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Session 6: Operation

Flight Inspection Procedures: Different Cases to Consider Affected by Deterioration
José Luis Delpón Ramos, Autonomous Advisor, Spain
Location: Regency Ballroom
Date/Time: Wednesday, Apr. 18, 8:30 a.m.

For the first time in the world, Spain put into operation in 1992, a totally autonomous flight inspection system. It was called Autonomous Flight Inspection System (AFIS).
As a result of the investment made by Spain in “Research & Development” from 1988 to 1992, the AFIS emerged, which was an R & D program developed in USA (1985 – 1992) with great Spanish investment and participation. In those years it was considered that it was worth seeking independence of the theodolite and of the weather conditions to develop flight inspection activity. Previously to that date, several systems that wanted to be called "autonomous" were tested: one based on signals reflected by mirrors on ground and the other one was initially a reading of bars code on the both runway thresholds. This second idea and after several tests, was modified to the use of a scanner / TV.



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