AAR to adopt Donecle’s automated inspection drone

Toulouse, France, October 10, 2019. Donecle today announced that AAR, a leading independent MRO provider in North America, has selected its automated drone solution to improve the efficiency and reliability of visual inspections during base maintenance.

  • Donecle provides its drone to AAR to assist general visual inspections on both Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families.
  • The solution will help optimizing maintenance activities, increase workers’ safety and ultimately better serve AAR’s customers
  • AAR is Donecle’s first MRO customer in the US

Following prior tests in its facilities, AAR has decided to trust Donecle’s automated drone solution for visual inspections of the narrowbody aircraft it maintains in Miami. Donecle also delivered the latest release of its software which includes updated advanced analysis algorithms for defect detection. Thanks to the software, inspectors can easily perform aircraft inspections. Damages as small as 1mm² can be detected on the images and are precisely positioned relative to airframe structural elements, for a better assessment of the criticality of the defect and to better plan subsequent job cards. Reports are then automatically generated and stored on Donecle’s cloud for full traceability.

Josselin Bequet, CEO & Co-founder at Donecle, says: “We are very proud to support AAR in its innovation process aiming at better serving its customers and keeping its position as a leading independent MRO in the USA and worldwide, while contributing to its internal digitization process”.

Beyond saving time and workload, the solution also contributes to increase workers’ safety who usually have to work at significant heights to perform inspections, which increases risks of incidents. Thanks to Donecle, operators monitor the drone’s mission directly from the ground.

As part of our continuing commitment to driving real business value using emerging technology, AAR is excited about this new partnership and the capabilities Donecle brings. We will continue to look for ways to drive efficiencies and maximize the value of our skilled labor and look forward to continued partnership from OEM’s and regulators in maximizing the value these technologies can create.” says Matthew Kammerait, Director Digital Product Management, AAR.

With more than 7 sites for airframe maintenance located in North America and 1 future site to be located in India, AAR is the largest independent MRO service provider in North America and one of the leading MROs worldwide. AAR offers multiple services to civil and military organizations globally from airframe services to parts supply as well as a wide range of innovative and digital services.

AAR is further added to existing customers and partners of Donecle such as Air France Industries KLM, Austrian Airlines, Dassault Aviation, the French Ministry of Defence, and several other airlines and MROs in Europe, North America and South America.

About Donecle
Donecle is the leader of automated aircraft inspection by drone. Donecle is a French company located in Labege, France, founded in 2015 and with strong expertise in aircraft maintenance processes, drone robotics, automation and computer vision deep learning. Our technology combines 100% automated UAVs with advanced image analysis algorithms to inspect aircraft quickly and reliably. Donecle is committed to deliver high-standard services to customers through constant improvement and dedicated customer focus team. Our clients include airlines, MROs, aircraft OEMs and military operators around the World.

About AAR
AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 6,000 people in over 20 countries. Headquartered in the Chicago area, AAR supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include Parts Supply; OEM Solutions; Integrated Solutions; and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Services. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include Mobility Systems and Composite Manufacturing operations. Additional information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.