ASPECT Super Cargomaster with PT-6A-114A

Here’s how Cesna describes the current ASPECT Super Cargomaster:

The ultimate aerial utility tool

Carry thousands of pounds of cargo at a distance of up to 905 nautical miles at up to 185 knots with the Super Cargomaster EX. The name says it all — this master of cargo hauling shares the same durable airframe and wing construction as its fellow Caravans and the same famed dispatch reliability. Engineered to take a beating, this workhorse will take off from short, rough strips in various weather conditions in all parts of the world.

IMG_3859The ASPECT Super Cargomaster aircraft is powered by a PT-6A-114A.  The PT6A turboprop engine is a powerhouse that offers unmatched performance, reliability and value in its class for a wide range of applications. From transporting people in business and airline aviation, to dropping cargo in the Antarctic darkness at 75 degrees below zero and supporting environmental efforts in reforestation programs, the dependability and versatility of the PT6A family continues to earn the highest respect from pilots worldwide.

Model PT6A-114A
Power 675 SHP
Diameter 19 ”
Length 62 ”
RPM 1900

The Super Cargomaster is part of the Cesna Caravan Family of aircraft.  The dispatch reliability of the Caravan models is unparalleled: a remarkable 99%+ rate. For more than 25 years, operators have relied on these aircraft to meet the most demanding mission parameters; they haven’t flinched yet. Considering the powerful PT6A turbine powerplant underneath the cowling, it’s easy to understand why.  This ultra-dependable engine from Pratt & Whitney Canada endows each Caravan model with exceptional payload capabilities. Factor in the inherent versatility, configurability and sheer ruggedness of the Caravan line, and the applications become virtually limitless.


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The Super Cargomaster’s airframe is constructed of durable aluminum and has multiple load redundancies and reliable remote operations.

Finally, here is Cesna’s assessment of the Caravan Super Cargomaster as a special mission aircraft:

In the context of special mission operations, there’s a sense of rightness to a Cessna Caravan: a confidence that comes with knowing you have availed yourself of the best possible resource for the job. The rugged construction of all Caravan models is reassuring in itself, and with the versatility and configurability to meet the ever-shifting parameters of a diverse array of special missions, the Caravan line is your rock-solid star performer—not afraid to get dirty, always ready for the field.

This design and capability makes the Caravan Super Cargomaster a good selection for the ASPECT aircraft, and a reliable platform for the ASPECT mission.

Aerial photography


  • 2.5 MPixel High Resolution Digital Camera
  • Automated Geo-Rectification/GIS Coded Images
  • Full Ortho-Rectification (Camera Model) Correction
  • Ability to Process in the Air-Approx 3 Minute Turn-Around
  • Compressed Transmission of Data Via SatCom
  • Fast Turn Around on Images – Approx 700 processed images per Hour

Product can be imported into:

  •  Google Earth,
  • ESRI
  • Generic Geospatial software package

Aerial Image Mosaic, Balloon Fiesta 2010

IR Image taken during the same mission:




Camera — ASPECT high resolution digital images

The ASPECT aircraft uses a high resolution digital camera to collect visible aerial images.

The camera consists of a Nikon D2X SLR camera body with a fixed focus (infinity) 24mm F1.2 Nikor lens. The camera sensor has 12.5 million pixels (12.2 Mpixels viewable) giving a pixel count of 4288 x 2848 in a 3:2 image ratio.

An effective ground coverage area of 885 x 590 meters is obtained when operated from the standard altitude of 850 meters.

Image ortho-rectification, which corrects for optical distortion and geometric distortion due to the three dimensional differences in the image, is accomplished using an inertial navigation unit (pitch, roll, and heading) coupled with a dedicated 5 Hz global positioning system (GPS). Aircraft altitude above ground is computed using the difference between the indicated GPS altitude and a 30 meter digital elevation model (DEM). Full ortho-rectification is computed using a camera model (lens and focal plane geometric model) and pixel specific elevation geometry derived from the digital elevation model to minimize edge and elevation distortion.

Documented geo-location accuracy is better than 49 meters.