Aerial Cartographics of America Purchases UltraCam Eagle

ACA logoWhen Aerial Cartographics of America, Inc. (ACA) selected the UltraCamX in May of 2008 to be able to offer digital aerial acquisition capabilities to its customers, the company became the first UltraCam flyer in the southeastern part of the US. ACA is setting another first for the region through its recent purchase of an UltraCam Eagle. David Ledgerwood, Senior Vice President/Branch Manager for ACA, cites the ultra-large footprint of the UltraCam Eagle as a motivating reason for the purchase. Compared to the UltraCamX with it’s 14,406 pixel PAN image footprint (across track), the UltraCam Eagle features a PAN image footprint of 20,010 pixels across track. Dave expects that this, along with other unique features of the Eagle, will allow ACA to better and more efficiently serve its customers. Rightfully so.

Meanwhile, ACA plans to retain its UltraCamX for expanded digital data acquisition capabilities.

Congratulations to Dave and the entire ACA team for taking this next step in expanding ACA’s digital arsenal!   Full announcement below.

– Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team

Aerial Cartographics of America Purchases UltraCam Eagle
Graz, Austria — December 4, 2012 — Aerial Cartographics of America, Inc. (ACA), has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary to purchase an UltraCam Eagle digital aerial camera system. ACA has owned and operated an UltraCamX since 2008 and has decided to enhance its ortho production capabilities with the latest solid state technology and larger digital footprint of the UltraCam Eagle.

_MG_9240“ACA’s customers are extremely pleased with the high quality imagery that we produce with the UltraCamX,” stated Mr. David Ledgerwood, Senior Vice President/Branch Manager, ACA. “Adding the next generation UltraCam Eagle to our available resources will enable us to serve our customers even better by offering a variety of capabilities and increasing our efficiency.”

ACA plans to make use of the UltraCam Eagle on mapping projects throughout the eastern US, primarily in the following markets: roads, railroads, airports, state and local (orthos), water management and environmental, and energy (transmission lines and pipelines). ACA also offers simultaneous collection of digital aerial imagery and LiDAR data.

“Microsoft is happy to support ACA’s growth plans by providing the more robust UltraCam Eagle digital mapping system,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “ACA can look forward to high reliability and minimal ground time in its future operations.”

About the UltraCam Eagle
The UltraCam Eagle features a pan image footprint of 20,010 pixels across the flight strip. In addition to the ultra-large image footprint, the UltraCam Eagle includes enhanced electronics for improved frame rate and less noise (72 dB signal-to-noise ratio for high image dynamic) when compared to previous UltraCam systems, and innovative high-resolution, high-performance lenses and state-of-the art CCD technology (@ 5.2 µm pixel size) for sharp images with a high dynamic range. The UltraCam Eagle is the first multi-cone digital photogrammetric camera to offer an exchangeable lens system with 80mm (standard) and 210mm (tele for high altitude flights) and includes filters with curved characteristics to flatten out vignetting. This digital camera system boasts a new housing concept with everything integrated into a modular sensor head. Compared to previous UltraCam systems, the smaller physical form factor of the UltraCam system requires less aircraft space, weighs less for more efficient aircraft fuel consumption, and is easier and quicker to install.

About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit
With its operations based in Graz, Austria, and sales and support teams in North America, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft’s Bing Maps business unit. The division is responsible for the highly successful line of UltraCam digital aerial mapping systems that include the UltraCamLp, UltraCamXp, UltraCamXp Wide Angle, UltraCam Eagle and UltraCam Falcon digital photogrammetric sensors. Rounding out the UltraCam mapping systems offering is the UltraMap workflow software system for processing UltraCam imagery to Level 02 and Level 03 quality data, and with features that include distributed processing with automated load balancing, automated project-based color balancing, and additional quality control tools.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Aerial Cartographics of America, Inc.

Aerial Cartographics of America, Inc. (ACA), is a full service professional aerial mapping firm that operates from its headquarters in Orlando, Florida, and offices in Miami, Florida, and Georgia and Maryland. Since its start in 1973, ACA has built a reputation as a provider of high quality products and services. With a large staff of professionally licensed surveying and mapping associates and its own fleet of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, ACA specializes in digital aerial imaging, LiDAR acquisition, mobile LiDAR, and low altitude mapping photography (LAMP). Services include digital mapping, digital terrain modeling, LiDAR processing, digital orthophoto production, intelligent 3D surface models, airport obstruction surveys, sea grass and vegetation mapping, GIS, and volumetric analysis. For more information go to or contact David Ledgerwood at or 407-851-7880.


About UltraCam Team

Vexcel Imaging is a leading provider of digital aerial cameras. Its family of UltraCam aerial sensor products includes the UltraCam Condor, UltraCam Osprey, UltraCam Eagle/EaglePrime, UltraCam Falcon/FalconPrime and and end-to-end processing with UltraMap photogrammetric workflow software. Terrestrial products include the UltraCam Mustang mobile sensor system and the UltraCam Panther portable sensor system.
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