Korean Air Leverages AI And Drone Swarms For Inspections
Taking bold strides in modernizing aircraft inspection procedures, Korean Air is moving forward with an innovative swarm drone approach. The technique, initially showcased in late 2021, uses a group of drones to expedite inspection time and ensure thorough coverage, even if one of the drones fails. Since its introduction, the technology has been enhanced and received backing from the government.
Korean Air’s method employs the latest in Drone Technology, including preset inspection plans, geofencing to restrict drones to defined areas, an anti-collision system, and AI. These locally made drones are capable of detecting a range of defects, like dents and cracks, thanks to Artificial Intelligence.
These AI-equipped drones are set to supplement, but not completely replace, mandatory manual inspections conducted at specified intervals or when flight logs hint at possible airframe damage. The drones will primarily scrutinize the aircraft’s top parts – the fuselage, wings,…