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ISTAR and Sensor Based Operations

Sensor based operations is a rather grand title encompassing the use of the DA42 Twin Stars for airborne operations whilst carrying out various forms of sensing/observation using a combination of people and electronic sensors.

The DA42 MPP (multi-purpose platform), is a variant of the DA42 optimised for the addition of sensors and other equipment.

The optimisation comes in two parts; the aircraft itself has been designed in such a way to allow sensors and other equipment to be relatively easily and quickly added.


Cable ducts, hard points and extra load carrying capabalities have been strategically placed around the aircraft. A power distriibution system has been added to route non aircraft systems power to various bays.

In addition through the EASA desgn and approval process, the aircraft facilitates the relatively easy and low cost method of certifcation and approval.


DEA has considerable experience in the specification, design, implementation and operation of sensor systems, from electro optical such as Wescam through to RF based systems. 

DEA's latest operational deployments have been using the Thales iMaster radar system, both in its land based and maritime roles.

Recent news

DEA opens its door for Part 145 Maintenance

Six months after DEA was awarded its own Part 145 maintenace capablity, DEA has now opened its doors to other Diamond Aicraft operators as well as Piper/Cessna/Slinsgby operators.

Providing a very high quality service at reasonable prices, DEA welcomes aviators with a full service Part 145 and Part M (CAMO) service

DEA promotes Wout Eggens to Head of Flight Training

March 2015: Wout Eggens has been formally approved by the CAA to be the Head of DEA Flight Training, an EASA AOC Form 4 post holder position, one of the most challenging appointments in the industry.


 

DEA appoints former Red Arrow leader to augment DEA flight operations

February 2015:  Dicky Patounas joins DEA’s senior management team to help take DEA to the next level as the deputy head of flight operations with special responsibility for overall flight /ground operations co-ordination.

Dicky Patounas joins DEA after a 25 year eclectic and wide ranging flying career in the RAF latterly overseeing the introduction of Typhoon into both UK and Saudi operational service and previously two tours of duty with the Red Arrows, latterly as ‘Red One’ aka the most senior operational manager of the squadron.

DEA appoints Director of Engineering

January 2015: Gerald Cooper is appointed as Director of Engineering for DEA (Diamond-Executive Aviation) responsible for DEA’s Part M, Part 145 and Part 21 activities.

Gerald joins DEA from a multi discipline 25 year career in global aerial survey, freight and passenger operations where he has held almost all EASA/CAA post holder approvals. In addition, in his spare time, Gerald has represented the UK at the World Aerobatic Championships.

DEA and DA42 MPP mentioned in ThinkDefence Article

There is a general and widespread assumption that unmanned ISTAR is cheap ISTAR but I think the best that can be said of this assumption is that the jury is still out. Taking into consideration loss rates, bandwidth costs and other factors there is still a demand for manned ISTAR in high or low threat environments.

An example of this in a UK context is.. the continued use by the British Army of Diamond DA42’s in the fast jet/RPAS surrogate role for training support, contracted to the Army through 3DSL

 
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