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Drones give farmers bird’s-eye view of land

Drones give farmers bird’s-eye view of land

There are two items in this article that I must comment on. The first is the legality of flying at night. It is not illegal, but it does require special permission from the FAA in the form of a waiver. We at Apis have such a waiver to fly at night.

The second is the idea that the FAA is slowing things done based on an inability to identify drones at a distance. While this is a true statement, it is also an issue of safety. We operators are responsible for the safe flight of our equipment. If you can’t see the airspace in which you are operating, how will you avoid a mid-air collision with say a crop-duster working in the area. Not a simple set of problems for the FAA and the community to work through.

There are two items in this article that I must comment on. The first is the legality of flying at night. It is not illegal, but it does require special permission from the FAA in the form of a waiver. We at Apis have such a waiver to fly at night.

The second is the idea that the FAA is slowing things done based on an inability to identify drones at a distance. While this is a true statement, it is also an issue of safety. We operators are responsible for the safe flight of our equipment. If you can’t see the airspace in which you are operating, how will you avoid a mid-air collision with say a crop-duster working in the area. Not a simple set of problems for the FAA and the community to work through.

Jerod McDaniel owns approximately 10,000 acres of farm and ranch land in the Oklahoma Panhandle southwest of Guymon. Depending on the season, he runs 500 cows, plus calves, yearlings and bulls, and farms thousands of acres of corn. In 2016, he bought a DJI Phantom 4 drone to help […]

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