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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  

 

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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.

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ASOG 2019 Focus Areas: Professional Development, Trending Technologies

As promised, ASOG is going to track Viking Air’s Special Mission Guardian 400 Twin Otter (C-GVKI) world tour for members and future ASOs to tour an aerial remote sensing platform, i.e., learn what makes a multi-mission aircraft (flight crew to the mission equipment).

Currently, C-GVKI is in Wiener Neustadt at Airborne Technologies preparing for the Paris Airshow and the start of the world tour. Since I live near Wiener Neustadt, my son and I took the opportunity to checkout the bird in person. The folks at Airborne Technologies were super helpful in allowing us to climb-around C-GVKI…Danke Schon Katrin Gruber (ASOG member). Overall, the bird looks great. My son loved the paint design. He said it looked like something out of Minecraft. If you’re interested in knowing what systems are integrated onboard C-GVKI, here’s an overview:

• Aircraft: Viking Air (Twin Otter Guardian 400 series)
• Design System Architecture: Airborne Technologies (Airborne Linx)
• EO/IR Turret: Hensoldt (Argos II HD)
• Radar: Leonardo (Osprey 30)
• Camera Vision: Sentient (ViDAR)
• Moving Target Indication: Kestrel (MTI)
• S.C.A.R – Pods: Airborne Technologies
• Pylons: Alkan
• Tactical Workstation: Airborne Technologies
• Mission Computer: Galleon
• Augmented Reality System: CarteNav
• Downlink System: ECS
• AIS: CNS Systems
• Training & Simulation Equipment: Aero Simulators
• Mission Seat: Ikhana

According to Katrin and the C-GVKI aircrew, they plan to fly to Paris this Friday (tomorrow). So, if you’re planning to attend the Paris Airshow next week, checkout C-GVKI at the Viking Air Static Display B4. Regarding the rest of the world tour, Peter Walker (ASOG Member and lead Viking Air Tour Planner) will start publishing the schedule next week. Again, from an ASOG perspective, this is a great professional development opportunity for all ASOs (commercial, public safety & defense) and for young STEM students and teachers.

More too follow!

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JOB-1: WANTED – AERIAL SURVEY OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Full time role, providing logistical and planning support to a Data Operations Team.

Based in Chester, UK.

Please e-mail CV and cover letter to: aerialsurvey@aerialsurvey.com

 

JOB - 2: WANTED – AERIAL SURVEY TASK SPECIALIST

Full time role, Task Specialist/Sensor Operator required to undertake survey flying, data handling and processing and operating Sensors.

Based Chester, UK. overseas work will be required.

Please e-mail CV and cover letter to: aerialsurvey@aerialsurvey.com

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This might be of interest to the Public Safety ASOs in our group and/or someone looking for best practices regarding their specific ASO community. The Airborne Public Safety Association (APSA) published several excellent articles in their May/June Air Beat magazine regarding the airborne law enforcement Tactical Flight Officer (a.k.a. Airborne Sensor Operator). From an ASOG perspective, the articles really covers the spectrum of being a TFO and in many ways an ASO.

• Technology Changes, Basic TFO Skills Don’t
• Tactical Chess: TFO Selection, Training & Performance
• Position to Mission: More Than Just a TFO
• Air Support Choreography: What Does a Tactical Flight Officer Do?
• The Mighty TFO: Riverside’s Task-Saturated Aviation Job Requires Tactical Tenacity
• TFO Intelligence: Controlling Tactical Operations From Above

If you have access to the magazine, I highly recommend you give it a read. For more information, checkout APSA website: https://publicsafetyaviation.org/

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Can You Identify the Sensors?

Here’s a new challenge for the group. Can you identify the sensors below? The winner or winners will get the honor of being ASOG’s “Top Sensor” for June 2019! So, do you have the right stuff to take this challenge on?

Sensor - A:

Sensor - B:

Sensor - C:

Sensor - D:

Bonus Point – What WWII Allied camera?

 

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ASOG in action at PAvCon 2019

Top Photo: George welcomes Jason Wig field, very recent ASOG member, @PAvCon19 conference in Amsterdam.

Bottom Photo: From L2R: ASOG members Dave Martine of Artworks Unlimited introducing soon-to-be member Grace Orate of Macro-Blue displays during her first participation @PAvCon19. O'...with ASOGs roving ambassador George.

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