Today, an inspection of a single aircraft can last from 8 to 12 hours and involves 2 to 3 aircraft engineers, the use of binoculars and heavy equipment such as cherry pickers. Furthermore, inspecting an aircraft as big as the Boeing 787 can be quite a challenge: with 17 meters of height, the access to the top of its fuselage carries safety risks to personnel.
It also means that the aircraft is towed to a hangar and must remain on the ground for many hours, causing flight delays or cancelations, which can be particularly frustrating when the inspection reports no need for repair.
The job itself is a dull and repetitive task, no matter the aircraft type or its location. The engineer needs to be accurate in his work, identifying and reporting deviations, which can become a problem when he is tired, or under time pressure, and misses potential issues.
At Mainblades, we believe aircraft inspections should be more accurate, safer, and less time-consuming, and we attempt to change this.