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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL -MAY, 2018 • Page 29 Airbus demonstrates benefits of hands-free ‘drone maintenance’ AIRBUS is demonstrating for the first time a drone-based, innova- tive maintenance tool Advanced Inspection Drone for use inside a hangar to accelerate and facilitate visual checks, reducing aircraft downtime and increase the quali- ty of inspection reports. the new product comprises a smart, automatic drone with an in- tegral visual camera, a laser-based obstacle detection sensor, flight planner software and an aircraft inspection software analysis tool optimised for inspecting the up- per parts of the aircraft fuselage. Following a pre-defined inspec- tion path, the automated drone captures all the required imag- es using an on-board camera. High-quality pictures are then transferred to a PC database for detailed analysis using a software system. this allows the operator to localise and measure visual damage on the aircraft’s surface by comparing it with the aircraft’s digital mock-up. the software au- tomatically generates an inspec- tion report. the new system will be available for the industry in the fourth quar- ter of 2018 following EASA approv- al of the new inspection process. Initial demonstrations have been made for several airlines that have expressed interest. It will also be offered to MRo organisations. Since it is designed for use inside maintenance hangars, the drone is equipped with a laser-based sensor capable of detecting obstacles and halting the inspec- tion if necessary. this laser-based technology allows the vehicle to fly automatically without the need for remote piloting. Upgrading to the new drone- based system will enable opera- tors and MRo providers to reduce inspection times, allowing aircraft to be released earlier while en- hancing the overall quality of the reports, improving damage local- isation, repeatability and tracea- bility. the new inspection process will take three hours, including 30 minutes of image capture by the drone, and also will improve operator safety. By contrast, tra- ditional aircraft visual inspection is performed from the ground or using a telescopic platform, in particular for the upper parts of the aircraft a process that typical- ly lasts up to one day. M&C expands AIR Seychelles has appointed M&C Aviation as its General Sales Agent for India. M&C was former- ly the airline’s Cargo Sales Agent for India, and is also its GSA for Madagascar and Mauritius. THE lOnG waiting times for freight carriers experienced in late 2017 has prompted two major cargo handlers operating at Frankfurt Airport (FRA), to introduce mandatory slot bookings for trucks delivering and picking up air freight at their facilities in FRA’s CargoCity South. The move by Frankfurt Cargo Services (FCS) and luG aircargo handling to GmbH to add binding slot bookings was decided in co-operation with airport operator Fraport AG and the Freight Forwarding & logistics Association of the States of Hesse and Rhineland- Palatinate (SlV). Starting May 15, only trucks that have booked in advance U-Freight US expansion U-FREIGHt America is strengthen- ing its presence in the greater Los Angeles area at a wholly-owned logistics hub at 16000 Phoenix Drive, City of Industry, California. the facility is an 7432 square me- tre (80,000 sq ft) hub from which the company offers fully-integrat- ed logistics services, generated through its air and ocean freight operations. Frankfurt duo act on waiting times a loading or unloading slot on line using the airport’s Fair@link Door Management System will be allowed to drive to the loading docks operated by FCS and luG. Drivers who have not given advance notice must use a computer terminal to register on site. However, they may have to wait before receiving an allocated slot.