Ecocopter provides support of recorded info for volcanoes in Andes Mountains

Ecocopter provides support of recorded info for volcanoes in Andes Mountains

19-May-2023 Source: Ecocopter

The Chilean company Ecocopter, with its helicopters and expert pilots, provides effective and safe support in the maintenance of equipment and rescue of information recorded in the monitoring systems of volcanoes located in inhospitable and difficult to access areas in the Andes Mountains.

Chile is one of the countries with the largest number of volcanoes on the planet and being located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, monitoring becomes essential not only to be alert, but also so that when an emergency occurs there is a protocol already in place in order to save the lives of people and try to protect the environment.

In our country there are about 3,000 volcanoes in an extension of 4,300 kilometers of continental land, in addition to the Antarctic and insular territory. That is why, from time to time, columns of smoke, ashes and subway noises take over places near these living massifs, generating from their craters a natural beauty but also massive evacuations of people.

Chilean volcanic experts recognize that of the total number of volcanoes there are 90 that are “active”, of which 42 could explode at any moment. It is for this reason that Ecocopter helicopters provide aerial support for the maintenance, monitoring and protection of an extensive National Volcanic Surveillance Network (RNVV) belonging to the National Geology and Mining Service (SERNAGEOMIN). This important technological tool located in the heart of the Andes Mountains provides authorities with timely information for disaster management in a volcanic emergency and is essential for making decisions focused on the safety and protection of the public.

“As Ecocopter we provide complete logistics for the successful monitoring of the volcanic surveillance network between the Maule and Los Lagos regions, with all the safety standards for the transfer and evacuation, if necessary, of the volcanic experts. In these operations we use the AS 350 B3/H125 helicopter, which is an aircraft that can fly at high altitude, has power, stability and versatility when maneuvering in the high mountain range,” says Francisco Arriagada, Ecocopter’s Commercial Manager.

This important network includes the establishment of real-time surveillance of 45 of the 90 volcanoes considered geologically active in national territory. It is with this mission that the helicopters and their expert crews play a key role in reaching the high mountain peaks with the professional volcanologists to carry out maintenance of the seismological stations and rescue the data stored there.

“We know that our helicopters and their pilots play a key role in this process of maintenance and rescue of information from the monitoring stations. With the professionalism, safety and technology that we have, we make each of the missions a success,” Arriagada concludes.

Although the monitoring stations are geo-referenced, snow can completely change the physiognomy of the landscape, but with the expertise of the pilots and the versatility of the aircraft, we ensure the success of each mission.

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