Jet Aviation on Wednesday signed an agreement with drone and artificial intelligence specialist Donecle to use AI and advanced image analysis algorithms to enable fast and accurate aircraft inspections. By capturing detailed records of aircraft, the technology can enhance the accuracy of existing services such as pre-purchase inspections, while offering the potential for new services centered on predictive maintenance.
“Innovation is essential to continue to drive the industry forward and ensure we evolve to meet the rapidly changing expectations of our customers," said Jet Aviation senior v-p of regional operations for EMEA Jeremie Caillet. “AI is developing at an exciting pace and has the potential to play a central role in increasing efficiency and effectiveness across a wide range of MRO procedures.”
The Donecle drone and AI technology support operations for inspecting the external structure of aircraft, including lightning strike inspections, general visual inspections, regulatory marking inspections, and paint quality checks. The drones will arrive at Jet Aviation in June and the team will work with Donecle to explore how the technology can integrate into operations to allow for an even more seamless customer experience.
“This agreement marks a key milestone for Donecle, as this strategic partnership with Jet Aviation will allow us to expand our current scope by applying our technology to business aviation,” said Donecle CEO Matthieu Claybrough.