After months of shaping the idea of a project for using drones as an alternative to flight inspections, CANARD is founded on the 5th of December, 2015. Also, we are selected to participate in the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation program (ESA BIC).
In April 2016, we travel to Amsterdam to participate in the Startup bootcamp Smart Cities & Living 3-moth program. The project is matured and we start our initial test flights with a prototype. We receive several awards such as the Hello Tomorrow Challenge and the Finodex call. These prizes help us set-up our offices and keep developing the company.
At the beginning of the year, we close a £1M investment round that allows CANARD execute the business plan. In August, we are awarded a contract with AENA, the biggest airport operator in the world, to provide the calibration of PAPI systems in 7 airports. At the end of the year, we do our first night operation at Charles de Gaulle airport, in Paris.
At the beginning of 2018 we obtained the certification from the DGAC to perform PAPI calibrations in France. During this year we performed many PAPI verifications and calibrations for airports in countries such as Spain, France, Finland, Poland. We also performed demos of our solutions for ALS and runway lights inspection. Our solution for ILS and VOR inspection and maintenance was also tested and showcased during the year.
This was a year for expansion to the whole world. We added several new countries to our list of successful operations: Papua New Guinea, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Netherlands and others. We also reinforced our presence in Spain and France, with recurrent operations in Spanish airports as well as CDG and Orly in Paris. Our new ILS receiver was validated in laboratories and showcased in operations of ILS inspection with our solution at 4 Spanish Air Force bases and in an airport in the Netherlands.
Last but not least, ICAO VAWG accepted the use of drones in the inspection of Visual Aids and will include it in the ADM4.
2020 is also a year of expansion, as CANARD is deploying solutions & services in new countries. New capabilities are also being released, such as inspections of runway pavement (PCI surveys) and the use of photogrammetry for obstacle detection and other topography and surveying activities.
Stay tuned during 2020, because it’s going to be full of new milestones and important news.