At the Farnborough Airshow in Hampshire, England, Airbus has shown how drones fitted with HD cameras could carry out speedy inspections of its planes, such as one of its A330s.
As drones are lightweight and easily mobilised, they don’t require the same laborious set-up as human inspectors, said Airbus. For instance, an inspection of the upper fuselage of a plane usually requires human use of a telescopic platform that can take around two hours to complete.
According to the report by Air Cargo News, Airbus explained that by contrast a drone inspection might take only 10-15 minutes.
The air cargo industry has been exploring several potential avenues for effective drone use that might make operations easier—not least of all the actual transportation of cargo.
There has also been research into public opinion on the commercial use of drones. In response to a survey conducted by the research consultancy ComRes on behalf of the Royal Aeronautical Society, 46% of those surveyed agreed that drones could positively impact the UK economy and society.
(Source: Air Cargo News)