High Def Corn Planting

Cindy ZimmermanAerial Imagery, Corn, Planting, UAS, UAV, Video

Via Twitter alert from Robert Frye comes, “Iowa Corn Planting In High Definition.” Robert is obviously a drone pro judging by how he commanded his quad copter to take this gorgeous video. He published it on May 11, 2015. Here’s how he described it on YouTube: A “birds-eye-view” of Jim, Matt and Jay’s 2015 corn planting. Please watch on full … Read More

MSU Selected by FAA for National Center

Kelly MarshallGovernment, UAS

Mississippi State University has been selected by the FAA to lead the team operating the new National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  The flagship university will bring together partners in academics and industry for the purpose or research and development of UAS, as well has integration into national airspace. Congress has charged the FAA with developing rules regulating … Read More

FAA Announces UAS Development Program

Kelly MarshallAudio, Aviation, Government, UAS, UAV

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced new partnerships with industries, including agriculture, to explore the next steps in unmanned aircraft operations beyond the type of operations the agency proposed in the draft small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule it published in February. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the initiative today at the Association for Unmanned … Read More

Trimble Partners with UAS Manufacturer

Cindy ZimmermanAerial Imagery, Trimble, UAS, UAV

Trimble is partnering with leading unmanned aircraft system (UAS) manufacturer MULTIROTOR service-drone, GmbH in an effort to expand its existing portfolio to provide customers with additional solutions for aerial imaging needs. MULTIROTOR service-drone, based in Germany, is a leading manufacturer of multirotor systems known for innovation and technology leadership. Trimble will be MULTIROTOR service-drone’s exclusive provider of multirotor vehicles for … Read More

Farm Bureau: Ag Could Really Soar with Drones

John DavisAg Group, Agribusiness, drone, Farm Bureau, UAS, UAV

Farm Bureau says agricultural drones could really help farmers and ranchers soar to success. This news release says the group submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that focused on performance-based standards for the FAA’s rule on the “Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.” “Drones are the next evolution in American agriculture,” said Dale Moore, AFBF executive … Read More

Corn Growers Provide UAV Comments

John DavisAg Group, Agribusiness, Aviation, Corn, NCGA, UAS, UAV

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is asking the government to give flight to some unmanned aerial vehicles. The group submitted comments to both the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration about proposed rules regarding the commercial usage and privacy best practices of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). In the letter to … Read More

FAA Exemption Clears PrecisionHawk for UAV Takeoff

John DavisAgribusiness, UAS, UAV

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company PrecisionHawk has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exemption that will let the company conduct precision aerial surveys, including agricultural applications. The company says it will use the Lancaster UAV. Over the past few months, we have built up highly qualified service teams to provide cost effective aerial data capture and analysis tools to our … Read More

PrecisionHawk & Agri-Trend Provide UAV Services

Jamie JohansenAerial Application, Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, Data, drone, UAS, UAV

PrecisionHawk and Agri-Trend announced a partnership to offer PrecisionHawk’s leading UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) data collection, Sensing and Analysis tools to farmers across the US and Canada through the Agri-Trend SkyScout™ Program. This year, the partnership will offer UAV services throughout regions of Canada using trained individuals with the objective to roll out a full commercialization service model in 2016. … Read More

FAA Posts Proposed Drone Rules

Cindy Zimmermandrone, Government, Regulation, UAS, UAV

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released proposed regulations for the commercial use of small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones by industries including agriculture. Technically called “unmanned aircraft systems” (UAS), the rules apply to small aircraft under 55 pounds and would limit their use to daylight and to visual line-of-sight operations, which could be a problem for agricultural operations. … Read More

PrecisionHawk’s Focus on Strategy & Globalization

Jamie JohansenAerial Imagery, Agribusiness, technology, UAS

The folks at PrecisionHawk are excited to introduce their new Vice President of Strategy and Globalization, Thomas Haun. Over the past year PrecisionHawk has worked to really expand their international presence and have done business in Denmark, Colombia, Australia, Argentina, Poland and India. Thomas is a sales and business development professional with a decade of experience in building new business … Read More