The UltraCam Eagle takes flight in Australia!

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The UltraCam is increasing its dominion of the skies with the delivery of an UltraCam Eagle to Advance Aviation Group Pty Ltd (AAG), a Transwonderland Limited company (TWL) in Australia!

Recognizing the beauty of the exchangeable lens system, the AAG has opted for the 80mm and 210mm focal length lens systems to support the company’s low and high altitude projects. Additionally, the system acquisition included an UltraMount gyro-stabilized mount and the UltraNav GNSS and direct geo-referencing system.

Lens comparison UCE f80mm and f210mm lens systems.

Lens comparison UCE f80mm and f210mm lens systems.

My understanding is that TWL is one of the main group of traditional land owners in Papua New Guinea who is working towards implementing growing technology and developing business opportunities  in that area. Their intention is to train the local indigenous people to undertake their own aerial survey operations, including processing and final map/product output. Since receiving their Eagle, the camera has been kept extremely busy with projects leveraging both the 80mm and 210mm lens systems, AAG/TWL report that they are impressed with the lens exchange capability, and that the end customers are very happy with the quality of the data.

Congratulations to AAG/TWL from all of us on the UltraCam team!

Full announcement included below.

– Jerry Skaw, Microsoft UltraCam Team

First UltraCam Eagle in Australia Purchased by Advance Aviation Group

Graz, Austria — June 3, 2014 — Advance Aviation Group Pty Ltd (AAG), a Transwonderland Limited company, has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary to purchase the first UltraCam Eagle “ultra-large” digital aerial camera to be delivered in Australia. The system is equipped with 80mm and 210mm exchangeable lenses, an UltraNav GNSS-Inertial Direct Georeferencing + Flight Management System and a gyro-stabilized UltraMount. UltraNav is an integrated unit that consolidates all navigation and flight planning components for simple installation and economical operations when compared to similar “standalone” systems.

AAG is a well established and respected passenger/freight forwarding aviation company providing aerial services and aircraft maintenance to regional Queensland and throughout Australia. The acquisition of the Microsoft UltraCam Eagle system introduces leading-edge aerial imagery technology and processing software to the Australian and western Pacific remote sensing market. Currently operating in excess of eight aircraft, the move into aerial surveying and mapping is an expansion of AAG’s services to better serve regional mining companies and other clients throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea.

“The UltraCam product line has proven its reliability over the years — we often operate in remote areas under difficult environmental conditions, so installation and operation needed to be straightforward and very dependable,” stated Alec Mercer, CEO of Advance Aviation Group. “We were also drawn to the Eagle’s attractive price-to-performance due to its high-volume data acquisition capabilities and excellent data quality.”

The UltraCam Eagle has an exchangeable lens system for added flexibility. AAG is purchasing the 80mm lens for efficient capture of large area regional projects, and the 210mm lens for high-altitude flying over central business district areas. Australian Air Traffic Control restricts flying over dense urban areas; however, with the 210mm lens, AAG is able to achieve 10cm GSD from a 12,000’ altitude.

“Microsoft is excited to provide AAG with its first digital aerial camera with flight planning and navigation software to support its entry into the Australian mapping market,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The UltraCam Eagle is the culmination of technology developed and tested for over ten years for the benefit of our customers.”

About the UltraCam Eagle
The third-generation UltraCam Eagle includes the following features:

  • Pan image footprint of 20,010 pixels across the flight strip
  • 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
  • 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
  • Exchangeable lens system with 80mm, 100mm, and 210mm options
  • Integrated housing concept with all parts residing in a modular sensor head

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 today include the UltraCam Hawk, UltraCam Falcon, and UltraCam Eagle digital photogrammetric sensors, and the UltraCam Osprey nadir/oblique photogrammetric digital aerial sensor. Also offered is the UltraNav Flight Management and Direct Georeferencing system, designed to maximize the efficiency of UltraCam aerial mapping. Rounding out the UltraCam offerings is the fully integrated UltraMap workflow software system, with features that include high-density 3D point cloud creation, highly accurate and detailed digital surface model (DSM) generation, and ortho mosaicing capabilities based on an automatically generated DSM or traditional DSM.

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 Advance Aviation Group
Advance Aviation Group is a privately owned geospatial services company based in Emerald, Queensland, Australia. The firm offers photogrammetric aerial surveys throughout Australia and the western Pacific and possesses data processing capabilities to produce a full range of high quality value-added products. For more information, go to or email Alec Mercer at or phone +61 (0)74987 5566.


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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