The VAWG (Visual Aids Working Group) of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), at its eighteenth meeting, proposed raising the inclusion of PAPI calibration procedures with UAVs in its ADM4 document (Aerodrome Design Manual, Part 4) to the ICAO Secretariat. Canard Drones assisted in the elaboration of the procedure, and participated in this meeting as a guest expert. At this meeting, Canard defended the procedure as a leading company in this technology.
It is expected that the ICAO Secretariat will accept the proposed methodology for carrying out works for the inspection and certification of PAPI on runways, and opens the door for its use also in the same works in other visual aids to the airport navigation.
Canard Drones hopes to collaborate with AESA (Spanish CAA) and ICAO in the future for other initiatives, such as the improvement of the maintenance of airport radio aids, within ICAO Document 8071.
Canard Drones offers an inspection and calibration system, based on a UAV, which significantly simplifies the performance of these tasks at airports. Both the visual and radio aids inspection works are already being commercialized by the Spanish company.