If you can’t currently fly (at low level) at night or in bad visibility/low cloud, that’s at least half of the time you’re missing out on revenue. Plus the outcomes for your clients, the environment and communities are much better if you can operate effectively at night.
Can SOFI help me fly my aircraft if I’m onboard?Skybase2022-03-09T06:05:14+00:00
No and Yes. No, it’s not permitted to mix manned and unmanned flight- i.e. you can’t be a passenger with a pilot flying you from the ground. Even though this would be technically possible, we have disabled this feature mechanically. However, with SOFI in the “off” position, you can still fly your aeroplane ‘as per normal’ because the original functions are preserved (i.e. it is optionally piloted). This provides maximum flexibility so that you can still do what humans do best (unplanned/ spontaneous/ rapid response).
When will you deliver SOFI to us?Skybase2022-03-09T05:59:53+00:00
At this stage, yes. This is because when handling abnormal situations via datalink, prior experience is beneficial in understanding what the best outcomes should be. Autonomy continues to improve and will, soon enough, deliver a system that doesn’t require any pilot monitoring/ intervention.
Who will train my organisation?Skybase2021-09-26T08:54:53+00:00
Pilots will still be an essential part of most operations for many more years. So there is no panic! This is a great opportunity for pilots to up-skill early in the transformation of the industry, and to build safer and more profitable businesses.
Aerial Firefighting- 24/7
Aerial Mapping & Scanning- any time
Surveillance/ Communications- any time
Locust Spray – 24/7
Aerial Agriculture- low wind
Remote Cargo delivery- unprepared strips
Disaster Response- air drop
Our aircraft can land in 500m long rough areas: on a dirt road, a mountain or a runway. It can fly for 8 hours / 1500km / carry 1200kg.
SOFI for AG
Better business (double revenue, lower insurance, faster ROI on your assets)
Happier customers (better results at night)
Happier suppliers (more application)
Happier family (safer)
Happier environment (bees/birds/drift)
If your aircraft fleet are manufactured by Air Tractor, Pacific Aerospace or Thrush, SOFI is an excellent choice for your business assets.
SOFI for Any Aircraft
More capability for your fleet
Unlock revenue opportunities
Faster ROI on assets
Extend the useful life of assets
Moving with industry
Protect your future
Please get in contact with us if your aircraft fleet can be optimised further. New STCs require engineering resources, so start today!
AI-enable Aircraft Upgrade System
Aerial Firefighting at night & low vis
Mapping/ISR in all weather
Cargo to remote places at any time
Ag Aerial Application- any time
Reduced Carbon Emissions & Wildfire damage
Data science 24/7, including below cloud
Serve more communities, profitably
Better Results (less wind, no bees/birds)
Do you want safer, more effective and much more profitable flight operations?
Crops, Locust Plagues & Wildfires continue to grow at night.
Low-flying aeroplanes must be able to operate safely at night, too.
SOFI adds ‘drone’ capabilities to existing aeroplanes.
This unlocks the option to fly 24/7.
Read More We can provide you with a truly multi-role Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA), ready to fly.
SOFI for Ag
Read More You can upgrade your current Ag aircraft into an Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA).
SOFI for Any Aircraft
SOFI will soon be suitable for every FADEC-engined aircraft (incl. Part 25).
Read More Any aircraft.