Lights Inspection

Our solution is the best method for checking airdrome lighting to verify from the air that the lights are working properly.



Complete ALS inspections in a few minutes, minimising runway downtime and reducing indirect costs.


Autonomous and repeatable flights, allowing for better and quicker inspections.


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.


1. Register the Operation
2. Inspect the RWY/TWY Lights
3. Generate the Reports

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. It takes the drone just a few minutes to inspect a stretch of runway in both directions. A long runway can be inspected in about 3 stretches.

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.


Types of lights

  • Threshold
  • Centerline
  • Runway end
  • Touchdown
  • Runway edge
  • Taxiway


  • On/Off
  • Colour
  • Relative brightness
  • Visible from air
  • No confusion with other lights
  • GM2 ADR.OPS.B.015


1What is this solution useful for?

This solution is a quick and flexible solution that all lights are on, with equal relative brightness, correct colour and that there is no confusion with other lights such as signalised obstacles. These types of inspections are specially important in the commissioning of new runway lightings, as an inspection on the ground is not good enough, because there is no way to check that there are no lights that can create confusion.

2How long does it take to do a runway lighting inspection?

With our solution, it takes 10-20 minutes between of flight to inspect a 4km runway, taking into account that it needs to be inspected in both directions for double-prism lamps.

3Does this solution follow ICAO or FAA guidelines?

Yes, we the procedures have been designed specifically with FAA and ICAO guidelines and recommendations. For example, EASA requirement GM2 ADR.OPS.B.015 states:

“Flight checks of approach and runway lighting systems should be carried out to ensure the pattern is correct and the lights are working, whenever a new system is commissioned, or after a major maintenance, and at least annually. The opportunity should also be taken to identify any confusing, or misleading lights in the aerodrome surroundings.”

4Can the solution be purchased?

Yes, in fact, we have designed all the tools so that anyone can do the inspections for the airport after receiving our training. The solution can be acquired by airport operators, ANSPs, CAAs or any company or entity that can provide this service to airports. Ask as for a quote to acquire the solution.

5Can you operate it with wind and rain?

Yes, we have performe inspections with SNOW and -10ºC, with up to 15-knot WINDS and even with light RAIN. Although the real benefit is that with this solution, you have the flexibility of taking advantages of small windows where the wind goes down or it stops raining.

6How far & high does the drone fly?

The drone can fly several km away and hundreds of meters high if needed. However, according to our procedures, the drone flies within the airport, and below 40 meters AGL.

7How long do the batteries last?

Depending on weather conditions, the batteries can last 15-25 minutes. This is MORE than enough to do our ALS inspections, which just take 10 minutes. In any, case, it takes less than 1 minute to change batteries and fly again.

8How do you ship the drone to different airports?

All the equipment can be carried out as checked-in luggage with any commercial airline. We have reached the most remote locations taking up to 4 different flights with just 1 person without any issue. Batteries need to be carried as carry-on luggage.

9Are you allowed to fly drones at airports?

Yes, by obtaining the necessary authorisations in each country. CANARD has been authorised to fly drones in airports in several countries already, and we can help our customers that acquire our solution to obtain such authorisations. This is a very important matter, as safety is paramount in aviation and all procedures and coordination protocols must be stablished and follow to ensure safety.

10I already have a drone, can it be used with your software for Lights inspection?

Our solution is compatible with DJI M600 PRO and DJI M210 RTK drones. Contact us if you want a quote for a license to be able to use our software and training to perform Lights inspections with it.

11Can this solution perform all the types of inspections?

Yes, the system is able to do different types of visual inspections (PAPI, ALS, Lights), ILS measurements, photogrammetry and others. Al the capabilities are built into the same app. Contact us to get a quotation for a solution for multiple inspections.

12Does the drone fly autonomously?

Yes, the different tasks and flights are built into the app. The operator only needs to execute them and monitor the the drone flies according to plan. The drone goes to the required locations and takes the images needed to analyse the Lights. Once the tasks are executed, the report can be generated from the tablet.

13Can this solution check the photometry of lights?

No, that type of inspection requires specialised sensors.


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