Every minute spent on the ground results in operational and financial damage for an airline. The direct cost associated with these inspections, such as towing, hangar, equipment and staff costs, are appended with secondary costs such as loss of income, use of a different aircraft, or even flight cancellation. The necessary aircraft movements due to unscheduled inspections are an additional safety risk as well.
Unscheduled inspections are disruptive for any airline schedule, as the whole inspection process causes an average delay of 12 hours in operations. The most significant cause for unplanned inspections are lightning strikes; other causes are hail strikes or bird strikes. With our new drone inspection method, you can make an assessment whether or not to perform direct repairs within 2 hours.
In 80% of the cases – where the aircraft was struck by lightning – it can continue the original flight schedule without repairs to the damage. In these cases the damage is insignificant and can be repaired during the next planned maintenance series. With our system you can make this assessment within the turnaround time, with a high probability of keeping your aircraft off the ground!