AUVSI in support of Yamaha bid to use UAS in ag

The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International(AUVSI) last week said it has submitted an official statement to the FAA in support of Yamaha’s bid to use UAS prior to the finalization of guidelines for small UAS usage. AUVSI suggested FAA grant Yamaha’s exemption request and to also look for more commercial uses for small UAS immediately, while continuing with the rulemaking.

AUVSI said small UAS for precision agriculture will help to save resources in farming. In May, FAA said it would consider granting exemptions for certain low-risk UAS applications for commercial purposes. And Yamaha submitted a request to fly their RMAX aircraft for commercial operation. The company is currently working with UC Davis by using the RMAX to spray vineyards in California.

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