In addition to UAV (drone) surveillance, there is a wide need for man-in-the-loop on-site fixed-wing surveillance. A manned aircraft can be flown in controlled airspace that is prohibited to a UAV. Manned aircraft can fly in close proximity to other aircraft such as near airports. Or budgetary limitations preclude the use of long-duration UAVs such as a General Atomics Predator. Potential applications are wide-ranging and include law enforcement, aerial intelligence and observation, aero-medical, wild-fire management, and search and rescue. Chassis Plans provided our CCX-19 rugged rackmount lcd keyboard to be installed in a Quest Aircraft Kodiak airframe. This is a turbo-prop aircraft configured with two operator workstations in addition to a FLIR camera, Hawkeye Wide Area Motion Imagery camera array and other support equipment.
The installed CCX-19 is particularly well suited for these environments. It has been tested to MIL-STD-810G and is very rugged and reliable. For more information, see the Engineered Solutions Aerial Surveillance.pdf application note.