Radiometric Airborne Mapping and Firefighting
In March 2014, Swanson Group Aviation acquired RAM Systems, a privately held helicopter operation specializing in the commercial work of aerial infrared camera application.
It operates using the reliable, light, single turbine engine Bell 206 B III helicopter with a gimbal mounted infrared camera and mapping support equipment. It maps the spread of wildfire and locates hot spots for government agencies and private landowners during fire season.
Support equipment includes a trailer with computers, printers and plotters which produce the maps on site based on heat sources and GIS data gathered during the helicopter mapping mission. Other opportunities being explored are wildlife surveys and search-and-rescue.