Tighter drone regulations affect agricultural use

Restrictions to within nine kilometres of an ‘aerodrome’ affect much of agricultural Manitoba

Assiniboine Community College’s agribusiness program has grounded most drone flights while professors sort through new regulations around their operation.

The new Transport Canada rules released March 16 limit recreational drones between 250 grams and 35 kilograms to within 90 metres of the ground, at least 75 metres away from structures, people or vehicles, to daylight hours only and at least nine kilometres away from any “aerodrome.” That’s defined as “airports, heliports and seaplane bases or anywhere that aircraft take off and land,” which includes small airports in rural areas. Continue reading

Ask The Experts — An Agriculture Drone Q&A

At the end of senseFly’s recent Ag Drone Insights webinar, we reserved time for an open Q&A session. The questions were submitted by viewers from around the globe. The answers meanwhile were provided by the event’s three expert presenters: Norm Lamothe of Deveron UAS, Erick Lebrun of AIRINOV and Nathan Stein, senseFly’s ag solutions manager.

This post details their responses in full, covering topics such as: flight heights, achievable accuracy, what makes for good data, in-field targeting and more. Continue reading

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