CGG is partnering with Sander Geophysics who will be conducting the survey to fly over all or parts of Maricopa, Gila, Pinal, Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee counties in southeast Arizona. Up to two planes will be actively collecting data in different parts of the survey area.
Sensors within the aircraft will remotely measure soil and rock chemistry at the surface, as well as variations in Earth’s natural magnetic and gravitation fields that will aid in the characterization of the rocks below the surface.
The aircraft will be flown by experienced pilots who are specially trained and approved for low-level flying. All flights are coordinated with the FAA to ensure strict compliance with U.S. law. All survey flights will occur during daylight hours.
The airplane will fly relatively low to the ground at more than 300 feet (100 meters) above the surface, increasing ground clearance to about 1,000 feet (300+ meters) over populated areas in order to comply with FAA regulations. The airplane will fly along pre-planned flight paths along east-west flight lines spaced approximately 600 feet (200 meters) apart, and north-south flight lines spaced 6,000 feet (2,000 meters) apart throughout the survey area.