The air force in Australia has started to use a DJI Phantom 4 to carry out inspections on its aircraft.
The drone is able to inspect hard to access areas of the aircraft, like its 16.8m high vertical stabiliser, without the need for elevated platforms.
Carrying out inspection this way saves a huge amount of time and proves cost effective when an aircraft needs to be turned around and inspected quickly.
According to a report from Australian Aviation, every 180 days each C-17 undergoes a home station check, which can now be done in 30 minutes because of the drone capability.
On the new method of inspection, senior engineering officer squadron leader Evan Smith, said: “This helps the aircraft surface finishers to identify and track paint degradation on the upper surface of the C-17A, triage paint defects and plan remediation work”
He added: “Introducing this drone and these procedures goes further to reducing workplace health and safety risks to so far as reasonably practicable. The Army has extensive experience using this particular model, and managing the information downloaded from it which we do through a standalone laptop, and have been able to adapt Army’s practices to suit our needs.”
This news comes just weeks after CDP attended DJI’s demo of how it can inspect an American Airlines passenger plane.
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