Fleet

Bioflight employs a fleet exclusively consisting of the P68. This reduces maintenance and pilot training costs, increases our operational flexibility and provides consistent cost-effective production across a wide range of survey types. While our Observer models allow for unobstructed 180 degree observation through bubble windows and a transparent nose section, our turbo-charged aircraft provide consistent power performance during high altitude operations.

 

With the ability to either carry observers for low altitude visual surveys or mount advanced camera and laser systems by utilising the aircrafts’ camera hatch, we can adapt perfectly to whichever survey mission and operational requirements you may have.

 

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OY-GNS
One of two turbo-charged P68TCs delivered in 2015 is here seen while in for scheduled service at Bromma Air Maintenance.

Our newest delivery, P68C registration OY-INS, is here seen departing our Copenhagen Airport Roskilde hangar facilities on her first mission. It would take her across the Baltic Sea for a three day assignment in Estonia.

 

P68 competitive advantages:
Aerodynamic stability:
Stability is the foundation for accurate data. The high-wing configuration ensures both unobstructed ground visibility and ensures very good aerodynamic stability. The aircraft design permits one to stay within very narrow parameters, even in rough conditions (Roll +/- 2 degrees and pitch +/- 3 degrees).

 

Speed stability:
Most high resolution data acquisition requires low speed to capture as many details as possible. The Vulcanair/Partenavia is designed to have excellent controllability even at low airspeed. Lowest operational speed (Clean stall speed x 1.30 = 85kt or 157 km/h). Flexibility is the key word when it comes to the Vulcanair/Partenavia, so not only does the aircraft have excellent low speed capabilities, but it also has the largest speed range for its category. Operational range: 85kt to 160kt (157 km/h to 297 km/h) which makes the aircraft suitable for many different applications.

 

Operational stability:
Bio Flight A/S is proud to have the newest fleet of Vulcanair aircraft in Europe. New aircraft improves both safety and operational stability. Maintenance and hourly inspections are a necessity to ensure a safe operation, but additional repairs is time consuming and keeps aircraft on ground when they should be flying. New aircraft reduces the ground time due to unforeseen repairs and therefore increases the operational stability.

 

Fuel consumption and environmental footprint:
The Vulcanair/Partenavia is the most fuel saving aircraft in its category. No other twin-aircraft has the same weight to fuel ratio.
The very low fuel consumption has multiple advantages:
  • Very low operating cost
  • Low environmental impact
  • Exceptionally high endurance (12 hours @ 55% power=100kt)*
  • Very high range (2185 km/1180nm)*
* With long range tanks.

 

The Crew:
All Bioflight flight crew is licensed under JAA/EASA regulations.
All pilots have:
  • JAA/EASA CPL (Commercial Pilot License) with ATPL theory.
  • Multi-engine experience.
  • Instrument rating for flights in adverse weather conditions.
  • Night flying experience.
  • Received additional training in low altitude and low speed flying.
  • Received additional line training for precision survey flying.
  • Received proficiency checks very 6 months (PFC and OPC) to ensure that the crew is proficient in company standard and emergency procedures.
Safety:
In all matters, safety comes first!
A wise man once said: “Adhering to rules and regulations, means a safe operation”.
We are always looking for ways to go even further to ensure safety.
  • Inflatable life rafts for any flight over water (more that 50 nm)
  • Survival suits and life vest for all crew and passengers. (Offshore, water below +13 degrees)
  • Two ELTs (Emergency Locator Transmitters). One in the aircraft and one to bring on the life raft in case of evacuation.
  • Spidertracks (Real time satellite tracking) with “emergency” function that, if activated sends out location information to the relevant personnel and activates our Emergency Response Plan.
  • PowerFlam, that gives the pilot a better perception of the traffic situation around the aircraft.

 

Reg: OY-GIS Type: Vulcanair P68TC About: Turbo-charged for higher speed and consistent power output at high altitudes
OY-GIS is GNS’s sister aircraft, also delivered in 2015 with turbo-charged engines. Here seen being prepared for deployment after the ferry flight from Vulcanair’s factory in Italy. After an acceptance flight to make sure all systems are working smoothly, our brand new aircraft are immediately ready to start producing value for our customers.

 

Offshore production:
The P68 Observer is especially designed for visual surveys and serves as the backbone of our offshore operations. Our new aircraft OY-GPS (2014) and OY-ILS (2012) with the Garmin 950 glass cockpit as well as OY-SUR (1981) are used in this capacity. They are designed as observation aircraft but are also a superb platform when utilising the HiDef photogrammetric system in cooperation with BioConsult SH of Germany. Our pilots are trained in the use of HiDef and certified to act as operators on the system.

 

We also have extensive experience in multi-aircraft comparison surveys, where both photogrammetric and visual data are collected simultaneously from several aircraft flying at different altitudes in synchronised speed and time/distance intervals.
Vulcanair P68 Observer 2 with registration OY-GPS here shown parked in Finland after a morning flight.
Here is Vulcanair P68 Observer 2, OY-ILS, touching down after yet another successfull survey mission.
Here is Vulcanair P68 Observer 2, OY-ILS, touching down after yet another successful survey mission.