While human inspectors took near about 2 hours, the drones completed the job in 10-15 minutes. However, the drones are not replacing the job done by human aircraft inspectors.
One of the things that could ensure a safer flight is the inspection of aircraft but ironically, the job itself can be a little unsafe for inspectors.
Typically, so as to closely inspect the aircraft’s condition, inspectors uses cranes and lifts to closely monitor its components and structures. As you can imagine it’s a slow and laborious process and a little risky as well.
But this scenario is quickly becoming outdated. Airbus has decided to use drones for the entire inspection process and can complete the entire job within an hour’s time.
At the Farnborough Airshow, Airbus demonstrated this new inspection process with a drone that was equipped with an Intel RealSense camera. The Autonomous drone circled the A330 aeroplane while rapidly shooting tons of pictures. The pictures were then applied to a 3D model of the aircraft, which allowed the inspectors to closely scrutinise for defects without risking their neck and within the comfort of their chairs.
Gathering the inspection data by hand, took the inspectors near about two hours. The autonomous drones did it in 10-15 minutes.
Hats off to the march of technology!