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 and then choose the type of inspection. 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 to our Calibration Tool App in the tablet and download it. 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.
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, as it is shown above. Reports, along with all the measurements, images or videos, are uploaded into our platform, being accessible for future reference or for additional processing.
Our integrated platform includes an updatable database of airports, runways, systems, NAVAIDs, coordinates, etc. Thanks to this database, the operations can be planned automatically according to our validated procedures.
Planning an operation is as easy as filling out a form with dropdown menus, just selecting the country, airport, runway and the type of inspection to be performed. When the operation is downloaded to the app to be executed, it contains all the required tasks, waypoints and reference data needed on the field.
Once the operation is executed, all the data obtained can be easily uploaded to the Platform, in which a log of operations, results, videos and reports is saved. Retrieving former operation reports can be done by accessing your past operations section in our Web Platform.
CANARD Web Platform also allows to easily manage three essential elements: inventory, drones and maintenance. In the user profile, there is a record of the drones and their maintenance history. For inventory purposes, there is also a list of all the hardware components and the serial number, useful features for tracking and monitoring.
We have designed an app that guides the user through the procedures. Each type of inspection has a set of tasks, which the operator only needs to execute in order to obtain the measurements required. Each screen is specifically designed to show the data useful for the task and operation, in a similar way that they would be shown in current tools such as the flight inspection aircraft console.
The most important feature of our app is that it connects to the drone through its main data link, without the need of additional hardware or computer. Just attach the Android tablet to the remote controller and connect it with an USB cable: instant connection to the drone. The app can display the video feed or measurements from the NAVAIDs receiver, positioning in a map, telemetry data such as battery level or status and even the progress of the procedures being executed.
When possible, the procedures are fully autonomous, meaning that the operator just needs tap a button on the screen and monitor while the drone flies and sends real-time data. The flights and waypoints are automatically generated with the data available from our Web Platform, so there is no need for the operator to define waypoints on a map or manually uploading a mission to the drone.
The purpose of the solution is to perform very specific inspections according to approved procedures. With that goal, the app is just an implementation of those approved procedures to execute them accurately and autonomously. The interface guides the operator through the steps and shows the measurements taken during the inspections so that a decision or action can be taken in real-time.
We use 2 different models of DJI drones as part of our solution, which provides flexibility to customise it depending on the applications and type of use. The weight of the drone ranges from 5 to 10 kg, with flight times upwards of 20 minutes (more than enough to perform the measurements implemented in our procedures) and with quick battery swaps (less than 1 minute to resume flights). The data-links have a range that can reach several kilometres in certain conditions, again more than enough to execute the measurements included in our procedures.
DJI drones are very versatile, being able to carry different cameras and allowing the integration of third party sensors and equipment. Besides the different cameras that are available, including thermal cameras, we use 2 models for our applications.
For NAVAIDs inspections, we integrate our own Portable NAVAIDs Analyser, PNA-100. This payload is unique in the market, as it weighs only 1.4kg, with battery for 8 hours and provides real-time ILS measurements that we display in our App.
The equipment is transported in custom rugged cases and can be easily shipped as checked baggage on most airlines. We have carried the solution to remote islands in the South Pacific Region and Atlantic. It can also be shipped with any commercial courier.
DJI drones include state-of-the-art safety measures like geofencing, which prevents the drone to leave a designated area or height. It also has automatic return to home, which means that in case of loss of signal, low battery or with the push of a button, it will safely land in the exact same spot from where it took off.