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Session 10: UAV Operations and Flight Inspection Applications

Application of RPAS in Flight Inspection for Visual Navaids
Rafael de Souza Armstrong, Maximiliano Silva Lopes, Marcelo Ramos Pacheco, and Leonardo André Haberfeld Maia, Brazilian Air Force, Brazil
Location: Regency Ballroom

With more than 900 navaids under its responsibility to carry out flight inspections and maintain the high operational and safety standards of air navigation in the Brazilian Airspace Control System (SISCEAB), the Brazilian Department of Airspace Control (DECEA) ), through the Flight Inspection Special Group (GEIV) and the Institute of Airspace Control (ICEA), has implemented studies to enable the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in the conduct of flight inspections of navaids.
GEIV's mission is to assess the effectiveness of systems that support air navigation, equipment and procedures in order to ensure safe operation of all aircraft in Brazilian airspace during all phases of flight, especially in adverse weather conditions. In this context, GEIV was responsible for the implementation of the use of RPAS in the conduct of flight visual navaids inspections at SISCEAB, in order to generate cost reductions, greater operational flexibility to maintainers and to mitigate operational impacts to terminal areas .
This article presents an analysis of the operational design and actions generated for the implementation of the RPAS in the flight inspection of visual navaids in SISCEAB, the initial results obtained in the project validation campaigns and the intentions of applying this type of equipment for flight inspection of navigation signals generated by ILS and VOR equipments. This concept was conceived aligned with the activity and the access rules of the RPAS to Brazilian airspace



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