ILS measurements in a few minutes, minimising runway downtime and reducing indirect costs.
The drone flies 100% autonomously and the pilot just monitors and analyses the data in real time.
Day&night operations allow easier scheduling. And with portability, it can serve remote locations.
It removes the need of hazardous flight inspection manoeuvres. No noise or pollution.
Preparing the operation takes less than 1 minute. The only action that has to be done is to select the airport and the runway from our database. Once this is done, all the required data is generated automatically: missions, waypoints, distances, altitudes, etc. There is no need to read the procedures to figure out which measurements that are to be made and where. Once the operation is created in our platform, one can simply access our Calibration Tool App in the tablet and download it with all the tasks to be performed. This database of airports, runways & NAVAIDs can be expanded and updated with an easy-to-use web interface.
Once the corresponding operation has been downloaded to the inspection app, the operator launches the mission & monitors the automated procedures. The operator is guided throughout the mission. Each mission takes only a few minutes of flight and can be repeated as many times as needed. Measurements are available in real-time, so ILS adjustments can be made quickly by the technicians.
Reports are viewable on-site through the app. There is no need to download the measured data obtained to a computer or to go back to the office to process it. Reports contain all the relevant measurements and parameters as they would appear on any report from flight inspection aircraft, organised in tables and images. Reports, along with all the measurements, images or videos, are uploaded into our platform, being accessible for future reference or for additional processing.
In order to allow real knowledge of the ILS facilities, our solution provides the main signal parameters on the screen:
|DDM (µA & DDM)||SDM|
|Field Strength (dBm)||Frequency offsets|
|Modulation depth (90/150Hz)||Tone frequency (90/150Hz)|
|Frequency separation||ID code|
Just like the flight inspection aircraft consoles, ILS data and graphs are available in real time. In this case, the graphs and data can are available directly for the technician on the ground.
Our data visualisation app allows to display all data and graphs in different units, such as micro-amperes (µA) or DDM. This is very useful for technicians, as they usually get measurements in µA from the flight inspection aircraft console, but they need the DDM value because that’s what they get from their Portable ILS Receivers (PIR) on the ground.
CANARD’s receiver is designed to analyse both single and dual-frequency ILS facilities. This means that COURSE and CLEARANCE signals are processed and analysed separately. The JOINT (course+clearance) signal and parameters are also available.
The PDF reports with the measurements and graphs of the inspection are available in the tablet on the spot, so they can be printed or shared quickly.
CANARD’s solution can reach specific areas where other methods cannot, providing accurate and continuous measurements at different locations and altitudes. This translates to quicker, more insightful and repeatable ground checks. This specially relevant for GLIDESLOPE, where there are no means to obtain measurements far enough or high enough other than flight inspection aircraft.
Some of the measurements performed by the drone can replace flight inspection manoeuvres, such as alarm checks or width checks. This means a reduction of 8-12 manoeuvres of the flight inspection aircraft for a periodic inspection (1-2 hours of flight time, depending on airport characteristics).
By taking measurements at relevant locations and altitudes, data can be correlated with flight checks, setting the base for extending the time between flight inspections with aircraft.