GE Sensing and Inspection Technologies in cooperation with Boeing has unveiled a new tool called Bondtracer, which will quickly and easily evaluate possible damage caused to aircraft due to accidental collisions at airports.
This new tool, unveiled at this year's Paris Air Show, will enhance airport infrastructure health by enabling more accurate inspection and improving safety.
GE's Bondtracer, developed on the Boeing ramp damage checker (RDC), enables the flightline mechanics to determine whether the aircraft can continue to fly or if it needs further maintenance before the next flight.
The new tool will help overcome visual inspection that alone cannot determine the damage caused to an aircraft, built out of complex composite structures.
In every incident, aircraft must be grounded while extensive tests are conducted to confirm integrity and airworthiness.
Bondtracer helps the flightline and ramp technicians to determine the damage caused to an aircraft at the gate.
The tool works the same way as a common stud finder. It indicates green light for consistent skin thickness and red for an unanticipated thickness change.
It also assists airport operators in preventing unnecessary grounding or flight delays for passengers and provides significant savings for airlines.
Airlines lose millions of dollars every year due to accidents on the flightline such as minor collisions with baggage loaders and other vehicles.