Observer Pilot Services


At Spectrum Aviation Services, we understand the critical role that observer pilots play in various aviation operations. Whether it’s aerial surveys, environmental monitoring, aerial photography, or flight testing, having a skilled and experienced observer pilot is essential for ensuring the success and safety of your mission.


Our observer pilot services are designed to provide you with highly trained and qualified professionals who possess extensive knowledge and expertise in their field.

Our team of observer pilots brings a wealth of experience from diverse aviation backgrounds, including military, commercial, and general aviation.


Budgeted Solutions

Comprehensive estimate of trip costs is provided in Pro-Forma Invoice prior to commencement of operation.

Transparent Billing

Comprehensive and detailed single invoice issued upon trip completion.


All services provided are planned, managed and executed in-house.


We pass on the most competitively priced fuel at all times.


We encourage and provide full, clear and concise communication with our clients and teams during operations. We set realistic expectations and ensure ongoing, accurate information is continually provided to our customers, crews and handling agents.

Support Services


Selection of the most suitable flight plan route based on aircraft performance, costs, airspace requirements, seasonal weather, crewing requirements, political requirements, en-route stops and overflight and airport slots.


We provide only qualified current and experienced flight crew. We can provide crews with JAA, FAA and ICAO licences all with recent LPC and commercial flight experience. Our selection of crew is based on ensuring the safe, efficient and cost effective completion of the aircraft movement. Positioning of crews is kept to a minimum and managed in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Flight planning

Using our in-house computerised flight plans we provide accurate pre flight planning services in relation to endurance, optimum routings, fuel burn crew briefings. 4 hours prior to the estimated departure time full computerised flight plans are generated and dispatched to the flight crew and handling agents. Flight planning includes ATC Plan, navigation information, fuel calculations, alternates, weather and notam briefings. Should delays incur prior to departure, updated plans can be provided at short notice.

Navigation Charts

We provide the necessary navigation charts and airfield plates to operating crews, if required.

Ground Handling

We pre-arrange all ground handling required for the flight. Our handling agents will meet the aircraft on arrival, coordinate fuelling and assist in ensuring an efficient departure of the aircraft. We also arrange all necessary hotel accommodation and ground transportation for the crew.


All fuel is pre-ordered and pre paid for the full flight routing. Our clients benefit from discounted fuel prices negotiated at each airport.

Overflight & Landing Permits

We apply for and manage all required overflight and landing permits required for the prescribed route. Overflight permit confirmation numbers passed to handling agents and also printed on flight plans provide to crews.