Leica FCMS Flight & Sensor Control Management System now supports multiple sensor...

Leica FCMS Flight & Sensor Control Management System now supports multiple sensor types

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Heerbrugg, Switzerland, 12 January 2007 – Airborne survey flights are a challenge for pilots and sensor operators. With Leica Geosystems’ Flight & Sensor Control Management System (FCMS), GPS-based survey flights are efficiently controlled.

FCMS performs all tasks, such as flight guidance, sensor recording and sensor monitoring, on a single man-machine interface, providing automated operation and minimized user interaction. The hardware and software components are optimized for operating a variety of airborne sensors.

Leica FCMS Flight & Sensor Control Management System simplifies a flight-plan-controlled flight for the operator and pilot, guiding them through all phases. Knowing in-flight which lines are not yet flown or need to be re-flown for various reasons (such as clouds) is important.

During flight execution, the operator and the pilot can independently select various views. In-flight evaluation allows flight execution progress and quality control checks. Leica FCMS stores all data required for post-flight mission analysis. This is essential for optimal management of aerial survey projects, especially for large projects using more than one aircraft.

The system performs all tasks, such as flight guidance, sensor release and sensor monitoring, on a single man-machine interface. Since the software provides automated operation, user interaction is minimized. Operation is intuitive and new users are able to operate the sensor after a very short training time. Precise aircraft positioning is a simple task for the pilot due to the sophisticated flight guidance information provided during all phases of the survey flight.

Leica FCMS is designed to support various airborne sensor types, as well as multi-sensor systems. Perfect integration of hardware and software into one single system is the key for very effective work. Consisting of high-quality airborne components, Leica FCMS optimizes sensor workflow from flight planning to data delivery.