Flying maintenance robots could be inspecting planes in the next year.

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Flying maintenance robots could be inspecting planes in the next year.

 The automated drones were showcased at easyJet's innovation day at Malpensa airport in Milan - and the Swipe team headed out there to take a look.

The carrier said it's using them to carry out safety inspections on its aircraft, and plans to bring them into service across its engineering bases in Europe over the coming year.

It believes the technology will help cut the number of hours an aircraft is out of service because of necessary inspections - these are routinely carried out after events such as lightning strikes.

Ian Davies, easyJet's head of engineering said: "The use of these emerging technologies frees up our engineering and digital teams to enable them to undertake more skilled tasks, keeping our costs down."

As well as drones, the carrier also announced that it will begin trialling the use of 3D printing to replace parts within the cabins of its aircraft.

The trial will be used to provide replacement parts such as arm rests, with the airline adding the aim is to reduce the time needed to fit replacements.

It also confirmed that 3D printers would be used to provide fuel nozzles and fan blades for its next generation of jet engines, which the airline currently has on order.

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What’s cool is to see the UHD video being taken with the drones. These high resolution inspections could be useful…

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