Air New Zealand Trials Robotic Tech For Maintenance Checks

Air New Zealand will trial the use of wall climbing, camera mounted robots to carry out remote inspections on its aircraft.

<p>Air New Zealand will trial the use of wall climbing, camera mounted robots to carry out remote inspections on its aircraft. The flag carrier will collaborate with Christchurch-based robotics firm Invert Robotics on the project.<p>The technology was originally designed for use in the dairy industry and uses remote-controlled inspection equipment to detect damage inside milk tanks beaming back high resolution footage in real time.<p>Air New Zealand chief operations officer Bruce Parton said that the airline explored using the technology after recognising the shape of a milk tank closely resembles an aircraft fuselage. “Using technology that can identify defects not immediately visible to the human eye and do so from the ground has the potential to make aircraft maintenance safer and more reliable,” he said.</p>

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