Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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35 unmanned systems inside ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. August/September 2018 The IPP team will study using the Falcon 8+ drone (left) to do inspections of runways, taxiways and fences. INSPECTING AIRCRAFT WITH DRONES Federal Express will be working with the Integration Pilot Program (IPP) team led by the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority to do real-world tests to assess using drones to inspect airplanes. Drones will be able to do methodical, detailed inspections based on the preloaded specifications from the aircraft's manufacturer, said Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, which is leading the team. If the drone spots a problem it can send an alert and a high definition image of the suspected damage that can be checked by someone. "That aircraft could be inspected down to every rivet, every seam, every piece that's visible to a mechanic who would be doing it on a bucket truckā€”but with a much higher resolution than the human eye," Brockman said. "And those inspections could theoretically take place in a much more timely manner, a much safer and efficient manner."

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