Drone Support for Flight Inspection
Mathieu Mahiques and Philippe Labaste, CEV Laboratory, France
Location: Regency Ballroom
In DGAC, thanks to our in-flight / ground measurements correlation, NAVAIDS Flight Inspection measurements are performed out once a year (even ILS). (We will make a quick presentation of our in-flight / ground correlation)
Should we have to replace all the measurements, by measurements with drone?
Certainly not, the light-duty drone has its limitations in scope and autonomy, the regulation imposes restrictions.
However, the choice was made to study how ground inspection and flight time can be improved with a drone.
For this, DGAC has equipped a quadcopter drone with HD camera (for PAPI), and a new ILS / VOR light receiver.
Simplified calibration software has been developed to perform ILS and VOR measurements in comparison to a GPS position.
We did a study to compare during flight tests, the measurements between classic ground and flight receiver and this new light receiver.
As a result of these tests, we will present that a number of measurements are sufficiently relevant to be carried out by a lightweight drone, which could reduce the flight time and enhance flight inspection phase.
Eventually an adaptation of the UMV data flow, will allow to use the calibration software used by DGAC for flight inspection.
So, the measurements carried out in flight or by drone can be compared with the same processing software.