It is the same technology used in night vision goggles and is also employed in medical science to detect irregularities such as cancer and chronic disease.
“We have been inspecting aircraft components and structures with NDT techniques for 30 years in Basel and are delighted to expand our service capabilities with this approval for infrared thermography,” says Frédéric Westpalm van Hoorn, Senior Manager of Basel’s NDT and Components Shops.
“Like all NDT techniques, Infrared Thermography provides a non-invasive means of detecting problems before they escalate and potentially cause catastrophic results.
“For example, it can detect water collecting in the elevators or rudder, which could then be addressed to prevent the in-flight freezing and expansion that might lead to ruptures.”
Typically performed during scheduled maintenance, infrared thermography is used to detect delamination, defective bonding, and water ingress, as well as corrosion and material thinning.
Cyril Martiniere, vice president MRO services Europe & GM Basel, adds: “Jet Aviation is committed to innovation, quality, and service excellence.
“Infrared thermography is just one more way our teams of professionals enable global flight, with passion.”