LADS (LASER Airborne Depth Sounder) Fokker F27
|LADS (LASER Airborne Depth Sounder) Fokker F27LOCATION: Cairns/AdelaideAirfield: Cairns/AdelaideTime Frame: September 2008-2009||VH-EWP NEWSVideo of the 12- Sept 09 arrival viewVideo departure for test flight 14 Sept 09 view
Night time Sortie 15th Sept 09 view
Video take-off YPAD view
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|VH-EWP Fokker F27 500 Arrives at YPAD for refit.The Navy Fokker Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) arrived in Adelaide 12 September 2009. It is to undergo a refit with it’s current equipment compliment to go into the new Dash 8 VH-LCL. The Fokker will be here for some time, at least till Friday 18th. We will keep you up-to-date as information is received. For those that would like to see the aircraft flying, it is going out on Monday morning around 0900 and Tuesday around 1400.You can see a short video of the 13- Sept 09 arrival here.
Departure for test flight 14 Sept 09 (view)
Photo Gallery (view)
About LADS Fokker F-27
The Navy Hydrographic Unit operates a Fokker F27 as an Airborne Laser Depth Sounder. The aircraft is used to map the ocean floor. Using a high powered, pulsed LASER the aircraft scans swathes of the ocean floor more rapidly than a ship performing the same task.
Picture: On Tarmac at Cairns
The LADS F27 is a specially fitted out aircraft. Complete with LASER, Data Logging, Cooling Units and Crew Facilities. The aircraft has been extensively modified to incorporate bay doors under the fuselage, additional fuel tanks, precise navigation systems, and a stabilised platform for the laser.
Picture: Inside LADS
The aircraft is piloted by civillian pilots and the electronic equipment is operated by Navy personel. Modifications to the aircraft include extra fuel tanks. The flight time per sortie can be up to 7 1/2 hours.
The equipment was recently upgraded (2008). The new system has improved performance and operational requirements over the old system.
Specs for the new system are:
Picture: LADS How It Works
Fixed Infrared beam provides precise height information. Green beam scans ocean floor up to 50 metres deep.
Simulated LASER Scanning
Red Laser is fixed vertically/stationary to measure height.
Links to other VH-EWP and LADS related items:
Navy – Fondness for Fokkers
Navy – Hydrographic Service
Navy – Hydrographic Survey
Item by David H.
Information courtesy of LADS.
Photos by LADS Staff & David H.