Innovation Bay - Aircraft Overhaul: Testing Future Technologies

Aircraft Overhaul: Testing Future Technologies

Doing it

Innovation Bay

On Malta, we are testing the future: whether drone-based inspections of the aircraft skin, mobile 3D scanners or exoskeletons, the innovation bay at Lufthansa Technik Malta will put the latest aircraft overhaul technologies to the test over the next few years.

The clear objective: every technology that proves itself in practice on the shop floor will be integrated in the local work process, quickly rolled out to all other base maintenance locations and then used for all checks and aircraft types.

“The innovation bay enables us to modernize, improve and transfer base maintenance processes more quickly than before. We can thus be just as efficient as a startup: fast, flexible, open and result-oriented.”

Marcus Motschenbacher, CEO Lufthansa Technik Malta

Innovation Bay - inspecting the aircraft skin with drones
 
Innovation Bay - inspecting the aircraft skin with drones
State-of-the-art Technologies

Experimenting pays off

With the innovation bay, we are providing a platform for current problems and ideas for improvement.  At the same time, we are opening our doors to both startups and established companies. Over the next few years, we will be testing state-of-the-art technologies for aircraft overhauls directly during our daily work. The new technologies should generally be suitable for all types of aircraft and checks.

“The technologies are selected on the basis of everyday problems, requirements and needs as well as current top trends.”

Kevin Gülck, Project Manager Innovation Bay

Innovation Bay Malta - Testing Future Technologies
Current Projects

3D drones and exoskeletons

One current project consists of comparing mobile 3D scanners that can be used for detailed measurements of structural damage. Another project tests the use of drones to inspect the aircraft skin during general visual inspections. And exoskeletons from different providers are being examined to make physically strenuous and ergonomically disadvantageous work easier on employees. Further technologies for other fields of application will follow as time goes on.

Benefits for Our Customers

Improving processes =
shortening layovers

We are planning to add further innovation bays to our worldwide base maintenance network. Thanks to these innovation bays and new technology partnerships, we are improving our work processes and making an important contribution to shortening aircraft layovers for our airline customers.