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TTC Special: Drones expanded by tourism

Santander city, aereal view. Photo: sayko3p/123rf

By Frank Martin

TTC Service. – The global tourism industry has begun a kind of marriage with drones, especially the smallest ones, which serve the sector in various ways, from providing incredible images for the promotion of destinations, to taking care of the safety of flights on landings.

Drones have more and more uses. For example, some New Zealand farmers use them to shepherd their sheep. Agriculture has already benefited greatly from these flying devices without pilots.

The leisure industry, which is somehow also the entertainment industry, is applying these metal hawks quickly, creating even what some experts call “drone niche”.

Although the lonely flying artifact had its first flight in 1937.

It had to pass half a century for the world to be captivated with its peaceful possibilities

The images drones take, by the way much cheaper than if a helicopter were used, are enriching the tourist photography and the spectacular and exuberant profiles of certain regions in the foreground.

Drones have thus overcome their first spy missions and wars.

More and more tourists leave for their explorations with “minidrones” easy to handle and relatively low prices and maintenance costs

One more step of that invention is to protect air safety.

A few days ago at the Edmonton International Airport, Canada, a highly specialized drone was used to conduct safety inspections on the runway of the ultramodern terminal.

There flew for the first time a mdLiDAR1000 of the firm Microdrones to do light and range detection work and collect images of the tracks.

The experts informed the press that the data collected will be used in order to more accurately predict the maintenance status of the tracks.

The minidrones collect details of taxiways and aircraft test platforms to improve safety.

The mdLiDAR1000 is a fully integrated system to produce 3D images optimized to scan targets.

For the Edmonton terminal this tool is formidable as it has two million square feet of runways, taxiways and aircraft handling platforms under maintenance.

All that requires annual analysis.

Drones can cooperate in controlling bird migration, conducting construction and maintenance studies, and calibrating equipment.