Aug 10

Capturing an Impressive Display of Aviation History


Ayres Associates and Applied Ecological Services were granted the privilege to capture high resolution digital aerial imagery of the EAA AirVenture gathering in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

EAA2xAyres and AES have been partners in aerial imagery acquisition and specialized remote sensing application for over 5 years.  Using a Leica RCD30 we have collaborated on projects ranging from mapping for departments of transportation to identifying and tracking invasive vegetation.  When given the opportunity to capture the 2017 EAA AirVenture we knew this would be a unique opportunity to document this important aviation event from a new perspective.

The AirVenture is an annual event hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association, drawing nearly 600,000 aviation enthusiasts and over ten-thousand aircraft.  The event showcases both historic aircraft and the latest technology in aviation.  This event featured a wide range of attractions and events, including a performance by the Blue Angels, a fly-over of B-1, B-2, and B-52 bombers, a dozen B-25’s, and a reunion astronauts from the Apollo program.

The aerial imagery was acquired on the morning of July 25 at a flying height of 4,500 AGL.  The imagery was processed to four-band 6-inch resolution orthoimagery.  Here’s the Color IR output of the site:



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