Calibration of Navigational Aids with RPA
Rafael Aguado and Juan Diaz, CANARD, Spain
Location: Regency Ballroom
RPAs are a powerful tool whose market has evolved enormously in the last years. The inclusion of systems that were not previously available, such as the transponder, has allowed CANARD to implement the first NAVAIDs calibration support system with RPAs.
After a year of research, CANARD has launched its solution for PAPI systems, where AENA has been its first customer. The support of the calibration of ILS systems is expected to be launched in Q1 2018.
Our solution has managed to overcome all the technical, regulatory and operational barriers that have been presented, providing a precise, robust and agile solution. The inclusion of this type of solutions in the aerodromes will mean a before and after in the operations of maintenance.
The paper not only presents the results that have been obtained, but also the challenges we face in order to normalize the use of RPAs in a complex and regulated environment such as airports.