This helicopter operates for Network Rail. I had a really nice chat with the camera operator and pilot, both were really friendly guys.
Parked on the north apron preparing to depart on its next photography mission along the Network Rail managed routes. Canon 600D Canon 100-400L IS.
Returning from a policing mission on the local rail network. Apparently the amount of damage prevented on the UK rail network by helicopter surveillance is cost effective !
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Turning onto Runway 28 via Bravo, about to embark on yet another railway line survey.
This aircraft was in and out all day. Given the markings and high tech surveillance equipment it would be reasonable to assume that it is engaged on railway line and equipment surveys.
Parked on Multiflight East
close up of the digital/thermal camera,you can also see the viewing screen in the cockpit..