Did you know that every commercial aircraft is struck by lightning more than once a year? An aircraft lightning strike inspection is often unexpected and, when it happens, it is a hair-raising problem for airlines: the inspection alone can keep the aircraft out of service up to 24 hours.
What happens when an aircraft is struck by lightning?
According to ONERA, the French aerospace research center, an aircraft is struck by lightning every 1,000 flight hours. In most of the cases, lightning strikes are triggered by the aircraft itself. The reason is that lightning activity is more frequent passing through the clouds during the climb and descent phases of flight. Does this sound alarming?
As a passenger, you should not be concerned: aircraft possess a system designed to protect you from the occurrence. Based on the principle known as Faraday cage, the system consists of providing a path for the electric charge of the lightning bolt to enter the aircraft at one extremity and exit at another, ensuring that the occupants remain safe in the cabin.
$ 2 billion lightning strike costs annually
Furthermore, access to the top of the fuselage of an aircraft like the Boeing 787 (with 17 meters of height and 57 meters of length) can be quite a challenge, affecting the aircraft availability. It is estimated that lightning costs airlines more than $ 2 billion per year in flight delays or cancellations. There is additional pressure on working fast to determine whether repairs are necessary and minimize possible costs. Having a solution that enables timely damage assessment post-lightning strike becomes a vital part of an effective aircraft inspection throughout the airline industry.
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How we can simplify aircraft lightning strike inspection with a drone
While drone technology is gaining ground, we offer a solution for a common problem in aviation MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul): extended aircraft ground time due to inefficient inspection methods.
Our proposition is not only to reduce the inspection time but also to provide an accurate report for damage assessment using a drone. All aspects of the inspection procedure, from drone flight to report generation, are automated, allowing the ground team to easily analyze and report the status of an aircraft.
- 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 in less than 1 hour.
- Safe: The unmanned inspection prevents human exposure to dangerous situations while still complying with high standards for safety and security.
This leads to a game-changing advantage, especially in aircraft lightning strike inspection: you can quickly act in order to minimize costs and delays. Do you want to see a live demo? Book now.