N.J. Airport’s New Center to Test Airplane Inspections via Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 14, 2016 No Comments
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Luftronix Inc., maker of Fused Flow precision navigation technology for unmanned vehicles, is opening a test and demonstration center at the Cape May County Airport (KWWD) in Cape May, N.J.

Using drones, Luftronix will conduct airplane inspections and test for damage from corrosion, dents and lightning strikes. Luftronix has created GPS-free navigation technology for autonomous drone flights. Its patent-pending Fused Flow technology employs computer vision techniques to interpret the environment a drone navigates in.

In conjunction with the Luftronix Orchestrator, the drones collect data; use machine learning strategies to interpret the visual images; and help create a faster, more efficient process for the aircraft inspection process.

The new test center is located in the main hangar of the airport. Luftronix will be using a De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou airplane for the testing and demonstration program.

“Having access to aircraft in a stable indoor environment is a major milestone in our efforts to provide enormous efficiency improvements to the aircraft inspection process,” says Denise Spell, vice president of business development and sales at Luftronix. “We are looking forward to bringing our customers in the maintenance and repair industry to Cape May to witness how our precision flight and data collection tools can create vast improvements in their efficiency.”

The Luftronix test and demonstration center is opening on Dec. 15. The first demonstrations are scheduled for the following weeks.

Cape May County, located at the southern tip of New Jersey, is home to one of the Federal Aviation Administration’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test sites. The county hosts a monthly UAS Innovation Forum for drone developers and regular conferences on the topic of UAS.

KWWD is a former military airport actively used during WWII. It is now used by general aviation.

“We are witnessing an important step in attracting aviation technology start-ups to the Cape May area,” says Will Morey, Cape May County freeholder. “Cape May has all the ingredients to become the preferred location for aviation companies, especially in the field of commercial drone operations.”

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