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Airbus Aerial has carried out runway mapping and inspections at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) in the US.

The company performed runway mapping to ensure improved safety and efficiency of approximately one million flights a year that pass through the airport.

Authorities from Hartsfield-Jackson requested Airbus Aerial to conduct mapping of its south runway in a bid to calculate the benefits of using the aerial service to conduct critical runway inspections.

Airbus Aerial secured a special permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly drones in this airspace for mapping work, due to the high volume of activity in this class B airspace.

After inspection, Aerial provided the highest levels of data quality, accuracy, and simple Cloud-based tools to easily interact with and share this valuable information.

“The autonomous eBee Plus is capable of covering up to 40km² in a single flight.”

Airbus Aerial president Jesse Kallman said: “These results show the time and cost savings our service provides and demonstrates our ability to successfully conduct such critical work in this tightly controlled and high-volume airspace.”

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While conducting the runway mapping, the Aerial team used a senseFly eBee Plus drone equipped with specialised RTK GPS capabilities to capture aerial images of the runway with an accuracy of less than 5cm.

The autonomous eBee Plus is capable of covering up to 40km² in a single flight. The drone can capture images with a ground sampling distance of down to 1cm a pixel.

Upon getting the required images, Airbus Aerial engineers developed a complete assessment report for airport officials, including 3D mapping, contour layers, and traditional high-resolution imagery.

The entire work was done within Aerial’s Cloud-based geospatial platform to ensure ease-of-access, use and sharing across airport officials.