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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. Trevor Seaman

    Hanging out with the sheep

    About six months ago a friend Sam (not his real name) at my local Men's Shed somewhere in the central wheat belt of Western Australia told me the story of how his daughter was flying her drone in Wylie (not the real name but close) when it apparently was starting to get out of control and just as she was losing sight of the craft, she pressed the RTH button with the expectations of the machine magically returning to her and landing at her feet, but NO! ~ The Drone stopped, raised up, then flew toward White Elephant Dam (it's real name -31°09'52.4"S 117°21'53.0"E), flying somewhere over the mulga trees before vanishing among the vastness of a paddock of wheat. After a lot of searching around the drone was written off as lost, missing in action; could've been anywhere. Months later around harvest, a truck driver found the missing drone and returned it to the owner's father, it wasn't in good shape having sat out in the open for months next to a dam (not White Elephant), where the sheep stood around pondering its existence and finally trying to trample it to death for trying to drink from their waterhole. I offered to try and fix the toy quadcopter as I occasionally pick up a soldering iron and like the smell of soldering flux fumes burning the lining of my nasal passage. I opened her up a Kaiser Baas Delta Drone, what I first thought was sheep urine around her circuit boards ended up being mostly pure rainwater so it hadn't done much damage to the boards, but after getting everything dry and testing the motors, two weren't working. I measured the resistance across the winding and found one of them to be an open circuit ( a broken wire?) Cut the motor out of the drone and pulled it to pieces and found wrong length mounting screw had crushed the windings and probably gone open circuit after being exposed to water via electrolysis of the different metals in contact with each other ( no sign of corrosion). Got hold of some new motors and boards from Kaiser Baas and after some tinkering had her flying again, I pulled the old APM to pieces and discovered it had an Atmel inside, connected it to Arduino IDE and opened the serial communication to the computer where it spat out a pile of jibberish to my computer screen. After opening "Pandora's Box" I now have a keen interest in learning to program APMs in C++ repairing and applying the technology to Agriculture. Baa, so that's why I'm here.
  3. Hello, it's a pleasure to e-meet you! I stumbled upon this community while researching for fellow enthusiasts working with drones in the agriculture sector and noticed that there are some forum discussions related to this topic. I am co-founder of AgroHelper and we recently released a web platform that converts drone captured images of farm fields into actionable crop health data. You can learn more here. To give you a bit of additional background: we are a team of 3 co-founders, enthusiasts based in Bulgaria, we don’t have any employees or funding. We all have day jobs and we work on our platform in our free time, essentially very early in the morning, after work and during the weekends. We want to build something really useful for pilots and farmers. To get the user experience right, we need feedback from people like you guys - the ones that spent time in the fields, know the feeling of planning a mission for an entire week and finally crashing before completing it or how hard it is to explain to farmers what's the benefit of using drones. Actually, last time I heard from a farmer with more than 10 000 ha of wheat, he said: "why should I invest in drones, I really like driving my truck around?" You can get a free lifetime account (no CC required). The sole limitation is: 3 data sets (maps) processed each calendar month for free. There're no other limits in terms of number of images, resolution, number of hectares, file sizes etc. So, if you fly above the fields we'll be very happy to hear your feedback! Cheers, Mihail
  4. Hakusan

    Long term aim

    Hi everyone, I am an American living 30 years in Tokyo. I want to in several years semi retire to start a drone business here, probably largely focused on agriculture. Demand is strong here due to technology shortages and population declines. I will likely lurk here. I need ideas on drones/software to buy, and on how to run a business. I am a moderately experienced hobby pilot of a Spark but will look to upgrade of course if I push into business. Soon of course I will get a commercial license—several schools have opened of late.
  5. Hi everyone my name is Chris and I'm a 107 certified uav pilot. I've recently opened an llc and have began my journey into operating and growing a business focused on every aspect of quadcopters! Currently I'm shooting videos for car dealerships and real estate. I love flying my quadcopters and want to venture into more meaningful work with my drones. Agriculture has been in my sites for awhile now. I feel I can have a huge impact in the field (pun intended) and want to feel my business can impact the globe in vast ways. If anyone here is working directly with farmers and crop inspectors/pesticide sprayers/crop management I would love some direction and insight. Thanks!
  6. RealWIndAerial

    Precision Agriculture

    Hello everyone... First time poster... Are there any forum members who are involved in precision agriculture?? An evolving segment of my business is farm data management, including UAS gathered data, and I am interested in everyone opinion regarding the frequency of drone flights over planted fields. What stages of crop development need to be imaged? Do you image immediately following a weather event? In short, if you are the drone service provider for a farmer, when specifically do you go fly his field???
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. Heathen

    Hello from new member

    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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Alpha Unmanned Systems

    Succesfull Acceptance Test Procedure (ATP) in Israel

    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.
  13. Juggernaught

    How should I...

    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?
  14. Juggernaught

    New to sUAV

    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!
  15. George Fitzgerald

    Blade Chroma 1080p

    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.
  16. 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