On May 12th, CANARD successfully carried out the first PAPI drone inspection in Greece, following the request of Fraport Greece to operate at Thessaloniki “Makedonia” Airport. The operation led by CANARD included the inspection of the PAPI systems of header 16 with the collaboration of the drone operator company Hellenic Drones.
CANARD Drones has carried out the verification and calibration of PAPI systems(Precision Approach Trajectory Indicator) and the inspection of runway lights and approach light system of the runway 18L at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport. In order not to interrupt the daily activity of the airport, the inspection has been carried out at night, complying with […]
The DGAC (French Civil Aviation Authority) carried out a series of tests in April this year in order to validate various calibration methods. After analyzing the calibration of PAPI with different technologies and the solution with drones offered by CANARD, our technology has obtained a favorable result by the French DGAC to be used in […]
The airport operator Aena presented its strategic plan in which new innovative technologies are a key player of their airport operational management system. In the framework of Aena’s innovation strategy, there is a Drone Program with the aim of validating UAS (drones) technology and testing different improvements that its use can have in the airport […]
For the airspace navigation, safety is priority #1. To comply with the national and international regulations, airports must periodically check their NAVAIDs, runway’s condition, visual aids and other systems.
ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) has just included the PAPI inspection method with drones in its documentation: Doc 9157 Aerodrome Design Manual, Part 4 - Visual Aids, 5th edition (Amendment 1, 07/12/2021), paragraphs 8.3.43 - 8.3.46. According to the text, the method is used to adjust the PAPIs, valid for both commissioning and verification.
Thanks to the excellent coordination between all stakeholders and CANARD, the calibration of the PAPIs systems went very smoothly and efficiently. The team is grateful to the airport for getting on board with this innovative way to inspect navigational aids CANARD drone-based solutions.
The operation was carried out under the existing collaboration agreement between ENAIRE and CANARD. The Spanish Air Navigation Service Provider has relied on CANARD's drone-based solution to perform the first inspection of air navigation aids with unmanned aircrafts at the international airport Adolfo Suárez - Madrid Barajas Airport.