Unmanned Aircraft and Animal Agriculture Webinar

Unmanned aircraft systems, also called drones or unmanned aerial vehicles, are rapidly becoming available to the public. Drones are a tool that can assist with many tasks, and animal agriculture is no exception. Drones can make tasks such as visual inspections, data collection, and small payload operations easier.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates drone use, and requires that drones weighing over 0.55 pounds be registered with the FAA. Before operating a drone, one should be familiar with the FAA guidelines and restrictions. An overview of the capabilities of drones, the potential for drone use in animal agriculture, and the current FAA regulations will be presented.

An application for continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) will be submitted.

Presenters include:

  • Andreas Wesemann, Utah State University
  • Wayne Woldt, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Rhonda Miller (moderator), Utah State University

 

FAA Double “Blanket” Altitude for Many UAS Flights

eXtension Unmanned Aircraft in Agriculture Learning Network logoMarch 29– After a comprehensive risk analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the unmanned aircraft (UAS) “blanket” altitude authorization for Section 333 exemption holders and government aircraft operators to 400 feet. Previously, the agency had put in place a nationwide Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for such flights up to 200 feet.

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