Toulouse, France, November 3, 2021
Donecle announced today that Regional Jet Center, the Embraer-specialized MRO, has selected their automated drone solution for performing aircraft visual inspections. The multi-year agreement covers the deployment and support of an automated drone solution and sets the baseline for a strong technical partnership between both companies.
Regional Jet Center is based at Schiphol Airport and performs extended line maintenance operations for all KLM Cityhopper aircraft as well as several other Embraer operators. The growing MRO has an ambitious roadmap to further digitalize and automate their operations, to which the Donecle solution will contribute.
Michiel van der Eijk, Managing Director of Regional Jet Center, on the choice of Donecle’s solution: “We have been looking into drone inspections for the past couple of years as we believe they have the potential to accelerate inspections and improve overall traceability. We recently trialed Donecle’s drone system and were impressed by its capabilities. We are looking forwards to this partnership.”
The deployed system features fully automatic flight on all Embraer aircraft, with advanced image analysis and reporting software to accelerate all visual inspections, such as general visual inspections, lightning strike inspections, paint and placards inspections. The drone solution comes with a secured cloud platform for tracking data over time and providing digital twin models of the aircraft surface. This will allow for seamless integration with MRO software solutions such as AMOS from Swiss AviationSoftware Ltd as being used by the Regional Jet Center.
Matthieu Claybrough, CEO of Donecle on the partnership: “We are extremely happy with our partnership with Regional Jet Center. Deploying our technology at Schiphol Airport is one thing, but starting the qualification of our tool on Embraer aircraft is clearly another. As RJC services over 55 Embraer aircrafts per year in brand new facilities with state-of-the-art tools and innovative teams, we have found the perfect partner for our first deployment on Embraer.”
About Regional Jet Center:
For more than fifty years Martinair Maintenance & Engineering performed base and line maintenance at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After the integration of Martinair within the KLM Group, the now independent MRO was renamed to Regional Jet Center in 2014. Regional Jet Center operates out of Hangar 73, which was completely renewed in 2019, providing seven fully serviced tail-in bays, six back shops and multiple T&E stores. With additional facilities at Schiphol Centre for aircraft turnaround and line checks, the company offers an extensive range of services for regional jets.
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