February 15, 2016

Aerial Camera Platform

The SkyIMD Multi-Purpose Aerial Camera Platform


We design and develop complete aerial imaging solutions for light planes and helicopters. Our systems have been deployed for use in the US, Honduras, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, France and Canada to assist with a multitude of imaging needs. 

Example Installation: Installing the Aerial Camera Platform and Cable Harness to the strut of an aircraft. If reinstalling the platform, re-attach using two clamps and four bolts. Optional belly/fuselage mounting and third party mounts supported. (bare bones shell shown without camera, side fairing, dome or cover for clarity)

installation points and measurementsinstalling camera control cable harnesshow the cable is connected to the strutbare minimum camera platform attached to Cessna wing strut

The platform can be pre-configured to contain SkyDSLR or SkyFusion Pak camera systems and supporting components.

Complete System

  • FAA STC-certified Camera Platform (“pod”)
  • Wing and Cabin Cables
  • Mounting Hardware
  • Camera (multiple DSLR, Video and Infrared/thermal configurations available)
  • GPS Antenna
  • Installation and care manuals
  • Pre-flight and post-flight guides
  • Training & Support

SkyIMD's aerial platforms come in two sizes - small and largeOur aerial camera platforms are available in two sizes – the larger one allows for greater camera versatility or room for additional payload options. (picture is for comparison purposes – only one platform is allowed per strut).

Extensible and Versatile

  • Multiple camera types supported:
    • DSLR’s (full sized, up to medium format – e.g. Hasselblad, PhaseOne)
    • HD Video
    • Infrared/Thermal (FLIR)
    • SWIR (short wave infrared)
  • Swapping DSLR cameras and changing lenses can be accomplished in 15 minutes or less
  • Permanent or temporary installation
  • Subsequent installations can take 20 minutes or lessdslr-mount-pod-top-a
  • Use one system across several aircraft – ask us how 
  • Cabling for in-cabin control and viewing – cable options allow for variable installation of in-cabin components
  • Room for additional components – inside the platform
  • Two platform sizes
  • Fly with two platforms at once
  • Turnkey aerial photography solution
  • Multiple mounting options – strut, fuselage or an existing mount
  • “Non-invasive” to the crafts hull or avionics. The entire system can run on carry-on rechargeable batteries and cables may be routed through service panels
  • May be attached to other approved mounts – rapidly expand your camera options and imaging capabilities using the mount that you may already have installed
  • Optional equipment available:
    • Secure air-to-ground video streaming and data-link – video is viewable on Windows, Apple iOS and Android devices.
    • Operations center support – personnel can view images and control camera from the ground
    • Housing extensions for long lenses
    • Dome and Borosilicate glass covers to protect camera during flight and on the ground

SkyIMD's aerial camera platform on a Bell 429 HelicopterSkyIMD’s smaller aerial platform mounted on a Bell 429 Helicopter enabling HD (720p) Video and Infrared/Thermal capabilities for day and night operations.

Light and Durable

  • System configurations weigh 2.3 to 16 pounds
  • Aircraft grade aluminum shell and attachment hardware
  • Aircraft quality cables are shielded and have military grade connectors
  • Environmentally protected components
  • Thoroughly tested
  • Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
  • 1 year warranty

Aerial cameral platform mounted inside an existing mountSkyIMD’s large aerial camera platform mounted inside an existing camera hole on a Cessna 310 – quickly extending camera and sensor capabilities of the plane.


STC-approved for installation on over 30 aircraft models

Aerial Camera Platform is approved for installation on the following aircraft models:

  • Cirrus SR22 & SR22T
  • Cessna 152 and F152
  • Cessna 172M/N and F172M/N
  • Cessna 172P and F172P
  • Cessna 172Q/S
  • Cessna 172R
  • Cessna 182E/F/G/H/J/K/L/M
  • Cessna 182N
  • Cessna 182P/Q and F182P/Q
  • Cessna R182, TR182 and FR182
  • Cessna 182R, 182S, 182T and T182T
  • Cessna U206G, TU206G, 206H and T206H

Helicopter mounts for SkyIMD’s large and small PMA’d pod using Meeker mounts:

  • Bell 429 Nose and Aft mounts
  • Bell 206A/B/B1 and 206L/L1-4 and 407 Nose camera mount and Aft Belly Universal Mount
  • Bell UH1/205/210/212/412 Medium Mount
  • Bell 412 / 212 / 210 / 205 / UH-1N / Huey II Medium Nose Mount
  • Bell 429: Nose and Aft mounts
  • Eurocopter EC-120 Side Sensor Mount
  • Eurocopter EC-135 and EC-145 (UH-72) utility step mounts
  • Eurocopter AS-350 Aft Fuselage, Forward Chin Post Mount
  • Eurocopter AS-350/355 Lower Left Hand Down Post Camera/Sensor Mount
  • Eurocopter AS-355 Twin Star: Belly sensor mount
  • Eurocopter AS-350/355 Lower Left Hand Down Post and Singlepole Camera/Sensor Mount.
  • MD 500 Dual Side Mount
  • MD 600 Dual Side Mount, Downlink Mount and Heavy Upper Side Mount
  • Sikorsky Blackhawk A/L/M & S-70 model sensor mount
  • Sikorsky H-60 Firehawk Nightsun/FLIR mount

SkyIMD’s Aerial Imaging Solutions are approved for installation in the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • El Salvador
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guyana
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rica
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom (England)
  • United States
  • Uruguay