WASHINGTON D.C. - Farmers in the US can now use small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in agriculture, according to the newly released regulations by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration.
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Changes in these new regulations will help integrate sUAS into the national airspace, while lessening the previous stringent qualifications for sUAS operations, Ray Asebedo, Kansas State University agronomy assistant professor of precision agriculture. This will lead to more people being able to operate sUAS, and help increase technological advancements in agriculture.
There is a good news for those in agriculture eager to take advantage of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), the new technology also popularly known as drones. The new regulations are known as Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, said Richard Brown, sUAS technologist and pilot in K-State’s agronomy department, and Andrew Newsum, agronomy graduate student in the precision agriculture program.
“They will govern any sUAS under 55 pounds and take effect in late August. Part 107 regulates operational requirements, pilot and aircraft certifications,” Brown said. Brown summarized some of the most significant of the new FAA regulations on sUAS commercial use:
SOURCE Meenal Dhande, Geospatial World
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