Canard Drones has successfully performed the inspection of Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) systems at Huesca-Pirineos Airport in Spain, operated by AENA.
This inspection was the fourth carried out for AENA as part of the ongoing contract, signed in August 2017, for the verification and calibration of PAPI using drones.
Canard performed the inspection of the Aircraft Leasing Services (ALS), located at runway 12R and the runway lights of 12R/30L, as well as the verification of the PAPIs for runways 12R and 30L.
The inspections were performed by a certified drone pilot and an operator from Canard’s team. Coordination with the airport was carried out through VHF radio according to procedures determined by the airport alongside Canard. To avoid disrupting airport operations, inspections were done outside of operational hours.
The results of the inspection are obtained in real time and can be provided to the maintenance crew for them to take corrective actions if needed. Canard provides reviewed and signed reports in less than 48 hours.
The drone can detect if any lights are off, misaligned or any other abnormalities on runways, eliminating any human error within the evaluation of the images. This advanced development will continue to be compatible with human supervision.
The company is also working on the incorporation of artificial vision algorithms for the automatic processing of images and the identification of defects of the ALS system, making the operation fully autonomous.