Zeusch Aviation, an aerial services provider, has updated a Beechcraft B200 Super King Air for aerial mapping missions, adding to its existing medevac and charter capabilities. The aircraft was modified by adding a new Avcon removable mapping window. Zeusch had previously registered and operated the aircraft in the UK, but has moved it to its home base at Lelystad Airport, The Netherlands.
The window, installed in the belly of the aircraft, increases terrestrial visibility to ensure accurate data collection for map-making. Both engines were also completely overhauled. The aircraft is available for mapping missions by private individuals, governmental associations and corporations that want to establish the geospatial baseline of an area’s topography, natural landscape, built environment and more.
Following a successful series of mapping flights performed in Denmark in May 2020, the aircraft will begin mapping operations throughout the whole of Europe this summer. Zeusch is also planning to expand beyond Europe. “Mapping is a seasonal activity requiring clear skies and good weather to support the systematic collection of topographical data,” said Herman van Kranenburg, managing director at Zeusch Aviation. “To minimise aircraft downtime, we plan to fly the aircraft in Europe during the spring and summer, and then relocate it to regions where the weather is more suitable for mapping during our winter months.”
The aircraft complements an existing fleet of two King Air C90A types, one of which is outfitted for broadcast relay missions and the other for mapping. A second Beechcraft B200 Super King Air was recently acquired and is being ferried from North America to The Netherlands.
“We are delighted to have placed our first aircraft on our national registry; it’s a real achievement for our young company,” said van Kranenburg. “We’re also pleased to maintain our loyalty to the King Airs as there are positive economics associated with keeping a consistent fleet type. The aircraft performance delivers the capabilities needed to support the demanding missions we fly, and we look forward to adding more to our fleet in the near future.”