Aerial Survey Aircraft


Terra Flight Aerial Imaging operates two specially modified aerial survey aircraft. Both aircraft have the modifications necessary to carry out either digital imagery or LiDAR data aquisition services.

Our aircraft operate under FAA FAR Part 91 rules, in restricted category for aerial survey operations. During survey operations TFAI operates with a two-man flight crew being a pilot and survey navigator. This is both for a safety consideration and a more effective result for aerial survey operations.


Piper Navajo PA-31 310

Piper Navajo PA 31 310


The Piper Navajo series aircraft began production in 1967. A total run of 2,044 aircraft were manufactured until production ceased in 1984. These aircraft were originally built as light executive transport aircraft which carried a total of 6 to 8 passengers depending on cabin configuration.

Due to the versatility of this aircraft, Piper Navajo’s are widely used for aerial survey applications. The primary role with our Navajo is image acquisition services with our Vexcel UltraCam Falcon digital aerial sensor.


Terra Flight – Piper Navajo Specifications

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  • Flight Duration: 7.0 hours
  • Operational Range: 1,200 Nautical Miles
  • Cruise Speed: 175 KTS
  • Maximum Altitude: 25,000’

Aerial Survey Sensor

Vexcel Falcon 1


TFAI provides imagery from our Vexcel UltraCam Falcon MK II Digital aerial camera. These cameras are the latest and current generation mapping cameras manufactured in Graz, Austria by Vexcel Corporation. They are one of the most widely used aerial survey camera sensors. The Vexcel Falcon provides both unparalleled image quality and accuracy for aerial survey applications. 

For more information about Terra Flight aerial sensor technology click here.



Terra Flight – Cessna T206H

The Cessna 206 Series began production in the mid 1960’s and stopped production in 1986. Cessna reintroduced the 206 series as the “H” model in 1998 with a newer engine design, newer avionics and modern manufacturing technologies incorporated into the design. Cessna continues to manufacture this aircraft in 2020.. This model Cessna was designed with a specific role as a utility aircraft by incorporating a twin cargo door configuration in the passenger area of the airframe. Because of the cargo door configuration, these aircraft are widely used in the aerial surveying industry, worldwide.


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Terra Flight – Cessna T206H Specifications

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  • Flight Duration: 4.1 hours
  • Operational Range: 650 Nautical Miles
  • Cruise Speed: 149 KTS
  • Maximum Altitude: 27,000’

Airborne LiDAR Sensor

TFAI provides LiDAR data from our Teledyne Optech Orion H300 Lidar sensor.  This sensor is manufactured in Toronto Canada by Teledyne Optech which is one of the most widely used LiDAR manufactures worldwide. 

 For more information about our LiDAR sensor technology Click here. Link to H300 spec page.


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