Airbus utilized an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to perform a visual inspection of an A350 XWB at the Farnborough Airshow July 13. The UAV, or drone, was equipped with a high-definition camera and took a series of pictures of the upper part of the aircraft while following a predetermined flight path. A human operator piloted the UAV. All images—especially those showing scratches, dents and painting defects—are compiled in a 3D digital model, recorded in a database and then ...

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