019 Focus Areas: Networking, Professional Development, Trending Technologies

Paris turned-out to be an outstanding location to meet and network. Several ASOG members were able to connect at the 2019 Paris Airshow this week. It was great for members to meet and crosstalk about many subjects related to our profession, specific industries, new technologies, and future opportunities. Here’s a list of members who attended:

• Patrick Ryan
• Philippe Debru
• Georg De Cock
• Peter Myers
• Gustavo Duarte
• Ron Sincavage
• Piet De Backer
• Marcus Gurtner
• Johathan Bramley
• Peter Walker
• Colin Steven
• Stephane Jacquemont

Besides having a good time meeting & greeting, one of the main topics discussed was the ASO profession and how we could do better, i.e., promoting basic global universal standards, training, and career support along with linking the different ASO domains (commercial, public safety, and defense).

Like the Paris Air Show, if you’re heading to a trade show or a conference (especially in North America, ANZ or other parts of the world) that the ASO community can benefit from, add it to the event board on this webpage. As the Desk Editor, I’ll make sure it gets pushed over the network. Also, If you’re not a member and want to join the group, go to www.aso-group.ning.com and join.

ASOG Desk Editor (Patrick)

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