For the air transportation industry, safety is the number one priority. To ensure safety and to comply with the national and international regulations, airports around the world have to periodically check the runway’s condition, lights, visual aids, navigational aids and other systems. These inspections require a lot of costly resources, time and affect airports operations and therefore revenue.
Many of these maintenance activities even require the use of flight inspection aircraft, equipped with expensive onboard sensors, equipment and software. Today’s practice of performing inspections with manned airplanes has a very high direct cost for the airport, including the ferry flight to bring the airplane to the location, operational expenses such as fuel, flight crew, and airplane maintenance, insurances, and storage. Also, planning and flight inspection schedules are often impacted by weather conditions or flight slots lost.
CANARD Drones was born in 2015 to offer an alternative solution for these inspections using drones, custom software tools and new procedures.