Gimbal systems for helicopter mounting

Gimbals, or gyro-stabilized platforms, have been used for many years as very effective systems for airborne thermography in the inspection of high-voltage power lines, pipelines and industrial plants, as well as in the search for energy and material pollution.

Gimbal systems from InfraTec


Due to their high-precision stabilization, images of distant objects can be accurately captured despite movement of the airborne vessel carrying the gimbal. Integrated into the gimbal are cameras for both, the visible (visual camera) and in the infrared spectrum (infrared camera), a laser rangefinder and laser target designators.

The solution, for example integrated into a helicopter, is operated by a user interface in the cockpit. A handy remote access allows the direct control of the infrared cameras and visual camera, directly through the gimbal. The full radiometric thermographic measurement data can be stored as a sequence individually or along with GPS coordinates and other information.

InfraTec offers numerous gimbal systems that can be mounted to a helicopter, which are equiped for example with the thermal imaging cameras of the camera series VarioCAM ® and ImageIR ® by InfraTec. For more information about our gimbal systems, please use our contact form.

Areas of application


Gimbal systems from InfraTec can be used in various application areas:

  • Inspection of high voltage power lines, pipelines and industrial plants
  • Search for energy and material pollution
  • Geo studies, nature and wildlife observation, wildlife census
  • Localization of fires
  • Monitoring of photovoltaic systems
  • Law Enforcement
  • Border Protection
  • Search and Rescue

    Case study


    Airbone thermography with VarioCAM® HD head from InfraTec

    Airbone thermography with VarioCAM ® HD head from InfraTec

    Feeding of renewable energy and rising consumption peaks – operators of energy networks face great challenges in meeting the set levels of electrical power supply. The increasing network load asks for intensified predictive maintenance. Airborne inspections highly increase the efficiency of high power line monitoring. Also here infrared thermography provides advantages for the precise identification of problems at isolators and power lines by tracing and measuring of atypical heatings.

    Read more about the use of airbone thermography in the swiss air controlling GmbH