PAPI inspections in a few minutes, minimising runway downtime and reducing indirect costs.
Repeatable and accurate measurements, allowing for better and quicker calibrations.
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 PAPI 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.
Our solution checks that the horizontality of the installation of PAPI units is within tolerances as specified by ICAO (+/-1.25%). This means that all of the lights are on the same level. This is specially interesting in commissioning, to verify that the installation is correct.
The main part of the PAPI calibration or inspection is making sure that each one of the lights has the transition RED-PINK-WHITE at the correct angle. Our solution measures this angle accurately to provide adjustments needed to the technician in real time.
In case of dual/double PAPI installations (PAPI on both sides of the runway) it is important to verify that corresponding lights on both sides change color at the same time from the pilot’s point of view. Our solution also includes this check as part of the procedure.
The angular coverage task is aimed to measure the limit angles on each side of the runway at which the PAPI is usable (all 4 lights are clearly visible). This check is very important, and not really achievable by other means than the flight inspection aircraft.
Following ICAO specification, from all the measurements taken, our app automatically calculates the final parameters such as the PAPI glidepath angle and (Minimum Eye Height over Threshold) to verify against the published data in the airport AIP.