A Ukrainian passenger airline has enlisted the help of two partner companies to aid it in introducing an autonomous drone-based inspection service for its aircraft.
Together, Ukrainian MRO company MAUtechnic, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) and Luftronix have jointly conducted drone-based scans of UIA’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft in Kyiv.
All scans were conducted using Luftronix’s custom-built drones with high-precision navigation systems and high-quality scanning equipment, and the Luftronix Orchestrator software for scan planning, flight operations and data analysis.
The scans, Luftronix said, guarantee a consistent surface resolution and the equipment automatically measures the distance from the surface and curvature of the object to allow for precise on-screen measurements of any item, flagging up any irregularities.
This allows inspectors to assess immediately whether the artifacts are within specifications prescribed in the aircraft maintenance and structural repair manuals.
In addition, scans are archived for comparisons over time, enabling a monitoring practice for any artifact that requires repeated attention.
“Our focus is always on the quality of our maintenance, safety of passengers and flawless operation of all aircraft systems,” says Volodymyr Polishchuk, quality assurance manager at MAUtechnic. He added, “It was encouraging to see the Luftronix team sharing the same values and perspectives.”
Meanwhile, Klaus Sonnenleiter, president and CEO at Luftronix, commented: “After years of working day and night to ensure safety and precision of our scanning equipment, we see our cooperation with MAUtechnic and UIA as a major milestone in introducing our technology to the aviation industry.
“We see this as a chance to preserve the result of each inspection, make them comparable and have inspections conducted much faster and much more efficiently than it was possible in the past.”