Air International 2014-03
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The nose-mounted Wescam MX-10 stabilised imaging system provides thermal imaging and full-motion HD video.
When inspecting power lines, G-RIDB is flown at between 300 and 500ft and at around 50 knots.
Bell 429 G-RIDB entered service in 2013.
G-RIDB is based at Turweston Airfield, but deploys around England and Wales each week.
The helicopter will spend up to 12 minutes inspecting a pylon.
The observer sits in front of a 22-inch Skyforce LCD monitor to view the images generated by the MX-10.
A Germanwings A319 taking off from Heathrow in December 2013.
Lufthansa’s A321 ‘retrojet’, D-AIDV (msn 5413).