EasyJet to use drones to inspect grounded aircraft

The budget carrier says that it will save time and money to have automated drones, using lasers, to inspect and analyse aircraft grounded due to lightning or bird strikes.

Its sensors will be based on LIDAR technology. EasyJet says it will cut the time planes are out of service from days to hours.

The airline also has plans to use a 3D printer to replace basic cabin parts such as seat arm-rests and folding tables. But its next generation engines will have some 3D-printed parts.

Bill Condie

Bill Condie

Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.

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