Oil Patch Bits: Fairweather’s Tulugaq launch bolsters data collection
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Following the recent acquisition of VDOS, a worldwide leader in airborne remote sensing operations, Fairweather LLC has announced the formation of subsidiary Tulugaq LLC, a partnership between Fairweather, Olgoonik Corp. and Kaktovik Iñupiat Corp. Tulugaq (pronounced “too-lu-gak”) is the Native Alaskan word for “raven.” The company was formed to provide specialized airborne support to further Fairweather’s remote sensing and real-time scientific data collection capabilities, and offer greater efficiency to oil and gas exploration and production efforts through the ability to share assets and programming costs between projects.
Tulugaq’s operations are bolstered by the purchase of a new Diamond DA42 optionally manned aircraft outfitted with live streaming high-definition video, infrared and ultra-high resolution digital cameras. Future integration will include the addition of multispectral sensors. Tulugaq is one of the few operators of the DA42 in the U.S. and the only operator in Alaska. Originally designed for government work, the DA42 is designed to collect data in harsh weather and no-light conditions. The aircraft’s low profile and quiet operation allows Tulugaq to conduct complex missions without disturbing the Arctic’s many species of protected wildlife.
Tulugaq flight operations will be performed by an Alaska team with more than 40,000 hours of flight experience in Alaska and more than 2,000 hours of manned and unmanned flight experience worldwide. For more information visit www.fairweather.com.