HAECO Group has used its new remote inspection technology to complete the on-wing modification of nacelles.

    The MRO worked in close collaboration with an OEM, with the modification conducted by the company’s 24/7 On-wing Structure Support (OSS) team at HAECO Hong Kong’s maintenance hangar in Chek Lap Kok.

    HAECO said the Covid-19 crisis had highlighted the increasing importance of digital innovation. The OSS team introduced remote digital inspection to “ensure a seamless live collaborative environment” between the Hong Kong-based HAECO maintenance team and the OEM technical support teams based in Singapore and the USA.

    HAECO’s remote inspection system includes voice-controlled goggles (a hands-free device equipped with a camera and screen, approved for use in hazardous environments) paired with a communication interface that can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. This software allows each party connected to the system to see through the mechanic’s eyes at any time to ensure their work meets expected safety and quality standards. With their hands-free smart glasses, mechanics or inspectors can also follow digital workflows in the field, take inspection pictures, share files and capture field data.

    Remote inspections also allow real-time clarification of technical questions with remote experts (OEM and customer) through live streaming, HAECO said, “significantly enhancing inspection efficiency and aiding on-time delivery”.

    The OSS team will continue to leverage remote inspection technology in other aircraft maintenance projects, HAECO added.

    HAECO remote on-wing modification