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Jim Meade / Iowa City
Senior Advisor

FAA Picks 6 Sites For UAS Testing

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), also known as drones, UAV and RPV.

http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=75399

 

The sites are Alaska (including Hawaii and Oregon), North Dakota, Nevada, Corpus Christi, TX, Virginia and New Jersey and New York.

 

There is no specific agricultural application listed in the discussion of why the sites were selected.

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lbedord
Contributor

Re: FAA Picks 6 Sites For UAS Testing

Day two of the Precision Agriculture Summit in North Dakota centers around UAVs. As one of the states chosen as a test site, North Dakota is taking steps to insure ags voice in this arena doesn't go unheard!!
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Shaggy98
Senior Advisor

Re: FAA Picks 6 Sites For UAS Testing

Why not chose one of the I states where we have extensive row crop production? Seems like there would probably be extensive Ag aircraft activity in these areas as well. Wouldn't that be an interesting study to see if the two would or wouldn't interfere with each other? Just saying.
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Jim Meade / Iowa City
Senior Advisor

Re: FAA Picks 6 Sites For UAS Testing

If you look at the explanation of each site in the link in the base message, you'll see that specific applications like fish spotting, wild fire reporting, cloud sampling and so forth were not addressed.  The FAA is after information on integrating UAS into the national airspace system (NAS), proving radio link dependability, looking at operations in various climate and terrain types and so forth.  As you already know, there are all kinds of people chomping at the bit to apply accepted practices to their area of interest, such as photography, aerial application, wildlife spotting and counting the numbers of cattle in a feedlot.  Smiley Wink

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Shaggy98
Senior Advisor

Re: FAA Picks 6 Sites For UAS Testing

Sounds like the agriculture use is going to be limited in these studies. Seems to be more environmental than agricultural.
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buckfarmer
Senior Contributor

Re: FAA Picks 6 Sites For UAS Testing

Jim thanks for keeping us up to date on this subject. My brother works for a large masonry contractor in the mid Atlantic area. Some time ago his company wanted to use UAS to photograph job sights. I past along some of your info from here. The upper management at hi firm was very appreciative. They do a lot of building in Virginia. So maybe now they can make some use of the technology.
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