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SEP-OCT 2014

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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September/October 2014 | ASIA Miner | 47 Company Profle MAGSPEC Airborne Surveys specializes in high resolution, ultra-de- tailed airborne geophysical work and is well equipped to expand into Asia and other mineral prospective areas. The team at MAGSPEC Air- borne Surveys is highly dedicated, has decades of experience and focuses on data quality. The company has surveyed in various countries, recently completing a 120,000 line kilometre survey in the Northern Hemisphere. With much of South East Asia being virgin territory for exploration, MAGSPEC can help unlock the economic potential of the region's undiscovered resources and is ready to fy with a fxed wing aircraft currently based in Cambodia. Managing director Cameron Johnston says, "Airborne Geophysics is the most cost effective method of exploring a prospect. MAGSPEC uses a feet of turbine PAC 750 aircraft, all of which have been especial- ly modifed for survey with wing tip sensor pods, tail booms (stinger) and additional fuel tanks, which allow for 8-hour plus endurance. The PAC is undoubtedly one of the best survey platforms around. Our aircraft are ready to mobilize anywhere in the world." Operations manager Peter Spencer reports, "We get the work done and provide data much quicker. We completed the 120,000 line kilo- metre job in 44 consecutive days with one aircraft and the client re- ceived data fast. The data was ready to go only hours after each fight. I have never heard of production rates that good. "One reason is that the PAC 750 is reliable. It was designed for agricultural work and can fy survey as low as 20 metres. It has a high power to weight ratio, very high lift wing and is a jet turbine running on Jet A1, which is benefcial as for most international work Avgas is unavailable. With the high lift wing and power, you can work in terrain generally considered only for helicopters." Cameron Johnston adds, "We few a survey in Cambodia for approx- imately 5 times less than the cost of a helicopter survey, and the data is signifcantly better than what you get from rotary wing platforms. The PAC 750 outperforms other fxed wing aircraft, has a very short take-off and landing distance, and can fy for long distances due to greater fuel capacity. "Our services may be utilized in Asia - places such as Myanmar, Cam- bodia, Laos and Vietnam have not had much modern exploration, and we have an aircraft based in Phnom Penh which means less mobiliza- tion for the client." Peter Spencer says, "We have the latest technology enabling us to sample at twice the speed. We have Ceasium sensors from Geo- metrics along with new Radiation Solutions spectrometers. We fy a gradiometer (3-sensor magnetometer system) enabling us to obtain a higher resolution grid or the option to extend line spacing to cover more ground for less money. The onboard acquisition system is newly devel- oped and highly reliable." MAGSPEC also operates Cessna 210s in Australia. Cameron John- ston says, "They provide a low cost platform and are ideally suited to the Australian conditions. "MAGSPEC is a hands-on business with emphasis on data quality and processing, as well as aviation. It's not just an aircraft; it's a geo- physical instrument. This means we focus on the end product because that's what gives our clients the best chance of a successful discovery." MAGSPEC looks to Asian expansion

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