The pilot Eduardo Goerl, suffers an accident in the flying club of Bage, south of Brazil, leading to the aircraft destruction.
With the purchase of a basic model of drone made by his friend Cristian, both begin to think of the possible uses for that equipment. In March this year, came the idea of building a large drone and use it for agricultural spraying, considering the high number of accidents in this sector and their own personal experience.
Prototyping starts in July.
In November, Eduardo presents is idea on TEDx Unisinos - Ideas for everyday life.
In February the first flight takes off and sprays, with a 10kg (22,05lb) payload.
In July, with several changes, the prototype is flying as desired.
In September the two partners start to work on UNITEC incubator, in Unisinos, São Leopoldo, Brazil.
In December the company receives investment and is now called ARPAC , directing its efforts to build a heavy lifting unmanned aerial vehicle.
ARPAC is startup company of research and development of remotely piloted aircraft, developing a UAV capable of very-high capacity loads.
The first project, currently under development, is a drone for spraying pesticides on crops. Since the second half of 2015 is incubated in Unisinos. Today, the aircraft is in the testing phase.
It is one of the largest drones in Brazil. The great challenge of the company is to regulate the aircraft in Brazil.
Currently , there is no specific training for drone pilots , which makes the company look for commercial aviation pilots.
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