Tarmac Aerosave, an expert in aircraft and engine life cycle management, and Donecle, a manufacturer of drones specifically for aviation maintenance, have signed an agreement to develop automated aircraft inspections.
Partnership for inspection solutions, fuselage and engines, using drones
At the MRO Americas show in Atlanta, Tarmac Aerosave and Donecle announce the signing of a partnership to develop inspection solutions, fuselage and engines, using drones. Donecle, a company based in Toulouse, develops a range of automated solutions to optimize visual inspections of aircraft. Donecle's system consists of fully automatic flight - without a pilot, or GPS - combined with image analysis software, to a secure platform for digital tracking of inspections.
Faster inspections that reduce delivery times
With a focus on innovation and ongoing customer satisfaction, Tarmac Aerosave considered Donecle's proposed solution with great interest. Without taking the place of maintenance procedures or the mechanic's eye, the drone allows inspections to be completed in less than two hours - such as general visual inspections (GVIs), lightning inspections, paint inspections and regulatory markings - and thus allows the aircraft to be delivered to the customer faster, whether it is a storage release or a maintenance visit. It's a valuable decision-making tool.
An operational solution for single-aisle
A test campaign has been successfully carried out by the two partners at the Tarmac Aerosave site in Toulouse-Francazal. The solution is now fully operational for single-aisle aircraft under hangar conditions. Development is now focused on the ability to conduct outdoor inspections on large aircraft. The large number of aircraft preserved by Tarmac Aerosave, their diversity of types, the regular flow of arrivals and departures and the three sites in Tarbes, Teruel and Toulouse, allow Donecle to develop its products for all environments.
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