At the 53rd Paris Air Show, which is being held from June 17 to 23, 2019, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance is presenting its latest innovations and immersing visitors in the maintenance of the future.
How are technicians trained in this digital age? Have robots already taken over the ramp? What will tomorrow's IFE (in-flight entertainment) system look like? AFI KLM E&M experts are on hand to discuss innovation, demonstrate solutions and answer visitors' questions.
Prognos, the predictive maintenance solution
First presented at the Paris Air Show in 2017, the Prognos predictive maintenance solution has evolved considerably over the past two years. It covers more aircraft types and systems, i.e. more data used thanks to artificial intelligence to anticipate technical problems, initiate repairs and therefore avoid operational incidents.
New allies: robots
Much progress has been made in the field of automation. The development of drone inspections is continuing, but mini-aircraft are not the only ones to be seen on the ramp and in hangars to help technicians in their work. AFI KLM E&M has set up robots capable of reaching areas of the fuselage that are difficult for humans to reach, or of assisting complex, dangerous or repetitive tasks.
Virtualization, a new reality
New maintenance methods take advantage of different realities. Virtual Reality is used in particular when making cabin modifications to visualize the result of engineering work before its integration. Mixed Reality is used for the training of technicians, in addition to theory: instructors can now show students parts that are normally inaccessible thanks to a virtual reality headset.
Exclusively discover Li-Fi, the new data transmission through light technology
As an AFI KLM E&M partner, Latécoère is previewing the integration of Li-Fi technology in a full-scale Air France medium-haul cabin, a modification certified and integrated by AFI KLM E&M. Latécoère's Li-Fi infrastructure solution enables entertainment and communication system suppliers to optimize in-flight connectivity. Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to test the speed and reliability of this innovative technology live.