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Old 7th May 2014, 18:52
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Easyjet develops flying robots

easyJet's Mr Davies said. "We are using the human almost like a robot."

BBC News - Easyjet develops flying robots to inspect aircraft
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If Ian Davies is involved it can only mean one thing. Job losses!
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Easyjet develops flying robots

I'll wait for the first time someone accidentally flies one into the fuselage trying to get a close up !
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Only eroding TC's even further. You could pay an engineer/mechanic to go up on the rig who has years of experience behind him or you could send an apprentice with a drone?
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It's just Bean-Counters doing what Bean-Counters do......
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Old 11th May 2014, 23:36
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The new tough pads are fantastic!. Cradle is a bit of a pain in the backside but I'm sure we have a geek somewhere working on it. As for flying drones, well I really don't see the problem?. We are an airline who wants to stay ahead utilising technology and I personally applaud this.
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Old 12th May 2014, 07:19
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I think this must be a publicity stunt, much like the Amazon one. The technology development costs, staff training, maintenance of the drones and regulatory issues of flying them in an airport environment are very likely no match for the simplicity of sending a guy up on a cherry picker when needed (ie not that often). Specially given that easyjet's maintenance is subcontracted anyway.

As for the tough pads.... A computer pretending to be a piece of paper. Why?
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Old 12th May 2014, 07:35
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and regulatory issues of flying them in an airport environment


Spot the large structure, with walls and a roof, around the aircraft. It's called a hangar.
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Old 12th May 2014, 07:42
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So, tell me. How many hangars does easyjet have for 220 aircraft?
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Old 12th May 2014, 07:51
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simplicity of sending a guy up on a cherry picker when needed (ie not that often). Specially given that easyjet's maintenance is subcontracted anyway.
I think you answered that yourself.

If needed renting some hanger space at other airports may not be that expensive on an ad-hoc basis when needed.

Anyway I think they are more enthusiastic about the glasses, think the want to add all AMM procedures to it. And have it identify the various elements of systems for easier recognition.
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So, tell me. How many hangars does easyjet have for 220 aircraft?
I have no idea. Presumably as many as are needed for SR's heavy maintenance checks where the inspection drones will be deployed.
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