Drones in Agriculture FAQ

 

Q: How high should I fly?
A: This will depend on the size of your crop. Flying higher will allow you to cover more ground in less time while using less battery. However, if you fly your drone too high you will not get as detailed of results as you would flying at a lower altitude. If you are using your drone to look for variability in a mature crop you will not need a detailed result and can thus fly your drone up to 400 ft high (per FAA regulations). On the other hand, if you are looking for new growth in a large field you will want to fly lower and gain a more detailed picture of your crops.

Q: Can I use my drone to determine plant health?
A: Drones can be used to create NDVI maps that show an infrared image of your crop. Healthy plants reflect a lot of green light and absorb red light and unhealthy pants do the opposite. To create a true NDVI map you must own an NIR camera. However, even without a Near Infrared (NIR) camera, you will be able to use a vegetation index to show variables in plant health.

Q: How can I map large areas offline?
A: Make your flight plans ahead of time on your computer, then while still connected to the internet, open your mapping app on your mobile device and sync the plans. Once plans are synced you can fly with no cell or wifi connection. 
NOTE: Bring extra batteries when mapping large areas (over 100 acres). 

Q: Can I use a drone to apply pesticides to my crops?
A: Yes, drones are useful for detecting and spraying areas affected by insects. Since drones are a precision tool, this method requires less pesticide, man power, and funding than aircraft spray.

Q: Are there any regulations I must follow to use a drone?
A: All drones used for commercial purposes must be operated by an individual who is a certified Remote Pilot in Command

Q: How do I obtain a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate?
Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

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New Policy Allows Military Bases To Shoot Down Drones

 The Pentagon recently signed a new policy that will allow military bases to shoot, disable, or track commercial and private drones operating over private military bases. This may cause confusion in areas where the military rents land from private homeowners. For example, in North Dakota, the military leases land from local farmers. While the air base itself may be considered restricted, the farmers that own the land often use drones to survey their crops and livestock. It is unclear what this policy will mean for them.

As of now, the full policy is classified so it is hard to say what this change will mean for the average drone user. Geofencing technologies may help avoid accidental flights over military bases but the technology is still far from perfect. 


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All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

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Precision Drones Conserve Pesticides

Drones are increasingly being used for agricultural purposes. Many farmers use drones to survey fields and discover issues with crops before they spread. For example, drones can provide infra-red imaging of crops that show plants with fungal infections, infected plants will not reflect as much light as a healthy plant would. Drones are also used to spread pesticides over crops at a much lower price than manned aircraft. However, until recently drones have continued to waste pesticide throughout the application.

Researchers at Japan's Saga University have developed a specialized drone to combat pesticide waste. The drone scans crops for clusters of insects and delivers an incredibly precise pesticide application to affected areas. It is also designed to carry a bug zapper at night which draws insects to the drone where they are either fried by the zapper or sprayed with a precision blast of pesticide.

Benefits of the precision application method are a decrease in pesticide use while enabling farmers to continue protecting their crops. This more precise approach will also help farmers, farm workers, and farm animals avoid harmful contact with pesticides. The research team hopes this method will eventually replace the more indiscriminate airplane application method.


ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

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Drones Give Hospice Patients One Last Look

A Cleveland hospice center has started working with Tom Davis, the owner of Aerial Anthropology to provide patients with a final trip. Aerial Anthropology will send a drone to the location of the patient's choice and relay a real-time view. One man decided to use the drone to fly over his former neighborhood, job site and church. Another woman decided to get a final view of the lake her family had been visiting for generations.

The idea came to Tom when the daughter of a friend became so sick she was not able to leave the house. Davis planned to use the drone to take the child on a tour of her favorite places but luckily she recovered before the flight.  Tom decided his idea would be more beneficial for individuals who will not recover, giving them a temporary reprise from their confinement.  The program has been a huge success in Cleveland. Before the program began patients often asked hospice workers to drive them by landmarks that hold importance and sentimental value.

Tom Davis hopes to expand the program nationwide.


 

ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

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NASA Technology to Put A Definitive End to Trespassing Drones

New NASA technology provides a sure-fire method for keeping drones out of FAA restricted areas - cut the power. The software system, Safeguard, monitors a drone's proximity to FAA-designated no-fly-zones such as airports, military zones, and stadiums. Drones that get too close will be instructed to land. Failure to land at this time Safeguard will turn off the drone and it will plummet.

While free falling drones may seem dangerous the creators have assured skeptics Safeguard will mainly be implemented in areas where professionals use drones with few people around rather than crowded hobbyist regions. For example, this program may come in handy during an inspection of power lines near an airport. Since Safeguard will alert the pilot before shutting the drone down there should be very few instances of disarmed and destroyed aircraft.


 

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3 Ways to Use Drones in Construction

  1. Site Management
    Drones can be used to provide project managers a view of job sites, even when they can't be there. This can help the manager avoid potential safety hazards such as low crane clearances, active excavations, and high-traffic areas. Information gathered from drones can also be used to plan workflows and efficiently deploy resources throughout the site. It's easy to see how these functions increase job site efficiency, trim costs, and limit delays.
  2. Inspections
    Drones equipped with a camera can prove instrumental in inspecting hard-to-reach areas such as roofs and exterior windows. Significant costs can be saved on manned aircraft, scaffolding, and cherry pickers by using drones to provide aerial views.  
  3. Thermal Imaging
    Drones can be used to collect thermal imaging records of buildings, giving engineers and surveyors an image of cold and hot spots in buildings holding electrical components. This information is crucial to identify and rectify building defects.

    NOTE: Any individual flying a drone for commercial purposes must hold a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate per FAA requirements.

 


Steps to Obtain a Remote Pilot In Command Certificate
Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

Check out this Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.


 

 

 

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Drones for Architecture

Drones can provide several unique benefits to architects throughout the building/remodeling process. They are especially useful for capturing the scope of buildings and highlighting features which are not viewable at street level, inspecting hazardous spaces, gathering site data, capturing views to optimize the design, and shooting aerial photos and videos.

Experienced architects know how valuable the change in perspective provided by a drone can be in creating cost effective building plans. Architects interested in using a drone to enhance their plans must comply with FAA Regulations. The FAA requires all commercial drone pilots obtain a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate and register any drone over 0.55lbs.

Steps to Obtain a Remote Pilot In Command Certificate
Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.

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Meet the Instructor – Greg MacMasters

Greg MacMaster has 3 decades experience as a pilot and 2 decades of experience as a real estate agent. Greg has used this experience to create an easy-to-follow, effective, HD Video exam prep course for those interested in obtaining a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate as well as anyone interested in using drones to enhance their real estate sales.

MacMaster encourages students to contact him personally with questions regarding his courses, a truly unique and beneficial perk. Feel free to email your questions to gregmacmaster@yahoo.com

Qualifications:

  • FAA Certificate: FAA-2015-0389 #11568
  • American Meteorology Society: Seal of Approval
  • Chapman College – Integrative Computer Science
  • Michigan Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

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New Use for Drones – SnotBot

Drones have an interesting new purpose: collecting whale snot.

Scientists know that whales are currently in danger due to overfishing, trash, and noise pollution. However, it is difficult to collect information from whales about these dangers without disturbing them. Thus, scientists and robotics companies have worked together to create a drone capable of collecting the mucus-like substance whales exhale out their blowholes, these drones have been aptly named SnotBots. The mucus or ‘whale snot’ can be used to help scientists learn about how pollution is affecting the mammals.

SnotBots hover just above whales as they surface for air, then they lower petri dishes to capture the whale’s snot spray, collecting DNA, microbiome information, and hormone levels. Before these drones were available scientists would attempt to position a long pole over the blowhole, a difficult and tedious process, or collect snot from dead whales.

These drones are particularly useful because they can analyze whale health in real time, allowing scientists to determine if a whale is sick before it descends into the ocean depths.


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How to use a Drone for Real Estate

The real estate business is changing. The market is increasingly competitive and most prospective Phome buyers check online listings before contacting an agent or viewing homes in person. Drones can help your online listings leave a lasting impression on potential clients.

How do I use drones to enhance my real estate listings?
Drones are a great tool for capturing the scope of appropriate homes and properties. For example, drones can be used to provide a moving tour through the inside of large homes, giving prospective buyers a much better idea of property layout and dimensions than photos. Drones are also useful for displaying properties with magnificent views or large yards. Often drones are used to take video or pictures from high altitudes to capture a full view of the yard in relation to natural surroundings such as lakes or woods. The photo above is a particularly dramatic example of using a drone to capture the magnitude and beauty of properties.

Do I have to follow any regulations to use drones for my real estate listings?
Yes, all commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.

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