The technology of unmanned aircraft and augmented reality will be the technologies used by the airline EasyJet to inspect his fleet and detect possible faults, at the time that you will allow to improve assistance in remote from the control center when the planes are removed from the base.

EasyJet, the largest carrier in the United Kingdom, has announced that it will to bet on new technologies and innovation to stay in the low cost segment and increase the productivity and safety of their aircraft. With this aim he is studying to introduce drones in the inspections of its fleet of Airbus A319 and A320 composed of 220 aircraft. Likewise, you will also use augmented reality to detect, in the shortest possible time, equipment breakdowns.

"The advantage that these technologies offer us is threefold. On the one hand, the release of our engineering team who can devote to other tasks more qualified, allowing to reduce costs and, therefore, our rates, at the time that helps us to minimize delays. Finally, these techniques will ensure greater security", explains Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive of the airline.

EasyJet is working with the company Coptercraft and Bristol Robotics Laboratory to adapt existing technology and drones can be used to inspect his fleet. The drones are scheduled to explore and assess the Airbus and to detect possible failures. These aircraft not manned are currently in development with them miras put in go introducing them in the next months and that are full operation at the beginning of 2015.

"Unmanned aircraft technology will allow us to make works as inspection of the fleet that we can take more than one day in a couple of time and make it a more accurately", said Ian Davies, Chief Engineer of EasyJet.

With Epson and Vuzix augmented reality

Next to the drones, EasyJet is studying the implementation of virtual reality and is doing with companies Epson and Vuzix. Using this technology and using augmented reality glasses, the engineering team can see the same as pilots in the plane. In this way, EasyJet can diagnose remotely technical problems and troubleshooting suffering from aircraft.

This technology will be especially useful when the aircraft is at airports further away from your network. The airline flies to 138 airports, some as far as Sharm the Sheikh (Egypt) and Tel Aviv (Israel). Currently, engineers and pilots when they have a problem have to send photos by e-mail and telephone to the Centre of EasyJet Operations Control (OCC), to try to solve the problem.

EasyJet is also testing the technology's Vidcie and XO Eye for the transmission of video streaming between the engineer and the OCC and from here you can provide information in real time to engineers and pilots and provide them with technical assistance. For this is estya testing with a device that is placed on the head and allows to work with him in 'handsfree' mode.

"The reality augmented is key to Easyjet since will contribute to reduce the time that an aircraft is inactive, allowing diagnose with greater clarity the problems technical that is can present to hundreds of kilometers of distance." With augmented reality goggles, pilots and engineers will transmit live images and data to our control centre", says Ian Davies.

Panasonic Toughpads

As did Iberia with the iPad, EasyJet has bet by them terminals mobile to introduce them in them cabins and that them allow to them pilots a navigation more simple. The choice of this carrier have been the Touchpad of Panasonic. These devices will come to replace laptops and navigational charts and will move towards a 'paperless environment'.

The reduction of the use of the paper-board will affect lower costs of fuel the company has valued at about $500,000 a year. Each kilo of weight removed in the interior of the aircraft represents a saving that is around $20,000 a year.

Also it is using the technology ' e -paper' of Sony to eradicate the forms in the cabin, since with this system can be stored in a central database which can be accessed from the aircraft.

EasyJet is also worked with Output42 to develop custom applications so engineers can perform tasks in the day of more efficient way, as a tool that helps them to identify and replace of a fan blade damaged.

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By • 19 May, 2014
• Section: Control, Display, Augmented reality, Security, Simulation

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