The Scientific Aviation manned fleet consists of four Mooney aircraft, each with slightly different features. These aircraft are highly versatile, exhibit excellent flight capabilities in a large range of environments, have low operating costs compared to larger aircraft, and are fully FAA certified. All of our Mooney aircraft feature advanced avionics and navigational systems, and can be customized with a scientific payload specific to your mission requirements.
2004 Mooney Ovation 2
Similar in performance to N617DH, this slightly older Mooney Ovation 2 has been used extensively for work in California. It does not have the ability to fly into icing conditions. The aircraft is capable of reaching altitudes as high as 20,000 ft MSL and cruises at 175 knots with over 6 hours of endurance. N334FL has the highest payload of our aircraft, with over 300 pounds of carrying capacity.
1998 Mooney TLS Bravo
N2132X is the oldest aircraft in the fleet and has been the primary workhorse for Scientific Aviation for the past 8 years. A turbocharged engine allows the TLS to climb as high as 25,000 ft, and TKS icing protection enables flight into known icing conditions. At altitude, the TLS can cruise as fast as 185 kts TAS and can stay airborne for over 5 hours.
For lower altitude and near-field point source quantification, our quadcopter and hexacopter platforms are an ideal solution. Our drones are equipped with winds, temperature, relative humidity, and pressure measurements, and can be outfitted with a methane/ethane analyzer, whole air sampling canisters, or other instruments that fit within the payload weight limits. Our custom-built iPad app controls the drone flight path, with real-time data and camera views.
DJI Matrice 210
The Matrice 210 (aka “David”) is a quadcopter platform with a payload of ~5-6 lbs. This payload is sufficient for a methane/ethane analyzer (as shown), or any client-owned lightweight instrument with serial communication.
DJI Matrice 600 Pro
The Matrice 600 Pro is a hexacopter platform with a payload of ~12-13 pounds. This payload is sufficient for a methane/ethane analyzer and several mini WAS (whole air sample) canisters, as shown in the image above.
Continuous Monitoring System
SOOFIE (Systematic Observations Of Facility Intermittent Emissions)
Looking to keep an eye on your sites 24/7? We’ve got you covered. Our continuous monitoring system (SOOFIE) was designed from the ground up to be an affordable, effective and accessible solution for continuous monitoring of on-site methane. If SOOFIE detects a leak, you’ll be notified within minutes, allowing you to distribute your resources where and when they matter most.Download the Data Sheet
All SOOFIE units are custom-built in house by the Scientific Aviation staff. We designed this system from the ground up, drawing on our years of experience in the emissions research sector.
SOOFIE was designed with operators in mind. It stands watch 24/7, 365 days a year. With real-time data upload to our secure dual-encrypted cloud-based server, you can rest easy knowing that your facility is constantly under SOOFIE’s watchful eye.
If our system detects a leak on-site, you’ll receive a notification from our dashboard application, allowing you to direct quick and precise action to address the leak at its source, saving you time, energy and money.