The aviation world has been heavily impacted by COVID-19. An unprecedented number of aircraft have been grounded and need to be stored long term. This situation causes severe financial pressure on air operators, as well as on their service providers and the whole supply chain. With most of the world’s aircraft fleet currently in storage…
Aircraft inspections, scheduled or not, are necessary to keep the fleet airworthy. The current inspection methods involve multiple personnel operating man lifts to access upper areas and assess the aircraft status. As well as being challenging, the process can keep the aircraft out of service for up to 24 hours, resulting in significant financial implications. With that in mind, we provide aircraft drone inspections – an automated, cost-effective solution to decrease the time of aircraft inspections by 75%. Our solution relies on a state-of-the-art drone and a customized software interface to provide an in-depth assessment of the aircraft status. With our tool, aircraft engineers can collect, report, and share data in real-time, leading to a game-changing advantage: you can quickly act to minimize aircraft downtime and associated costs.
Performing aircraft drone inspections is as simple as a 3-step process:
Our drone inspection solution comes in a single box stored in your tooling and equipment warehouse. The aircraft engineer picks up the box and brings it over to the aircraft. Within 5 minutes the drone is setup via our easy to use iOS application: fully operational and ready to fly the automated aircraft inspection.
No licensed drone operator is needed, only supervision by your ground personnel who controls the whole procedure via our app interface. Our software enables the drone to safely fly around the aircraft in an automated manner, capturing around 400 high-resolution pictures for damage assessment.
After collecting the images, our machine learning software for damage recognition analyzes each one of them and generates a detailed report with relevant data for the engineer. The software classifies damages based on the aircrafts SRM, providing accurate dimension estimates and the locations in stringers & stations.
We have combined our experience in aircraft maintenance and robotics with state-of-the-art technology so that you can achieve game-changing results. Our drone-powered inspection tool can be accessed anywhere and anytime, enabling aircraft engineers to perform aircraft inspections in one click. The damage assessment report pinpoints the exact location of anomalies and damages found. This information can be used by your structure engineers to add notes on its depth for a faster decision on the additional repairs.
- Easy: The high mobility and flexible deployment of our drone reduce the resources required for manual inspections.
- Fast: With our intuitive user interface, performing aircraft inspection and delivering data reports takes less than 1 hour.
- Safe: An automated inspection process prevents human exposure to dangerous situations but also complies with high standards for safety and security.
The aviation world has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as an unprecedented number of aircraft have been grounded. This situation causes severe financial pressure on air operators, as well as on their service providers and the whole supply chain. With most of the world’s aircraft fleet currently in storage or infrequently flying, they are faced with the extra task of maintaining their aircraft until the time is right to fly again. Thanks to a gradual lifting of travel restrictions however, passenger flights are now starting to resume again. This requires first of all, to restore an airworthy condition as many aircraft have been stored for weeks or months. What are some of the challenges of aircraft storage, and how can the industry best manage this process? Read on and find out!
Visual inspection methods have not evolved since the beginning of aviation. Using drones to inspect aircraft is therefore becoming sought-after among lessors, airlines and MRO organisations, thanks to the latest work carried out by companies such as Mainblades. Find out more about us in our commercial brochure.