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  1. My friend Lauren, who regularly kicks but at Drone360, wrote a great piece about a little-known rule. If you're working on the farm, you want to read this. http://drone360mag.com/rules-regulations/2017/06/part-137-agricultural-aircraft-the-drone-certification-youve-never-heard-of#.WULTFyeruGA.facebook
  2. Hey all, Happening tomorrow and free to join: an advanced webinar on how to analyze RGB and NIR drone imagery plus apply NDVI and VARI algorithms to calculate plant health in your fields. http://resources.dronedeploy.com/agriculture-drone-clinic-2
  3. TopXGun is professional in providing UAV solutions for agricultural protection, wind blade inspection and other inspection. We have attended the local CEBIT 2017 in Hall 6. Welcome your visit for us!
  4. Alan Perlman asks new members to introduce themselves, and here I am. I am a Graduate of the University of Dubuque's Aviation program and Aviation Advisory Board Member for them. My full time job is with John Deere, and in agriculture, there are certainly growing opportunities evolving. I am also looking at business opportunities within the drone industry form ag to real estate, not necessarily US based. I am amazed at how drones help in managing crops from pest control to nutrient management and storm damage assessment. I see in California, Yamaha utilizes large RC helicopters to spray specialty crops and I see this as a good market for drones. I feel drones have their place with good rules and management of those operating the drones. I want to support this to grow a viable industry for career opportunities.
  5. I am a senior in a MN high school looking at colleges and degrees for entering into the drone industries future. I would love to fly, but I wish not to spend $60,000 on getting an ATP or any other expensive certificate. I am just learning about the drone market. I do not own one, but I want to buy one and experience flying without the actual cockpit ordeal. I am wishing to enter into the drone industry and have a career in it, preferably on the agricultural side. I am struggling to find out what degrees I would need to get in college to be successful: agriculture degree, agronomist, or professional Pilot? I have no clue what companies would look at for job requirements. Any help would be much appreciated. Or information on who I should talk to, so that I can have a future in the drone industry.
  6. Hey everybody. I have an idea that I'm just trying to get some feedback on and consult the experts here on UAV applications. Im in the cleaning and restoration business and a common challenge we face all the time is applying powdered zinc to the ridge lines on roofs for moss control. Most of the time, its not a big deal to get a guy up on the roof with a ladder and get it done but there is a significant number of houses were the pitch/steepness of the roof makes it a huge safety hazard to send our guys up to apply it manually. My question to you all is whether it would be possible to accomplish this with a drone. Beyond that, does anyone know of a container that could hold a payload of zinc powder and be triggered to be opened remotely for distribution once the drone is over the ridge line of the roof? Thanks in advance for your input.
  7. Located at the Volcani Center campus in Bet-Dagan, near Tel-Aviv, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) six institutes are responsible for Plant Sciences, Animal Science, Plant Protection, Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Engineering, and Postharvest and Food Sciences. ARO also operates four research stations, in various parts of the country, and serves as a testing center for agricultural produce and equipment. Israel's Gene Bank For Agricultural Crops is also located on the ARO Volcani Center campus. While encompassing the full range of agricultural research activities, ARO focuses in particular on arid zone agriculture, enabling Israel - a country short of all the resources required for agriculture - to achieve among the highest levels of agricultural output in the world. As an agricultural research center of international standing, ARO each year attracts a large number of groups from abroad, as well as numerous individual visitors. These include academics, heads of experimental stations, representatives of private companies and public officials. ARO maintains particularly close relations with the various international, regional and national institutes involved in the promotion of good agricultural practice and in the increase of agricultural output, and in particular with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). At Alpha Unmanned Systems we have always believed that our UAV, the SNIPER, could be useful in improving agriculture. From the Volcani Institute they have proven us correct and by buying two of our drone helicopters they have placed themself at the forefront of agricultural innovation. Equipped with a Flir SC-655 infrared camera plus an on-board processing computer, with a 2 hours autonomous flight and a 2.5 Kg payload; both SNIPER units will support the ARO in their precision agriculture researches, with main topics such as hydric stress, diseases detection or soil nutrients optimization. Also we want to emphasize that we will be pioneers in achieving certification for civilian use of unmanned helicopter. Once delivered, corrected and accepted by the Israeli authority all communication systems and manuals, Alpha gave a training program in Spain, Madrid for two pilots of the ARO and two pilots recognized by the Israel Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) so they can mentor new pilots in their homeland. After making the handover protocol we travelled to Israel, Tel-Aviv to finish the ATP with our client and perform the first flight tests required to achieve certification by the ICAA. The flights were realized at Tel-Gezer which is a well known area due to it's natural park and past history. All both ATP & ICAA requirements were carried out succesfully.
  8. So I am starting up a drone business on the side for doing crop scouting and working with insurance agencies. The problem I am seeing so far is that some farmers have bought their own with filtered gopros or something similar for NDVI imagery. How do I approach these farmers and explain that what they are doing is in fact illegal as none of them have gone out and completed the necessary requirements for commercial use of their drones. I have even heard from a crop dusting pilot that drones were flying over the SAME fields as they were trying to spray! My question is the approach and the explanation of benefit on why a dedicated legal company should be used? Or do I just explain the safety reasons behind it and hope that they get more education?
  9. Hi Everyone, Found this place in my many many google searches and research on UAVs. I am strongly considering starting a business in my area flying UAVs for farmers. I know its fairly new still and a lot of the farmers question the ROI on UAV vs basic Satellite imagery. Starting out it will have to be a side business as I learn my way around and attempt to understand what the farmers will truly need and how I can best help them. New to drones and Ag, but I am always reading and learning new things so I am up for the challenge!
  10. Sigma1.JPG This picture consists of two shots, stitched together horizontally using the Canon stitch ware. The 1080p camera doses not have the capabilities my canon 35mm doses. So you have to take a lot more pictures trying to over lap them a bit, and line them up It was even harder with the wind pushing the quad around.
  11. Hi Everyone, For a few months, I've been involved in creating a huge UAV news site, packed with original interviews, great stories and all the best vids that we could find online. I thought you guys might be interested to see it, and would love some feedback on the site. You can see it here: http://www.dronesfutureskies.com/ Thanks! Jack