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NAVAID Calibration Drone helped to speed up the flight check of the landing system in Ulyanovsk
Performing on-demand flight checks using UAVs is an innovation technology. Cursir and Russian CAA initiated the implementation in Russian Airports. The first case - Ulyanovsk-Vostochny Airport
NAVAID Calibration Drone is a mobile radio measuring complex developed by Cursir. It was used to pre-configure the radio equipment system at the Ulyanovsk airport. The use of Drone made it possible to reduce the number of flights of a specialized aircraft, speed up NAVAID commissioning and cut maintenance costs.
NPO RTS, the parent company to Cursir, is carrying out a contract for the installation of an ILS 734 (instrument landing system) and an RDF 734 (radio direction finder) at the Ulyanovsk-Vostochny Airport. At the stage of commissioning, NPO RTS engaged Cursir to carry out system checks using NAVAID Calibration Drone. In June 2021, the Drone performed diagnostic flights, during which it obtained data for preliminary adjustment of ground equipment.
Alexander Tyurkin (Lead commissioning engineer, NPO RTS) said:
"The aerodrome of the Ulyanovsk-Vostochny airport has a difficult terrain, which complicates the preliminary configuration of the equipment. The use of a NAVAID Calibration Drone made it possible to set up the system in a short time and prepare for control flights performed by a special flight inspection aircraft."
Vitaly Munirov (CEO, Cursir) emphasized that the use of NAVAID Calibration Drone radically changes the nature of commissioning, accelerates and reduces the cost of further flight inspections.
"Thanks to the use of a UAS platform, it is possible to perform preliminary configuration of the equipment without the involvement of a flight inspection aircraft. The cost of operating a NAVAID Calibration Drone is noticeably lower than that of a specialized aircraft, and the functionality makes it possible to effectively solve a significant part of the tasks that arise during flight check of radio aids," he said.
The NAVAID Calibration Drone used by Cursir was designed for in-flight measurements of radio technical flight equipment. The complex can be used to measure the parameters of such radio and navigation equipment as ILS, VOR/DVOR, RDF and Lights. Compared to traditional measuring systems, the NAVAID Calibration Drone can significantly reduce the cost of flight checks by reducing the time of specialized flights in the airfield, flights between airports, eliminating the cost of wages for flight crews.
Cursir was founded in Russia in 2015 to carry out scientific and practical research in the field of landing and navigation systems.
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