CGG is partnering with Sander Geophysics, a company specializing in airborne geophysical surveys, who will be flying the survey 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 surface soil and rock chemistry, as well as variations in Earth’s natural magnetic and gravitational 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 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure strict compliance with U.S. law. All survey flights will occur during daylight hours.
The airplane will generally fly low to the ground to maximize the quality of the geophysical data, but there is no danger to the public and the flying height will be increased over built-up areas in compliance 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.