AAR will also perform manual inspections to check the drone’s work and confirm its accuracy for what is hoped to be an eventual FAA certification.
Some other drone tests have ended, while other are ongoing. Carvajal says the major hurdles to drone use include battery time, changing maintenance culture and certification. Like AAR, Avianca is using Donecle drones. One challenge in drone inspections is ensuring drones are stable enough to yield precise images. Donecle developed laser positioning with onboard sensors to sense the drone’s environment and position it with an accuracy down to centimeters. The drone thus does not need a separate pilot. And Donecle offers an integrated package combining drone, automated navigation, image analysis and aggregated data on a secure cloud platform.
Collected and summarized from the source below by Ta Ngoc Diep: https://www.mro-network.com/maintenance-repair-overhaul/aar-testing-drones-aircraft-inspection-miami