The following video summarizes how an Ebee operation is conducted. The actual flight is a quick process and causes minimal disruption.
Site Assessment and Safety Plan
Prior to Visiting the Site
Map Hawks always conducts a site safety plan prior to commencing any operation. The site plan takes place both on site and off site. The off site plan considers airspace classification, consults aeronautical charts, and examines existing maps and data to identify any potential hazards such as wind turbines, hydro lines, topographical features, etc. in the area and also to identify any aviation conflicts that might arise due to the proximity of airfields or air traffic.
The purpose of the site visit is to familiarize the operator with the area to be mapped, and to identify any potential hazards that might be present that may not have been identified already. The site visit also allows the operator to identify safe landing sites, and emergency access points, as well as the location for any ground control points if required. The area will also be checked for any radio interference and to ensure that communication channels are functional including cellular service and aviation radio.
Prior to Commencing Operation
On the day of the operation several last minute items must be checked. Weather forecasts including precipitation, wind, and temperatures will be checked. A search of the NAVCAN Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) will be checked for the area to identify any unusual events that affect aviation traffic. Wind direction and speed will be identified and used to make last minute changes to the flight plan and landing area. We also continuously monitor air traffic on a hand held aviation radio.