Yes we agree and are working on this.
But despite what Hollywood may portray, scanning the entire Barrington area with contemporary sensor equipment probably would not lead us to VH-MDX in an instant.
A significant number of ‘false positives’ are likely to be detected and these would have to be further analysed then searched on foot. Magnetic anomalies in the ranges cause issues for magnetic detection equipment (including compasses).
Solid research is required to ‘point’ modern sensor equipment to a workable area of interest.
Our tear-down/ rebuild approach to researching the VH-MDX accident only began in 2014 but is offering significant gains in defining a confident area where VH-MDX is resting.
We are now (September 2016) using airborne Lidar data in a wide area remote sensing application.
What must be remembered is that there is no budget for remote sensing operations from us or from government departments.
VH-MDX offers a very challenging task to test or prove a company’s remote sensing capabilities. The results an organisation achieves could be positively marketed to showcase an organisations’ capability.
We have commenced vegetation canopy analysis of the current Most Probable Area (August 2015) and stereoscopic overview of aerial imagery.
The Barrington ranges offer a significant challenge even for contemporary remote sensors.