by Jessica Freeman, Sterling Wiggins
After a morning delay due to fog, things revved up quickly as ten ag aircraft from the area flew in to have their spray equipment tested, and learn about various safety topics.
The first day began with a demonstration by Agribotix of their Enduro UAS, their latest unmanned aircraft system. The unit is designed to carry a lightweight GoPro camera that can be used for aerial imaging. The UAS is currently operated under a Section 333 exemption under the 2012 FAA Reauthorization Act that allows the FAA to grant use of commercial UAS’s by exempting them from certain Federal Aviation Regulations. Constantin Diehl of UAS Colorado and Tom McKinnon of Agribotix fielded questions from the crowd about the way they use their aircraft and how they work with local aerial applicators.