EasyJet plans to demonstrate using a swarm of small unmanned air vehicles to check its aircraft for damage, to replace manual inspections and reduce the time required to repair and return aircraft to service. The low-cost carrier introduced the concept on May 7 by flying a small quadcopter inside a maintenance hangar in close proximity to an Airbus A319 that had suffered a severe lightning strike. As a first step, the mini-UAS would be programmed to take high-definition video of the ...

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