Flying drones IN airports

http://amp.timeinc.net/thedrive/tech/24580/american-airlines-lauds-djis-mavic-2-enterprise-for-drastically-improving-plane-inspections?source=dam

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WTF…

My first thought?

Advertorial…

My second thought?

There’s no way I’m getting on a plane that’s been inspected by a drone :rofl:

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Lol…
Here’s another good use.

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As an aircraft maintenance technician/engineer I have been talking with my boss about trying to create such a program for the airline I work for. Basically the crown of the aircraft is extremely challenging to inspect in a line (non-hangar) environment, The only time we generally need to do this this sort of unscheduled inspection is in the event of a lightning strike which is a common occurrence during the stormy months. Getting a hangar is not possible in our remote stations and getting a cherry picker and high-reaching buckets virtually impossible!!

To be able to use a drone for this sort of an inspection would be awesome!! The sort of damage we look for resembles hail damage - lightning enters and exits a plane so we have to find the entrance point which is usually a small burn mark appearing ping and then we follow the trail of small dents usually in a row the size of small hail damage. We have to measure the depth and width of every dent and determine if on a stringer or a rivet etc … it is rare that the damage is found on the crown of the aircraft but every surface must be inspected.

A drone would be a great tool to add to our arsenal of tools - and better yet, to be allowed to fly it in an airport legally would be awesome.

It would in my opinion be a safety enhancement and would not replace the need for the technician to measure and document and repair -but would help us be even more thorough!!

I’m only sad i didn’t make it to the table first with what I thought was a great idea … and is already being implemented!! Cool stuff!!

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