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ADCP Towing Systems

safe, remote controlled recording of discharge measurements using ADCP or current meters

photo of the Flying Fox portable ADCP towing system towing an acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) on a river | hydrographer using a laptop on the bank

Flying Fox portable towing system

Initially a custom request, the Flying Fox is one of the most innovative flow measurement accessories.

Precisely record discharge measurements using ADCPs while protecting hydrographers from unnecessary risks.

Featuring a remote control, the Flying Fox helps take discharge measurements with ADCP-tethered boats on a temporary span of rope. Now existing cableway system is required.

The light weight vehicle, synthetic rope and hard case let you deploy the system across many sites.

“The USGS gave us their wishlist… and we came up with the Flying Fox.” — Wayne Van Schelven, Chief Engineer, HyQuest Solutions now KISTERS Instruments Pty. Ltd.

photo of Cable Fox cableway system towing an acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP)

Cable Fox ADCP positioning system

The Cable Fox enables hydrographers to raise or lower up to 220 lbs. and operate on any new or existing cableway without additional equipment.

Key features include

  • a wireless remote control range of more than 1,300 ft
  • on-the-fly adjustable traversing speed (0.1 to 2.0 ft/sec), and
  • an integrated encoder for across the stream distance measurement.

This model is particularly indispensable for making measurements in challenging locations.

photo of a Hornet PLUS cableway system towing an acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP)

Hornet PLUS cableway system

The Hornet Plus is ideal for retrofitting an existing manned cableway system — whether currently operational or condemned, minimizing personal injury risk associated with this type of gauging.

This model was developed to conduct discharge measurements from fixed cableways using an acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) or mechanical current meter.


Discover how cableways are transforming streamgaging

The tough, sophisticated, ever-capable Hornet Plus continues to impress with its ability to handle ACDPs, flood gauging with current meters and sounding weights up to 300 lbs, automatic angle of drift correction and full wireless control.

Peter Ward, KISTERS Senior Product Specialist

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