Firm's £1m deal to map Northern Ireland from air
Woodgate Aviation has won a contract with a government body to help map Northern Ireland from the air. The renewed contract with Land & Property Services (LPS) is worth almost £1m for an initial five-year period.
The Co Antrim aircraft charter and maintenance firm said the deal would secure jobs at the hangar well into the 2020s.
Woodgate will use an adapted Chieftain aircraft, fitted with near-infrared digital camera equipment, based at its hangar at Belfast International Airport.
It has worked with LPS and its predecessor, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland, for around 40 years, but went through a competitive tendering process for the latest deal.
General manager David Shaw said: "The on-board technology is impressive and is operated by two LPP personnel who map what's on the ground.
"Accurate images are produced and then processed for a variety of mapping purposes."