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Mainblades present at MRO Europe 2021

Mainblades will be exhibiting at this years’ MRO Europe 2021 event. With Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) forecasting the European MRO market will be the largest in the world in the next 10 years and global vaccination roll outs ramping up; excitement continues to build up for a return of in-person events. As such, the MRO Europe…

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5G & water resistance: Mainblades updates ISAAC components and drone capabilities

Some people might call it a computer. We call it “the brain”. Meet our navigation module Intelligent  Sensing  And Automated  Control, or short: ISAAC. It is the module that makes our drone capable of precision navigation and mapping around aircraft. Our software and engineering teams have been working hard in the past months creating a complete overhaul including…

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Ouster new supplier of high-performance digital lidar sensors for drone inspections.

Lidar has become one of the most important tools in the commercial drone industry. We are happy to announce that we recently established a new partnership with Ouster, one of the leading providers of digital lidar technology. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company designs and manufactures high-performance lidar sensors used in industrial automation applications across…

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drone competition winner

Melanie Richards winner of 2nd round drone competition

We have a winner! Congratulations Melanie Richards! Melanie is the winner of our recent drone competition and now proud owner of a DJI Mavic Mini. The aviation industry is still rather conservative. However, the world is changing fast, requiring the sector to deliberately disrupt itself and make a conscious effort to do business differently. This…

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outdoor aircraft drone inspection

Milestone achieved: outdoor aircraft drone inspections

4 min. read. Believe it or not. Drone-powered aircraft inspections are about to become mainstream. Why? Because our team has made groundbreaking progress and achieved a major milestone: conducting aircraft drone inspections in outdoor airport environments. No need anymore for unscheduled maintenance to be time-and cost-intensive because the hangar is occupied. We are convinced: with…

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stored aircraft

Returning a stored aircraft back into operation

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…

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Pieter Vonk winner of “win-a-drone” competition

We have a winner! Congratulations to Pieter Vonk for winning a brand new DJI Mavic Mini. Vonk participated in our “win-a-drone” competition in October and guessed the correct weight of the Mainblades drone solution: 6.14 kg. “I am fascinated how Mainblades dares to disrupt a very conventional industry. As Managing Director of a Marketing and…

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MRO Transatlantic Invitation

Mainblades present at the first-ever MRO TransAtlantic

Are you ready to discover the power of automation? From the 27th – 29th October, Mainblades – Aircraft Drone Inspections will be present at the first-ever MRO TransAtlantic. We are happy to launch our latest feature at MRO TransAtlantic: fully automated dent-and-buckle chart. Sign up for the event online and make an appointment with us…

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Successful aircraft inspection demo with Corendon

Mainblades is currently on the brink of introducing its revolutionary aircraft inspection technology, using fully automated drones to the aviation sector and its maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) industry. That is why we are happy that our drone was spotted recently in hangar 32 at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol! We were very excited to show how…

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General visual inspections of aircraft are the most recurrent procedure in aviation MRO

Your guide to general visual inspections of aircraft

Aircraft visual inspections are the fastest method of assessing the overall condition of an aircraft and its components. Over 80 percent of inspections on large transport aircraft are visual. As the most recurrent procedure in aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), it can range from a casual walk around to a detailed visual inspection. Here…

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Aircraft lightning strike damage

This is where aircraft lightning strike damage occurs

Lightning strikes are a daily occurrence on planet Earth and aircraft are not immune to it. Over the last months, how many times have you heard about aircraft that have experienced lightning strikes? Despite making to the news, none of these events usually lead to major accidents. However, aircraft may still sustain lightning strike damage,…

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Lightning protection of aircraft reduces the threat in case of an occurrence.

New trends in lightning protection of aircraft

Did you know that every commercial aircraft is struck by lightning more than once a year? 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. That is why lightning protection of aircraft is critical…

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Aircraft lightning protection reduces the threat in case of an occurrence.

How does aircraft lightning protection work?

Lightning strikes are an everyday occurrence on planet Earth: on average, lightning strikes occur 100 times every second throughout the whole world. Even though approximately 80% of those strikes are intra-cloud or cloud-to-cloud, i.e. lightning within the same cloud or between different clouds, they can still pose a risk to airborne objects, such as aircraft.…

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Machine learning and AI

In aviation, AI needs a human touch

Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are increasingly becoming part of the aviation industry, making underlying algorithms and technologies ever smarter and more robust. Still, AI would not be developing at the same pace if it weren’t for the people behind it.

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The technical challenges of drone inspections

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones, hold a lot of commercial potential. In the aviation industry, in particular, drone solutions, whether manual or automated, are becoming increasingly sought-after in performing visual aircraft inspections, which – unlike inspections performed by personnel – are easier, faster and more cost-efficient. As beneficial as that may be…

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Featured in “TU Delta”

Mainblades has been featured in the TU Delta – the alumni magazine for the Delft University of Technology. Check out the interview and our company story under the section ‘The Firm’:

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First drone inspection for KLM E&M by Mainblades Inspections

KLM Engineering & Maintenance conducted a drone inspection in hangar 10 in collaboration with the company Mainblades. The Boeing 737-800 with registration PH-BXY was inspected by the drone for lightning damage. The first results of the test are positive. During operation, small damage may occur, for example, by lightning or hailing. The high safety standard…

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