Helicopter performing LiDAR surveys of the area




The helicopter is being flown by Talon Helicopters, which has received permission from Transport Canada to fly low to conduct a Lidar (light detection and ranging) survey. According to the U.S. National Ocean Service, Lidar is used to “generate precise three-dimensional information about the Earth’s shape and surface features,” including man-made and natural environments. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo – Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Helicopter performing LiDAR surveys of the area

LiDAR generates precise three-dimensional information about the shape of the Earth and its surface characteristics




If you’ve spotted any low-flying helicopters over the Bulkley Valley over the past few weeks, you’re fine.

Talon helicopters are performing low-level flights for LiDAR surveys from August 2 to 31, during daylight hours.

According to the U.S. National Ocean Service, LiDAR is used to “generate precise three-dimensional information about the Earth’s shape and surface features,” including man-made and natural environments.

The company received special authorization from Transport Canada to carry out the surveys.

There will be approximately 5-10 working days, with flights estimated at approximately four hours per day, covering the Smithers, Telkwa, Houston and Burns Lake areas.


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