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Cabin Inspection assisted by Micro-drones

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250164D
Publication Date: 2017-Jun-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 175K

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Abstract

The present idea proposes a method to perform cabin inspection tasks assisted by micro drones. The inspection of cabin areas as hat racks, stowage, lavatory bins, etc. is required by security reasons. In addition these compartments have to be designed to comply with AC No: 25.795-8 "Interior design to facilitate searches". The design of the airplane will make it easier to search for hidden objects but will not affect the need for, or the diligence of, the search. The method is based on the use of micro-drones or micro-UAVs to inspect cabin areas remotely and supported by automatic processing.

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Cabin Inspection assisted by Micro-drones 1. OVERVIEW

The name micro-drone refers to a quadrocopter type of small dimensions. The term micro-drone is not linked with any commercial brand or available product. The present idea proposes a method to perform cabin inspection tasks assisted by micro drones. The inspection of cabin areas as hat racks, stowage, lavatory bins, etc. is required by security reasons. In addition these compartments have to be designed to comply with AC No: 25.795-8 “Interior design to facilitate searches”. The design of the airplane will make it easier to search for hidden objects but will not affect the need for, or the diligence of, the search. The method is based on the use of micro-drones or micro-UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) to inspect cabin areas remotely and supported by automatic processing.

2. CURRENT PROBLEM

The cabin crew experiment increased workload derived from safety and security requirements. One of the contributors to increased workload is the cabin inspection routines. In addition to the increased workload and in order to increase the velocity of cabin inspection, crew members share these activities, leading to the simultaneous occupation of several crew members. The present description is focused on the inspection of hat racks, under seat areas and seats. Usually cabin crew must perform slow cabin walk-through while checking overhead bins, under- seat areas and any other stowage are to be inspected.

3. IMPROVEMENT PROPOSAL

The herein presented proposal seeks to define a method where some cabin inspection tasks can...